If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holidays, look no further than a gingerbread house party! This guide will tell you everything you need to know to throw the perfect party, from invitations to decorations.
There are two parties I host every year no matter what! A pumpkin carving party in October and a gingerbread decorating party in December. Hosting a gingerbread house-making party has been a tradition of mine for more than 15 years.
I’ve done everything from making each gingerbread house from scratch to buying kits for guests to assemble and having pre-made gingerbread houses for everyone. I’ve learned a trick or two over the years for creating a successful party and I’m sharing it all today!
I use decorated gingerbread houses as Christmas decor and absolutely love the way they look on kitchen shelves and tables! It’s a fun Christmas activity for adults and kids of all ages and my favorite family tradition.
How to Host a Gingerbread House Party
These days the easiest way to send out invites is through email. I’m a huge fan of Paperless Post and they have adorable designs and perfect invites for a gingerbread house party.
Supplies You’ll Need
Gingerbread House Kits – You will need gingerbread house kits. Make sure to get enough for your guests so that everyone can make their own gingerbread house. You can find these at your local store or order them online. If you’re looking for unique gingerbread houses some bakeries will bake
Gingerbread Icing – We make homemade gingerbread icing with egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar. I put it in piping bags to make it easy for guests to squeeze out and use. It doesn’t compare to the stuff that comes in gingerbread kits.
Candy – Having a lot of candy is key to a successful gingerbread house party. Get a variety of small candies such as M&M’s, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, and gum drops.
Small Bowls – You’ll need several small bowls to place the candy in. I love to use these colorful bowls.
Cake Platters – Use these to add height to the table with the candy.
Holiday Napkins – Things can get messy! Have some pretty napkins for guests to use. We also love to have wet wipes available too.
Creating a Festive Party
Party decor is just as important, but when you have bowls of candy and charming gingerbread houses it’s easy to create a festive party! Here’s how:
- Place all of the bowls of candy in the center of the table.
- Place an already assembled gingerbread house and icing in a piping bag at each place, this way everyone has their own piping bag to decorate with. Tie a ribbon around the piping bag filled with icing to make it pretty!
- Use small twinkle lights to make it festive.
- Bottlebrush trees and ornaments are great for easy decor.
- Make sure that every house is assembled on a piece of cardboard for guests to take it home.
- Disposable tablecloths are great for easy cleanup. Decorating gingerbread houses can get messy and the icing can get very sticky on a table.
- Your local Dollar store is a great place for holiday candy! Stock up on all of their candy for a great price.
- Make your icing! It’s fluffy and dries perfectly!
- Have a good playlist of Christmas music to have on during the party.
- You can also give your guests the options of making a gingerbread tree or mini gingerbread houses too!
- If you’re making your own gingerbread houses, use these tips for how to stick a gingerbread house together.
Best Gingerbread Party Decorations
There are so many fun gingerbread house-themed party decor items! Here are a few that you can add to your party to make it even more festive:
Best Gingerbread House Toppings
You can use any candy you prefer when decorating a gingerbread house! Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Mini Marshmallows and Snowman Marshmallows
Jelly Beans and Smarties
Red and White Striped Candy like Peppermints
Cinnamon Sticks and Star Anis
What to Serve at a Gingerbread House Party
Your gingerbread house party can be as big or small as you’d like. You can make it a full-on dinner or Christmas appetizers and gingerbread themed dishes. Here are some ideas for food and drinks:
- Hot Chocolate Bar or Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Platter with Hot Chocolate or Peppermint Hot Chocolate
If you’re looking for more, check out 60 delicious party appetizers!
Frequently Asked Questions
5 Steps to Throwing a Gingerbread House Decorating Party
1. Make sure you have enough gingerbread house kits for your guests.
2. Gather all of the candy and supplies that you will need.
3. Prepare your gingerbread icing and set out the bowls of candy on a table.
4. Set up a space for gingerbread house decorating.
5. Serve food and drinks to your guests!
Yes! Gingerbread house-making is not just for kids. Adults can make gingerbread houses too and it’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
The gingerbread house-making party is a fun and festive way to get together with friends and family this holiday season.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to gingerbread house toppings. Some classic gingerbread house toppings include candy canes, gummy bears, gingerbread cookies, M&M’s, gumdrops, and sprinkles. You can also use chocolate chips to add a sweet touch.
It’s important to have something sturdy under gingerbread houses when decorating. A piece of cardboard is best because it is strong and will support the gingerbread house. It is also easy to transport gingerbread houses when they are finished. Other options include foam board, cake boards or hard plastic trays.
Gingerbread houses can be eaten, but they may not be as delicious as regular gingerbread cookies because of the icing that is used to decorate them. However, gingerbread houses are meant to be enjoyed and admired as a work of art!
Now that you know how to host your own gingerbread decorating party, it’s time to start planning! I hope you have a wonderful party, filled with lots of candy and gorgeous candy houses!
Comment below and let us know your favorite tips when hosting a gingerbread house party!