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Celebrate the Holidays with a Christmas Cookie Party!

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a plate of freshly decorated cookies and a group of giddy children sipping hot chocolate after a day of baking.  Perfect for kids of all ages, a Christmas Cookie Party is a great way to pass a cold December afternoon and get some tasty Christmas treats out of the deal!  Easy to plan, as long as you don't mind a mess in the kitchen, your Christmas Cookie Party is sure to be a hit with the kids as well as the adults.  So brush off your holiday apron hat set costume and get ready for a fun and festive afternoon of holiday delights! 

Invite the kids and their parents over for an afternoon of cookie baking fun with cute gingerbread cookie exchange invitations filled with all your party details.  Let them know they'll want to wear clothes that they can get dirty since there's a good chance they'll be heading home covered in sprinkles and flour!  Late morning or early afternoon is the best time for your Cookie Party since it will give you plenty of time to get your baking and decorating done.  If the kids will be rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes with cookie cutters before baking and decorating, then you'll need to plan on the party lasting a few hours longer than if you'll be cutting the shapes out ahead of time and just having the kids decorate them.  For younger kids, having the cookies precut and baked is probably a better option, but older kids will enjoy being able to cut out their own shapes. 

If you'll be having the kids cut out the cookies, you'll need to have something to keep the busy while they're waiting for the cookies to finish baking.  Before the party, head to the local craft store and purchase some inexpensive canvas aprons and fabric paints.  Cover a table with a plain plastic tablecloth and set out the fabric paints and some paintbrushes and let the kids decorate their own aprons.  They won't be dry before it's time to decorate their cookies, but the next time they're in the kitchen, they'll be reminded of the fun they had at your holiday baking party! 

Once the cookies are out of the oven and ready to be decorated, set the kids up at a table that you've covered with a festive red and white stripe table cover, which will make cleanup easier, and stocked with plastic cups filled with sprinkles, sanding sugar, gumdrops, licorice pieces, chocolate chips, and other decorating items.  Scoop frosting onto individual plates and have one for each child so no one is fighting over the frosting!  Have a clear plastic plate at each spot for the children to decorate their cookies on, as well as a festive Santa Claus serving tray that they can place their finished cookies on and use to take them home once the party is over.  Plan on six to eight cookies for each child to decorate and plenty of frosting to go around!  You'll also want to have enough adults around to give you a hand helping the kids with frosting their cookies, stacking the finished products, and handling any arguments that might come up. 

Once the kids are done with their decorating, have them help with the cleanup and let them sample their tasty creations.  Or, since they've probably been snacking on the cookies throughout the afternoon, serve a more substantial snack, like peanut butter crackers and fruit kabobs, chicken fingers and cheese cubes, or even pizza.  And you'll want to top off your snack with a mug of hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows or whip cream! 

Once the cookies have been decorated, the snacks have been eaten, and the aprons have been decorated, you'll be ready to send the kids on their way with their trays full of treats and reclaim your kitchen.  Your Christmas Cookie Party is sure to be a hit with the kids and adults alike, making it a perfect tradition to repeat year after year! 

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