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How to Decorate With Food

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Food isn’t just for eating. It’s for decorating, too. Here are a few fun ways to incorporate food into your holiday decorations. 

Did you know that cranberries don’t come in a gooey canned substance? It’s true! The bright little berries make a cool eye catching centerpiece that’s festive and seasonal. Take a candle (the LED kind will work just fine here) and place it in a clear bowl. Fill the bowl with cranberries and place it on the table. A few sprays of evergreen make it very wintery and right in season. If you wanted to be super fancy, place a floating candle in club soda with a handful of cranberries. The bubbles in the club soda will push the cranberries around in the bowl. Very pretty.

I love little gingerbread people. I think they’re so cute. Make some gingerbread cookie dough and roll it out on some wax paper. Use a cookie cutter to make the shapes. Use a small straw to poke a hole in the head for some ribbon. Bake the dough like you would if you were making cookies. When they’re completely cool, brush some Mod Podge craft saver over the top so they don’t crumble. Wait until the Mod Podge has dried and then take some raffia and tie it through the hole. They make great Christmas tree ornaments to keep or to give away.

This last one is putzy, but it’s my favorite. Use a handmade snowman to mark places at the table. You’ll need lollipop sticks, marshmallows, golden Oreos, tiny pretzel rods, vanilla frosting, readymade icing and Hershey’s kisses. Place three marshmallows on a lollipop stick and cut off any part of the stick that isn’t covered by the marshmallows. Poke tiny pretzel rods into the sides of the center marshmallow for arms and use the readymade icing to make a face and buttons on his chest. Spread a small amount of vanilla frosting on the top of the top marshmallow and place a Hershey’s kiss on as a hat. Then spread a small amount of frosting on the bottom marshmallow and place it on the Oreo. It’s a place card holder you can eat.

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