8 Creative Halloween Costumes for the Family

Donning fun and creative Halloween costumes with the family is a great way to bond with them. Whether you are aiming to make heads turn, or just want to have a themed costume set that will allow you to go together, these outfits will help you come up with ideas that can make you stand out from the crowd.

Dress Up as Famous Characters

If the young ones have favorite movies, cartoons or games, use them as a starting point when coming up with a concept for this year’s Halloween costume.


Dressed up as the cast of Despicable Me, this family made sure that everybody assumed the important characters in the film – from the adorable orphan girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes, to the funny and rowdy minions. Of course, this ensemble would not be complete without the super villain Gru, and his colleague Dr. Nefario.


Wouldn’t it look fun when you see your favorite video game icons making a cameo on the streets? This Pac-Man family revived the vintage arcade game by dressing up as Pac-Man and its pellet food, aka pac-dots.


Tetris is another classic game you can use as inspiration. Not only does it create nostalgia, it is also fun to look at especially for onlookers who enjoyed the game in their day. Be sure to make the Tetris blocks fit together when you’re planning the costumes.

Come as Slice of Life Situations

Depicting the everyday happenings in our lives with Halloween costumes will spark an immediate interest in everyone who can relate.


We see hampers and washing machines regularly, but not on some adorable kids having fun keeping you impressed and entertained. This trio is a head-turner, not only because of their well-made outfits, but also because of the happiness that can be seen in their faces as they sport their laundry-themed costumes.


These beekeepers won’t be collecting honey anytime soon what with their bees out on the streets. You can even let your family dog join in on the party with his very own cute bee get-up.

Wear Your Everyday Food

A charming and delightful sight, food costumes are always relevant wherever you go.


This adorable family wows with their BLT attire. Each costume in this set was carefully thought out to clearly represent the food being referenced. Compared with the simple bread costumes of the parents, the children’s outfits are more elaborate because of the details necessary to add distinct character to the bacon, lettuce and tomato.


With only a few cardboards, art materials, and your creativity, you can turn the family into a snack. This milk and cookies costume set is so simple, yet so cleverly crafted that people can’t help but to take a second look and go hungry themselves.

Come up with Easy but Clever Costume Ideas


You do not have to spend too much on a DIY costume. If your concept is witty enough, it will shine and make an impact. This couple’s stick figure costumes are only made up of white suits, black tape, and masks drawn with a marker, but they score high on clever points.

Halloween costume possibilities abound, but the most important thing is the enjoyment your family feels while wearing them, and even when planning them with you.

5 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s the thought that counts. This old adage holds true no matter what the occasion for gift-giving is. But how you showcase your birthday, anniversary, or holiday presents can speak volumes about your appreciation for your friends and loved ones. No matter what your gift-wrapping personality is – minimalist, quirky, or all-out personalized –allow us to help you with these creative solutions.

DIY Embellishments


There is something clean, fresh, and beautiful about a gift that is simply wrapped in neutral tones with a few creative embellishments. Let your generosity and imagination run free – here are some ideas:


  • Elements of nature.Wrap white wool or twine around and around the gift until it overlaps at angles. Push a sprig of rosemary or your old Christmas decorationsthrough the wool. For arustic yet elegant look, wrap your presents in kraft paper and use yarn and sprigs of pepperberry.
  • Rolled paper roses or homemade bows. Instead of tying a trusted bow on top, create your own homemade bow with rolled paper roses. You could also thread a thin cord or piece of twine through a vintage button, knotting tightly, to create a memorable bow of your own.

  • DIY Christmas ornaments.Decorate the family’s gifts with ornaments from the tree to create a cohesive holiday look from the tree topper down to the presents. You may also create reindeer silhouettes and glue them onto a plain wrapper for a warm holiday touch!

Pixel Weave


Apply your knowledge of basic weaving to your gift wrapping. You can use just about anything to create the weave,as long as it is pliable, the right width, and relatively flat. Yarn, ribbon, embroidery floss, or even strips of paper, work well.

