Christmas is just around the corner and there’s no better way to celebrate and get into the spirit than by decorating gingerbread houses & gingerbread people. This is a great activity for kids as young as 2 or 3 and for the whole family to enjoy together. Kits can be found at most grocery stores, Walmart, Target, and even craft stores like JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels. I love shopping for holiday baking supplies at Big Lots because they have an awesome selection and their prices are unbeatable.
Make the activity more festive and easy to clean up by using a disposable Christmas tablecloth and fun printed plates. Although the kits usually come with candies to decorate the gingerbread houses, I like to pick up a few more tubes of colored icing, candies and fun sprinkles. Michaels also has a nice variety of cake decorating supplies for your gingerbread masterpieces.
On my table this year I also added a cute ceramic jar full of hot cocoa mix and fun snowman mugs for my girls, so they can sip as they decorate. Although a fun activity to do with kids, this would make a perfect ladies night or party with friends too! You can totally add some Bailey’s to your hot chocolate, or sip on wine and cocktails.
I find that presentation makes a huge difference and I always create fun tablescapes for any activity or when presenting gifts, especially for kids. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create pretty, festive and exciting spaces; the only limit is your imagination.
Now that you have your decorating table and supplies set up, turn up the Christmas music, or play your favorite holiday movie in the background. Remember, when decorating with kids, let them lead the way and enjoy the experience using their creativity. Let them be messy and decorate as they wish!
Enjoy making memories!