cookie party prep

Christmas party prepWe’ve held an annual cookie party for our children and their friends for several years now. My best advice… enjoy the time and worry about getting the sprinkles up later.

Our snowman invite, platters, child aprons and cookie jars are perfect for the occasion. Take a peek at our décor and plan your Christmas cookie decorating party. Here are a few tips to get you organized:

  1. Bake gingerbread boys and girls or sugar cookie shapes (at least four cookies per child, plus a few extras in case any break),
  2. Mix up three or four different colored icings,
  3. Create a workstation for each child with a place mat, paper plate and individual cups filled with decorations. This party’s all about creativity, so make sure you’ve got lots of things to choose from, like gumdrops, mini marshmallows, and chocolate candies,
  4. Put paintbrushes, plastic knifes and open containers of icing down the middle of the table so everyone can share. Older kids can try resealable bags filled with icing (snip off a tiny corner), and
  5. Organize each child’s cookies together on cooling racks so the icing can dry (and they go home with their creations) while they enjoy a sweet reward. Serve mugs of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, along with the broken or left over cookies.

Before your guests leave, pack up their cookies in little boxes with pieces of wax paper in between to protect the icing. Remember, no matter how you handle your preparations, enjoy the time. These are the things memories are made of!

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About Kim

Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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