For some people, the Christmas season means rushing around, frantically shopping, and stressfully checking off a task list. While it’s easy to let things get out of hand, it’s important to slow down and remember what makes Christmas so magical: togetherness and tradition. Bring everyone together for a fun event by putting on a small Christmas party for the kids. Create lasting memories for the little ones and get them involved in simple festive activities for you to both enjoy during the holiday season.
Gingerbread House Making
Raise the roof with a gingerbread house-making party. For young children, you can pre-build small houses out of gingerbread or graham crackers. The best “glue” to hold the walls together is royal icing.
Set out an array of candies and give each child a plastic sandwich bag filled with icing that’s tied off with a small hole poked in one corner. Show them some basic ideas for decorating the houses, like using shredded coconut as snow, and then let them create their masterpieces. For favors, you can provide kid-sized aprons or gingerbread-man cookies in cellophane bags.
If you have teenagers and want to kick the theme up a notch, have the teens design and bake their house parts ahead of time and bring them to the party. Then, give everyone an hour to assemble and decorate their houses. Put everyone’s creativity to the test by inviting some judges over to choose the best gingerbread house.