Don’t you just love the holiday season? One of my ultimate favorite things to do each year is to host a holiday party. We normally invite just a small group of friends (we don’t have space for more!) and make way too much food, play Pictionary, and have an activity for the kids.
This year we decided to have the kids make Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses, and they had a lot of fun with it. It is amazing how long it kept them occupied. Even better, set up is really simple, and you’re not spending the day baking gingerbread pieces! I have never tried it that way and am not about to.
This year I decided to make Royal Icing for the Graham Cracker ‘Gingerbread’ Houses (which was super easy), thin it out, and put it in plastic chocolate decorating bottles so the kids could use it like glue. It worked SO well! The recipe was simple: 3 egg whites (HINT: buy pasteurized egg whites so the kids can snack as they go), 1 pound of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. Mix all together and add water 1 teaspoon at a time to thin the icing out to a syrupy consistency. Use a funnel to pour the Royal Icing into the bottles.
Use mason jars or other clear bowls or small vases to display toppings. This makes a festive party table and the kids can pick decorations easily. Win, win in my book!
Here is our table fore the party. Ciera made the little house on the white cake stand, and our son Utah made the church on the green plate. The ‘tree’ in the middle is a gumball tree that we crafted from a few branches and decorated with gumball candies.
If you’re looking for a last minute party activity for Christmas, this is SO much fun for the kids and does not take a lot of time to put together.
- Graham Crackers (1 sleeve of crackers per child)
- Royal Icing (recipe is above, make sure to buy pasteurized eggs so the kids can snack as they go. That’s half the fun!). Double the recipe if you have more than 4 kids decorating.
- Pretzels, cereal, candies, etc for the toppings. Rule of thumb… use what you have and if you don’t have enough colorful items, buy a couple bags of something fun. A little actually will go a long way. We had 8 kids making Graham Cracker Houses, and I probably have at least half (if not more!) of the decorations we started with.