Tis’ the season to be jolly! Don’t spend all of your time and money this holiday trying to deck your halls with festive decor. Use things you already have around the house. Here are four McGonigle’s approved edible centerpieces that will brighten your home with holiday cheer this season.
Red and green wrapped Hershey’s Kisses are a Christmas staple. You’ve probably got a bag …or 10 lying around the house. Grab some toothpicks and a cone-shaped styrofoam piece to get crafting. Snap toothpicks in half, and insert each half into the bottom of a Kiss. Then start sticking the candies into the foam. That’s all it takes to create a Kiss-mass Tree. Beware, it will probably go fast at your next holiday gathering.
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Candy Cane Decor
Candy canes are one of the classic Christmas candies. Whether you prefer yours red and white, red and green, or multicolored, you can use them to create festive decor around your house in a pinch. Tie two canes together with a red ribboned bow, and rest the hooked end on the table. Separated about 45 degrees from each other, these candy canes make perfect place card holders for menu options or table seating.
You can also tie a bunch of candy canes around a simple white candle to jazz it up. When lit, you’ll also get a festive scent of peppermint throughout the room.
Pomanders are an all-natural air freshener, moth repellent, and classic tradition with roots dating back to the Middle Ages. They are really easy to make, can last all season long, and are fun to craft with the whole family.
All you need are some clementines or oranges, cloves, and toothpicks. You can use a knife or small peeler to make cool designs if you so choose, as well. Use your toothpick to poke through the rind of the orange, inserting cloves in the holes as you go. The more cloves you use the better, since they’ll act as a natural preservative. Some recommend dusting your pomander in a combination of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, sandalwood oil, or orris root powder, for added smell and preservative power, but it’s not required. Place in a decorative bowl with some pinecones and a few twigs of evergreen and you’re set for the holiday season!
The Christmas Classic
Last, but certainly not least, you can always recruit the kids to create a Christmas classic – the Gingerbread house. Kids love making (and eating) them throughout the holiday season. You can buy a craft kit, or make them from scratch. There’s something magical about gingerbread houses that stir up childish nostalgia in everyone right around the holidays.
We’ve got everything you’ll need for these easy holiday centerpieces, from the fresh produce at McGonigle’s Market, to the classic holiday candies.