Best Holiday Tradition: Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Invite grandparents, nieces, nephews and the rest of the gang over for a house party-a gingerbread house decorating party, that is! It's sure to be a day of fun with your nearest and dearest, and sweet tooths from 1 to 100 will love getting in on this good time. Here are some ideas to get you started, presented by our friends at Folgers®.

Ready, Set, Decorate

  • Before guests arrive, set out individual gingerbread houses for each person attending. Make them from scratch, take a shortcut with a kit, or use graham crackers for cute mini houses. Psst…upside-down sugar cones make great pine trees.
  • Keep the workspace-a dining table, card table or kitchen island-merry, bright and squeaky clean by covering it with brown kraft paper. Lay a festive runner made from wrapping paper on top!
  • Make sure the houses are set on a sturdy piece of cardboard so they can be easily moved once decorated. Round cardboard cake bases are a smart option.
  • Fill pastry bags fitted with a piping tip with homemade white royal icing so it’s easy to apply. Place bags tip-down in mason jars to contain leaks. Make a few fun colors by adding a couple of drops of food coloring to extra icing; pour into squeeze bottles that the whole table can share.
  • Set a rimmed baking sheet at each place setting to keep messy decorations like sprinkles from falling onto the floor.

Get Creative with Candy

  • Wow them with an over-the-top decorating station overflowing with candies, cookies, toy figurines and other decorating supplies. Muffin tins make clever storage containers, or you can mix and match small bowls and platters adorned in festive colors and patterns.
  • Incorporate your family’s favorite confections and create truly edible works of art

Some ideas…

Snow: shredded coconut, powdered sugar, mini marshmallows or white fondant

Windows: peppermint discs, round candies or thin red licorice rope

Holiday lights: gumdrops or cinnamon Red Hots

Fencing: candy canes, pretzel rods or rice cereal treats

Roofing: waffle and wafer cookies, or chocolate wafer candy

Pathways: Ground coffee like Folgers® Ground Coffee and candy wafers

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