To create the weave, cut pieces of your chosen material into a length that will wrap all the way around the package, securing it on both ends using tape, or by tying a knot if you’re using string. Start weaving in and out with your second batch of material until the pattern is to your liking. See your woven ribbon work its wonders on a plain gift box.

Vintage Clothing and Accessories


Breathe new life into an old polo, a blouse, or even a pair of colorful tights by using them as gift wrap! To wrap a gift using tights, cut off the toe, put your gift box or the gift itself in one leg, and cut again, leaving a few inches on each side for tying. Give the gift a heartwarming, personal touch by adding a few more decorative elements, such as artificial flowers or even an old brooch.

Statement Boxes


If you are in a hurry or do not feel craftsy enough, find a savior in the form of decorative gift boxes. Secure the lid with an embellished ponytail holder that little girls will cherish. Add pizzazz to a plain box with basic paper cutouts, such as a DIY paper necktie for the gentleman in your life. Lace works just as well to add a special touch to a pre-made box.

Old Sheets of Papers


Don’t let old newspapers, maps, or wallpaper go to waste – repurpose them as an unlikely yet eye-catching gift wrapper. This idea allows you not only to recycle, but also to achieve a shabby chic look in your gift-giving.

Add a card and your own personal message (written in calligraphy, if you know how), and your masterpiece will undoubtedly bring a warm smile and heartfelt thanks to your loved one’s face.

Have you tried any of these ideas? Tell us how it went, and share your own creative gift-wrapping ideas with us in the comments below!
 

How to Transition Your Home Décor from Autumn to Christmas

Transitioning your home décor from season to season is not as difficult as it may seem. Most practical homeowners will tell you that the key to a smooth and convenient change of décor lies in how crafty you were able to choose your centerpieces and accents. Just like in switching from autumn to holiday décor, you can match the atmosphere of each season by using items in similar shades. Décor pieces, such as red, orange, and yellow leaves, feature colors that are associated with fall and Christmas ornaments. These items showcase both the heartwarming appeal of autumn and the festive ambiance of the Yuletide season.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, we present four helpful tips on how you can combine elements of autumn and Christmas in your home décor. By adorning your traditional Christmas decorations with the vibrant colors of autumn, you can easily prepare your home for the festivities of the holidays.

Wheat Christmas Wreaths

Since autumn represents abundance and growth, consider decorative elements that will give the look and feel of the country. You can opt to use natural wheat stalks as accents, or combine them with green stalks for a little contrast. Assemble your wheat on a circular wire base, which is ideally 24 inches in diameter, before inserting some pine cones and dried or plastic fruits into it. Attach a red ribbon or any accessory of your choice to the wheat décor then hang it above the fireplace or on your front door. You can also include pine cones and artichokes in your creation as shown in this photo.

Fruity Garland

Spruce up your staircase banister or archway with garlands embellished with colorful fruits. All you have to do is fasten clusters of assorted plastic fruits to your Christmas garland before attaching it to the banister. Most garlands are nine feet in length, but you can opt for a longer or shorter one depending on your decorating preference. Just be sure that the length of your garland matches the length of your banister because it has to be completely covered. You also have the option to insert pine cones and string your garland with Christmas lights.

DIY Table Runner

If you consider the dining room the most important part of the house during the holidays, as most people do, perhaps it’s time to get creative with the decorative pieces you intend to put in this area. Consider incorporating the shades of fall and Christmas in a table runner, such as this chevron bean table runner. It may seem too intricate, but it only requires a craft paper and assorted colors of beans. If you’re not a big fan of beans, you can opt for flowers, leaves, twigs, and dried fruits. Make sure that you compress all the elements of your design together to leave no sign of the craft paper.

Autumn White Christmas Tree

Another great way to decorate for Christmas using fall décor is by using a white Christmas tree instead of the traditional green. This allows your tree ornaments in earth tones such as twigs and pine cones to stand out even more. You can also add warmth to the white foliage by adorning it with colorful berries and other similar fruit décor. Finish up your wintry display by placing an adorable gold narrow garland over your white Christmas tree. Your holiday centerpiece should serve as an indicator that autumn is gradually paving the way for winter, so keep the trimmings to a minimum.

