9 Last-Minute Christmas Dessert Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

9 last minute Christmas dessert ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Need some last-minute Christmas dessert ideas? Below are 9 of our favorite recipes for you to whip up this holiday!

We've got yummy cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, and even peppermint bark. These have all been tested for ease and deliciousness. So spend less time baking and more time enjoying your holiday with friends and family!

And if you make any, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(d0t)com and let me know how you enjoyed them. If there's one recipe to try, I say go for the perfect sugar cookies, they're simple, versatile, and so tasty!

1. Red Velvet Christmas Tree Brownies

Red Velvet Christmas tree brownie recipe | CatchMyParty.com

2. Vanilla Heart Cookies

Vanilla heart cookie recipe | CatchMyParty.com

3. Jammy Dodger Cookies

Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

4. Perfect Sugar Cookies

Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

5. Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes

Mashmallow snowman recipe | CatchMyParty.com

6. Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

Chewy Gingersnap cookies recipe | CatchMyParty.com

7. Easy Eggnog Pound Cake

Eggnog pound cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

8. Santa Claus Cupcakes

9 last minute christmas dessert ideas including these Santa Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

9. Peppermint Bark

9 last minute christmas dessert ideas including this peppermint bark| CatchMyParty.com

To help you plan your holiday parties, please check out these awesome Christmas parties on our site for ideas, and our free Christmas party printables!

A Floral Fox Party and More!

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Floral fox party and more | CatchMyParty.com

My favorite parties this week are so gorgeous!!

Check out this stunning girl birthday floral fox party, a delightful Despicable Me boy birthday party with lots of fun Minions, a beautiful pink Christmas party with amazing cakes and sweets, and a pastel under the sea mermaid girl birthday party with starfish and adorable mermaids!

Clockwise from top left:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas this week! We're in Las Vegas for some quick pre-Christmas fun. We went to the buffet at Caesar's Palace tonight. If you like buffets I highly recommend it. And now I'm so stuffed!

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe

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Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by Strongbow to come up with a recipe that would pair well with the flavors in their hard apple cider. When I think of drinking hard ciders, with their warm apple-y bite, I think about hanging out with friends on a winter day in big, bulky sweaters (maybe that's what I'm thinking about right now because it's cold and cloudy here in Northern California). So I wanted to come up with something that would work well for a casual winter get-together.

I love serving French fries when I entertain because... everyone loves French fries. Honestly, do you know anyone who doesn't? But to elevate them, I like to serve them with unique and flavorful dipping sauces. So enter my quick and easy aioli recipe!

I've made aioli a bunch of time before, but in this new recipe I made two important changes. The first was I added apple cider vinegar so it would pair nicely with the Strongbow Apple Gold Hard Cider.

My intention was for both the cider and the aioli to bring a tangy sharpness and strong apple flavor to the mix, but in complementary ways, like two shades of the same color. And it worked! They played off each other beautifully. And adding in some steak fries, with their warmth and salty richness, made for a very satisfying dish.

I loved how this turned out, and I will definitely be serving this this winter. It was delicious and totally totally addictive!

My second change was I used a food processor instead of a mortar and pestle. When I took the ingredients shot above, I wasn't sure I was going to risk it in the food processor, but it actually worked great, and I was able to make the aioli in about five minutes, with no tired hands. This is definitely the way to go.

So check out how I did it...

Quick & Easy Aioli Recipe

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (medium sized)
Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com


Add the garlic cloves, salt, and a couple tablespoons of the olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until the garlic is very finely chopped. If the garlic starts to accumulate on the side of the food processor, use a spatula to push it down.

Add the egg yolks and pulse until completely integrated. Add the remaining oil, about a tablespoon at a time. Pulse after each addition, until that oil is completely mixed in.

Once you've pulsed in all the olive oil, and have a nice light creamy texture, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and pulse until completely integrated. Repeat with one more teaspoon of vinegar, then one teaspoon of lemon juice.

Aioli is best when served fresh, but you can cover and refrigerate and use the next day.

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.comYum!

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick and Easy Aioli Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Aioli is one of those great multi-purpose condiments, and I tend to prefer it to mayonnaise because of it's complexity. In addition to French fries, I like to eat it with Brussels sprouts and artichokes, and definitely on turkey sandwiches. It just makes everything taste better!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Strongbow. The opinions expressed herein are all mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Strongbow.

