December 19, 2011

The Gingerbread Soiree





Nine little girls joined Michal and Kenna for a morning of decorating gingerbread houses, making ornaments, eating cupcakes, drinking hot chocolate and leaping, jumping, dancing and general merry-making.

We haven't had any snow yet . . . until this morning! We woke up to fresh snow on everything, which made it really feel like Christmas.

When the girls arrived, they each donned a snowman apron and I had a gingerbread house waiting for them -- along with lots of different kinds of candy, marshmallow, meringue kisses, cookie wreaths and gingerbread men. I think as much candy was eaten as made it on the houses, but that's part of the fun.


My creation





After the girls finished decorating houses, we made glitter-filled glass ornaments and jingle bell candy cane ornaments.


Then we went back upstairs for cupcakes, cake pops and hot chocolate.



I made cake pops one other time and it was such a time-consuming process that I said I'd never make them again. This time I used chocolate donut holes -- genius! -- and they were so fast and easy.

I bought a dozen chocolate cake donut holes at Dunkin' Donuts. Then I melted white chocolate discs in the microwave. I dipped a lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and gently put in in the donut hole. Once I had a stick in every donut hole, I put them in the refrigerator to set. Once the chocolate had cooled, I dipped each donut hole in the melted chocolate, tapped off the excess and then sprinkled crushed candy canes on the chocolate. Super easy and super cute!

This is my friend Michelle who made the adorable table cloths and bunting and helped me during the party. The party literally wouldn't have happened without her. Thank you Michelle!




It was a really fun morning!

And just in case you want to host your own gingerbread party, here are some of my resources:

Gingerbread houses: Whole Foods Bakery

Ceramic plates: Michael's Craft Store

"Snowman" bottles: Frappucino bottles, scarfs made from a thrift store sweater and buttons hot glued on the front

Cupcakes: Standard Market (If you live in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, go visit this great new gourmet market! Their cupcakes are frosted with swiss meringue and are truly divine.)

Christmas flag bunting: Modern Whimsy

Table cloths: Modern Whimsy

Marshmallow tin snowmen: Mom's Enterprises

"M" and "K" shirts: Kie&Kate Couture

Headbands: Kie&Kate Couture


  1. Wow! Fabulous party!


  2. Amazing, as always. I wish my parties turned out as fabulous as yours!

  3. Looks like so much fun!! Where did you get the girls' shirts??

  4. Anonymous8:25 AM

    Incredible! Was that hot chocolate and whipped cream in the glass containers?

  5. Yes. It's hot chocolate and whipped cream in the bottles.

  6. Now that's a party I would have loved!

    So fun for the girls.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Wow! The party looks like something from a magazine where dozens of people helped to create the setting. What a gift to have and how lucky for M&K!
    Merry Christmas!
    Susan (twin mom in FL)

  8. The girls' shirts are from Kie&Kate. Kie&Kate just happens to be today's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

  9. Oh my goodness..everything looks so beautiful!!! LOVE the snowman chocolate milks:)

  10. Beautiful as always! Have you considered being a professional party planner? Was hoping you'd be posting your gingerbread party again this year. Did you decorate the roofs for the girls ahead of time?

  11. Anonymous9:29 AM

    Please invite me and my girls to your next party....we will make a special trip to Chicago for it LOL! Love it all. So pretty and special and fun!

  12. I bought the gingerbread houses at Whole Foods and they source them from a Chicago bakery. They come with the frosting "shingles" and icicles already on the roof. It makes it fun for the girls since they can put candy in rows on the roof really easily. Plus, my whole house smelled like freshly-baked gingerbread because the houses had just been made!

  13. Susan,

    Consider this your official invitation. Seriously. We would love to have you come!


  14. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Given how incredible this is I am almost afraid to ask what you are planning for their upcoming birthday. At some point I expect that you will have a circus in your backyard with exotic animals :).

  15. What Fun for you and your girls!

  16. Always love seeing your decorations you do for parties, just awesome! Love seeing the creative gingerbread houses the girls did, good job girls!

  17. Way to make the rest of us feel like total losers. Oh my goodness--I'm totally jealous that I am not an 8 year old girl who could have come to this soiree. Amazing.

    I'm putting the snowman drinks on Pinterest. That's one thing I can do, and my kids would love it (even without all the rest of the amazing fanfare!)

  18. There won't be any exotic animals in the backyard for the girls' birthday . . . it's Chicago and the poor things would freeze to death. :) I actually have not yet planned one thing for their birthday. (Shhh. Don't tell.) I think they may be celebrating their late December birthday in February at this rate.

  19. Anonymous10:37 PM

    I just LOVE when you post your parties! Such fun, and filled with inspiration and ideas for your readers! We have started the tradition of having Adrienne's close friend and her mother over for gingerbread house decorating, and it really is such a festive activity.

    It was also fun to get a peak into your new home - - hoping your give us a "tour" sometime soon!

    Have a wonderful Christmas,


  20. SO impressed with the decor! You did an amazing job!

  21. Love this party. May I ask where you found those cute snowman aprons?

  22. I love this party. May I ask where you found the cute snowman aprons?

  23. What an adorable party! Do you have a link to the aprons that your little guests wore?

  24. I would seriously purchase admission to get my little one into one of your gingerbread house parties! TOO cute!



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