Decorating gingerbread houses has been a tradition of ours even before our kids were born! I would invite our good friends, Mara and Matthew, over and host an evening gingerbread house making party every December. Now that the kids are older, it’s really all about them and creating those special holiday memories for them. So every year, I host a gingerbread house night for Romeo and his cousins and I teamed up with one of our favorite, nostalgic and playful lines, Cath Kidston, to share 5 ways I make it the party special! I adore their colorful holiday line of glittery ornaments, alphabet mugs and even holiday sweaters like my sequin Twinkle Twinkle sweater!! It’s all so perfect and charming for kids and such a fun way to add color into the holidays! Goes very well with candy too!!
1. Unless it’s for adults, but the pre-made gingerbread houses! It’s such a pain to put them together and wait for them to dry. The best part is decorating so assemble them before or buy prepare. Also, buy extra candy!! If you’re buying the boxed gingerbread houses (totally acceptable because one year I made them from scratch and it was a lot of work, haha!), then you have to buy extra candy! The boxes come with a little, but in my opinion it’s just not enough to create the gingerbread house of their dreams! If you’re hosting for little kids, it’s smart to buy the pre-glued (glued with frosting that is!) houses or even put them together the night before. Little kids don’t have the patience to wait for their houses to dry!
2. Add in extra things like shaved coconut, mini-marshmallows, candy canes, pretzels and anything you think would be fun when creating a gingerbread house. See more alphabet mugs here!
3. I usually always make extra frosting just in case someone needs more… which usually happens! You can also make different colors this way too! Romeo is wearing this sweater!
4. Place all of the candy out in little dishes on the table so that it’s easy for everyone to grab and see what they have to use. It also makes a really festive Willy Wonka-ish layout that kids go crazy over!!
5. Make a yummy homemade hot cocoa (that way you can go easy on the sugar!) for the kids to drink while they’re getting creative. There’s just something so special about drinking hot cocoa with Christmas music on while making gingerbread houses and we used Cath Kidston’s adorable and colorful alphabet mugs to serve it in! Doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy and stay charming!
This post is sponsored by Cath Kidston