10 Last-Minute Recipes, Tips and Ideas for Christmas

Today I’m linking to some past posts at BNOTP that may come in handy with Christmas just 5 days away.  Hope these are helpful as you work to get ready for the big day!

Make an Easy 15-Minute Centerpiece for Entry Table or Buffet

Easy Christmas Centerpiece You Can Make in 15 Minutes Using Greenery from Your Yard


Make a Christmas Mice Ornament or Present Topper

Christmas Mice Ornament or Present Topper


Make an Ice Bucket or Wine Chiller for Your Christmas Dinner



Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients


Make a Wintry Snow Globe Stocking Stuffer or Place Card for the Table

Make a Wintry Snow Globe


Beautiful and Inexpensive Way to Wrap Presents

Wrapping Presents with Craft Paper and Bright Ribbon


Don’t Throw Out Those Dead Christmas Tree Lights

Easy Repair for Dead Christmas Tree Lights


Champagne Punch for Christmas or New Years (Has a different look for New Year’s)

Insanely Awesome Champagne Punch


Strawberry Cheese Ring Recipe: Yummy appetizer to serve while everyone’s waiting for the turkey to finish cooking.



Cranberry Trifle for Christmas Dessert

Cranberry Trifle, Great for a Christmas Dessert_wm


Bonus Recipe:

Coconut Cake…YUM! (Includes a recipe for the icing and for Yorkshire Pudding, too)

Coconut Cake

For more recipes, tips and ideas, click The Holiday Home/Christmas at the top of BNOTP.

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  1. Thanks Susan, we are going to serve all retro easy appetizers for our family bash and I think I’ll include the ever popular cheese ring with strawberry preserves, that’s an oldie but goodie for sure! Love the ice bucket too!

  2. pam ~ crumpety cottasge says

    Wow, helpful AND delicious. Hee. Thanks, Santa Susan. 😉

  3. Enjoyed your past posts. It does help to be reminded of decoration and recipe ideas.

    Your tree and packages are beautiful! Would you believe there are no packages under my tree yet. I must wrap today.

    Drooling over your coconut cake and trifle.

  4. Gloria in Pgh says

    Thanks for the ice bucket idea Susan!! It is beautiful! I had been thinking of making an ice bowl for Christmas but gave up on the idea because I wasn’t sure what to really use it for since I decided against shrimp for appetizers. But your ice bucket will allow me to utilize the concept AND achieve a practical purpose – keeping the white wine chilled without taking up space in the fridge!! Thanks Susan!

  5. You have been one busy lady with all your posts! I’ll have to try that strawberry cheese ring recipe. I’m done for the season- time to finish some wrapping and relaxing.
    Have yourself a Very Merry Christmas!

  6. Our big party tonight, then I can enjoy the days leading up to Christmas Day. Thanks for all the great holiday ideas! Merry Christmas to you Susan, all the other BNOTP blog followers.

  7. Thanks for the reminder! Now I am starting to panic. Only this a.m. did I find some of the stocking stuffers — I stash things and then forget where! I am bookmarking this to refer back to.

  8. Great ideas, all!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. SharonFromMichigan says

    Oh Susan – I’m so happy that you put the coconut cake recipe on your blog! I wanted to make a coconut cake for Christmas this year but there are soooo many recipes out there I didn’t know which one to make. Your recipe sounds yummy, looks yummy so now I have a good recipe! Merry Christmas!

  10. Susan,
    This was a wonderful post – great information. This kind of assisting other women is what the heart of blogging is all about. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!! Colleen

  11. I made that punch my first year of blogging for a party and it was such a hit!
    Back when you had 165 followers Susan and I remember thinking, how does anyone ever get that many followers…lol.
    Times have change a bit!
    Merry Christmas,

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