Gingerbread House Decorating Party

I'll admit that I have done zero holiday decorating thus far (Bad Blogger Award™ 5 years straight, thank you very much!), but I do have some fun holiday inspiration to share from last year. We threw a Gingerbread Decorating Party for our daughter's 6th birthday and it was a total blast. An insane kid sugar fueled rave kinda blast, but a blast none the less.






We purchased gingerbread kits from Ikea ($4 each) and loads of extra candy.  I made the gingerbread houses the night before so they would be set up firmly by the times the kids arrived. I was fully prepared to hot glue them together if my royal icing didn't solidify but thankfully that wasn't necessary.





Because I'm extra, there were a few little DIY elements to amp up the style. First were the kid sized "OH SNAP" aprons which I whipped up a few days before the party.  Second was this fabulous cake made by my sister who clearly gets me.  And finally I found a Buddy the Elf costume for Oscar to wear while he ran around and terrorized the guests. I regret nothing!





It was a crazy party but it was a major hit with my kids so mission accomplished. Perfect for a December birthday girl. Now it's a year later so it's time to get started on this year's birthday bash.

8 comments:

  1. Did you buy the aprons and then decorate? or make the aprons yourself?

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    1. I bought the aprons blank and designed an iron on transfer to customize them.

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  2. Once again.. perfection.. and Oscar is the perfect Buddy. He should wear those for his Santa photo

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    1. Ha! It was cute but as you can tell, he was busting out of it then. No chance it made another year.

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  3. Love Oscar's elf costume and the aprons... Everything is so cute. Great party idea!

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  4. Amanda9:14 AM

    How did you or sister make those trees? They are so pretty.

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    1. She used green chocolate melts and lollipop sticks. She poured the chocolate out in that tree scribbly shape and let them cool. They were a huge hit (she made extra so everyone could have one) Even without the cake, they are adorable.

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