Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

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A cookie decorating party is a fun way to get kids of all ages into the spirit of the season. Break out the icing and sprinkles and get ready for some smiles. Here are some ideas for hosting a children’s Christmas cookie party guaranteed to become one of your favorite holiday traditions!

Cookie Decorating Party Invitations

Great invitations can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can purchase some pre-made party invitations, or with a little creativity, make some yourself. Here are some ideas for both options:

Handmade Christmas Cookie Invitations — Fold a large piece of paper in half. Cut out a circle shape with the fold as one edge to form the shape of a cookie. (If you are more artistic, try making your card in the shape of a gingerbread man.) Enlist your children’s help to decorate the front with markers, glitter, buttons, yarn, or whatever craft materials you have on hand.
Inside your card, write, “Come for Some Yum! Please join us at our Cookie Decorating Party!” Follow this up with your party information.

**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.

Also, if you are asking your guests to provide the cookies being decorated, be sure to let them know somewhere on your invitations.

You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite,


Here are a few invitations that can be personalized to fit your event:

Cookie Exchange Invitations

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Holiday Cookie Exchange Invitations

Decorating for a Children’s Christmas Party

If you are hosting your cookie decorating party during the holiday season, chances are that you probably have a lot of great decorations already displayed in your home. Here are a few more ideas that work well with this Christmas party theme:

Start with a color scheme reminiscent of a plate of Christmas cookies! A combination of red, green, brown and white can set a festive tone for your Christmas cookie party.

Set out decorative glass jars filled with colorful holiday candies. M&Ms, peppermints, Hershey kisses, and candy canes are all great choices that can add some color and sparkle to your party décor.

Make giant candy canes to accent your holiday party decorations — To do this, start with red foam pool noodles. Bend the top into a candy cane shape and secure it by tying it off with fishing line. Now make the stripe by wrapping white ribbon around the noodle and periodically securing it with straight pins. You can embellish this even further by adding some winter greenery.

Use a gingerbread house as a holiday centerpiece. You can either purchase these pre-made or decorate your own as a fun holiday activity.

Make a Gumdrop Topiary Centerpiece — To do this, first anchor a dowel rod in a pot with gravel to form a base (or even better, use plaster and let it sit over night to create a reusable base). If you choose, use spray paint that matches your party colors to cover your pot and dowel. Stick a styrofoam ball on top of the dowel rod (Use a smaller form than you would expect since it will get bigger when you add the gumdrops). Break wooden toothpicks in half to use in attaching the gumdrops to the foam ball. Attach red, white, and green gumdrops to the styrofoam form with the toothpick halves. Tie a colorful ribbon around the stem of your topiary for a final touch!

Use festive holiday tableware. Here are some choices that would be great for a cookie decorating party:


Rudolph Deluxe Party Pack
Rudolph Deluxe Party Supplies

Christmas Cookie Tableware
Sweater Weather Basic Party Pack
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Preparing for a Cookie Decorating Party

Sugar Cookie Recipe:


  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring
  • 1 tsp. salt


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe:


  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, butterscotch pudding mix, and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg. Combine the baking soda, flour, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into the butterscotch pudding mixture. Cover and chill until firm (about 1 hour). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll dough out to about one eighth inch thickness. Cut into gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the greased baking sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until edges of cookies are golden. Cool on wire racks.

Cookie Decorating Party Activities and Ambience

Your home is decorated, your cookies and frosting are ready to go, and it’s time for your guests to arrive…want things to be perfect? Here are some suggestions for activities and finishing touches that will help ensure your party is a smash!

Bring your party to life by playing holiday music — Who could resist tapping their toes to some holiday favorites?

Provide some healthy snacks — Everyone is sure to be nibbling on lots of sweets during a cookie decorating party, so it is wise to offer some healthy alternatives such as a veggie tray, cheese and crackers, small sandwiches, or cut fruit. Milk and hot cider are good drink options.

Make some special hot cocoa — After everyone is done decorating their cookies, a special treat of hot cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallows, or peppermint sticks makes a great finale!

Decorate Aprons — Decorating Christmas cookies is even more fun when you are wearing an apron you designed yourself. This can be a fun and easy craft that turns into a great party keepsake. To do this, provide one plain apron per child, and then set out your choice of fabric paint and holiday stamps, fabric pens, iron-on patches, or buttons and embroidery thread.

Read a holiday Classic — Let your guests nibble their creations and get cozy while listening to a great holiday book such as The Gingerbread Man or The Night Before Christmas.

The Gingerbread Man

The Night Before Christmas

A Wish to be a Christmas Tree


Play a Holiday Movie — A good idea to hold the interest of early finishers is to have a holiday movie playing. This way, as children complete their cookies they can watch the movie until everyone is ready to move on to the next activity.


Rudolph Dash — Cut small red circles from construction paper to make one nose per child (plus a few extra). Set out a small bowl of Vaseline. Set up this relay race by having the first child in line apply a small amount of Vaseline to his nose as glue and then attaching a paper reindeer nose. They race up and back, tagging the next person in line, who must attach a nose before leaving. If during your turn your nose falls off, you must return to the bowl of Vaseline, reapply it, and start again. Sure to bring giggles to your group!

Snowball Relay

You’ll need:

• Styrofoam balls or balls of white yarn

• Spoons and mittens for each team


1. Play this game as you would any relay race: divide into teams.

2. Each player takes turns putting on mittens and balancing a “snowball” on a spoon while racing to the other side of the room.

3. Drop the snowball into a bucket, return to the team, pass the mittens and go to the back of the line.

4. First team to complete the race wins!

Favors for a Cookie Decorating Party

The best favors for a cookie decorating party are, of course, decorated cookies! Here are some other options that go well with this Christmas party theme:

Hope you found some helpful cookie decorating party ideas on this page. Have a yummy party!

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