With these Christmas decorating tips from Tree Classics, preparing your home for the upcoming holidays will not only be easier but a lot of fun too!

Where and How to Hang your Christmas Garland

A garland is a classic holiday decoration that can be hung almost anywhere and in any way you want. Whether or not it’s embellished with lights or ornaments, the foliage creates a festive atmosphere as it brings a touch of nature into your home. In this post, Tree Classics features some of the spaces where you can display the all-around foliage for a lovely holiday ambience.

Doorways and arches

The entryway is a great place to hang a garland. Often paired with a wreath, a garland bordering the front door receives your guests with cheer and warmth. Flank the door frame with this foliage piece with the help of a set of screw-eyes installed around the frame. The heavier the garland, the more screws you will need. Thread pieces of wire through each screw-eye, and then use these wires to secure the garland.

Garlands are also perfect for highlighting interior arches. Hang a garland here the same way you would on a doorframe. If you don’t want to drill holes on the walls, use command hooks. These hooks can stick to almost any surface and can be removed neatly.

Staircases

Garlands can cheer up a plain staircase. If you want to draw your guests’ eyes upwards, tie it along the handrail on a straight line using yarn or wire. If you want it to serve as an accent for your foyer, create a pattern by making it go in and out of the balusters, or let it drape by tying different segments of the garland to the handrail. For a touch of fun, use ribbons that match your decorating motif.

Fireplace Mantle

Mantle swags are not the only foliage that can go with the fireplace. If you want to cover the entire mantle, use a long garland that you can drape toward the floor. Stick some command hooks on the mantle to keep the garland in its place. For added color or sparkle, clip some ornaments on the garland’s needle tips.

Columns

The columns in the front porch are a good canvas for these verdant decorative pieces. Screw a hook to the ceiling near the pillar, and then attach one end of the garland to the hook with thread or wire. Wrap the garland around the column until it reaches the bottom, letting some areas of the pillar show through. Secure the other end of the garland to the floor with a tack nail. If you want to cover the column entirely, you will need to extend the garland’s length by attaching another piece to the end of the first one. Top off the decorated column with a huge red ribbon for a bright accent.

Ceiling

When bordered with garlands, the porch ceiling is a charming sight, especially when lit with clear or multicolor lights. Screw eye bolts to the ceiling and hang the garlands from them with yarn or wire. Stretch out the foliage to form a straight line, or let it hang loose with some parts draping from the ceiling.

With creativity and imagination, you can discover some more places, and ways to hang these timeless Christmas decorations. Adorn your home with garlands to inspire a festive ambience for the holidays.

How to Care for Vintage Clothing

How to Care  for Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothes are a treasure to keep because they remind us of the wonderful years gone by. Aside from that, they also make great pieces in creating a unique ensemble even if a particular fashion trend hasn’t come back yet. Learn how to take care of your most cherished articles of clothing with these surefire tips from Tree Classics.

Storing vintage clothes

Intense heat. The most important thing you need to remember is to never store your clothes in a hot place. A space without insulation can damage your vintage pieces, especially those with fur.

Using hangers. Hangers tend to stretch out a top’s shoulder, adding folds and marks that aren’t supposed to be there. Heavy knit sweaters will expand if hung for a long time. Fold your vintage clothes carefully instead of hanging them. Cushion the piece by stuffing it with some tissue paper to minimize fold marks. Some clothes however, are better hung. Men’s suits for example, will look new when hung with a wooden hanger and secured with a fabric cover to keep away from dust.

Storing fur. Use a large padded hanger to hang the fur in a spacious closet where it won’t get squished. Make sure that the storage is a cool place that’s away from the sun. Have your fur pieces cleaned and conditioned regularly to make it last for many years.

Jackets and coats. Your old jackets and coats must be stored in a fabric dress-bag to make them breathe and keep them dust-free at the same time. Store them in a cool, dry place; unless you see a dirty spot, then you will need to bring them out for dry cleaning right away. Inform the dry cleaner that it is a vintage piece, and that it needs to be handled by hand and with extra care. Add in some herb sachets such as rosemary and mint to keep insects at bay.

