Cute Christmas Must-Haves

By Ella Donlevy


Watermelon Trees


You will need…….

Watermelon and cookie cutters



Method……..

Cut up your watermelon and then use the cookie cutters to make the shapes







Chocolate Covered Reindeer


You will need……


Large Marshmallows, Cake pop sticks, Ribbon, Melting Chocolate Red lollys for nose, Small Pretzels, Pearl Sprinkles (or other candies for the eyes), Foam block


Method……

  1. Break the pretzels in half.

  2. Put the marshmallows on the stick, and push them into the foam block. This saves you from having to do that with melted chocolate on them.

  3. Score the tops of the marshmallows, so that will make it easier to attach the pretzel antlers.

  4. Place chocolate melts or chocolate chips in a microwaveable glass bowl.

  5. Microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate is just melted, but not too hot.

  6. Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it entirely.

  7. Use the backside of a spoon to smooth out the side and top, and to remove any excess. Place it back into the foam block and repeat the process on the next marshmallow. After about five or six marshmallows, add the pretzel antlers, by gently inserting them into the scored parts of the marshmallows, and hold them for a few seconds to make sure they are secure.

  8. For the nose and eyes, you can either add them when the chocolate is still wet, or finish the whole batch, then dab some melted chocolate onto each piece and attach it to the marshmallow to make the face.

  9. Once they are completely dry, tie a small piece of ribbon around the stick like a scarf.

Oreo Snowmen Truffles



You will need.....

Oreos,cream cheese, white chocolate,sprinkles, frosting.


Method……

Start by making your Oreo truffles.

  1. Mix the cream cheese and crushed Oreos and form them into balls.

  2. Place them in the freezer to get hard. You can do this step way ahead to save time. Once frozen dip them in white chocolate.

  3. Usually with Oreo truffles you have to dip them and then shake off the excess coating to get a nice round ball. The great thing about these is you don’t have to worry about that.

4. Once you’ve dipped them let the coating pool at the bottom to give you the melting snowman effect. These mini Oreos work perfectly for the snowman’s hat. You can decorate the faces with frosting or even use sprinkles for the eyes and nose. I used the frosting in the tubes in the baking aisle. Just make sure after you decorate them, stick them in the fridge so the faces can harden.


Strawberry Santas


What you need……


1 lb large strawberries, 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened, 3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute - to taste), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method……

  1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry.

  2. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already.

  3. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.

  4. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy.

  5. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off.

  6. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.

  7. Once strawberries are filled, top with the 'hats.'

  8. Decorate according to photo.

  9. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving



Candy Cane place card holders


What you need…….

Mini candy canes, hot glue gun and ribbon


Method.....

Glue two candy canes together to make easy place card holders.



Melted snowflakes

What you will need…


“Melted Snowflakes” is just water.

You can have it in water bottles as well








Photo booth

how will it work…


Cut out Christmas themed images and attach them to skewers or long sticks.

Set up in front of a blank white wall and pose with a prop and a friend!

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