It’s easy to get bogged down during the holidays with all of the very important staff adults “have to do” like attend boring work parties, address and send hundreds of Christmas cards, not to mention the daily vacuuming of pine needles. An easy fix is to spend an afternoon with some kids decorating cookies. Seriously, I came up with the idea of this party because I thought it would be fun for some of the little people in my life but the adults had just as much fun as the kids. It was so therapeutic that my friend Tara said she hadn’t been that relaxed in months! So bust out the frosting and sprinkles and have yourself a party.
Keep the party low key so you can enjoy yourself – I took several short cuts. First and foremost cover your table!! We made a ridiculous mess but I had put down craft paper before we started and at the end of the party I just rolled it up and tossed it (along with about 3 pounds of marshmallows). I went a step further and bought premade dough. Did you know they even sell it rolled out for you?? Normally I am a bit of a snob about these things but in the interest of my sanity, and the fact that I knew the cookie would just end up being a means of delivering frosting I took the shortcut and was glad I did. If you want to make your own this recipe has always worked for me.
It is important to make the cookies in advance, even the day before if you want. Cutting out cookies is hard enough for adults let alone kids but also you can’t frost them until they are completely cooled. Trust me you don’t want to be the one telling the kids they have to wait an hour to decorate! Turns out I had a million different holiday cutters (shocker) so we had snowmen, wreaths, trees, stars, gingerbread men, and snowflakes.
I decided to make my own frosting but you can certainly buy tubes of the premade stuff. Just make sure you have lots as the icing went fast! I used Wilton’s Royal Icing recipe – it’s great because it hardens fast but you may need to tinker with the proportions, I found I needed a lot more water than called for. To make the different colors I really like gel coloring because you need a lot less of it than standard liquid food coloring and the colors are a lot richer. I did white, red, green, blue, yellow and purple cause heck it was a girls cookie party. I also put out some mini marshmallows and Hershey Kisses for decorating/snacking. My friends Karin and Tara brought their adorable girls Sophie and Grayson who dove right in.
It is also important to have some non-cookie food to munch on. I made mini pizzas and a cheese board (with some bubbly for the adults of course). It was such a fun way to spend the afternoon and in the end each kid had a special box with their names on them to pack up their cookies and take them home.
Everyone had a great time and with about 1 hour of prep time I was able to pull this off. Who can argue with a party that comes with a cookie goodie bag? I think this just might become an annual tradition….
What You Need For A Cookie Decorating Party
- different varieties of sprinkles, candies and marshmallows
- craft paper for the table
- milk for dunking
- frosting and squeeze bottles for frosting (or tubes of frosting)
- bags or boxes to take home cookies
- cookie dough – premade or homemade
- cookie cutters
- a couple bottles of bubbly (in case of emergency)