Cupcake Stand DIY

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Check out this easy to make holiday cupcake stand DIY! See more crafts and DIYs at CatchMyParty.com!

Here's a quick and easy cupcake stand DIY that's perfect for the holidays from Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs!

Today we are sharing a perfectly simple and inexpensive way to display all of your party sweets and treats! Whether for your next holiday party, or birthday celebration, this DIY 3-Tiered Cupcake Stand will allow you to showcase your delicious desserts with the perfect touch of chic simplicity:


  • 2 pieces 8 1/2 x 11 unfinished wood plaques
  • 1 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 unfinished wood plaque
  • 2 crystal candle holders (We found ours at our local Dollar Store!)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Sturdy adhesive
Materials for Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com


1. Begin by painting your unfinished wood plaques in the color paint of your choosing. We chose a classic white paint for our cupcake stand!

Materials for Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Materials for Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

2. After your paint has dried, it is time to secure your first crystal candlestick holder to one of your larger unfinished wood plaques. This first piece will serve as the base of your cupcake stand.

Apply a thin coat of your sturdy adhesive to the rim of the base of your candlestick holder and firmly press it to the center of your unfinished wood plaque.

Materials for Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

3. Once the base of your candlestick holder is secure, apply a thin layer of adhesive to the top rim of your candlestick holder and then place your second larger wood plaque centered on top of it.

This will be the middle tier of your cupcake stand.

Assembly of Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

4. Repeat this same process with your second candlestick holder and your small piece wood plaque. This will serve as your top tier.

You now have a fabulous 3 tiered cupcake stand fit to display all of your delectable desserts.

Assembly of Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We filled ours with delicious vanilla cupcakes that we dressed up with these amazing, modern holiday cupcake wrappers and toppers from Lillian Hope Designs Black & Gold Christmas Printable Collection!

Cupcake Stand DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We hope you love your new DIY 3-tier cupcake stand as much as we do! We love that this cupcake stand is simple, stylish and so very versatile! It would make the perfect serving piece for all your holiday parties and events to come!

Thanks, Missy & Kristen for sharing your chic and easy cupcake stand idea! Looking forward to the crafts you come up with in 2015!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

California Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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We were asked by DeKuyper to come up with a signature cocktail that would be fun to serve during the holidays. Most people think of eggnog or peppermint as their Christmas flavors of choice, but when I think winter... I think citrus!

I love the sweet and tangy flavors citrus brings to a drink, and since I am a California girl (by way of New Jersey), I wanted to create a California cosmopolitan cocktail recipe that highlights the relaxed, casual, West Coast lifestyle and would brighten up any holiday party.


California Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe


1 cup Pinnacle vodka 1/2 cup DeKuyper Triple Sec 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup sanding sugar (for the rim of the glass)


Dampen the rim of your martini glass with a wet paper towel. Dip the rim in sanding sugar to give the glasses some sparkle and the drink a touch of sweetness. I used yellow to complement the color of the cocktail.


Combine vodka, triple sec, orange juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher. You can chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


And for my final garnish, I cut a round slice of orange, removed the juicy orange part, then thinned out the peel with a paring knife. I held it in a tight twist for a few seconds, and let go. It made the prettiest garnish!


What I love about this drink is the sweetness from the Triple Sec mixed with the acidic punch from the orange and lemon juices. It's a nicely balanced cocktail with fun boldness.


Happy Holidays! Let me know if you use this recipe at your holiday party. I'd love to hear what you thought.


Tis the season for great cocktails! What will wow your guest and set your holiday party apart, the perfect cocktail made by you. DeKuyper offers over 50 mixable and versatile flavors of cordials, liqueurs, crèmes, brandies and schnapps for thousands of amazing cocktails. Explore our website at dekuyperusa.com to find one that is perfect for you or visit us on Facebook and Pinterest to see some of our favorites. Plus, you can always create your own recipe and share it with us!


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DeKuyper via Mode Media. DeKuyper® is a trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. (“Beam”) and is used with permission.  The information, comments and ideas expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Beam, its affiliated companies or any of their directors or employees.  Beam does not sponsor, authorize, or otherwise endorse this website.

