We make these gingerbread houses every year. Sometimes we make them late in the season (like after-Christmas-late), and sometimes I am so organized I even make an invitation! If you are feeling efficient and organized these days, then scroll down to the bottom for a fun and free printable invitation I made for you.
Oh, and also scroll down for my two crazy-good tricks for making a gingerbread house making party super easy…
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~ Gingerbread houses (I always get mine from Trader Joe’s)
~ Glue gun
~ Whipped white frosting (store bought like this one)
~ Plastic knives
~ An assortment of candy + containers to display the candy
Here are my two tricks for making this party really easy (if you haven’t guessed already):
- Use a hot glue gun to put the houses together before the kids arrive
- Pre-frost the roof with white frosting (skip making it yourself, the store bought kind is better because it doesn’t dry up fast)
And here is an extra little tip:
~ Save the box top from the gingerbread house kit to take the houses home!
(I love this shot of Charlotte sneaking a taste!)
One more bonus for you…
The invitation below if from my daughter Grace’s birthday party four years ago. I decided to make a printable version for you!
Here is the PDF. I put two on a page. If you print them on a heavier card stock, you can cut around them and leave a little white border. Or, if your printer doesn’t accept heavier paper, just print on regular paper then cut and glue onto heavier card stock. Punch a hole at the top and add a string. Now the recipient can hang it on their tree!
You still have time to pull this off. It’s a great GREAT party idea for this time of year, and moms will love you because it’s one less thing they have to do with their kids!
Good luck, and tag me on Instagram with any photos!
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Memories of making these with you and the girls years ago!
Sometimes it seems so far away… like a different life, doesn’t it? XOXO
My daughter begged me to host this at our house for her 8th birthday and I was reluctant. I found your blog and decided to go for it. Preassembling with hot glue gun is key! Also, get more candy than you think, we used most everything and the lifesavers and colorful licorice were very popular. I purchased baking aprons that they colored/decorated prior to house decorating. We had 10 attendees and I capped the party at 2 hours including cake. We used a tarp over the dining room table and did not have any small sprinkles candy. Thank you thank you! Everyone had a wonderful time.
thanks for leaving a comment, Kelly, I’m SO HAPPY that your gingerbread party was a hit!! xo Bar
Unfortunately, I am unable to download the invitations. I would love a copy of these please!
hi Rachel, I think I have fixed the problem. Please try again! ~ Bar
I am unable to access the PDF. 🙁
hi Pam, I’m so sorry. I think I fixed it. Google did a big security thing and I had to go in and reset each printable. I’m sure it’s too late for you now, but maybe next year! ~ Bar