A month ago, my daughter started telling me that she was going to have a cookie party and invite all of her friends. I have no clue where the idea came from, but for days she would tell me about this cookie party. I kept asking her if this was pretend or for real. She would put her exaggerated pout on and say, “Just pretend, I guess“.
So I started to think, why not throw a cookie party for my daughter and some of her friends? It would be something fun for them and a great way to kick off the holiday season. It would also be nice to sit and chat with the moms outside our hour during the girls’ activities. So I took her idea and ran with it.
The thought of baking and decorating cookies with 3-6 year olds was a little intimidating as you need to think of attention span, ease of the activity and of course, the mess factor! We had been to various cooking classes where things had gotten a little crazy, but the instructors always kept their cool because they were prepared. I decided after a little of my own prep time, I could pull it off……I hoped. I thought of 3 different cookie activities they could do, baked cookies to eat, had hot chocolate in the crock pot and had some eats for the moms too.
The Set Up
Each child had an apron with her name on it, a plate and some parchment paper at her seat. I decided to do the aprons because not only would it keep the girls tidy during what could turn into a messy evening, but they also got to take them home as gifts.
I made sugar cookie dough and colored them (red and green) the night before the party. I even portioned them out for each girl so it was easy to hand out. They were then able to mix them together as they pleased. I thought it would be easy to use the parchment paper to roll it out using hands or the rolling pins I set out. They then used the various cookie cutters to create their cookies. We kept them on the parchment and I wrote their names on them so we knew which cookies belonged to each girl. Into the oven they went!
While the cookies were in the oven, I handed out gingerbread cookies I had baked ahead of time. The kids used different cookie icings and sprinkles for decorating.
Oreo pops are so easy and fun for the kids to work with the melted chocolate. I had made bunch of Oreo pops that were undipped and then let the girls dip them in chocolate and decorate them.
The Sugar Rush
While the moms cleaned up and I organized the goodies the girls had made to take home later, they got to feast on the cookie buffet and hot chocolate.
Overall, with a little bit of time to prepare (and the help of my friend’s older daughter who baby sat afterwards as well as some good food and tasty sugar cookie martinis!), the party was fairly stress free and a sweet tradition I hope to start! After all, nothing kicks off the holidays like some cookie dough and great friends!