‘Tis the Season…To Host a Gingerbread Decorating Party!

November 30th, 2011 by Victoria Japlon

As an employee of Wilton, I am always inspired by our vast array of products. This year, I decided to host a Gingerbread House decorating party and I used all kinds of great Wilton products to make it a memorable party for all of our guests. We decided to host it early in the season when people are not as busy. What a great way to kick off the holidays!

I used the Greeting Card Candy Kit to extend the invitation to our guests. Since the guests were neighbors, we hand delivered the invites. It was an easy way to set the tone that this was going to be a colorful, sweet and fun event!

Candy Invitation

On the day of the party, we greeted the children with a cup of hot cocoa dressed with the Cocoa Trimming Kit. The children loved the charm of the snowman.

Hot Cocoa

Adults were served a special gingerbread martini garnished with the Peppermint Candy Curl. They enjoyed their drink and conversation while the children were busy decorating their houses.

Martini with garnish

As the centerpiece of the table, I placed the Snowman Sprinkles Stacking Set. He is adorable and the snowflake sprinkles were a great addition to the houses.

Gingerbread Houses and decorating accessories

I used the Icing Decoration Tags as place cards for the table. After they were done decorating, the tag was placed at the base of the house so children knew which house to take home. The tags are edible (names written in edible marker) which added that extra sweet touch to the houses.

Decorating a Gingerbread House Roof

In addition to the houses being pre-assembled, I made the icing and assembled the decorating bags in advance so the children could get right to decorating. The children delighted in adorning their houses with the Gingerbread Icing Decorations which are super cute and so easy. We also had the Holiday Candies Assortment on hand since everyone loves to munch on candy while decorating. They all did a great job and really enjoyed decorating their houses.

Decorating the Gingerbread Houses

I believe every party needs both sweet and savory offerings. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I made a pizza with a jumbo gingerbread man pan and cut finger sandwiches with a star cookie cutter. Sandwiches were displayed on the Holiday Treat Stand. Snacks like popcorn and crackers were displayed in Wilton Disposable Treat Containers. They not only lent holiday spirit to the table, they didn’t need to be washed afterward! Holiday Fun Picks were used to serve cheese and sausage.

Party Snacks

Adults received a treat bag with sprinkles, a cookie cutter and our Wilton recipe for rolled sugar cookies to get them started with their holiday baking. Children received a Holiday Candy Necklace to assemble and enjoy the next day while they admire their adorable Gingerbread Houses.

Treat Bags

We all had such a great time and it was nice to create memories with friends during the holiday season. Nothing is more precious than spending time with people we care about, and a Gingerbread Party is the perfect opportunity to gather a group and enjoy an afternoon of holiday crafting fun.

Be sure to browse our Gingerbread House Fun web page for decorating ideas, techniques and frequently asked questions. You’ll also find a variety of festive ideas for delicious gingerbread cookies and cupcakes.

Victoria Japlon Victoria Japlon is the Product Manager for Gingerbread Kits and has worked at Wilton for 3 years. Victoria is a trained Chef with a background in Supply Chain Management. She enjoys helping others celebrate all of life’s moments and is happy to participate in creating your family holiday memories.

12 Replies

  1. Anita Barker says:

    What a great idea. I love it. Thanks

  2. Candice says:

    I started the gingerbread decorating tradition last year and will do it again this year with my little one who’s now 15 months old. Such great fun. Just wish we had more Wilton goodies available in South Africa! :)

  3. Jeff says:

    This is really nice. The kids will have great memories from these kind of parties.

  4. Amy Mills says:

    This is great!! Looks so fun and festive! Gingerbread puts me in the holiday spirit! Great idea!

  5. I have one with family every year. I love how it get’s competitive…no better way to make everlasting memories.

  6. Chris says:

    What creative, festive ways to enhance a theme party. Very inspiring. Wilton has everything. I love it!

  7. Teresa says:

    My daughter was born a week before Christmas. My niece that I’m raising has her birthday on Dec 25th. We always combine their celebration into one big party! Our tradition is to make mini gingerbread houses that are assembled ahead of the party. I use graham crackers and royal icing to build the frame work. I put many different candies out on the table with disposable bags of the royal icing. Everyone gets a turn at the table to make a house. After the party I cover a big cake board with foil and mount the houses to form a village. I then take the decorations and icing and form paths, trees and other decor to form a gingerbread village that sits on our table til the holidays are over!

  8. OSeaGal says:

    Looks like so much fun! I wish you were my neighbor! Really love the gingerbread pizza dude, great idea and I have that pan from last year’s post Christmas sale. Is there any way to have your recipe for the gingerbread martinis? Sounds delish! Thank you in advance if you could provide that. Have a memorable holiday season!

    • I hope I inspired you to host a party for your neighbors! My friend Kisa’s soon to be famous Gingerbread Martini recipe is as follows:
      2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
      2 oz Irish Cream Liqueur
      1 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
      Shake in mixer with ice and strain . Be sure to Garnish with Wilton Candy Curls for garnish.
      Enjoy!

  9. Tina says:

    Oh i love the gingerbread idea, my problem is i live in the uk, i have just purchased the wilton cookie tree kit, but, the measurements for the grandma’s gingerbread recipe are in cups, in the uk we work in grams or ounzes can anyone please help me convert the cup measurements? also what could i use if i can’t get shortening? HELP…

  10. Julie says:

    Wonderful ideas! I am having a gingerbread decorating party tomorrow with a group of little girls and wondered if you can make the Royal icing ahead of time? If so how much ahead of time?

    Thank you

    • I made my icing earlier in the day and put it into the assembled bag and tip. I placed a wet paper towel over the tip of the bag and then placed the dec bag inside of a zip bag. When you are ready to use them, heating the filled dec bags for 3-5 seconds in the microwave ( as long as you used the plastic tip in the kit) and then kneading helps to soften them up because as they sit, they can get a little stiff. Wilton also has icing bag ties (417-173) which you can get at many craft stores which will help the children keep the icing from coming out the back end of the bag. Hope this helps – have a great time!

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