When you think of cookie decorating, you probably always think first about Christmas-time. But a cookie decorating party is a fun thing to do just about any time of year! There are cookie cutter shapes for just about anything these days and why not let the kids get together and practice some hand-eye coordination and creativity all at the same time?!
Cookie decorating can be so fun it can hold its own as its very own event, or it can be an activity at a party! The best part about this activity is that it can be taken home at the end of the party too! This is one of the things we are going to do during Ella’s upcoming birthday party and I know she’s pretty excited about it!
So here’s what you need to throw an epic cookie decorating party:
- Sugar Cookies – The more shapes the better, but also, basic works too!
- Icing — Plenty of colors depending on what you are going to be decorating or the theme
- Sprinkles — Loads and Loads of sprinkles. Every Color. Every Shape. The More, the better.
- Disposable pastry bags or ziplock bags with corners cut off works too
- Food Coloring – for creating new colors of icing
- Small Candies (optional)
- To-Go Containers for the finished products.
Set up a table for the kids with everything they’ll need within reach. Line it with butcher paper! This will save you time on clean up in the end. Just fold it over when they are done and it’s all cleaned up! We did this for Valentine’s day, but honestly you can decorate cookies any time of year and for any reason! Make hearts for Valentine’s Day, flowers for spring, ice cream cones for summer… The sky’s the limit!
Depending on the age of the kids, you can decide how to do the icing. Bags work best for decorating, but if you have older kids who might want to get more into it, you might do multiple bags of the same color icing, but with different tips. For littler ones, one bag per color is just fine!
And let them have at it! You will be surprised at how much they’ll want to do and where they’ll creativity will take them.
*Note: This activity can go pretty quickly.
For littles (2y-4y), they drop the icing and sprinkles and are done in about 2 min per cookie, maybe less!
For elementary aged kiddos (5y-8y), they usually take about 5-10 min per cookie.
For older kids (8y+), they tend to take the most time with the cookies and it can be anywhere around 15 min or longer per cookie.