How to Host a Kid's Cookie Decorating Party

Christmas isn't the only time of the year to host a cookie decorating party!  Decorating cookies can be done at any time of the year and is always a fun activity for kids who are always up to the task of cookie decorating!

Recently my younger sister (17 years old) hosted her own cookie party with her girlfriends.  It was quite the popular party with lots of giggling, laughing, and icing everywhere!  Anyways, this inspired me to host my own kid’s cookie decorating party with my little boy (2) and his cousin (2).  It was a bit more challenging because they were younger but we still all had a wonderful time cutting the cookies out, baking them and then decorating them. 

I hope that this post inspires you to host your own cookie party whether it’s with your own children or it’s with your children’s friends!  

What is a Cookie Decorating Party?

Well, to put it simply, a cookie decorating party is a get-together where kids come together to join in the fun and excitement of decorating sugar cookies!  It could be for Christmas cookies or the Superbowl, Easter or the 4th of July.  But of course you also don’t have to have any reason at all to have one of these parties!

5 Simple Steps to Hosting a Kid's Cookie Decorating Party

1.       Pick a Party Date – pick your date, set up your grocery list to make sure that you have all the ingredients in the house to make sugar cookies.  Make sure you have sprinkles, frosting, and anything else that you might want to use to decorate your cookies with.  Head to the store and purchase anything that you might need.  Oh, and it is a bonus if you have extra paper towels on hand for any messes that might occur! 

2.       InvitationsIf this is a party for your kid’s friends you might consider having them send/pass out some invitations.  Invitations always make kids excited and filled with anticipation when they receive one.  And, to make things easier for you, I’ve included an invitation template in my party kit that you can print off and fill out! 

3.       Plan a Few Games it will make your cookie decorating party a lot of fun if you have a couple of games planned out for the kids to partake in!  

4.       Make the Cookie Doughsometime before the party – either the day of your cookie decorating party or a couple days before – make your cookie dough.  I’ve included a freezable recipe for sugar cookie dough in my packet so maybe you’ll want to give that a try to minimize any stress on your part on the day of the party.  It’s a plus if you can have the cookie dough all made up before the children arrive because that saves on one step.  If you only want the kids to do the actual decorating and not the rolling and cutting out of the cookies, then you could also bake the cookies before the guests arrive and have them cooled and ready to be decorated.

5.       Set out Decorationsyou can make separate bowls and fill them with all the different cookie decorations that the kids can use to spruce up the cookies.  You’ll want enough bowls to hold each individual decoration.  This will make it easier for the kids to carry the bowls to their decorating station without too much of a hassle.

Making the Frosting

Also before the children arrive you might want to plan out making some frosting also, depending on the season you can dye it the appropriate colors.  Anyways, I’ve used a butter icing receipe that I’ve gotten from It is a very simple recipe and one that spreads nicely on sugar cookies.  I like it especially since it is easy for kids to then spread on cookies!  For your reference, I have written the recipe below:

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

            1 ½ cups powdered sugar

            3 tablespoons butter, softened

            1 tabelspoon vanilla extract

            1 tablespoon milk

            3 drops food coloring

Combine the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk, beating until creamy.  Thin with a few more drops of milk (if necessary) to reach desired spreading consistency.  Stir in food coloring.  Spread over cooled cookies and decorate.

12 Decorations to Use on Your Cookies

The following is a list of 12 fun decorations to use at the cookie decorating party. And, if they inspire you I’ve created little labels that you can cut out and set up around your bowls that contain your decorations.  You’ll find my labels in the party kit that I’ve created! 

1.       Sprinkles – an obvious one…

2.       Pretzels cut into tiny pieces

3.       Chocolate Chips

4.       Butterscotch Chips

5.       Andes Mint Pieces

6.       Marshmallows – you can cut these up with a scissors to get smaller pieces

7.       Raisins

8.       Mini M&M’s

9.       Oreo Cookies diced into fine pieces

10.   Licorice – cut this up into small pieces

11.   Red Hots

12.   Candy Bar cut up into small pieces

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