Christmas cactus are succulents, not cacti. They need warm temperatures and bright light; after their holiday flowers fade, reduce the amount of water you give them. You can enjoy your potted Christmas cacti as a houseplant or move it outdoors in the spring, after all danger of frost has passed. Give it bright light, but not direct sun, and in some parts of the country, as the daylight hours naturally lengthen and then shorten again, new buds will form. Some gardeners may need to put their Christmas cacti into a completely dark location for 12 hours a day, for several weeks, in temperatures from about 50 to 55 degrees F., to stimulate new buds.
Decorate a simple brown box with a festive holiday ribbon. Use 2-inch wide ribbon to cover the exterior of the box on all four sides and adhere it to the interior of the box. Apply the ribbon to the top of the lid and create a decorative bow to place on top of the box.
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.
Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.
Delicious and delightful little touches, like these sweet cupcakes, help to add interest and make your holiday dessert table feel especially seasonal. Top your favorite cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkle with coconut "snow." Adding printable cupcake toppers and mini printable cutout Rudolph toppers onto tall straws makes them look like flying reindeer. Finish the look with a printable buffet card.
“I’ve always imagined spending a snow-filled Christmas in a cozy mountain cabin, so I decided to pretend that’s where we were hanging out when I created this tablescape,” says Katie Nathey of Mountain Modern Life.
“Most of the table decor came from shopping our home,” Nathey says, “such as the vintage Mason jars and candle holders.” The napkins were made out of leftover fabric, and she added liquid gold leaf to glam up thrifted glasses.
Don't settle for any old candles in your Christmas centerpiece. It's only a little extra effort to dress up some mismatched candlesticks with gold leaf. The gilded treatment ties the candlesticks together so the table looks warm and unified.
Store bought cupcakes are transformed into festive Christmas trees with some easy tricks. Hiding under that green icing is an ice cream cone thatâs been set right on top of the cupcake and covered with icing piped on with a decorative tip. Some nonpareils meant to look like ornaments complete this simple snack hack.
Snow covered trees, the crisp winter air, firewood crackling in the fire place. If that sounds like your perfect Christmas night, then consider decorating your tree with a woodland theme. Natural elements, such as DIY wood burned ornaments and handmade wooden garland, are right at home next to plaid ribbon and burlap texture.
Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.