How To Throw A Cookie Decorating Party


1. Step 1: Make the dough in advance.

Mix it a day or two before and let it hang out in the fridge for 24-48 hours.

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2. Make a couple different varieties of dough.

Label them so you know which is which.

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4. Step 2: Buy a few excellent cookie cutters. Choose wisely.

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5. Step 3: Stock up on sprinkles.

All of these are available at Cupcake Social.

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6. Candy eyeballs are pretty important.

Buy them on Amazon

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7. Cause of this.

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8. Step 4: Bake the cookies a day ahead of the party.

Get tips on How To Bake Better Cookies, and store them in an airtight container until the party.

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9. Step 5: Make a big batch of royal icing.

There are excellent directions over at Cake Journal.

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10. Step 6: Obtain as many colors of food coloring as possible.

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11. Step 7: Figure out your icing dispensing situation. Piping bags are the best option.

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12. You can buy them at most kitchen supply stores and online.

You can get disposable piping bags or reusable piping bags.

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13. In a best case scenario, you’ll also have tips.

Piping bag tips are named based on the size and shape of their opening. For cookie decorating, #2 and #3 are good ones to start with. Here’s an illustration of common cookie tip sizes from Sweetopia, which has a great guide to decorating cookies.

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14. There’s also this plastic part called a coupler.

It is not totally necessary but it helps keep things tidy.

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15. This beginner’s cookie decorating kit by Wilton is great.

It has everything you’ll need.

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16. But you could also very easily just make a piping bag out of parchment paper.

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17. Or even out of a plastic plastic baggie.

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18. Piping bags get a little messy if you have kids coming.

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19. Set out glasses to help the piping bag situation stay classy.

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20. Or put your icing in squeeze bottles.

See some adorable heart cookie decorating in this post on Pennies on a Platter

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21. Step 8: Learn the amazing and essential “Pipe and flood” technique. It’s the best way to decorate cookies.

There are great tutorials over at Cake Journal and Sweet Sugar Belle.

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22. Step 9: Gather any other decorating tools you might want. You might want toothpicks…

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23. So you can do cool stuff like this.

Get directions at Martha Stewart

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30. Except not for cookies.

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31. Step 9: Assemble an army of baking sheets.

You will need a lot of these, and parchment paper, so that your decorated cookies have a place to go to be safe. Or just use cardboard, but have something in mind.

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32. Step 10: (Day of the party!) Set the scene.

Make sure your table is covered with newspaper, butcher paper, or a tablecloth that takes well to icing and smushed sprinkles.

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33. You may want to set up stations.

Especially if there are children involved.

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34. But no matter what — most importantly — make sure your sprinkles are on display.

STRUT, sprinkles.

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35. One way or another.

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36. Step 11: On to refreshments. Your guests may want some eggnog punch.

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39. (With marshmallows shaped like whatever cookie cutters you have around. Duh.)

There are actually 46 other amazing things you can do with cookie cutters.

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40. For a kid-friendly affair: Wrap juice boxes up like presents.

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41. For a more mature gathering, serve some cozy cardamom-chai tea.

Get the recipe at The Spice Spoon

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42. Step 12: Cookie parties need salty snack food.

Here are recipes for 101 Bite-Size Party Snacks.

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43. A big winter salad isn’t the worst idea.

Get the recipe at Tartelette

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44. Crudités and cheese and crackers are always welcome.

The blogger over at Oh Meaghan puts together this spread.

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45. Should you have a sprinkle surplus:

Get directions at Sweetapolita

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46. Last step: Give your guests a cute way to take their treats home.

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47. You could pick up some treat boxes from a local bakery.

Or order them: Find favor boxes on Etsy including pillow boxes

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48. Baker’s twine makes everything look cute.

The Twinery has a million amazing colors of baker’s twine.

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49. Plastic bags are another option.

Get plastic bags here or on amazon. Get waxed paper bags on amazon.

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50. This is a pretty good excuse to buy ribbon.

In case you’re the kind of person who enjoys that.

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51. Ok now you’re ready to host the best cookie decorating party ever.

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52. And if all of this sounds a little too ambitious, you can always invite your friends over for these incredible treats.

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