Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Candy, Candy, Candy. What better reason to have a party!

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Candy, candy and more candy. What better reason to have a party!

All ages can enjoy a party filled with sweets, fun and an

opportunity to build the ultimate edible masterpiece!

Centerpiece

Inspiration

Inspiration was of course candy! How can candy become the center of attraction? Well, no need to run out and buy a centerpiece when you can make your own…and with a few items you might already have in your very own kitchen.

An 8 piece glass bowl set transformed into a three tiered candy sensation! With a little royal frosting glue (Gingerbread house recipe) we stacked bowls, filled with candy and cookies and created the perfect center piece for our little guests.

These party favors became a part of our tabletop design and our little guest used them later to fill them with candy to take home. We also gingerbread cookies for each guest so they could use later to decorate their houses.

Table Setting

A party for children sometimes works best with finger foods, so with that in mind we chose to only use a festive appetizer plate.

A red charger added some color along with a red printed cloth napkin that could also be used for future holiday parties such as Valentine’s. We topped with a simple white mug for hot cocoa of course!

Fun & Frugal

Here are a few fun ideas to keep in mind for your next party!

Invitation


The invitation gave the guest a hint of what to expect at our party. That’s right…CANDY! Recycle now for your next party and stock up on those empty toilet paper rolls. A fun and unique way to share the news. Party Details were placed inside saying….

Come, Come as fast as you can

You’re Invited to….

A Gingerbread House Party!

Come with a “WONKA” imagination.

Down Candylane Road at (host) house!

Party Favors


Tin cans became festive party favors. We used 15 oz. cans but any other size works. With a few sheets of scrapbooking paper, ribbon, and wire you can turn these cans into fun all around celebration gift filled with just about anything. Place them at the table as part of your table design and let the children fill with goodies to take home. These favors were a hit at our party!

Fun Fillers


When planning your next party search no further than your own kitchen cabinets for some fun and creative party decor. Once a lowly popcorn container, now they make cute candy cane cups! Some festive ribbon transformed these containers into the perfect candy filler. We chose to fill it’s purpose with caramel popcorn and added some red and green holiday color to our recipe.

Food Menu

Appetizers were the afternoon’s delight at this party. Meeting the needs of a child’s appetite can be very easy with a candy theme. We opted to bring in a few other wholesome fun foods like cany cane breadsticks, colored fish crackers, festive cupcakes and yummy hot chocolate. Here are a few things our little gals and guys feasted on.

Cupcakes

When in need of help in the kitchen just say CUPCAKES! My daughter had a blast helping to decorate these cupcakes!

Candy Cane Bread Sticks

Most any food turned fun and festive can be a big hit at any kids party These candy cane bread sticks sure were!

 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

At a children’s party, cups will most definitely be misplaced, so don’t forget about those cute cup taggers. Use a different colored wrapped candy tied with ribbon to help those not quite at the reading level recognize their cup and keep running back for more of that delicious hot chocolate!

Perfect House

We had a bag for each of our little guest with everything they needed to construct their gingerbread house.

A Graham House

Size matters when working with little hands. Results are wanted quickly, so stick to a size that can show results in no time. Graham crackers can be a perfect size to use for little ones.  We had a bag for each of our little guest with everything they needed to construct their gingerbread house.

The recipe I use every year from scratch never fails so here it is so you can try at your next gingerbread house party!

6 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tsp ground ginger

4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground clove allspice

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks(12tbl) butter, softened

1 1/2 c packed brown sugar

2 lrg eggs

1 cup molasses

1 tbl water

Whisk together dry ingredients, set aside. Using an electric mixer beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, molasses and water until well combined. Beat 1/2 of the flour mixture into molasses mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture. Knead with machines dough hook or on floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Can be made up to 3 day ahead.

Preheat oven to 350. Roll out 1/2 of dough to 1/4 inch thick . Cut out your house shapes, place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Royal Icing:

2 lrg egg whites

2 2/3 cup powdered sugar

Whisk together egg whites and 1 1/3 cups of the powdered sugar until well blended. Add remaining 1 1/3 cups of powdered sugar and beat on high until stiff peak forms.

Happy Decorating!

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