Winter Wonderland Party Ideas

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I'm so happy Melissa Newell party pro from My Party Passion is sharing all her winter wonderland party ideas from a recent playdate party she threw. I always love her budget friendly ideas!

Happy winter from snowy New York! I am so happy we had some of the white stuff for Thanksgiving and a little into December also. Hoping more to come for Christmas!

I started this tradition of inviting over one of my mom friends and her twin girls for a fun holiday movie. I set up a craft for them, some fun finger foods and decorate the house up in the theme of the movie we will be watching. Last year it was Polar Express and you can check out that party at my Catch My Party page!

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decor | CatchMyParty.com

This year it was Winter Wonderland theme with us watching Frozen after crafting and snacks. It was so much fun.


Using blues, whites and silver for my color scheme, I was able to complete this party on a tight budget!

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decor | CatchMyParty.com

Winter Wonderland Playdate Drinks | CatchMyParty.com

I found this great wrapping paper with a silver base and white snowflakes at the dollar store. Using this for my food table cover was an easy clean up and perfect with my theme!

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decorations| CatchMyParty.com

I found a few free printables for signs online, too! (credits at the bottom of the post)

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decor | CatchMyParty.com


Keeping it more about fellowship and fun, I kept the food very simple: some carrots and celery sticks with dip, cheese and crackers, and some powdered donuts. These options kept them coming back to the table throughout our movie.

Of course, hot chocolate was the drink of the day complete with snowman Peeps on a stick!


The girls had a blast making these winter scene snow globe pictures.

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decorations| CatchMyParty.com

There was also an ornament craft. I used tops to inexpensive boxes that I found online. They were a “less than perfect” find on a famous crafting/party site, but they were perfect for the craft! Using fake snow, some winter themed miniatures, the girls created these beautiful ornaments to give away to special people at Christmas.

Winter Wonderland Playdate Collage | CatchMyParty.com


I always have some sort of take away goodies for the girls. This year I was lucky to enlist the help of Pamela over at Pamela Smerker Designs and her new Squatles Snowmen were perfect for the girls to take home and call their own.

Winter Wonderland Playdate | CatchMyParty.com

In addition to that, I blinged up these wands that I found at Catch My Party with a plastic snowflake and some washi tape. THESE WERE THE GIRLS' FAVORITE item of the day!

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decorations| CatchMyParty.com

The playdate was great and, of course, who can’t watch Frozen for the 30th time..hehe… I hope your holidays are filled with great memories and fun celebrations! Until next time – Party On Friends!

Winter Wonderland Playdate Decorations| CatchMyParty.com


You can see Melissa’s other fantastic parties on our site, her blog, My Party Passion and her Facebook page.

For more inspiration, check out all the Winter Wonderland parties on our site!

Santa Mason Jar DIY

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Check out this easy Santa mason jar DIY, perfect for last minute gifts! CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here with an easy Santa Mason Jar DIY that is simple to do and oh so cute!

Santa Mason Jar DIY | CatchMyParty.com

With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to think about a creative gift that would be the perfect way to say Happy Holidays to teachers, neighbors, family and friends! We don't know about you, but with so many special people on our list, we wanted a gift that was simple, budget friendly, but still chic and unique!

So, these DIY Santa Mason Jars were the perfect fit! All you need are a few inexpensive supplies and a few minutes of time, and you'll soon have a festive gift that will be sure to make the recipients' holiday season merry and bright!


  • Quart Size Mason Jar
  • Red Candies (you can use Sixlets, M&Ms, or red licorice pieces)
  • Black Ribbon (7/8"-1.5")
  • Gold Glitter
  • White Buttons (3/4"-1")
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
Santa Mason Jar DIY Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

1. Begin by cutting a piece of the black ribbon so that it fits around your mason jar. This will serve as Santa's belt. Once your ribbon is cut, dip your paint brush into the Modge Podge and paint the outline of a rectangle in the center of your ribbon.

Gently sprinkle the gold glitter onto the Modge Podge. Shake excess glitter from the ribbon. Santa's belt now has a glittering, gold buckle! Wrap the ribbon about a third of the way up from the bottom of your mason jar and adhere with a drop of hot glue.

Santa Mason Jar DIY Assembly | CatchMyParty.com

2. Next, add a drop of hot glue to the back of one of your white buttons and adhere to your mason approximately 1/4 inch above the gold buckle on the black ribbon belt.

