Christmas Cookie Decorating Party tips + printables

Christmas Cookie Decorating is a super fun holiday party idea for kids and adults and believe me,  easy to put together, the key is to prep ahead, doing the shopping and making the cookies in advance, using printables to help you style/decorate and using disposable party tableware  would really make the party less stressful!

 I want to share with you some tips to help you plan your party:

TIP#1 The Invitation. There’s no party without an invitation right? Whether you just email or text the parents or send out an actual invitation, plan to invite your guests a few weeks ahead of time. I designed these super cute printable invitations you can get in my Etsy Shop

TIP#2 Plan Ahead. As I mentioned before this is the key to make the party less stressful!

What would wou need? For the cookie decoration station you will need:

  • Disposable pastry bags, couplers, and tips, or try squeeze bottles
  • Wire ties to tie off ends of pastry bags after they are filled with icing
  • Sugar cookies, preferably in shapes to match the holiday
  • Plain white icing in gel in diferent colors. You can buy sets in amazon like this one from Wilton 
  • Food coloring
  • Optional: sprinkles and small candies such as mini-M&Ms
  • Colored sugar (available in shakers in the baking aisle)
  • Bowls to hold pastry bags while in use
  • Table signs and food tents

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The Planning

Step 1: Make the dough in advance. And you can actually, bake the cookies a day or two before the party. Click HERE for a very easy and delicious sugar cookie recipe that I always use by Martha Stewarth

Step 2: Buy a few christmas shaped cookie cutters. Like this from Ikea. Don’t go crazy on the different shapes of cookies you make, just pick a few and make life easy.

Step 3: Stock up on sprinkles.

Step 4: Bake the cookies a day ahead of the party.

Step 5: The day before the party make a big batch of royal icing. Click HERE for a very easy and delicious sugar  icing recipe that I always use by Martha Stewarth

Step 6: A couple of days before the party (or earlier) print some party signs and party decoration to add a special touch to your celebration. I designed a set of printables that include party signs,  garland, toppers, tags, tent cards, etc that would help you style everything in an eye blink.

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click here to shop the printables

Step 7: the night before the party set your  Decoration Station. Create a special cookie-decoration area. For easy clean-up, cover a table or countertop with butcher paper. Set out the pre-baked cookies, bowls of icing, decorating gel, sprinkles, edible glitter, and candies. Be sure to include lots of paper towels, so they are easy to reach. For the colored decorating icing disposable pastry bags are the best option!

this sign is part of our Gingerbread Party printables collection click HERE to image to shop 

Party Day

Snacks. Set out easy snacks so kids and adults can help themselves. It’s a good idea to include healthy choices to counterbalance all the sugar they’ll probably eat during the party.

Hot Chocolate Bar. You can use a small table or a bar cart to lay out the basics for creamy hot cocoa and let guests add all the extras–marshmallows, peppermint sticks, sprinkles, and other festive fixings. Add small milk bottles for the kids and customize cups, bottles and straw with our printables for a wow effect

these printables ara part of our printable set available in my etsy shop

Packing Cookies to Go. To make sure cookie creations arrive home safely, provide small, sturdy boxes for each guest, with sheets of parchment or tissue paper to layer between cookies. Have ribbon and  tags ready to personalize each box.

these tags are part of our printable set available in my shop

Decorate & have fun!! Get ready to enjoy a preccious time with your guests, let them have a ball decorating their cookies, and leave perfectionism at the door. Cookie decorating parties are all about having fun and leaving with memories and delicious Christmas cookies.

Some inpiration!

Tanja from Enchanted Parties Montreal styled the most dreammy Christmas Cookie Decorating Party using some of our printables from this collection! And it’s so beautiful I had to share with all of you! 

Thanks so much Tanja! She styles the most beautiful parties so make sure to visit her IG

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