I know, it’s a little late for me to be posting tips on this topic, but a cookie decorating party could still be lots of fun after Christmas. After all, we’ve got two solid weeks at home with our kids and that can be a lot of days to fill!
We’ve been hosting a gingerbread cookie decorating party for 4 years now and I think I’ve finally got a pretty good system down. This year we had a total of 12 kids, ranging in age from almost two to five years old, decorating cookies. There were 3 baby siblings and 7 parents so it made for a full house! Two tables was a necessity. Having an excellent gingerbread cookie and icing recipe is key and this one has never let me down!
It’s taken a lot of trial and error, but I really liked this setup. I put the cookies on extra large cupcake liners that I had flattened, so that I could just pick up the liners and slide the decorated cookies into cellophane bags to take them home. I’ve done icing in faux piping bags (sandwich bags with holes cut in one corner) but this year I gave each child their own little container of icing and a plastic knife to spread it around. Easier for kids to do themselves and much less messy! Then I throw all of the decorations into one cupcake liner per child. No one wants multiple grubby hands reaching into a communal sprinkle bowl, and this avoids fights too!
Of course, in addition to decorating, there was also a lot of sampling! It was really funny to see which kids ate every scrap of icing they were given (mine sure did!) and which kids were more focused on the candy.
Everything went on top of a plastic disposable tablecloth, so cleanup was literally a matter of rolling up the tablecloth and putting it in the garbage. With so much sticky icing and candy all over, it’s not worth the hassle of trying to clean a fabric tablecloth to me!
It’s loud and chaotic, but our annual cookie decorating party is something that my daughters and I look forward to all year! Give it a try yourself and let me know how it goes!