Monday, December 21, 2009

Gingerbread House Party: Festive Finds and Favors

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!

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