Add a little creative holiday cheer to your home, recipes, and entertaining, with these 40 festive and creative Christmas ideas!

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For this special seasonal round up, I’m including my favorite festive holiday recipes, entertaining ideas, and decor inspiration to bring a little bit of  holiday joy from my home to yours. 

Creative Christmas Ideas

I’ve recently rounded up fifty of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes– you can’t miss that post! It’s everything you’ll need to kick off your holiday baking season.

And BONUS… you can have some Christmas Cocktails too with 13 of my best holiday cocktail recipes!

A cream kitchen with a simple greenery wreath hanging behind the range.


  • Use festive colors, but it doesn’t have to be red and green – we love shades of textural whites, blues and gold, which still evoke the season!
  • Any of your favorite foods can be a creative Christmas treat! Shape appetizers into holidays themes such as wreaths, snowmen, or reindeer.
  • Add holiday candy to classic desserts like cookies, brownies and cakes.
  • Forage your backyard for greenery, pinecones and natural elements to help you get creative in an affordable way!
An elf on the shelf sitting on a kitchen counter, with tiny shortbread elf on the shelf cookies surrounding her.

Creative Christmas Food Ideas

I love to host during the holidays. I take delight in creating and serving new recipes that are easy, delicious, and amazing to look at! With the Christmas season, I like to kick it up a notch by adding fun, bright, and festive colors and themes into my recipe creations.

With these simple ideas you can  add a little fun, sparkle and magic into your holiday party with some crowd pleasing recipes that not only taste delicious, but look as if they could dance right off the plate! 

Here’s just a few of my favorite creative ways to enhance the holiday season.

Christmas Cookie Cake

A Candy House Sugar Cookie Cake makes a fun, festive, stress free and edible alternative to a gingerbread house! Kids can decorate their Candy House on a sugar cookie cake and eat it, too! Read More

29 mins

Make Baked Christmas Donuts

Christmas Donuts

Make these delicious and festive baked Christmas donuts for the cutest Christmas morning breakfast! They are so easy to make, and adorable, too!  Read More

20 mins

Make Rudolph Noses

No Bake Rudolph Noses

These chocolate covered Rudolph Nose no bake Christmas treats will be the hit of your holiday get-togethers! These cookie dough truffles are covered in a red chocolate to look like Rudolph’s nose – no baking required. Read More

40 mins

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs

If you’ve never had a hot chocolate bomb, now is the time! These cute spheres of chocolate are filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, and in this case they are enhanced with crushed peppermint for an extra dose of wintry joy! Read More

20 mins

Dessert Cheese Ball

Funfetti Dessert Snowman Cheese Ball

Learn how to make a cheeseball with a charming snowman cheese ball recipe! Get all the best tips and tricks for creating this sweet dessert snowman cheeseball. Read More

45 mins

Make a Christmas Bundt Cake

Christmas Bundt Cake

Learn how to make the simplest Christmas bundt cake. This one is sure to wow your guests for holiday entertaining, and it’s surprisingly easy to make.  Read More

1 hr 30 mins

Make Peppermint Dip

Peppermint Dip

Luxuriously creamy peppermint dip is full of flavor and has a delightful crunch! This dip is delicious for dipping your favorite fruits, cookies, crackers and more. It’s so easy to make, too – with just three ingredients and a couple minutes of your time.  Read More

6 mins

Elf Cookies

Christmas Salad Wreath

Christmas Salad Wreath

A fun and festive Christmas Salad that looks as good as it tastes. This Christmas wreath salad is always memorable and is quick and easy to make! Perfect to serve as a holiday appetizer or as a side dish. Read More

10 mins

Ornament Cheese Ball

Pomegranate Christmas Cheese Ball

Why buy a boring store bought Christmas cheese ball when it’s so easy to make your own? Not only is it easy, it’s so much more delicious, too!  Read More

50 mins

Ship Cookies to Friends and Family

How to Pack and Ship Cookies

Simple tips on how to pack and ship cookies that will look as beautiful when they arrive as the moment you box them. Read More



Creative Projects

Whether crafting with kids or grandkids or creating something for your home, these creative Christmas ideas are sure to inspire you this season.

Make Dough Ornaments

Decorate Your Mailbox

Christmas Mailbox Decorations

Find effortless Christmas mailbox decorations to add curbside charm this holiday season, made in just minutes. Get inspiration for all types of mailbox Christmas decorations such as garlands, Christmas mailbox swags, and more.  Read More



Add Brass Bells

Brass Bells

Whether you’re looking for nautically-inspired brass bells or just pretty gold bells for Christmas, we’re sharing all about them in this complete shopping guide!  Read More



Decorate Your Doors

Christmas Door Decorations

Simple Christmas door decorations that are effortless, yet festive and beautiful. An entrance sets the stage for your entire home.… Read More



Get Creative with Lights

Wooden Advent Calendar

Wooden Advent Calendar

Celebrate the season with the addition of a charming wooden Advent calendar! These sweet wood advent calendars add a meaningful, nostalgic element to your Christmas decorating.  Read More



Holiday Garland Projects

Make Paper Snowflakes

Winter Bedroom Decor

Today, we’re sharing 10 of the sweetest, cozy winter bedroom decor ideas for kids. From paper snowflakes and popcorn garlands to twinkling lights and glowing birch trees, there are so many ways to add layers of charm to your bedrooms throughout the winter months.  Read More



Creative Wreath Projects

Creative Gift Ideas

Giving is a beautiful way to show our love and appreciation for one another. Homemade gifts are my favorite to give. I’ve included a few creative homemade gifts that you can personalize for the loved ones on your gift list!

Each of these only take a little bit of time and money to prepare but the impact is huge! From parents and grandparents, teachers and neighbors, I think you’ll find a little something for everyone. You can check out so many more handmade gift ideas here

Finish off your homemade gift with one of my free printable gift tags. You can add a ribbon or a bit of juniper to make your package look pretty. 

Grow (and Gift!) Fragrant Paperwhites

Creative Kitchen Gifts

Make an Ornament Filled with Bath Soak

Ornament Bath Soak Homemade Gift

Homemade bath salts or bath soak is an easy and beautiful holiday gift for yourself, friends, neighbors and teachers! They’re perfect for all ages and a hit among kids and teens! Read More



Simmer Pots

How to Make a Simmer Pot

It’s so easy to make a simmer pot! Stovetop potpourri fills your home with a fabulous fragrance, and it makes a beautiful gift, too.  Read More



Make a Birch Vase

DIY Birch Vase

Transform a log from a birch tree into a stunning DIY centerpiece with this simple birch vase tutorial! Read More



I hope these Christmas ideas have inspired you! I’d love to hear from you and how you celebrate the holidays.

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  1. Julie
    I am making the sheet cookies to decorate with my grandchildren. Do you have a recipe you recommend? Most of the ones I see have you bake individual cookies and I didn’t know if this would work for the sheet pan cookies.