Yesterday we invited some neighborhood families over for some cookie decorating in advance of Santa's arrival.
We kept the afternoon party menu simple with popcorn (I'll share an amazing recipe in a future post), cheese & crackers, carrots & hummus and hot cocoa & marshmallows.
I baked a few dozen cookies in advance, stuck them in the freezer and then thawed them the day before. I made frosting using confectioner sugar, butter and almond extract and then filled condiment bottles with frosting (affiliate link). I put the sprinkles, sugar and candies in cupcake wrappers so that there were no lines waiting for the sprinkles.
I wrote each kid's name on a paper plate so we could keep track of each creation. Ultimately it ended up being sprinkles and sugar with a little bit of cookie. Some of the cookies were very 3D with the amount of sugar piled on them!
As long as we were loading it up with sugar why not shoot the moon and add whipped cream?
Probably the smartest thing I did was to snag a dozen bakery boxes from the grocery story to send the kids home with their creations.
With 15 kids under the age of 10 and a mountain of sprinkles I'm pretty sure I'll be finding Christmas sprinkles at Easter. All in all the party was a blast. Good friends and good treats - what more can you ask for this time of year?