Tucked into this festive tin bucket, aprons from Hobby Lobby kept our little guests clean during their afternoon of gingerbread house decorating. And embellished with machine embroidery designs from Stitch N Time Embroidery Designs, the children can reminisce about our fun afternoon during their holiday baking for years to come.
I fell in love with these dessert plates from the Peppermint dinnerware collection from J.C. Penney! I thought they would be a refreshing addition to my friend, Stacey's, holiday table -- and a sweet reminder of our get-together. Find individual pieces in stores, or find the 16-piece dinnerware set half-price here.
And with an inscription on the bottom commemorating the party, this ornament from Hobby Lobby can remind the girls of our special friendship.
Gingerbread houses from Target -- just $8 apiece -- were a good value. These kits come with a pre-constructed gingerbread house, candy and icing. To hide the cardboard base, I mixed up a decorator icing of 2 cups shortening, several tablespoons of water and 2 pounds confectioners sugar. I used an icing spatula to smooth the icing over the cardboard, then dotted the snowy-white icing with marshmallows. I kept the remaining icing so the children could use it during their decorating; the royal icing included with the kits can be a bit stiff to work with.
For our tablescape, I used the plastic red tablecloth leftover from Christian's recent Star Wars party and topped it with this fun wrapping paper. These polka-dotted acryllic tumblers from Wal-Mart (only $2 each) are getting a lot of use this holiday season!