We are hosting our annual holiday party this weekend. As a first, we decided this year to have a pre-party party at our home this week. Our to do list was short, we had some good friends who were unable to attend this weekend - so invited a couple of families over to let the kids play, catch up, and have a few cocktails.
This was a very impromptu gathering - surprisingly, I never know where we will be in the completion of pre-party tasks a couple of days before the party. The hubby is notorious for coming up with large projects to tackle right before our big event. We had plenty to drink in the house - I put out some cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, hummus and ranch dressing - it was perfect!
I then thought it would be fun to have a cookie decorating station for the kids. I made a bunch of gingerbread cookies in different shapes, purchased a tub of frosting, sprinkles, and some red hots. We had 6 total children, 4 boys and 2 girls - all under the age of 7. They had a great time!
I told them they could decorate the first one and then eat it, but that I needed all of the other ones decorated for our holiday party dessert table! The adults all looked at me like I was crazy. This was great motivation for the kids - they were so creative and we were all super proud of them. As they continued to lick their fingers and then go back to decorating their cookies, the parents still questioned my decision - I stuck with it.
I was convinced tonight by the hubby that it would not be the best idea to serve these, but what a fun night for our children! These are now safely packed away in storage containers and ready to hand out to the hard working children this weekend.
I used to panic about doing something like this - I'm not a fan of cleaning up messes I didn't make. But - I have lightened up over the years, this didn't stress me out at all. In fact, I was so impressed by the girl (OK, there were two but one was a 1 year old and she didn't do much but eat her own cookie) who took her extra sprinkles from her paper towel, folded the paper towel in half, and poured over the finished cookies. I know she has had WAY more cookie decorating experience than I have - but what a resourceful child! My little one on the other hand had used so many green sprinkles on just one cookie, you could no longer see it! Once un-earthed, I suggested that he use those sprinkles to decorate future cookies. Not surprisingly, one of my girlfriends there said that my little one continued to eat those green sprinkles with his fingers but keeping an eye on me the entire time to see if I would catch him. I love him.
This year, remember the joy of the season. Look into a child's eyes to see the wonder. I have finally stopped what I am doing to do just that this year - and it is a look I hope to never forget.