Santa Mason Jar DIY Assembly | CatchMyParty.com

3. Add hot glue to your remaining 2 buttons and adhere vertically above your first button. You now have the buttons from Santa's suit!

Santa Mason Jar DIY | CatchMyParty.com

4. Now it's time to fill your jar with the red candy! We chose to use red Sixlets, but red M&M's, or even red licorice bites would work just as well!

Santa Mason Jar DIY Candy | CatchMyParty.com

Santa Mason Jar DIY Candy | CatchMyParty.com

5. Finally, it's time to add a bit of glitz and glam to the lid of your mason jar! You'll need your Modge Podge, paint brush and gold glitter.

Santa Mason Jar DIY Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

6. Add a layer of Modge Podge to the rim of your mason jar lid and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess glitter and allow a few minutes for it to set and dry.

Santa Mason Jar DIY | CatchMyParty.com

And there you have it! Your DIY Santa Mason Jar is now complete! Now all that's left to do is give these cute and creative homemade gifts to all those special people in your life!

Santa Mason Jar DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We hope you enjoyed making your DIY Santa Mason jars as much as we did and hope your holidays are filled with peace, love and joy!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more inspiration, check out all our crafts and DIYs on Catch My Party.

Easy Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe

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Easy Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine is here sharing a delicious and easy eggnog pound cake recipe!

I love eggnog. I first fell in love with eggnog as a barista at Starbucks. Yes, I worked there for 8 years and enjoyed every minute of it! I will say eggnog is an acquired taste.

Whether you’re adding it to your morning coffee, brandy for a nightcap or this delicious pound cake, you are in for a holiday treat. This pound cake recipe has a mild eggnog flavor that even my toddlers are going crazy over!

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Chocolate and More

Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons eggnog or milk
Combine all dry ingredients. Whisk together. Set aside.

Whisk eggs, eggnog and vanilla together.

Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Pour the melted butter and egg mixture into the flour mixture. Fold in wet ingredients. You will have a thick batter. This recipes makes two 9” loafs. You can even split batter between mini loaf pans, perfect for gifts!

Cook 55-60 minutes. Insert toothpick to make sure the loaf is fully cooked.

Allow to cool completely.

Prepare glaze. Spoon glaze over cooled loaf and allow to sit until firm. Enjoy!

Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Slice and serve. It's delicious!

Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I can't wait to try this, Shauna. Thanks so much for sharing it with our community!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out all our recipes on Catch My Party!

Frozen Wonderland Party and More!

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My 4 favorite parties of the week 12.14 | CatchMyParty.com

This week my four favorite parties include a Frozen Wonderland party and more!

You'll love this gorgeous winter Frozen girl birthday party, a lovely, modern garden party bridal shower, a magical secret garden ballet recital party and a fun pink and black surfer girl birthday party. You'll be blown away by all the creativity!

Clockwise from top left:

Just one week until Christmas break!  We're heading to Las Vegas for a quick getaway before Christmas. I love Las Vegas. My plan is to spa, see a show, and eat good food. I can deal with one more week of holiday stress to get there! How are your holidays?

Christmas Ornament DIY Ideas

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I was invited by Tend to create a video, sharing some of my favorite Christmas ornament DIY ideas. I can't tell you how fun this was.

I headed to a cool DIY space in San Francisco called Workshop. They had everything set up there (including a makeup and hair person). Given that I spend most of my days in my office (garage), in my yoga pants, in front of my computer, it was such a change, and I felt like a real celebrity. Kim Kardashian, watch out!

Take a look at the video and see what you think. Then please give it a thumbs up if you like it, and I'd love it if you commented, too. I promise I'll answer back.

Which was your favorite craft? If you can only do one, I recommend the cinnamon stick stars because they smell so good!

Here are some shots from the shoot...

Christmas Ornament DIY Shoot |CatchMyParty.com

And if you like what you see, please subscribe to the tend YouTube Channel to see all my future videos (fingers crossed).

Christmas Ornament DIY Ideas |CatchMyParty.com

Christmas Ornament DIY Shoot |CatchMyParty.com

Christmas Ornament DIY Ideas |CatchMyParty.com

Christmas Ornament DIY Shoot |CatchMyParty.com

Christmas Ornament DIY Ideas |CatchMyParty.com


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