As with most things in life the credit for my Christmas Cookie Party goes to my mom. She was a Pinterest mom before the internet was even available at our house. Holidays were always a huge thing, from baking to decorating my mom did it all for us.
Now that I have kids I want to do the same for them. That’s why I go all out for the holidays. This year I decided to recreate a holiday event from my childhood with a Christmas Cookie Party.
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I remember my mom had a GIANT Christmas tree cookie cutter when I was little. Or it just seemed that way because I was smaller. She would bake one cookie for each person and let up go to town with icing and sprinkles and candy.
The stores seemed to be sold out so I couldn’t find a giant cookie cutter and I actually had to borrow the one I used for the party from my mom. But that’s what Grandmas are for right?! I baked one large cookie for each kid.
I baked the cookies approximately 10 minutes before everyone was going to show up because I can’t plan well. Somehow I got lucky and the cookies fit perfectly on the plates I grabbed at Target the night before. I took the easy road and used a sugar cookie mix and vanilla frosting from Aldi’s + food coloring.
While we waited for the cookies to cool the kids got acquainted with their gingerbread man aprons. They come as a kit and I was able to put 5 together in an evening with only one burn to my finger! My favorite part is the heart pin that you add a name to.
I frosted the cookies and set the kids loose to decorate to their hearts content. There may or may not be an entire shelf full of sprinkles in my pantry (ok, there is) so it wasn’t hard to find things to add. I also picked up some hard sugar decorations shaped like candy canes and Christmas lights. I put everything in little bowls that we could pass around the table.
When the cookies were done I pulled out the the next activity which was super nostalgic for me. We made jingle bell necklaces! I was really proud of Mary for making hers all by herself. I have a bunch of extras that I’ll be sending to her pre-k class to spread some holiday cheer. One little tip, remove the clasp pieces before you let the kids start stringing on beads. They look like white beads and they’ll end up in the middle… ask me how I know.
Our final activity was Gingerbread House Stickers. If you have kids you probably know how they lose their minds for stickers! We had kids from 3-5 and they all had a great time, the little ones needed a little help with some of the bigger shapes but everyone had fun. The stickers were very thick and sturdy, great for smaller hands!
Happy holidays everyone!