WHY HAVE I NOT THOUGHT ABOUT THIS? Curtain Rod as Stocking Holder - purchase two-three stocking hangers and a lightweight curtain rod. Hang the stockings from the curtain rod instead of using multiple stocking hangers.
Snowglobe Cupcakes -- These are ridiculously labor intensive. But it could be worth it to do one or just several of that degree of complexity for a centerpiece, head table, or guest of honor. Then simpler versions could be made in bulk.