Host a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!


Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos over the holiday break? Why not invite some friends over for a Christmas cookie decorating party!


Here’s how to get things going…

1. Before the party, bake and set aside enough cookies so that each child can decorate between 4 and 8. This will ensure that they have some to take home, as well as one or two to nibble on during the party. (Alternatively, you might ask your guests to each bring a dozen unfrosted cookies. This can make things a little easier on you and also can provide a variety of cookie shapes and flavors.)

2. The night before the party, mix a variety of colored icing and refrigerate it overnight. During the party you can either set out the icing in bowls and have the children use plastic knives and spatulas to spread it, or you could put it into zippered freezer bags, and then cut a small bottom corner off each bag to make decorator tubes from which the children can squeeze their icing onto their cookies.

3. Set up a work station area for your decorators. You might cover a table with disposable plastic tablecloths, or set out individual work stations with cookie trays or plastic placemats.

4. Place a variety of decorating items in small bowls on the table. Have your decorators use icing as glue to attach their decorations. Some great choices include small marshmallows, Red Hots, a variety of decorator sugars, at least three different kinds of sprinkles, shredded coconut, raisins, gumdrops, M&Ms, and silver ball candies. Use whatever your imagination can dream up!

5. Other supplies to have ready at the table include plastic butter knives or small spatulas, toothpicks, and lots of paper towels.

6. On another table or countertop, set up a staging area for completed cookies. A great way to do this is to lay out a piece of wax paper with each guest’s name on it where they can set their completed cookies. This keeps things organized and prevents cookie mix-ups!

7. Have out special holiday cookie tins or Christmas holiday takeout boxes for guests to carry their cookies home.

Christmas cookie party ideas

**For complete plans on hosting a Christmas cookie decorating party, including ideas for invitations, decorations, recipes, games, crafts and favors, check out our Cookie Decorating Party page!christmas-lights-divider

10 Great Holiday Party Themes

A Christmas Caroling Party A Christmas Cookie Party An Ornament Exchange Party An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party A White Elephant Party A Minute to Win It Christmas Party A Gift Wrapping Party A Gingerbread House Party A Winter Wonderland Party A Winter Sledding Party Image Map

Well, Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is upon us. What better way to spread Christmas cheer than by hosting a party. Here are 10 great holiday party themes, with lots of festive seasonal ideas, to help inspire you.

(Click on the text links for any party theme to find more ideas for planning.)

snowflake divider image1. Gift Wrapping Party —  This is a great holiday party theme makes the job of getting all those presents wrapped a lot more fun! Invite 2-3 friends over for some snacks and winter cheer while getting your wrapping done! On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.  Light a fire, clear a table, and get creative!

2. Gingerbread House Party — This is a fun holiday party idea for any age, and everyone comes away with a great souvenir to decorate holiday table.  Start with a pre-made gingerbread house for each family, group, or individual. You can usually find these at your local grocery store or a craft store such as Michael’s.  Spread plastic disposable tablecloths on all your work tables. Then set out a variety of decorations that can be used on the houses. You can make things even more fun by having a contest for the most elaborate, colorful, delicious looking final project!

gingerbread house

3. Cookie Exchange Party — This is another yummy holiday party theme. You could set this party up as a cookie exchange, where each guest brings a certain number of their favorite holiday treats to swap with each party guest, or you could host a cookie decorating party, where you provide lots of pre-cut sugar cookies, frostings and toppings, and let your guests have fun decorating cookies to take home.

4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party — This one really needs little explanation. Ask your guests to break out their favorite Christmas sweaters for this holiday event and be sure to have your camera ready!

5. White Elephant Party — This holiday party theme is my personal favorite. Every guest brings a silly wrapped gift (set a price limit) and at some point during the evening everyone sits down for a madcap exchange game. (For complete directions on white elephant exchange rules, click here.)

white elephant with frame

6. Sledding Party — If you get snow in your neck of the woods, a sledding party can be a fun way to get everyone outside and having fun. Find a great hill and ask your guests to bring along their own sled (a garbage can lid or cafeteria tray can also work). Provide thermoses of hot cocoa, cookies, and maybe some Hot Hands mitten warmers!

