Last minute ideas to make, buy and create

The big day’s almost here and suddenly there doesn’t seem much time left for all the ideas I’ve been dreaming up. However, I’ve just had a final burst of shopping and creating and I wanted to share these last minute ideas with you.

Make… Bailey’s fudge. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bottle of Baileys. This recipe from Lily Vanilli is quick, easy and possibly the most delicious fudge I’ve ever tasted! The boys’ teachers all have a big bag each and are very lucky indeed. Make it now for a friend, or just for you. I would recommend using a jam thermometer if you have one, it makes the whole process much more straight forward.

Baileys fudge

Buy…a festive soap. A winter themed soap makes a great last minute present to have on stand-by. It’s a little more virtuous than fudge, but just as nice. And how about treating yourself to a nice one too? It’s important to remember to find a moment of me time in amongst all the festive madness – my favourite thing is a hot bath, nice soap and a magazine. This one is by the Somerset Toiletry Company.

Create…a Christmas tree in a jug. We had lots of trimmings from our big Christmas tree which I’ve casually arranged in galvanised jugs. They look great unadorned, but I love twisting a few wired decorations onto the fronds. This would look beautiful on your Christmas table.

Christmas tree in a jug

Good luck with all your final preparations! 



  1. December 20, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    What a wonderful post Lizzie. Such simple ideas, but really lovely. Baileys is on my shopping list, so I might even give that fudge a go.

    • marmaladepie
      December 23, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      It’s so easy, especially if you use a thermometer! Have a lovely Christmas xx

  2. December 23, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    You’ve inspired me to get some evergreen trimmings in for the holiday decorations. I have vases of holly, ivy and fir around my house now.
    Kate xx

    • marmaladepie
      December 29, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      That sounds so lovely Kate! I hope you had a lovely Christmas x

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