A few weeks ago I hosted a Christmas cookie decorating party for a few of our neighborhood friends. Noah is always asking to decorate cookies, so I thought it would be the perfect time of year to host a cookie decorating party. Not to mention, it’s a great indoor activity for these rainy, chilly days we’ve been having here in SC as of lately. The party was fairly simple to set up, and all of the kids had such a fun time decorating and personalizing their cookies.
To make things a bit simpler, opt for store-bought refrigerated cookie dough. My personal fave is Nestle Toll House’s Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets! I used the sugar and gingerbread flavors, and both were delicious! These make life so much easier (and less messy), trust me! Just dig out those cookie cutters, stamp, and you’re ready to bake.
Get creative with your toppings! I kept things simple, while still providing the kids with several different options to choose from. Some of the toppings we used – mini marshmallows, M&M’s, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and mini candies. And of course we had icing, too!
Set up individual place settings for each child. I set up our party at our kitchen table, which worked out great. I also had a small coloring table set up as well, so that kids who finished early would have something to do while we waited for everyone to finish decorating.
Turn on some Christmas music or even a Christmas movie, and you’ve got yourself a kid-friendly cookie decorating party!
Sugar cookie cut-outs
Toppings (icing, sprinkles, etc…)
Paper products – plates, napkins
Festive table cloth + decorations
- Bake your cookies ahead of time! I baked all of the cookies the night before, and then stored them in an airtight container so they would still be fresh for the next day.
- Designate the number of cookies each child can decorate at the start of the party, so that everyone gets an equal amount of cookies. 6-8 cookies per child is a reasonable amount. For smaller children, opt for 4 cookies.
- Keep the party small, especially if you have toddlers/preschoolers.
- Use a muffin/cupcake pan for your cookie toppings and then provide each child with their own spoon for scooping.
- Ask your guests to bring their own take-home containers for their cookies.
- Read all ingredient labels carefully, especially if you have any guests with food allergies.