Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Easy Baking and Craft Ideas for Christmas in July

Well it's that time of the year again.  It's more freezing inside the house in Sydney, than the Mid West of America in a snow storm in February.  Why??  Because our homes here is Australia are built for Summer.  They are all glass, floor boards and open plan.   The heating and insulation are completely inadequate for even the mildest of Winter conditions.  Suffice to say I am shivering as I write this.  But the great thing is, it's also the time we have our Christmas in July parties here in Australia.  That's right,  although my family has been known to drink egg nog and tuck into a pork roast with all the trimmings on a 40 degree day (102 F) as Sydney swelters at Christmas time.  We like to do it all again when the temperature really is like a Northern Christmas.  So for my fellow Aussies who are thinking about having a Christmas in July party, here are some easy bake, craft and styling ideas to add some zing to your Christmas shin dig.  And for anyone else, it's only 6 months to go 'til the real thing and it's never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.  To find the 'how to' on all these projects, just click on the shot you like.

Here are some of the projects I posted about last Christmas
First I showed you several ways to set a table on an absolute budget

Then there were these mini ice cream cone Christmas trees

I showed you how to decorate your mantel with a beachy Christmas theme.

and how to make a snow dome on a cake stand 

Then I got baking.  There were rice bubble and Mars Bar plum puddings

and Santa's fat tummy cakes

There was a tutorial on how to make this Christmas tree on a platter, using marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and topped with crushed candy.

Then I showed you how to create some unique and simple decorations out of house hold materials

I had some great gift wrapping ideas here

And these were the best of all.  My second most favourite post of all time, some fabulous reindeer cookies.  So easy to make and a complete hit on Christmas table

So there you go just a few simple ideas for a great Christmas in July Festival.  For more Christmas craft and baking ideas go here.
Today I am linked up here


  1. I love this post! I am starting to think about my annual Christmas in July party so thanks for the wonderful ideas!

    Stay warm and best wishes for a happy Wednesday!

  2. So true its our chance to experience a cold xmas like the rest of the globe. Your food and decorations look fantastic and has shown me I really need to get my cake stand out more .. the possibilities!

  3. I remember some of these posts, all great. In July we sometimes find Christmas movies on TV. Fun to watch when it is 80 degrees outside!

    Stay warm!


  4. I love the Christmas tree on a platter. Great ideas.

  5. Comes around quickly doesn't it Carolyn. I'm not getting caught out this year.

    Anne xx

  6. Enjoy your Christmas in July, Carolyn! It's 108 degrees here today - I can't bear to think of Christmas!

  7. Came over from DIY. Love the idea of Christmas in July. One year my friends all got together and traded ornaments and decorations they no longer wanted. I was so happy last week when Hobby Lobby started putting out the Christmas stuff. My favorite of this post - the shell tree tags!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  8. I'm enjoying thinking about Christmas, because on Thursday we are expected to get to 101F! I think it's the perfect opportunity to stay in the A/C and do some Christmas crafts like these!
    Happy REDnesday,

  9. I remember some of these posts too. Nice to see them again and find out about your Christmas in July parties. What a fabulous idea!

  10. ooh we are hosting Christmas lunch this year - and I love the ideas you have included :)

  11. Everything looks sooo perfect!! Love that everything is budget friendly :)
    I hope you enjoy your Christmas in July! :)

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. I got so excited as I scrolled through and I was all Ohhh I remember that and yes that one too. You are such a clever chick. That reminds me I never got around to telling you about my dream and your house on Bilgola Beach ha ha xx

  13. Oh, my gosh! It is SO funny that you mention your current weather conditions in Australia because I just mentioned YOU in a post I just did for our 4th of July celebration!!! You're in the 1st or 2nd paragraph...I can't remember. TOO funny!!! I really wish there was a way we could even things out by swapping a bit of our excruciatingly hot weather for your teeth-chattering chilly temps! :-) Looking at all these fun ideas for celebrating Christmas is a good start! I remember that great table from last year with the pine boughs and agapanthus blooms!!! I don't remember seeing the fat Santa tummies, though. VERY cute! VERY creative! You always have such good ideas! I hope it warms up a bit for you soon. Meanwhile, I will try to wish some of this 103 degree heat your way! Have a wonderful week!!!

  14. I laugh out loud.Christmas in Jun....what a funny Idea....thank so mutch!!!!
    Sincerely Flori

  15. What a fun post! It "cools" me off as it was l06 here yesterday!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  16. Cute post! You have posted so many great ideas.


  17. Great Christmas ideas!
    Greetings from sunny S-E Qld ♥

  18. What a fun idea i have seen christmas in july on tip junkie and wondered what it was all about lol thanks for linking up at my party xxx

  19. Wonderful post! I'm getting so many ideas from the July C'mas it's great, so fun! Thanks for sharing...loving the cloche!

  20. Fabulous decor and inspiration. So many great ideas. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  21. You seriously have Christmas in July. We used to do that at camp, but I've never heard of anyone else doing it. I can see it would make it easier to enjoy the heavy food associated with a traditional Christmas. Well have fun.

  22. It is hard to think of Christmas in July when it's so hot here. Love your ideas.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Wow, so many wonderful ideas and I love your pretty table settings. It has been up to 105 here lately so it is nice to think about snow and Christmas. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  24. I still don't understand why it isn't Christmas in June?? But I love the Noel bunting!!

  25. Christmas in July is great!... The cakes look yummy... :)

  26. These ideas always work. Even I celebrated Christmas in July last year. It was also my sister's wedding back then. I personally prepared some yummy cakes, plum pudding and as a surprise I ordered the famous Christmas in July gift baskets from Gourmet Basket to celebrate, both, the wedding and Christmas together. All were happy with the yummy food surprises and I am happy that my sister got awesome wedding memories.


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