Hats and bags. Store your precious hats in boxes or trunks, but not before stuffing and wrapping them with acid-free paper to make them last for at least a decade. Purses are best kept in fabric bags as they should be able to breathe. Do not store them in a plastic bag because this can dry them out, which can cause them to crack. Keep your vintage items in a cool, dry place, or somewhere with no direct heat of the sun.

Leather. Storing leather is essential to keeping it in suprb shape. Make sure that your storage space is neither extremely cold nor hot, or too dry or humid. A dry environment may lead the leather to crack, while a humid one may grow molds. Stuff your leather jacket with acid-free paper to retain their shape and store in a breathable container. If you want to hang it, use a wide padded hanger to keep it from getting unwanted creases. Protect your leather piece with a fabric cover. Air it out every now and then by taking it out of storage.

Cleaning your clothes

Keep your vintage pieces from easily wearing out by machine washing them on “delicate” setting, with cold water and less detergent. Printed T-shirts are best turned inside out before washing to keep the prints from fading. Leather on the other hand, should not be washed with too much chemicals. A little soap and water is enough to take care of a little stain on your leather jacket.

While dry cleaning is recommended for some fabrics such as velvet, it should not be done frequently especially for vintage clothes. Dry cleaning involves harsh chemicals in the process and too much of it will only harm your fabric.

After your clothes have been washed make sure to line dry them. Be careful is using a dryer too frequently as it can shrink your clothes with the extreme heat. The process also breaks down your the elastic fibers in your clothes causing the material to stretch.

Follow these tips to care for your treasured vintage clothes and your treasured pieces will look fresh and last years.

 

How to Fluff Your Artificial Wreath and Garland

Just like artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands need to be expanded and shaped to get their perfect form. Follow these tips from Tree Classics on how to fluff your foliage decorations properly:

How to fluff garlands and wreaths by Tree Classics

How to fluff a wreath

Choose an area where you can fluff your wreath, preferably on a surface that’s resistant to scratching. If you are working on a pre-lit wreath, get an extension cord where you can plug the lights on your wreath. You may need to turn the lights on while you are fluffing your wreath to help you achieve the best look.

Fluffing a wreath is fairly easy, and you can do so by simply spreading the branches out. But doing this in a haphazard manner will make it look messy and unkempt. Be sure to follow one direction to make the foliage look lush and neat. To do this, start from the outermost tips then work your way counter-clockwise until you reach the innermost tips. Take the uppermost tip to begin, bend it towards the right, then lift it upwards to form a soft “J” shape. Take the tip to the left of the first one and do the same. Bend and lift the succeeding tips until you reach the end, then continue with the next row. Follow the same procedure as before but make sure to lift the tips toward you to add volume to the wreath. Continue shaping the tips row after row until you get to the ones at the center of the wreath. Bend the innermost tips toward the center to cover part of the hole in the middle. Before you finish, try hanging the wreath and take a few steps back to check your work. Apply some needed adjustments before decorating the wreath.

How to fluff a garland

Unlike wreaths, which often serve as the focal point in a room, garlands can be fluffed any way you want. Pull each tip away from the center to give the garland volume. Carefully comb the tips toward the sides using your hands. Continue doing this for the entire length of the garland.

How to fluff a teardrop swag

Teardrop swags look so much better when fluffed, which you can do by bringing the tips outwards. Begin by pulling the needles found at the edges sideways then upwards toward the tapered tip. Make sure to cover the underside of the swag as well by tugging the bottom tips downwards. Set the focal point by pull the needles in the middle of the swag toward you then pointing them upwards. By arranging the tips to point to one direction, you can give your teardrop swag a neat and shapely look. Avoid leaving any noticeable gaps on the foliage by spreading the needles out evenly.

With a little fluffing, you can make your foliage décor pieces come to life. Follow this nifty guide from Tree Classics for a lush and tidy display of greenery.

