Host a Cookie Decorating Party

cookies enclosed in wrapped plate
Miki Duisterhof
Invite all your friends over for a fun, easy-to-throw cookie-decorating bash.
Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Your First Annual Cookie Party

Start a new holiday tradition this year by inviting the neighborhood moms and kids over for a cookie-decorating bash.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Do the Prep Work the Night Before

Bake gingerbread boys and girls (at least four cookies per child, plus a few extras in case any break), and mix up three or four different colored icings, which you can refrigerate in lidded containers. This party's all about creativity, so make sure you've got lots of decorations to choose from, like gumdrops, mini marshmallows, and chocolate candies. And don't forget to stock up on paper towels for quick cleanups.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Sweet Supplies

Control the mess (and the meltdowns) by setting up a workstation for each child: a place mat, paper plate, and cups filled with decorations. Put paintbrushes and open containers of icing down the middle of the table so everyone can share.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Have a Snack

To balance out all the sweets, serve some savory snacks that your mom friends will enjoy too: cream-cheese-and-jelly tree-shaped sandwiches, pizza puffs, and cut-up veggies are all good choices.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Frost Alert

Older kids can try this trick for more detailed icing designs: Fill freezer-weight zip-top bag with icing, snip off a tiny corner, and squeeze.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Happy Ending

For a sweet reward, serve mugs of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

Miki Duisterhof
Miki Duisterhof

Bring It Home

Before your guests leave, pack up their cookies between two paper plates. Staple plates together, wrap in cellophane, and tie on a cookie-recipe-card with ribbon.
 

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