Kids’ Christmas Cookie Party!
For our party, I made a veggie and hummus platter (arranged in a cute Christmas tree!) and cheese Rudolph sandwiches.
2) Prep: Set up everything before the kids arrive: have cookies baked, icing mixed and in squeeze bottles and candy displayed in pretty dishes. Not only does this add to the excitement as your guests arrive, it cuts down on the chaos of getting organized with a huddle of eager kiddos underfoot! 3) Contain the mess: Purchase inexpensive trays with a rim to help contain the sprinkles and candies. The tray will also serve as a party favor for the guests and allow them an easy way to carry their cookies home! These Santa trays were purchased at the dollar store.
4) Bake extras: Plan on the kids eating a cookie or two as they decorate. And, then you’ll probably want to send a few cookies home on their party favor trays. And, the mommas might will definitely want a nibble as well. So plan to prepare around 4-6 cookies per kid. 5) Expect a mess: Messy clothes, messy table lines, messy hands. Make sure to wear and use items that are totally washable. A plain, white tablecloth is perfect because it can be bleached if needed. Believe me, you will have green icing globs to contend with after the party ends! Another good idea is to have wipes on hand for easy clean-up. 6) Have fun and lower your expectations: Let’s face it, you’ll put in a lot of effort and the kids will only be interested in the activity for about 5-20 minutes, depending on their age and personality. Expect them to run off before you’ve even caught your breath from all the baking! They’ll still have the sweet memory and you’ll still have a few photos to cherish later. To keep the party going, have other activities available for after the cookie decorating. At our party, we let the kids go crazy with toys and Veggie Tales. It ended up being a super-fun playdate! I also shared the FREE place card printable that I used on each tray. Go download and print it if you’re interested!
Hi, I’m Emily from 52mantels.com. I’m the wife to a wonderful hubby who puts up with my constant projects and I’m the brand-new mommy to one perfect little bow-wearing baby. I’m also a habitual DIY girl with a passion for creating a beautiful home on a budget. When I’m not crafting and creating, I’m planning my next craft or creation. Obsessed? Perhaps. But, I prefer the word focused. I’m focused on making my house a home and doing it creatively. Because, let’s face it, creativity is the best friend of the frugal gal. I’m always up to something at 52 Mantels. Won’t you join me on my journey?