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‘Tis the season to gather with family and friends amidst the twinkle of vibrant lights, the warm crackle of a fireplace, and the nostalgia of red or green décor.

But with that hectic pace of the holidays just around the corner, this doesn’t give you much time to plan and execute the perfect seasonal soiree.

So whether you’re hosting an office social for your co-workers or a laid-back evening with your closest friends, these last-minute ideas will ensure a festive party atmosphere that’s both merry and bright—without the added stress.

Backyard Bonfire Roast Party

As the weather cools down and the daylight hours shorten, it’s an ideal time to huddle around a firepit with the people you love.

Host a bonfire in the backyard, complete with outdoor games, torch lights, cosy blankets and seasonal noshes.

For a sweet tooth option, provide the fixings to roast s’mores and simmer a batch of crockpot hot chocolate.

Or if you want to serve an entire meal for the guests, Midwest Living recommends hearty winter staples like fondue or chilli that can be enjoyed around a roaring flame.     

Tacky Christmas Jumper Party

What is the reverse of a swanky gala with a black-tie dress code? The obvious answer is a tacky sweater bash, and for this event, the quirkier your guests deck themselves out, the more hilarity will ensue.

So the choice is yours—either keep it G-rated, or make it adult only with jumpers that scream “naughty list.”

You can even reward the person, whose attire is the most outlandish, with a Christmas-themed mug and Starbucks gift card to savour a holiday drink (while rocking that sweater, of course).   

Around the World Potluck Party

If you’re curious about how other cultures show off their holiday spirit, then a global inspired celebration is an exciting way to find out.

Invite guests to prepare traditional foods which represent Christmastime all over the world and host a potluck where everyone can sample these unique, exotic dishes.

This streamlines the menu planning, so you can focus more efforts on other memorable touches such these decorations from various countries for an ambiance that’s culturally diverse and authentic.

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party

Since just about every person breaks out their oven mitts and dusts off their cookie recipes this time of year, it’s the perfect occasion to gather your loved ones for a cookie exchange.

Bake a few dozen seasonal treats, and request your friends or family do the same. Then invite the whole crew together to nibble on each other’s creations, swap their favourite recipes, and bring home a selection of these holiday desserts.

To pull off the ultimate cookie exchange, Good Housekeeping delivers some hassle-free ideas.

No matter how you decide to celebrate the holidays, these creative and festive themes are sure to enchant your guests and make them feel all the warmth this season has to offer.

Even if you’re short on time, there is no reason you can’t still host a meaningful experience for those you care about—and maintain sanity in the process.


We have tried quite a few brands and recipes of chocolate chip cookies, and we have a statement to make: the recipe below is simply the easiest and tastiest you can ever make.

No complicated ingredient or technique involved in this recipe, you literally cannot bottle it. 

One piece of advice: double up the ingredients and freeze half of the batch so you always have cookie dough on hand! 


  • 250g flour
  • 125g melted butter
  • 100g white sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 150g chocolate, chopped (milk, dark or white)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder


1. Preheat the oven to 165°C. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

2. Add the beaten egg and melted butter, mix well, then stir in chocolate and combine. 

3. Form 12 balls and place on a lined baking tray, 6 at a time. Bake for 10 minutes (even if the cookies are still soft, then are cooked) then take out of the oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!



Decorating Christmas cookies may be one of our favourite holiday traditions. Even though you inevitably get covered in sprinkles and frosting, it's just so fun (and tasty)!

Unfortunately, not all of us are gifted when it comes to the craft of icing. Someone who can sympathise? Dad-of-two Ryan Reynolds.

He and wife Blake Lively are always taking hilarious shots at each other on social media, so when he botched a batch of cookies she took her chance.

"Like they’ve never said, like never, ever… Ryan Reynolds is the next Martha Stewart," the Gossip Girl star tweeted.

The 30-year-old mum even shared the pic with her 18.8M Insta followers, captioning it, "…He’s verrry handsome though."

We are in STITCHES!

We're glad he has something to make up for his lack of culinary skills. That snowman looks less frosty and more…bloody.

Instagram users were definitely amused by Ryan's mangled cookies.

"Legit looks like there’s been a massacre," joked one person.

"I’ve heard of killing the Christmas spirit, but you sir, you killed the Christmas cookies. What’s next, a reindeer?" said another of Blake's followers.

We can't get enough of their couple banter! 


Our favourite thing to do during the winter break when we are done with the present shopping is obviously to drink with our friends and eat all the chocolate. 

And for some of us, it is also to bake some pretty treats to share with our family. If you are really broke, an edible gift is actually a good idea for your uncles and aunties who will appreciate the effort.

With the inspiration below, you will definitely be crowned star baker! 

1. Three Wise Men


2. Cute treats



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3. Kawai gingerbread men


4. Winter accessories



5. Princess Elsa



 6. The poo-moji


 7. Adorable fawn



8. Cute snowmen


9. Winter jumper collection



 10. Hot chocolate mugs



 11. Teddy bears



12. Beautiful Santas



 13. Wintery landscape



 14. Christmas baking essentials



15. Santa macarons



You can walk down down these days without seeing signs for fidget spinners in every shop window. 

The new toy is the latest craze for the kids these days, and while we may be beyond out prime fidget spinning years, we're still well aware of the trend thanks to the amount of kids we see with them on a day-to-day basis.

It seems that the obsession has officially peaked, as an edible version of the toy is now a thing. 


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 Clearly Cookies, a well-known Dallas bakery is responsible for the confectionery carnation of the kinetic toy. 

The cookie store just posted a photo and video of its fidget spinner cookies to Instagram, and it went viral almost immediately. 


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'It's all the rage right now. Introducing the first edible (and kid friendly) #FidgetSpinner,' reads the caption.

