Top 10 Entertaining Hacks To Make Your Holiday Season Better! Get ready for the season with our clever Christmas hacks to simplify the holidays including crafty décor ideas and ways to enhance your entertaining.

Kids Reindeer Hamburger Idea

With so much to do during the holiday season, any shortcuts or tips to save time or money can be very helpful. Here are the newest and best ideas to improve your Christmas entertaining this year:

FOOD

1) Turkey

Christmas Turkey
Keep your turkey warm without overcooking by wrapping tightly in foil and then covering in towels. 

You have cooked the perfect bird but then you get a call from your guests that they are running late. No problem – you can keep your turkey warm without overcooking by wrapping it tightly in foil and then putting a few towels over top.

2) Mash Potatoes
You can take your mash potatoes to the next level by adding a pinch of baking powder, which will make them lighter and creamier. In addition, make your mash potatoes in advance and keep them warm in your slow cooker.

3) Vegetables
Consider chopping and blanching vegetables in advance to reduce cooking time. Let the vegetables cook in salted boiled water to your chosen doneness. Remove, plunge them into an ice bath and then they are ready to go for other preparations.

4) Gravy
Avoid having cold, congealed gravy by storing in a thermos, which will keep it warm until it’s ready to be poured into the gravy boat and brought to the table.

pine cone cheese tray
Almonds and rosemary sprigs can easily transform your cheese ball into something special

BONUS TIP: Avoid burning dishes by using a multi-timer stopwatch app. Cooking multiple dishes can get tricky, especially when it comes to keeping track of timers. Try using the free Android app Multi Timer StopWatch – this app includes voice commands and hand gestures to make it easy to start, stop and track multiple cooking times.

DÉCOR

5) Festive Food Platters

With so much food and drinks available at this time of year, it makes sense to use these platters as a way increase the holiday vibe in your home.

  • Appetizers can be creatively arranged to play up the holidays – check out these instructions for a Christmas Veggie Tray , Olive & Cheese Wreath or Pine Cone Cheese Ball appetizer
  • Drinks can be colored or accented with candy canes to give them a holiday spin. There are many resources like ‘The 12 Cocktails of Christmas’ that have great ideas on how jazz up your adult drinks. And for the kids, consider setting up a hot chocolate station with a variety of toppings and holiday cups.
    Christmas Table with Decor
    Simple pine branches, cones and candles can create a beautiful table
  • Desserts can easily be made into a snowy treat by sprinkling powder sugar on top. Or consider looking up creative and cute ways of presenting simple desserts like ‘25+ Cute Christmas Treats

6) Christmas Décor Clusters can help give your décor more presence. Instead of spreading out your decorations around your whole house, pick some key areas like a coffee table, mantle or entranceway to cluster your décor together.

7) Simple Materials like pine, bows and lights can make the best decorations. Also consider making your own decorations with simple materials like these rustic Christmas décor ideas.

ENTERTAINMENT

8) Christmas Bingo is an easy and fun DIY game that has many bingo card templates available online like this one.

9) Candy Cane Hunt is a direct steal from Easter, but can still entertain the younger guests while the food is being prepared. Also consider

Sample ElfYourself Image
The Free ElfYourself App allows you to add your friends and family’s faces to dancing elves

10) Download some Christmas Apps to help entertain all your guests such as the always popular ElfYourself App that creates funny movies of dancing elves with your face. Use your friends and family’s photos and generate a ELFYourself video that can be downloaded or shared on YouTube.

BONUS TIP: Check out this list of other fun Christmas related apps for more entertainment ideas.