Hosting a kids holiday party just got much easier! Here are the simple steps to host a gingerbread house decorating party which combines entertainment, snacks and holiday fun for kids of all ages. Use this gingerbread house party idea at home, church or in the classroom like we did!

How to host a gingerbread house decorating party for kids - collage of three photos including the party set up, the party table and the finished decorated gingerbread houses decorated by kids
Let’s host a gingerbread house building party!

Host a Kids Gingerbread House Building Party

One of my favorite holiday traditions is making a gingerbread house. But it’s always more fun with friends, so today we are sharing how to host a gingerbread house decorating party for kids

A gingerbread house decorating party is a fun activity for kids to do with their friends during the holidays. It requires little prep and the kids have a blast. 

Related: Whimsical Gingerbread House Coloring Pages!

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gingerbread house ideas- 3 gingerbread house building kits from Wilton stacked on a table - each one has mini houses that kids can choose to build.
Let’s choose which gingerbread house we are going to build!

1. Choose a Gingerbread House Kit

Our gingerbread house decorating party for kids was super simple to put together. We used the Wilton Build-It-Yourself Gingerbread Mini Village Decorating Kit. Each kit contains four different mini gingerbread houses with all the supplies you need to make a gingerbread masterpiece. 

We set up all the supplies on a large table in the front of the room, then made a workspace for each kiddo on their decorating tables. 

gingerbread house ideas-kids sitting at a table with holiday decorations ready to build a gingerbread house.
We can’t wait to decorate our own gingerbread house!

2. Kids Can Sit at a Holiday Decorated Table Together

We had about 16 kids at our gingerbread house decorating party, ranging in ages from 3 to 11, so we only needed four of the kits to get our party started.

Each kit comes with cookie pieces and everything you need to build, decorate, and display a three-dimensional holiday village.

gingerbread house ideas-gingerbread house icing and decorative frosting to use as gingerbread house glue and decorative elements
Putting a gingerbread house together is easy with the right tools!

3. Supplies Used by the Group Placed on Table to the Side

We had extra gingerbread house glue, decorative icing in tubes, decorations and sprinkles…you can never have too many sprinkles!

gingerbread house ideas- side table at gingerbread house building party that has additional things kids can use to decorate - icing, toppers, decorations and sprinkles
Choose what would make your gingerbread house even better…

Additional Items We Used for Gingerbread House Decoration

gingerbread house ideas- each child had these items at their place for working: gingerbread house pieces, decorative icing, palette with sprinkles and decorations, plastic knife and table covering in red and green
This is the perfect workspace to build a gingerbread dream house!

4. Each Child Had a Gingerbread Building Workspace at the Table

The workspace included a paint palette for sprinkles, cake boards, and a plastic knife

gingerbread house ideas- child looking at camera building a gingerbread house with gum drops on the top

5. Let the Children Build Gingerbread Houses!

There were different pieces perfect for kids of all ages — we had three year olds who loved spreading the icing and adding candy embellishments like these rooftop gum drops!

gingerbread house ideas- child's hand adding details to green frosting stripes on a gingerbread house roof
Each child can add their own gingerbread house details with candy

We also had 10 year olds who enjoyed constructing the actual structures and decorating with more detail.

There really was something to do for every kid!

gingerbread house ideas- child squirting icing on a gingerbread house platform to make snow around the newly built gingerbread house
Let it snow with icing!

Gingerbread House Making Kits that Keep Kids Attention

And the mini village houses were the perfect size for kids. Too often, we’ve started decorating a gingerbread house and my son loses interest, so I end up having to finish it.

Every kid worked hard on their gingerbread house and proudly displayed their masterpiece at the end!

gingerbread house ideas- finished gingerbread houses from gingerbread decorating party - 16 finished gingerbread houses shown
These were our finished gingerbread house creations!

Our Finished Gingerbread Houses

I loved to see the different styles the kids used when making their gingerbread houses.

Some followed examples on the box and others used the supplies to make their own fun scene. 

gingerbread house ideas- kid with finished gingerbread house looking at camera
Look what I built out of gingerbread!

Tips to Make Your Gingerbread House Party for Kids a Success:

Here are a few things that we learned while hosting this first gingerbread house decorating party for kids of all ages. Next time we will make a slight alteration, but overall it was an incredible success and everyone had a good time at the holiday party.

  • Prep your party area by laying down disposable tablecloths. When the party’s over, simply wrap up the tablecloths and throw away the empty or leftover supplies.
  • Give each child a workspace where they can keep their supplies. We used a red piece of paper to separate the different spaces, with all the supplies ready at hand. 
  • We used small paint palettes to store sprinkles and other decorations for each kid. This kept the portions reasonable but also ensured that we weren’t spreading germs amongst our guests.
  • Invite children to help each other construct their houses — They can hold pieces for their friends while building, or help add embellishments to the finished structure. 
  • Provide aprons or ask party guests to come in clothes they don’t mind getting messy. Our kids had frosting and sprinkles everywhere — but that is part of the fun, right?!
  • And don’t forget to take a picture of the finished projects before everyone goes home!
finished gingerbread houses from the gingerbread house decorating party
It is a fun & stress-free afternoon of gingerbread house making!

The Perfect Holiday Party for Kids

Our kids had an amazing time — you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to host a cookie decorating party for kids! It makes a fun playdate or after school activity any time of year!

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