How to Fluff Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Fluffing Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you may already have a lot on your plate before you know it. Start preparing for the happiest time of the year by taking out your Christmas tree, and giving it a good amount of fluffing with these steps from Tree Classics:

Step 1: Prepare the Space for Your Tree

Make sure that the space is clear from anything that can make the floor uneven. Lay down the tree stand and check if it’s stable enough before doing anything else.

If you are assembling a pre-lit tree, make sure a power outlet is nearby. If not, prepare an extension cord. If you assemble the tree while it’s lit, you can do a cursory check for broken bulbs as you shape the tree, and you will also be able to appreciate your work as you go along.

Gloves are optional, but we recommend wearing them so your hands can glide easily over the tree’s tips and branches. The needles can be a bit bristly, so wearing gloves also provides a bit more protection for your skin.

Step 2: Put up the Tree and… Start Shaping!

Make sure that all the sections of your artificial Christmas tree are in the right place, but don’t attach them all at once. Connect the bottom (often the largest) section first, fluff as you go along, and work your way up. If you are setting up a pre-lit artificial tree, turn on the Christmas lights to give you a better picture of the tree as you are plumping it up.

Ensure that each of the branches has fallen into place. Start with the inner branch tips then move towards the outer ones. Carefully point the outer tips in different directions and fan them out from the center. Doing this will give you good volume. Focus on fluffing every branch layer, then move upwards. When you’re done with the bottom section, connect the next one and do the same.

Refer to the photos of the tree you purchased to give you an example of how it should look. If your tree is styled to be “downswept” just like what you usually see in most woodlands, you will need to angle your branches downward. If it is “upswept”, you will need point your branches upward as if it’s reaching out to the heavens.

Step 3: Enjoy the Spectacle!

When you have achieved the desired volume, take a step back and check it from every angle. If there are any gaps, shape the branches a bit more to fill them in. Another way to see if you did a good job is by checking that the Christmas lights are evenly dispersed. This way, you can make sure that your Christmas tree looks lovely both in the day, and at night.

Fluffing your artificial Christmas tree is key to making it look fresh and real. When you are satisfied with your work, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy your masterpiece!

Tree Classics’ Guide to Wreaths, Garlands, Swags, Teardrops and Centerpieces

Different types of decorative foliage are now used to adorn homes. Tree Classics offers its selection of swags, teardrops, centerpieces, wreaths and garlands to provide customers with high-quality, realistic products that will last years. Learn the differences and uses of these traditional holiday products with this guide from Tree Classics.

Wreaths

A wreath is an arrangement of leaves, twigs, flowers and ornaments assembled in a ring that may range from 18 to 60 inches in diameter. The decorative foliage is often put up on the wall over the fireplace mantle, or on the front door to welcome guests with warmth as you celebrate the season. Tree Classics offers artificial Christmas wreaths that vary according to design, pre-strung lights, and materials used.

Classic wreaths. Often modeled after evergreen trees, our wreaths are made with Real-Feel&trade PE needles, high-quality PVC needles, or both for a combined look of realism and abundance. Some of our wreaths are crafted to mimic the real tree that inspired its designer. For instance, our Classic Noble Fir wreath, which matches the Tree Classics Classic Fraser Fir tree is designed after the North American Fraser fir, which is one of the most popular Christmas trees in the US.

Decorated wreaths. Tree Classics also offers decorated wreaths to save you the time and effort in adding trimmings to the wreath for the holidays.

Golden Treasures Wreath by Tree Classics

Golden Treasures Wreath by Tree Classics

The Golden Treasures Wreath features gold ornaments, ribbons and brown pine cones that inspire a jovial Christmas spirit. Each of our decorated wreaths is made to be safe for the home with its flame-proof materials.

Realistic dried wreaths. Tree Classics also offers wreaths that are meant to mimic the exquisite appearance of dried wreaths. The Winterberry Christmas Wreath from our collection features realistic dried branches embellished with small bright red berries. Unlike fresh to dry wreaths, our realistic dried wreaths don’t shed and can be kept in storage until the next season. Made of high-quality PVC material, the foliage-based decorative item from Tree Classics is durable enough to add a picturesque detail to your home for years.

