Ottumwa Life Holiday 2018 - Page 11

The holiday entertaining season is upon us. This is the time to gather and celebrate family and friends. It can be joyful and sometimes stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re throwing a Christmas party, we have a variety of tips to help you host a great soiree with minimal effort. If you are attending one, then try out one of these scrumptious recipes. BY JULIANA GOODWIN Y INEXPENSIVE DECORATING IDEAS ou don’t have to invest a lot of money in your decorations. String up lights, fill a glass bowl with orna- ments; put a pillar candle on a plate and surround it with peppermint candies; buy a shorter strand of lights from a dollar store, push it into an empty wine bottle and use that to decorate the kitchen. Fresh cranberries make excellent garnish in punch, champagne glasses, sprinkled on a table, or can be used to create centerpieces. Place a pillar candle on a plate and cover the plate in cranberries for an easy center- piece. Another idea is to fill a glass jar with sugar, then nestle a candle into the sugar, and surround it with fresh cranberries (three to five of these are nice on a table runner). Tie shiny gift wrap ribbon around wine or champagne glass stems to make them more festive. I like to rotate between red and green and line up the glasses. Use a thick piece of ribbon down from a dollar store in the center of the table to make a runner. Decorate it with ornaments, pinecones, candles or any small Christmas decorations. An easy and budget-friendly centerpiece can be as sim- ple as placing pillar candles on a plate and surrounding them with peppermint candies. Another quick, easy and bud- get-friendly centerpiece idea is filling a glass bowl with Christmas ornaments. Wrapping gift wrap ribbon around wine and champagne glasses gives them a more festive look. Create your own festive look by making a wide ribbon into a table runner, then decorating it with ornaments, pine cones, candles or any small Christmas decorations. P H O T O S BY T R ACY G O L D I Z E N HOLIDAY! 11