A gift tag tied around a candy cane becomes a place card as well as a treat for kids who eat all of their dinner. Write each child's name on a shipping tag with red permanent marker and layer over a large gift tag. Tie the tag onto a candy cane with ribbon and place on each slate next to a piece of chalk.
Actress Garcelle Beauvais' Candy Cane Christmas Tree
Pictured are details from the holiday makeover in the home of actress Garcelle Beauvais, which features a tree whose candy theme incorporates big colorful candy ornaments and candy canes, as seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes.
To bring more of a whimsical look to your gifts, create a gingerbread house out of a to-go box. Use decorative snow texture to create a piping on your gingerbread house. Apply red hots or candy canes to make it look more like Christmas.
Tuck artificial candy cane spheres into a glittered lime box. Use a foam ball to hold arrangement in place. Centerpieces that don't involve water or breakable pieces are ideal for a kids' table in case it is knocked over.
Casual is best when it comes to a potluck dinner table setting. Use what you have on hand; consider white or neutral organic tableware and everyday flatware. Atop each plate, place a folded linen napkin and a small place card, nestled in a sprig of succulents. Other place card holders include flowers, ivy, a piece of chocolate, a crusty French roll, or a candy-filled egg cup.
For Christmas dessert parties, place several mini fondue pots throughout a table rather than one large one to ensure everyone gets served without too much fuss or mess! It also gives you a chance to vary the fondue flavors by serving both white and dark chocolate fondue, or even cold dips like yogurt or peanut-butter. Label each fondue pot with a printable buffet card.
HGTV fan Katie Watson came up with a fun and creative way for children to count down the 25 days of Christmas. Using simple square envelopes with string closures, she adorned each one with different holiday-inspired themes, patterns and colors. Inside each envelope Katie placed a coupon for each child that can be redeemed for something special at home, such as a cup of hot chocolate, a piece of Christmas candy or Mom reading a bedtime story. Strung up the banister with colorful foam balls, the advent banner is not only a fun family activity but an original piece of holiday decor, too.