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Have you decorated some Gingerbread Houses this Holiday season? How cute is this GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING PARTY submitted by Nicole Wills of Tradewind Tiaras, Inc. A Christmas party doesn’t get much better than this. Who doesn’t love getting together with family & friends to decorate gingerbread houses? So fun, and YUMMY.

My favorite part of the party- The clever “MIXIE STICKS” {like pixie sticks- paper straws filled with flavor add-ins for your cocoa}! 

Here is what Nicole said about the party- “My family has made thousands of gingerbread houses over the past 36 years. Yes, thousands. We have this thing down to a science, and it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without the amazing scent of gingerbread filling the house and a city of sweet little houses covering every available surface. This past weekend we hosted the first of four gingerbread house decorating parties we’ll be throwing this year.

Now, at these parties, we have a truly obscene amount of candy. And as much of the icing gets squirted directly into little mouths as makes it on the houses. No real need for a dessert table, and we mostly focus on serving savory foods as an antidote to the sugar overload. But I came up with a really fun idea this year–no dessert table, true, but the backdrops to the food and beverage tables WERE a dessert display!

I’ve always had a soft spot for folk art paintings, and decided that I wanted my table backdrops to be reminiscent of a winter country scene in that style of art. I created layered, somewhat 3-dimensional hills out of Styrofoam sheets, and created all of my buildings and trees out of sugar cookies on sticks. All the buildings, trees, sleighs, snowmen, and Santas you see are cookies pops! I hung red curtains (from our living room–I love recycling elements in new ways) on either side of the backdrop both to cover raw edges and make it look like we were gazing on a wintery country scene outside a window (much more festive and seasonal than the view of our 70 degree Phoenix backyard).

The beverage station was a ton of fun. I made homemade hot cocoa and mulled cider, and had Styrofoam hot beverage cups (with lids! Lots of kids!) with custom homemade cup cozies that matched the party decor (a take-home favor). The beverage table also held my favorite part of the party. I came up with the idea of what I call “Mixie Sticks.” They look like that old candy favorite, Pixie Stix, but they’re actually flavor add-ins to mix in your cocoa. I made cinnamon, mint, and espresso mix-ins for the cocoa. Kids and adults alike had so much fun customizing their cocoa flavors, and one little girl reported that the cinnamon was excellent in the mulled cider, too!

As each family left the party, they made a stop at the photo booth near the door. Nobody could leave without me getting a photo of the magnificent gingerbread creations and their artists!”


Party Styling- Tradewind Tiaras
Snowflake Shirt- Modern Frills
Paper Printables- Frog Prince Paperie

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  1. özge bayrak says:

    i really love your blog!
    cute and interesting amazing inspirations. thanks for sharing these all adorable things with us dear. good job!
    lovely greet.

  2. Nikki - Pip Events says:

    What a great background! I love how she used sugar cookies to make a winter scene!

  3. Tabletop Accessories says:

    Looks incredible! Presentation makes a big difference when it comes to party planning!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can we get the recipes for the Mixie Sticks? That is such a cute idea!

  5. simplydesigning.blogspot.com says:

    These looks fabulous!

    But yes! I too would LOVE the recipes for the Mixie Sticks!! Soooo cute!


  6. silvia says:

    quisiera estar informada y al dia con las ideas