7. Minute to Win It Christmas Party — Minute to Win It games can be great ice breakers sure to get your party guests mingling and laughing. Here are some holiday themed Minute to Win It games sure to liven up your Christmas party.

8. Ornament Exchange Party — Here is another one of the great holiday party themes where your guests get to bring home a special souvenir from the day. There are a number of different ways you could set up an ornament exchange party. You could have an ornament themed white elephant party, you could have each guest bring one special (wrapped) ornament, put numbers on each, and have guests pull from a hat to see which they take home, or if you have crafty friends, have each bring a handmade ornament to give to each party guests so everyone leaves with a special collection of unique ornaments from the event.

9. Christmas Caroling Party — Love holiday music? Invite everyone over for some Christmas caroling. Think about offering songbooks for each guest, and having a guitarist to accompany your singers. You might even invite a local glee club or school choir for a special treat.

10. Winter Wonderland Themed Party — Want a party with a little sparkle?  A winter themed party is great for before the holidays and on into the new year. Think silver, white, and blue in your party decorations and maybe include a blue themed drink like these fun “Sleightinis” that we found at Betty

Ingredientsblue sleightini cocktail recipe

  •  Lime wedge
  • Coarse sugar or granulated sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) citron vodka or vodka
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) blue curacao
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  • 1 Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly.
  • 2 Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao and lime juice; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.

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Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving place cards

Do you have children coming to your home this Thanksgiving? Here is a fun idea for children’s Thanksgiving place cards that look like corn on the cob and hold some special surprises to keep them busy during your holiday meal!

 We have a big family, and that means lots of kids at the Thanksgiving table.  Every year I try to do something a little special for them. Handprint turkeys, newspaper pilgrim hats, and the creation of a paper bag puppet show have all been Thanksgiving Day highlights. Last year we had 12 children at our Thanksgiving celebration, and that meant a big children’s table, so I thought it would be fun to give them something to keep busy while the adults chatted over coffee.  These toy filled, corn on the cob inspired place cards turned out to be just the thing! Here is how to make them:

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Children’s Corn on the Cob Thanksgiving Place Cards

Stick an assortment of goodies inside each place card

thanksgiving place card craft materials

Here are the materials that you will need


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  • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person
  • Yellow construction paper (cut to fit rolls — about 4.5 by 6″)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Ribbon to tie ends
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toys to fill the toilet paper rolls (**We used things that would keep the kids busy like crayons, paper, stickers, and small games, but you could substitute anything you choose)


1. Glue the yellow construction paper to completely cover the toilet paper roll

2. Fill the roll with goodies

3. Wrap the roll with green tissue paper, leaving a strip of yellow showing to look like corn, and enough extra paper at the ends so that you can tie it off.

4. Tie the roll at the ends like a candy

5. Write each child’s name on a place card or attach a decorative name tag to each

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4th of July Treats!

4th of july ideasAdd extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks!

Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great,
all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats:


Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic ribbons, stickers, markers or free 4th of July printables. (We found these at My Sister’s Suitcase.)

Add any combination of the following 4th of July party treats:

  • 4th of July favorsGlow in the dark necklaces (these are also great for keeping track of the people you came with once it gets dark!)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Peanuts
  • Water or pop (Click here for some cute printable water bottle labels like the ones in the picture made by Tea Party Designs)
  • Candy (we chose big lollipops so they would last a while)
  • Bubble gum (you can often find red, white, and blue gumballs which look pretty if you put them into small cellophane bags tied with ribbon)
  • 4th of July ideasSparklers
  • Pinwheels
  • Bubbles

If you want to get more elaborate, you might consider making up tee shirts or ball caps to commemorate the day.

4th of July Party If you want even more great 4th of July party ideas and inspiration for 4th of July treats, take a look at the 4th of July party page on Creative Party Themes.