Looking for an easy and fun activity for your next holiday party? Try doing gingerbread houses, everyone loves them and they’re so fun to decorate. We used muffin tins to sort out all the candies and made our gingerbread houses out of graham crackers (which are easier for little hands to manipulate). If you’re feeling adventurous you could make gingerbread houses from scratch, or buy pre-made kits from a shop. Gingerbread houses are a great way to keep your guests entertained – turn it into a contest with prizes and everyone will want to play!
Our Santa event was this past Sunday and personally, my favorite part was the sweet table (I may be slightly biased towards sugar though, we have a sort of love/hate relationship). If you’re wondering how to create your very own sweet table, please see our previous post. For this one, I adamantly stuck to the red and white theme. I also chose to reduce my work load by making easy sweets, like cupcakes and gingerbread. I found these amazing printables on Etsy and used them all throughout the event – this helped with consistency and presentation, plus a bonus is how cute they are!
Sometimes you just have to turn your edibles into display items only – I hot glued the gingerbread men to the skewer sticks. I also made the lollipops using red and white felt. I cut strips and then round them around each other. I glued the lollipop to a skewer stick and then wrapped them up in cellophane.
Gingerbread Cookies are a staple at Christmas time as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been using the same recipe for years and it always gets rave reviews. I usually double the recipe so I can get twice as many cookies out of it. The best part about gingerbread is that it keeps for a while and thus can be made ahead of time. This year I made a ton of cookies for our Santa event, I particularly liked the mini gingerbread men because they can be used in so many different ways. You could string them for garland on your tree or use them as cupcake toppers.
Our Annual Haunted House is just around the corner and we’re getting ready by making all our own treats for the event. We are trying to stay on the healthier side of things but it’s not so easy at Halloween. We made organic gingerbread dough for our Skeletons and used a very small amount of brown sugar in the recipe. I did find a recipe after the fact that had no sugar in it, so if anyone has a chance to try it please let me know!
For the Ghost Pops you could definitely use sugar free Lollipops. We’re also going be decorating bran muffins to look like yummy cupcakes! One of our healthier snacks will be the return of Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns.
A quick and easy DIY project to help decorate your treat table are Mason Jar Mummies. This took me all of ten minutes and most of that time was waiting for the glue gun to get hot enough. I simply wrapped the jar in gauze (which I purchased from the dollar store) and then glued on some black construction paper with the hot glue. I added some googly eyes and voila! The Mummy looks really spooky once you add a candle and dim the lights.
This Sunday we are hosting a gingerbread house workshop, registrants will get to make these adorable graham cracker gingerbread houses. We only have 2 spots left so sign up today before it’s too late!
Cost: $30 per registrant, children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult ($10 for children under 5)
When: Sunday, December 8th 3-5pm
Looking for the perfect gift? Well there’s nothing like a homemade gift basket. We’ve been making these at Seasons and they’re always well received. The basket contains homemade cookies, jam and mulling sachets plus two wrapped sparkly candles. We wrapped each delicious treat in cellophane and tied it with a ribbon. For the mulling sachets we printed the recipe on kraft paper and then glued it to card stock. You can wrap the finished basket in cellophane and tie it with ribbons!
We have been busy decorating and getting ready for the holidays. The weather may not be making it feel like the holiday season but, our decorations are definitely helping to bring out the festiveness in us. We’re excited about our upcoming “handmade ornaments” and “gingerbread” workshops. Register today at firstname.lastname@example.org