They are responsible for all the gorgeous food, the festive atmosphere and that spiked eggnog that you just can’t get enough of. But, what do you get this master that they’ll appreciate and won’t break your tiny bank account? How about these five simple yet chic ideas.
Customized Wooden Spoons
Head down to the local household store and pick up a few of those wooden spoons. Use ¼” stamping set to press words into the spoons’ handles. Write words first in pencil before stamping. Erase after you have stamped the words on and fill-in with markers. We recommend words that’ll describe your hostess or has special meaning to her, like the names of her kids or the characters of his favorite TV show. Secure with a festive ribbon and you’re all set to go!
Ceramic Cake Stand
What you’ll need: a bowl, a plate and some glue. Find a plate that rests firmly on the bottom of your bowl. Secure the bottom of the plate to the bottom of the bowl with marine glue and let sit overnight. For an added oomph, add ceramic flowers or chopstick holders to the edge of your plate.
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Any chef worth their grain of salt loves a good bottle of olive oil. But, why not take it up a notch and add a couple of sprigs of rosemary. Pour your olive oil into a small sauce pan and heat it over a low flame until it is warm. Add a tall sprig of rosemary into a pint glass bottle, pour the oil into the bottle, cover and set aside. Tie the bottle with a ribbon and include a tag with the use by date, two months after you made the oil.
Chalkboard Porcelain Platter
Grab a porcelain platter in the shape you like and porcelain chalkboard paint (find it at your local craft store or amazon). Use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter and apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. As soon as you’re done painting carefully remove the tape. You might need to use two coats of paint but allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second. The next step is to let your platter dry for 24 hours before baking. Your baking instructions will depend on the type of chalkboard paint you purchase, check the back of your bottle for directions. Once you’ve baked your dish will be dishwasher and microwave safe.
Four of five clear glass ornaments, crayons and a blow dryer is all you need for this project. Remove the stem from the glass ornaments and add a few small chunks of your crayon into the ball, be sure to remove the crayon’s labels. You can add as many colors as you like but, start with 3-4 colors and experiment with more as you go along. With your hair dryer setting on high, blast the heat on the ornament, twirling the ornament as the crayon’s drip. Stop whenever you get your desired look, shake any remaining pieces out of the glass and recap.
These five ideas will most certainly get you out of kitchen duties. Happy holidays!