Holidays, Keeping it Simple!

With the holidays rapidly approaching,

now’s the time to think of ways

to keep from getting too stressed out and exhausted

One of my favorite ways to make things easier

during the holidays is to prepare simple food,

and then give it a wow presentation!

HHjr wowed us the other night with his plate of a burger and fries…

The knife really grabs your attention!

Serve up some seasonal fun

with cheese pumpkins with pretzel stems on a bed of “potato chip hay”

and a cheese and pretzel broom

Or turn an easy Butter Pecan Pumpkin Dip

Into a turkey by inserting crackers and pretzels for his feathers

and add a slice of red pepper for his head and neck

A simple ice cream cone turns into a Tipsy Witch

plated upside down with a chocolate sprinkled cone witch hat

A pretty tiered tray elevates simple nibbles to grand party fare

A Maple Bundt Cake sitting on a bed of leaves

and garnished with leaf picks is Fall Fabulous!

Make the place settings for Thanksgiving extra special

with a small blessing card,

a monogram tag and a savory turkey cheese cookie

Holiday Sweet Potato Rounds are not only easy,

but they can be served as an appetizer or a side dish

Whip up a simple dessert like this no bake Tiramisu

and put it in jars tied with seasonal ribbons~

The jars make it so easy to serve and then

slip off the ribbons and put them in the dishwasher

Set a colorful buffet with pumpkins

and use multiple cake stands and pedestal servers

of different heights to add interest

Pssst…this Hot Buttered Rum Roll Cake is made with handy crescent roll dough

and filled with apples and pecans

It can be served for brunch

or topped with ice cream and caramel for dessert

Use something unexpected to elevate the simplest snacks

to a party presentation

Chip spill from a cornucopia to grab for dipping

and martini glasses make simple snacks feel elegant

Look for free decor right outside your door

and decorate tables and platters with pinecones and leaves

Pecan acorns are an easy way to dress up

Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Brown Sugar Glaze

Keep things simple but festive for the holidays!

‘Tis almost THE season!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity 

 What’s for Dinner Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creative Crafts

Creatively Crafty Thursday Favorite Things   

Friday with Friends

46 Responses to “Holidays, Keeping it Simple!”
  1. Ha, I love your turkey dip Jenna! That really turned out cute:@) Holidays will be here in the blink of an eye!!!

  2. lots of fun and delicious treats! the bundt cake looks sensational!

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    Thank you for the “cornucopia” of beautiful and clever ideas.

  4. Nancy says:

    What a wonderful array of creative, fun and delicious ideas! The Turkey dip was a fabulous one!
    Happy Sunday!

  5. Jenna, there are so many wonderful presentations of delicious food! Your clever ideas elevate each dish. Happy Sunday!

  6. These are all such wonderful ideas, Jenna. I’m eager to incorporate more than a few of them into our holidays! Have a wonderful, creative week!

  7. It all looks so festive! I like the idea of dressing up the simple.

  8. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, I want to come to one of your parties! You have so many wonderful ideas that I am definitely going to borrow this holiday season. There are so many fun celebrations during this time of year. All of these dishes look scrumptious! Thanks for all your great ideas. I think you should write an entertaining and recipe book. Happy Sunday!

  9. lghiggins says:

    What fun ideas–from the kid friendly to the adult elegance. You are amazing and I bet your grandkids think so too.

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I love all of your fun ideas to “keep it simple” for the holidays. What a great presentation HHjr made, that’s a show stopper! I’m going to be borrowing most of these tips to use. Fabulous post!

  11. helenfern says:

    What a great collection! Thanks for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party! Have a fantastic week.

  12. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Thanks for the super-simple ideas, Jenna, because we can all use easier and adorable ideas! I love the tipsy witch….my husband might have called me that over the weekend now that I think about it! (j/k)

  13. Sarah says:

    Delicious ideas! The maple bundt cake is calling my name.

  14. Kim says:

    This is awesome Jenna! Thanks so much for all the great holiday ideas. Totally pinned. And then I got distracted by the chicken cordon bleu bubble up on the side bar and had to check that out too! Yum and pinned that too. Is any kind of biscuit dough okay for that?

    P.S. Christmas it two months away from today lol.

  15. nursevikki says:

    I always enjoy your posts but the one today was SPECTAULAR!!! I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and I will be using several of your ideas and recipe’s.
    Thanks so much for all of the wonderful ideas.

    Best Regards,
    Vikki Malone

  16. Kitty says:

    You always provide such fun foodie ideas, Jenna! That Turkey dip sure is cute. I’d love a taste of all of your foods.

  17. Mary says:

    So much fun with food for the season Jenna! I’m wishing I had a mini sugar-glazed pumpkin cake to go with my coffee this morning. ♥

  18. Joanne says:

    You have so many great and simple seasonal ideas here!

  19. Julie says:

    You always have great ideas for holiday parties Jenna. Thanks for sharing all of these awesome ideas and recipes!

  20. mhhwarmcozy says:

    Jenna, I just purchased a large bag of sweet potatoes, so will be trying out your recipe. Question, since you don’t peel the sweet potatoes, are the skins soft when eating them?

  21. A feast for the eyes and tummy. Looks like some great recipes. Maple Bundt cake caught my eye.

  22. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I just love your ideas and great recipes for the holidays, they will be here soon! Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday, 560 and hope you come back again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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