Our Favorite 2013 Holiday Pins and Inspiration


Raise your hand if you’ve ever been browsing Pinterest for a quick, DIY table centerpiece or a simple recipe for a work potluck, then looked up at the clock only to realize you’ve been perusing for two hours.

Sound familiar? Many of us are guilty of this all-too-familiar time suck! That’s why I’ve done the work for you, and scoured the web for some of my favorite holiday tricks and tips. Each category has a photo that is more time intensive, medium and a quick win.

For Your Spread of Yummy Holiday Snacks

Christmas tree cupcakes. // Tablespoon

Christmas tree cupcakes. // Tablespoon

Simple cupcakes topped with an ice cream cone, decorated with frosting and sprinkles. It’s a delectable dessert and a great display all in one. 

Christmas tree veggie spread. // Pinterest 

Christmas tree veggie spread. // Pinterest 

We all love to indulge during our holiday get-togethers, but be sure to serve up some lighter, greener options to guests if you’re hosting, or offer to bring it if you’re attending a party. This veggie spread is healthy and festive.

MCL Catering bruschetta is equal parts yummy and festive.

MCL Catering bruschetta is equal parts yummy and festive.

Delicious bruschetta adds a pop up festive color, but order an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres from MCL Catering and customize your own spread. If you want to prep your own finger foods, opt for a simple crowd-pleaser such as shrimp cocktail.

For the Extra Ornaments You Bought on Clearance

A beautiful wreath of ornaments. // Good Housekeeping

A beautiful wreath of ornaments. // Good Housekeeping

Adorn your wall or front door with this DIY wreath that’ll use up any old tree bulbs that you’ve been reluctant to throw out – or the new ones you got in last year’s post-Christmas sale. 

A chandelier of baubles. // House of Noise

A chandelier of baubles. // House of Noise

Use white yarn or fishing wire to hang baubles from chandeliers, curtain rods, and anywhere that needs a touch of holiday spirit.

A simple centerpiece. // Pinterest 

A simple centerpiece. // Pinterest 

Fill clear vases or bowls with ornaments to create colorful centerpieces for your dining room table, or to arrange on mantles or other surfaces that need a touch of holiday cheer. 

For Your Holiday Gift Exchange 

For the beer connoisseur in your life. // Attic Lace

For the beer connoisseur in your life. // Attic Lace

DIY ceramic beer coasters – extra points if you use the recipient’s favorite craft beer! 

Homemade vanilla for your baking buddies. // The Joy of Caking

Homemade vanilla for your baking buddies. // The Joy of Caking

Homemade Madagascar vanilla requires a bit of work, but is so worth it for your friends who love to bake.

For your mistle toes. // Ivy in the Bay 

For your mistle toes. // Ivy in the Bay 

A pedicure set with a mistletoe pun – easy peasy and practical. Your pals will thank you for the pampering after they've been on their feet and busy all holiday season. 

What Are You Pinning?

There is a lot of inspiration out there, so I’m curious to see what some of your favorite holiday baking and DIY crafts are.  Or do you have any of your own tricks up your sleeve? Drop us a comment below, and share!