The Gingerbread House Party of Your Dreams!

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How to Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Introducing the gingerbread house party of your dreams (or at least my dreams!). My girls love to throw a good party (hmm, I wonder where they get that from?). They had been asking me to have their preschool friends over for a “party” ever since Halloween.

The Gingerbread House Party of Your Dreams!

Since that holiday has come and gone, we started scheming a Christmas get-together and decided a gingerbread decorating party would be just right. In fact, National Gingerbread House Day is coming up on December 12. What a better way to celebrate than with your own party?

Sweet gingerbread house decorating party
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The Gingerbread House Party Essentials

Here are the decor items I used for my party:

  1. Glass apothecary jars filled with candy
  2. Paper table runner to make for easy cleanup
  3. Metallic ornaments – hung above the dining table to make it extra festive
  4. Jadeite cake stand to show off one of your gingerbread creations!
  5. Glassine envelopes for candy takeaway bags
  6. Snowflake stickers to seal the bags
  7. Manila tags to make candy name tags (see below)
  8. Paint palettes to hold candy in all the colors of the rainbows
  9. And of course, pre-baked gingerbread kits!
The gingerbread house party essentials

The Candy Table

Of course, once I started thinking about the potential cuteness of a gingerbread decorating party it was hard not to go all out with the decorating! 

With the help of a few beautiful glass apothecary jars, a jadeite cake plate and lots of candy, I turned our kitchen table into a candy land. I filled the jars with marshmallows and gum drops, and hung shiny metallic ornaments from the light above the table.


The Gingerbread House Decorating Table

I brought the girls’ play table into the kitchen and designated it as house decorating central by rolling a length of gold speckled paper down the middle and having a house ready to go at each spot. To keep it easy, we found pre-baked gingerbread kits at the grocery store and Stella helped me assemble all the houses the day before.

Note: this is an important step to do in advance of the party. The icing needs a few hours to set before the houses are stable enough to decorate!

The Gingerbread House party of your dreams!

Individual Candy Trays

Stella and I dressed up the plain cardboard bases that came with the houses by wrapping them in pretty metallic chevron paper. For the candy trays, we used inexpensive paint palettes.

Candy Name Tags

For a personal touch, I created place cards using some colorful candies, a manila tag, and a glue gun! I just traced the letter in pencil and then affixed the candies by adding a small dab of hot glue (on low setting) to the letter and pressing the candy into it. For the name below, I used letter stamps. You could also write freehand or use letter stickers.

The kids were so excited to find their name at the table when they arrived!

I spent the morning while Stella and Hazel were at preschool setting up the party and when they came home they were so excited to show their friends and dive into decorating (and consuming massive amounts of candy)!

You have to love kids’ creative minds. When you pair their imagination with candy, the results are pretty fantastic!

Gingerbread house day

Candy “To Go” Bags

I had little glassine bags and snowflake stickers out for guests to make a mix of their favorite candies to take home with them.

Hazel had as much fun filling up her ‘to go’ bag with candy as she did decorating her house!

Each house turned out so sweet. Here’s a view of the colorful aftermath!

Celebrate National Gingerbread House Day with a decorating party!

National Gingerbread House Day – December 12

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for National Gingerbread House Day on December 12.  Did you know that gingerbread was first brought to Europe by an Armenian monk over 1000 years ago? The idea of the gingerbread house originated from the story of Hansel and Gretel. Even if you forgo the party and just decorate your own little gingerbread house on December 12, it is a fun way to celebrate!

National Gingerbread House Day is December 12

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  1. Love this idea! We used to make individual houses out of graham crackers and then would have colored frosting in bowls with paint brushes and candy in plastic cups for decorating. The kids loved it. Then we would have marshmallow snowmen and trees that we would frost the bottoms and stick to graham crackers to complete the scene.

  2. I enjoyed your post! We’ve done gingerbread house several times over the years…first with my elementary students, then with my kids, and now with grandchildren. It’s a great tradition! This year we used the “ready to decorate” kits and I plan to do the same next year. The houses are already put together and it’s such a time saver. (I ordered to have “shipped to store” and then picked them up. I didn’t want to risk breakage from extra delivery to home.) Like you, we added extra candy. How fun!

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