'For sure to keep your attention and relieve your hunger! It even SPINS too!'

We need to get some of these over to the Emerald Isle pronto!


We love a good meme here in the SHEmazing! office, and really, who doesn't love getting tagged in a gas online image.

Some of our favourite internet personalities, from Salt Bae to 'cash me outside, how bou dat" girl, (who now has over a million online followers, what?) gained their fame by being canonised in the online community for all eternity via meme. 

One Instagram account is immortalising major meme moments in cookie dough, which is simultaneously making us hungry and happy.


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The cookies aim to share the news in baked-goods form, and the page is doing a seriously good job of keeping us informed, if slightly peckish.

Amber Spiegel is the genius baker behind the intricate designs, and her on-point artisanal skills are worth the follow.

While the meme cookies on Cookie The News are racking up major likes on Insta, the rest of the page's bold biscuits deserve a look in too.


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Social commentary and celebrity mishaps are the focus of some of the other amazing decoration videos. 

From Beyonce's pregnancy announcement to Brangelina's split, nothing is sacred when it comes to these confectionery delights.

Here's a few more of our faves: 


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Dublin 8 is now home to a brand new cookie café, but this is no first-time venture for owners Jenny Synnott and Elaine Cohalan.

The couple have been selling their wares at festivals and farmers' markets for two years now, and this year took the leap to open their own café and bakery on Dublin's Thomas St.

It opened over the weekend, and if you haven't had the chance to check it out yet, we'd strongly suggest pegging it down there soon.

Why? Well, firstly, the cookies.

Freshly baked and in a variety of flavours like classic chocolate chip, sea salted caramel and peanut butter, these are no ordinary biccies.

Secondly, the coffee, made with beans from Irish artisan roasters Coffee Culture:


And finally, the cookie dough, so that you can whip up your own batch at home:

Enough said. We're already sold.

Check out The Dublin Cookie Co now at 29 Thomas St, Dublin 8.


So, we have mentioned this a couple of times in the past, but at SHEmazing! we are MASSIVE fans of baked goods. If you need proof then allow us to direct you to our Instagram account. 

Yes, it is true, we have never met a cake, pastry or chocolate-peanut butter concoction we haven't loved.

Don't even get us started on the cheesecakes. Naturally when we found this beauty of a recipe online we had to share it with everyone. 

Just look this! 

This cookie is the size of a steering wheel for goodness sake, and we love. We love it so much that we think everyone should try it and allow the deliciousness and sugar content to brighten up this chilly winter weekend. Also, it is very easy to make, so there's really no excuse. 



Soft carmel pieces (to be melted because nom)

Cookie dough x2

Chocolate chips (or M&Ms if you're feeling very fancy)

One giant dish to cook it in, the bigger the better. 


1. Melt the caramel pieces using the microwave (about 30-40 seconds) then stir until smooth.

2. Slice one roll of cookie dough into smaller pieces and line the dish with them. Spread them out until it's covered.

3. Pour the caramel over the first layer and then add some chocolate chips.

4. Slice the second roll of cookie dough and cover the fillings. 

5. Place in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 


Deep Dish Caramel Cookie

Posted by BuzzFeed Food on Tuesday, 3 November 2015


If you have the dilemma of what to do with your pumpkin after Halloween, then fear not because these yummy cookies are EVERYTHING. 

Whether you choose gooey chocolate, rich cinnamon or soft honey, you won't regret one bite.

But if you want to go down to savoury root, check out these delicious recipes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now this looks like the perfect cookie. Easy to make and delicious to eat, your pumpkin will certainly go to good use with this recipe. 


Pumpkin Cinnamon Cookies

These super-soft cookies with cinnamon chips and sugar are the BEST late night snack.


Oatmeal Pumpkin Creme Pies

Apart from looking amazing, these soft and chewy sweet treats are great with a pumpkin twist. 


Pumpkin Spice Honey Cookies

Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, you'll impress all your friends with this recipe


Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip

If you thought regular cookie dough was good, you have seen nothing yet! 


To some, cookies are treat-yourself food, a reward you give yourself every once in a while because your so damn healthy!

To others, they can be a go-to midnight feast (naughty), or something you eat with a cup of tea every day. 

We believe that cookie dough may be just as tasty as the cookie itself, so when we came across Delish's Cookie Dough Dip, we couldn't help but share it with you. 

Minus the flour and plus cream cheese, they have made cookie dough easy to make, way creamier and way dreamier. 

The dip takes only a few minutes to whip up, and you most likely have some of the ingredients already: a block of cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, and milk chocolate chips. 

Sounds good already, doesn't it? 

Blend the ingredients together as much as you can; you can whisk by hand if you want an arm workout or opt for an electric mixer so save some time (and sweat).

Then all you have to do is pick a dipper! Delish have used some fab-looking pretzels, but the choice is up to you. 

What the video for a quick tutorial: 



This recipe is not only easy to make but doesn’t even require you to preheat the oven.

What you’ll need:

  • 440g brown sugar
  • 120ml evaporated milk
  • 113g butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 255g peanut butter
  • 255g rolled oats

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Add the brown sugar, evaporated milk, and butter to a heavy saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continually, until the mixture comes to boil. Cook for one minute longer.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, quick oats and vanilla. Stir until the mixture begins to cool.
  4. Drop the cookies by the spoonful onto a non-stick baking sheet or waxed paper. Cool completely in the refrigerator.

Three ingredients?! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • 200g sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 egg

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/gas mark 6/400F.
  2. Stir the ingredients together until blended.
  3. Roll into balls and press down with the back of a fork. Then press again from the other side to form the criss cross pattern on top.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Allow them cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.