8 Kid-Friendly Holiday Hacks That’ll Make the Season a Little Easier (and More Fun)

Tips and product picks from a mom who’s already been there, done that.
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October 28, 2022
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Like most things, there are pluses and minuses to hosting the holidays when you have small kids around. On one hand, it’s nice to not have to pack up and go anywhere—we all know how long it takes to get out of the house with a tiny entourage. On the other hand, hosting brings its own stressors: Shopping, cooking, panic cleaning, decorating, and more cleaning are enough to make even the most dedicated entertainer swear off hosting. But it is possible to find decorations, dinnerware and even food that meet your high standards and are still kid-friendly. Read on for product picks and entertaining hacks even Pinterest hasn’t thought of yet.

1. A set of shatter-proof glasses

There’s nothing a host hates more than the sound of glass breaking. Protect your breakables from both small and big butterfingers with these classy substitutes. The set of six shatter-proof glasses comes in three colors, so they mix seamlessly with any decor, and the sleek, modern shape will have everyone thinking they’re the real deal.

Buy it: Sole Set of 6 Shatter-Resistant Wine Glasses, $44,

2. Festive (and disposable!) dinnerware

While you’re swapping out the stemware, pick up a stylish, seasonal set of disposable dinnerware. After all, cleanup is by far the least fun part of any party. With disposable service for 20 in three different patterns, you won’t have to worry about coordinating a look for the table, or protecting your good china. Just remember to take a picture before everyone sits down to eat.

Buy it: Coterie Seasonal Service for 20 Disposable Dinnerware Set, $30,

3. Flameless candles

Candles add a cozy, magical glow to any decor, but they can be a fire risk with little ones afoot. Bring ambience to the table, bookshelf, or anywhere else with flameless candles. These pillars go with any color scheme, and you’ll never have to worry about wax drips on your tablecloth. Just turn them on with the included remote—or set ‘em and forget ‘em with four timer settings.

Buy it: Junk Gypsy 6" Flameless Candle with Timer and Remote, $30,

4. A no-mess gift wrapping solution

My kids like to help me with—well, everything. And that means I’ve had to relax my standards quite a bit on some things, like what constitutes “clean.” But drawstring gift bags make it easy for my little ones to both wrap and unwrap holiday gifts. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, so I can get that perfectly wrapped look without having to hunt down bows or tape (or talk my three-year-old away from the scissors).

Buy it: Kringle Express 64-Piece Drawstring Gift Bag Set with Tags, $20,

5. A playhouse that doubles as an art project

When I was growing up, we dutifully toted our own coloring books and crayons to our relatives’ houses for the holidays. Secure your spot as the family favorite with a cardboard playhouse. It has two doors, two windows, two mail slots, and enough space to keep even your most dedicated artist scribbling for hours. Warning: Your gingerbread house kit will be ignored.

Buy it: Easy Playhouse Holiday Cottage Cardboard Playhouse, $32,

6. Dessert that’s done for you

Cooking, decorating and cleaning for a family is a lot on the best of days—and even tougher when there’s a new baby. While there are some family recipes that just can’t be duplicated, we’re willing to bet no one has made four (!) different kinds of cheesecake. Well, this year, no one has to. This massive 4.25 lb. cheesecake sampler has dessert covered for every palate, and if there are any leftovers, you can freeze them for up to one year.

Buy it: David’s Cookies 4.25 lb. Cheesecake Holiday Sampler, $62,

7. A VIP section for your tiniest guests

Need extra seating? Give your littlest holiday visitors a cozy place to play with this modular couch. Unlike your living room sofa, tiny hands can take this apart, rearrange and put back together without fear of reprisal. It’s a perfect place to sit, read, watch TV, build a pillow fort or take a post-turkey nap—the real challenge will be keeping the adults off of it!

Buy it: Huddle Kids Foam Modular Play Couch with Armrest, $150,

8. Shatter-proof ornaments

Christmas was a big deal in my house growing up, so I made sure to decorate my tree for my kids’ first Christmases. It was perfect for about a day each time…and then I spent the rest of the season cleaning up broken ornaments. But you can have a beautiful tree and peace of mind with shatterproof globe ornaments that were made to stand up to curious little hands. Plus, these actually light up (with the help of some AA batteries) for a festive glow, indoors or out.

Buy it: Evergreen 8" Shatterproof Ornament with Snowflakes, $30,

Prep for all of the upcoming holidays with more kid-friendly products and decor at QVC.

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