Wreaths offered by Tree Classics are available unlit, or pre-lit with clear or energy-saving LED clear lights. Some of our products come with a battery pack and timer so they can be set up anywhere you want without the need for a nearby outlet.

Wreaths come in different sizes. Larger wreaths are perfect for creating a more festive charm or for decorating larger mantles or doors. They create an impressive focal point in a room. Smaller wreaths, on the other hand, are ideal for small doors, or double doors. They may not be great on size, but small wreaths are exceptional in adding a simple but elegant touch to your home.

Garlands

Set up a few garlands in your home and you will get that instant holiday charm. Known to be all-around Christmas decorations, garlands often have matching foliage with a wreath or a tree based on the real tree that the designer modeled them after. The versatile garlands can be hung in any area, or wrapped around any banister or pillar in your home. Tree Classics offers artificial Christmas garlands that have been crafted with high quality needle tips that last years and years of use.

Undecorated garlands. Some garlands are offered undecorated by Tree Classics to highlight the realism and lushness of their foliage.  The Classic Fraser Fir garland is crafted with the brand’s exclusive Real-Feel™ technology to simulate the realness of the evergreens of North Carolina. Some models are offered pre-lit with clear lights to make the foliage glow in beauty.

Decorated garlands. Our decorated garlands are embellished with ornaments that are arranged to give your home a festive ambience. The Woodbury Classic Noble Fir Garland features clusters of natural brown pine cones and twig sticks that peek out from behind its lush fir foliage. Carefully crafted, our decorated garlands inspire a holiday atmosphere with its marvelous ornaments.

Available in unlit and pre-lit models with clear lights or clear LEDs, our garlands are made with flame-proof materials for your family’s safety and peace of mind. Wrap these holiday staples around the tree or stairway banisters, or hang them from your window, door frames, or fireplace mantle to reinforce your family’s excitement for the Yuletide season.

Swags

Swags are the foliage that adorn mailboxes and mantles. Also commonly seen above the front door, on windows, or even on tops of tables, swags are made to overflow with foliage and ornaments, to create a cheerful visual treat. These foliage products come in different lengths and shapes, depending on how they are intended to be used. An exceptional focal point, swags are also a lovely alternative to front door wreaths.

Teardrops

Like the swag, the teardrop features an abundance of foliage and ornaments such as berry sprays, pine cones, acorns, leaves, flowers, and ribbons. Its distinct tapered shape makes it look gorgeous when hung, especially when brimming with ornaments. The teardrops from Tree Classics are made with Real-Feel™ needle tips, sometimes interspersed with PVC needles to give it more volume. Just like Christmas trees, teardrops help bring in the spirit of the season with their verdant greenery and colorful accents.

Also a lovely alternative to wreaths, teardrops look great on the front door. But these foliage products are perfect almost anywhere you put them, whether on doors, walls, or even on staircase banisters.

Centerpieces

Foliage centerpieces are placed exactly on that spot where everyone gathers, making them the real focal point of the room during celebrations. The decorative foliage has the task of unifying all the decorations in the room while it sits at the center of the dining table. Some centerpieces are made with candleholders to make it easier to create a warm candle-lit setting for a welcoming ambience.

Swags can also be used as centerpieces. If you want a foliage item to run the whole length of the table, use a garland instead.

Tying your home’s look together, the centerpiece can also be used as a holiday accessory for the center table in the living room, or the coffee table in the front porch.

You can never go wrong with foliage arrangements when sprucing up your home for the holiday season. These decorative items are classic pieces that evoke happiness, serving as a reminder of previous Christmas celebrations joyfully spent with your loved ones.

 

A Lighthouse in Maine Shines with a Tree Classics Christmas Tree

Tree Classics has extended the spirit of Christmas in July to the coastline of Maine by donating a brand new 7.5-foot Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Parks and Recreation Department of York. The tree is displayed outside the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which is fondly referred to by locals as the Nubble Light. The evergreen comes decorated with our very own Champagne Ornaments for a total value of $1,228.

