Share the spirit of Christmas with these easy and delicious ideas. You can even get the kids in the kitchen to help – they'll love bringing the magic to life!
It’s time to pull out the fairy lights, untangle the tinsel and start planning your Christmas festivities. If you like putting a creative touch on your family’s celebrations you don’t need to limit yourself to handmade gifts and the neighbourhood’s best-decorated tree – the Christmas lunch table can benefit as well. We love a well-glazed ham, a perfectly roasted turkey and a decadently decorated pav, but here are some ideas that will take your Christmas cooking to the next level of creativity.
Tinsel is great, but have you tried these fruity garlands?
Tinsel is a beautiful thing (we’d use it all year if we thought we could get away with it!) but why not add a creative touch to your tree trimming repertoire this year by making your own spiced, fruit-based garlands. You could also drape this across a mantel or down a balustrade to add some rustic flair to your festive decorating.
This wreath will make a gorgeous Christmas table centrepiece
Once the tree’s done, you can turn your attention to your table’s centrepiece. Sure, you could put out a bowl of baubles and call it done, but why not create this gorgeous gingerbread wreath
instead. Not only will it fill the house with wonderful Christmas aromas, it’s also a great activity to involve the kids as they can help cut out the star shapes and stick it together.
You've never had a snowglobe like this before – it's edible!
Another way to get the kids creative are these adorable marshmallow
snowman snow globes
– that magically transform into hot chocolate! They’re easy to put together and make great gifts for teachers.
This recipe takes cheese balls to the next level
You probably thought a cheese ball was awesome enough already but this Christmas version really ups the ante. Using freshly chopped herbs and pomegranate seeds, the simple cheese ball is transformed into a super-cute Christmas tree
. Take a good look at it when you make it, because once you’ve served it to your guests, it won’t last long.
A candle cake is a simple way to bring the spirit of Christmas to your dining room.
Finally, put a glow on your after-lunch nap with this simple candle cake
. You start with a purchased fruit cake
(told you it was easy!) and make it special with the addition of cinnamon sticks and rosemary. Light it up for Santa the night before the big day, or let it glow on a sideboard while you enjoy your Christmas meal.