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.

2. Make a couple different varieties of dough.

Label them so you know which is which.

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

6. Candy eyeballs are pretty important.

Buy them on Amazon

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.

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

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

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

You can get disposable piping bags or reusable piping bags.

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.

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

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

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

It has everything you’ll need.

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

17. Or even out of a plastic plastic baggie.

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

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

20. Or put your icing in squeeze bottles.

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

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.

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

30. Except not for cookies.

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.

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.

33. You may want to set up stations.

Especially if there are children involved.

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

STRUT, sprinkles.

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

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.

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

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

Get the recipe at The Spice Spoon

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

Here are recipes for 101 Bite-Size Party Snacks.

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

Get the recipe at Tartelette

44. Crudités and cheese and crackers are always welcome.

The blogger over at Oh Meaghan puts together this spread.

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

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

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

48. Baker’s twine makes everything look cute.

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

49. Plastic bags are another option.

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

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

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

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

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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