How to Host a Gingerbread House Decorating Party (Christmas)

Ready to sprinkle some holiday cheer? Get inspiration to host a gingerbread house decorating party at home with some simple tips and tricks.

A table set for a gingerbread house decorating party.

Hey there, gingerbread fans! If you want to sprinkle festive fun on your holiday season, gather your BFFs for a cozy, creative, last minute gingerbread house decorating party!

It will fill your house with laughter, sweet smells, holiday cheer, and a table with all the candy and icing your heart desires.

Let’s enjoy a simple yet sweet gingerbread affair for your grown-up friends.

Other party ideas are a favorite things party, a raclette party, and a simple luncheon with friends.

Getting Started

Preparing for a Gingerbread House Decorating Christmas party is half the fun, and trust me, it’s easier than you think!

First things first, pick a date that suits everyone’s busy schedules, then craft some charming invitations (digital or DIY).

Clear a generous area for the gingerbread magic to unfold. Remember the essentials. Buy gingerbread kits from a local bakery, grocery stores, Target, Hobby Lobby, World Market, etc. (the easy way), or make your own house from scratch.

Gather a colorful array of candies and, of course, the pièce de résistance, royal icing.

If you’re feeling extra enthusiastic, include some aprons and chef hats for that added touch of culinary chic.

On the day of the party, turn on the holiday tunes, and let’s prepare to turn your home into a gingerbread wonderland.

Party Essentials

Now, let’s talk about the essentials for the holiday party. The key to this sugary soiree lies in the delightful details.

Storebought or Homemade Gingerbread Houses

Begin with the foundation – whether you opt for pre-made gingerbread house kits or make your own, the choice is yours. (gingerbread houses and gingerbread recipe)

Candies, Chocolates, and Decorations

Assemble an assortment of gumdrops, M&M’s, sprinkles, licorice, candy canes, colored sugars, and all the fixings that will make your gingerbread houses Instagram-worthy.


The glue that holds it all together? Royal icing, a pastry bag, or any edible adhesive that suits your fancy.

Decorating Tools and Aprons

Set up a decorating station or seats around the table with enough space to work.

Give each guest decorating supplies to ensure everyone feels like a pastry pro. Supply them with a house kit, candies, disposable piping bags, icing bags or squeeze bottles, gel food coloring, and small bowls of icing. Toothpicks, a pastry bag, tweezers, or little butter knives should do the trick.

Add some party favors, too! Provide examples of inspiration that can be helpful for artists with creative blocks. Add a pretty plate or placemat to work on, and you are good to go.

Finally, let’s not forget the fashion-forward artist – aprons and chef hats are fun and photo-friendly but not mandatory.

Food and Drinks

Let’s talk about the icing on the gingerbread cake – the tasty food and drinks!

A spread of festive treats can help fuel creativity, but keep it simple.

Consider crafting grazing or charcuterie boards adorned with cheeses, meats, and seasonal fruits – the perfect balance to the upcoming sugar rush season.

No holiday soirée is complete without a signature sip. Serve up a strawberry smash or a pomegranate spritzer, frothy mugs of hot cocoa, or warm mulled wine.

Set up a DIY hot chocolate bar with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

Holiday Decor and Music

Now, it’s time to add some pizazz to the place.

Joy Filled Setting

Consider holiday-themed decorations and lighting.

Adorn your space with holiday-themed decorations such as twinkling lights, table cloth, garland with seasonal greenery, and a touch of DIY charm.

A Festive Playlist

Remember the magic of setting the mood for holiday spirit with the perfect tunes.

Create a cozy corner of holiday cheer. Play a winter wonderland soundtrack – think classic carols, Christmas music, festive favorites, and maybe even a dash of holiday pop. 

Hold on to the Memories

Make capturing the moments of your Gingerbread House Decorating Party part of the fun. Set the scene with a photo booth area with props and a festive backdrop.

Encourage your friends to snap pictures throughout the evening.

Remember to get the group photo, a snapshot of your closest friend’s camaraderie, and the fun time will linger long after the season has passed. The best part.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Now, we need some fun activities. If you want to take the party to the next level, have a decorating contest.

Establish clear rules and criteria for judging, whether structural integrity, artistic flair, or creative use of candies.

Enlist in a panel of judges or, for a more democratic approach, let the guests cast their votes. Prepare small prizes or certificates for the winners.

Capture the fun with photos and celebrate the winners!

It’s not about the decorating; it’s about the joy of friendly rivalry, a great time, and the sweet taste of victory.

Let the battles begin.

Stock up on sweets, secure those gingerbread foundations, and prepare to create so much fun at your gingerbread decorating party! Maybe this needs to be an annual tradition.


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