Tree Classics donates a Grand Fir Christmas Tree to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine
Tree Classics’ Grand Fir Christmas Tree in Cape Neddick

The Grand Fir Christmas Tree was raffled off during York Days 2014 in an effort to raise additional funds for the Nubble Light. Raffle tickets were made available in the Nubble Light Gift Shop for $5 per five tickets. All proceeds go to the fund dedicated to the maintenance of the historic Nubble Light, which has been in use since 1879.

The evergreen was displayed fully decorated on the coastline. Tourists and locals had a chance to marvel at the spectacle. The tree was then moved to the gift shop on August 1, and transferred over the weekend to the craft fair in York, a popular summer destination. It remained on display at the fair until August 3.

Top 10 Easy and Delicious Christmas in July Party Snacks

After setting the theme and sending out the invites to your Christmas in July party, it’s time to create the menu. Make sure that your guests are happy and their tummies satisfied by serving them mouth-watering and nutritious party snacks. Tree Classics presents 10 of our favorite easy-to-prepare treats.

Christmas in July Celebration

Rice Krispie Christmas Ornaments

Rice Krispie Ornaments

Made from a healthy serving of toasted rice bits shaped into a Christmas ball, the Rice Krispie tree ornament is sure to be a hit with kids who love cereals. Dress up the ornaments by adding marshmallow crème laces and red or black licorice string so you can hang them on a Christmas ornament tree.

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s a holiday goody that even Santa Claus won’t be able to resist. Treat the whole family to some delicious and adorable Rudolph peanut butter cookies. Quick and easy to prepare, this simple recipe can be made by kids. Pair it with a glass of warm or cold milk for an awesome mid-morning party snack.

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree

Create your very own edible mini forest with scrumptious ice cream cone Christmas trees. Grab a few sugar cones and decorate them with green frosting. Add some white frosting for the garlands and colorful candies for ornaments. Finish up by placing a gumdrop for the tree topper. You can also add “snow” to your ice cream cone tree by sprinkling it with shredded coconut.

Christmas Cheese Tree

Christmas Cheese Tree

For people who love cheese, here’s a cool way to enjoy your favorite dairy treat. Add a new spin on the classic cheese platter by turning it into a delightful Christmas cheese tree. Fashion a Christmas tree on the tray using an assortment of red and yellow cheeses and some green fruits or vegetables. This is a simple and healthy snack your guests can bite into.

Snowman S’mores

Snowman S'mores

Craving for some delicious fire-roasted marshmallows? Light up those bonfires and start roasting these Snowman S’mores. This kid-friendly recipe is an excellent after-dinner snack.

Bruschetta Christmas Wreath

Bruschetta

Decorate your Christmas in July dinner table with a bruschetta wreath for the centerpiece. Also try non-fat sour cream on rye to make a guilt-free version.

Snowman Pizza

Snowman Pizza

Give kids another reason to celebrate by adding this all-time favorite party snack. Turn ordinary pizza into a snowman pizza and top it with six different cheeses to make it even more delectable.

Santa Hat Brownies

Santa Hat Brownies

We tip our hats off to this sweet Santa hat brownie treat. It combines the rich flavor of the Vanilla-Mascarpone buttercream with the syrupy goodness of ripe strawberries, all on top of moist fudge brownie squares. Your guests will be coming back for more. You can also use Oreo cookies instead of brownies for quicker and easier preparation.

Christmas Pine Cone Cheese Ball with Almonds

Christmas Cheese Ball

Spruce up the traditional Christmas cheese ball with this quirky pine cone design. Sliced almonds on the cheese mimic the seed pods of a real pine cone. You can also cover the cheese ball with herbs such as dill and basil.

Reindeer Chow

Reindeer Chow

If you don’t have much time to cook before the party, you can try whipping up a batch of this quick reindeer chow. Simply mix different cereals in a bowl, add a few peanuts, pretzels, and candies, and pour in some melted white chocolate to bind the ingredients together. Let the batter cool off a bit then break it into bite-sized chunks for easy munching.

With these delicious treats, your summer party will be the talk of the neighborhood. Don’t forget to share your own favorite party snacks in the comment box below. Happy Christmas in July!

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