December 2012

Features, recipes, and web exclusives from the December issue of Southern Living magazine.

Cake Decorating Ideas: Dot-Push Frosting

An elegant and easy decoration plus one perfect layer cake, equals white cake nirvana. more

Cake Decorating Ideas: Fondant Holly

An elegant and easy decoration plus one perfect layer cake, equals white cake nirvana. more

Cake Decorating Ideas: Fondant Snowflakes

An elegant and easy decoration plus one perfect layer cake, equals white cake nirvana. more

December 2012 Recipes

Find recipes from the December 2012 issue of Southern Living magazine. more
| travel

19 Christmas Gift Trips

Some of the best presents don't fit under a tree. We rounded up more than a dozen unique experiences—from sailing school to barbecue camp—that'll have them thanking you for years to come. more
food | holidays and occasions

Make It Merry & Bright

Editor-at-Large Kimberly Schlegel Whitman shares Christmas table decorations that are big on impact and easy on execution. more
home and garden | decorating

3 Fabulously Festive Christmas Trees

Take a holiday design cue from decorating editor Lindsey Ellis Beatty and trim a fabulously festive tree based on the colors of your own room, not Santa's coat. more
home and garden | gardens

3 Ways with Christmas Greenery

Birmingham event and floral designer Sybil Sylvester combs the winter garden and shares three enchanting ways to use fresh evergreens indoors. more
| General

Jessica Sloane's Party Essentials

This top Nashville event planner shares her tips and favorite sources for entertaining in style—and looking great while doing it. more
| General

Keely Thorne's Party Essentials

This top Houston event planner shares her tips and favorite sources for entertaining in style—and looking great while doing it. more
| General

Jade Lee's Party Essentials

This top Atlanta event planner shares her tips and favorite sources for entertaining in style—and looking great while doing it. more
home and garden | decorating

Colorful Foyer Makeover

Designer Tobi Fairley gives this entry a bold and colorful makeover, via mail order. more
food | entertaining

Dessert Buffet Ideas: Red Velvet Revelry

This wondrous, Wonka-esque dessert buffet celebrates one of the South's most iconic flavors in creative new ways. And yes, you're going to need a bigger dessert plate. more
food | entertaining

Sit Down for A Wintry Feast

This hearty midwinter's meal showcases the bounty of the season and pairs especially well with a crackling fire. more
food | entertaining

Sip Into a Glamorous Cocktail Party

Crowd-pleasing small bites and sparkling drinks make for a festive-yet-relaxed holiday féte. (We'll clink to that.) more
food | entertaining

Easy Holiday Suppers

Finding quality time with your inner circle is next to impossible during the hectic holidays. Our solution: Invite your nearest and dearest over for one of these laid-back get-togethers. more
food | holidays and occasions

The Perfect Homemade White Cake

We baked dozens of delicious cakes for our annual holiday contest and found a white cake layered with buttercream goodness as pure as the driven snow. more
food | holidays and occasions

Festive Milk Punch Recipes

When the forecast calls for an inch of snow, Southerners stampede the grocery store to stock up on milk. So we whipped up frothy cocktails to go with a flurry of Christmas desserts. more
travel | south-west

The Twinkliest Drive in Texas

From spectacular lights in Johnson City to the bulbs that set San Antonio aglow, check out our top stops for high-wattage whimsy. more
home and garden | gardens

Magnolia Front Door for Christmas

Welcome holiday visitors in a big way! Georgia designer Carmen Johnston shows how to be bold with magnolia. more
home and garden | solutions

How To Decorate a Holiday Mantel

Design expert Phoebe Howard opts for fresh greenery in abundance to celebrate the holidays. more
home and garden | gardens

Cut to Perfection

Think outside the shiny foil-wrapped pot and use the festive blooms of poinsettias in arrangements. more
food | holidays and occasions

Over-the-Top Christmas Morning Pancakes

Whimsical layer cakes for breakfast (and lunch and dinner)? Yes! We've transformed six classic Southern cakes into the most magical pancakes and toppings ever. Now get stacking. more