Tuesday, December 04 2018
December has arrived, which means the next few weeks will be full of holiday planning, baking, and gift wrapping! A fun holiday event that everyone will enjoy is a holiday cookie decorating party! This get-together is super easy to plan and host, so what are you waiting for? Use this guide to plan your cookie decorating party this holiday season!
Now that you’ve decided to host a cookie decorating party, you need to make sure your house is festive and ready to host guests for the occasion. If you haven’t already, begin putting out your holiday décor and make your home feel extra cozy and cheery! Next, pick a day for the party and send out invites—this can be a phone call, text, e-vite, or mailed invitation. You can easily create your electronic invitations on Evite.com and have them sent out immediately. Another great program for invitation design is Canva.com. Canva has hundreds of templates and streamlines the design process! Make sure to create the ultimate holiday music playlist that will last the entire party and put guests in the holiday mood—we suggest you include “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” as they are guaranteed to get your friends and family on their feet dancing and singing along!
Now that you have a set day and guest list, you’ll want to gather supplies! You can specify on the invitation that guests bring some sprinkles, frosting, candy, and any other cookie decorations to contribute so there is an abundant assortment of decorations. Colorful sprinkles, lots of frosting, food coloring, plates, Ziploc baggies, and other edible décor are a good starting point! You may also need some Christmas cookie cutters. Decide if you want to bake the cookies in advance or wait until the day of to get baking. This sugar cookie recipe from allrecipes.com is the best for cookie cutting and decorating! If you need additional space to set up decorating stations, don't hesitate to open your large Bi-Fold Patio Door and set up on the patio!
Turn the decorating into a contest! Give everyone plenty of time to get creative and decorate their cookies, and when the time has come, guests should submit their favorite design into the contest. Guests can then vote for their favorite cookie to elect a winner! You might consider purchasing some fun prizes to give out to the first, second, and third place winners of the contest. If you want to make it even more fun, you can have categories like “Most Festive,” “Most Unique,” “Cutest Snowman,” and “Ugliest Sweater.” (Photo from willbakeforbooks.com)
Step up your holiday game by doubling your cookie decorating party as an ugly holiday sweater party! Mention on the invite that everyone should attend the party wearing an ugly holiday sweater. This is a fun and silly way to make sure everyone is festive and in a cheery holiday spirit! You can turn this into a contest as well and vote for the best dressed guest!
Don’t forget to have plenty of snacks and refreshments on hand—people will be craving a salty snack after snacking on cookies and frosting while they’re busy decorating. Chips and dip, veggies and hummus, and cheese and crackers are tasty and affordable snacks you can provide at the party!