Host the Best DIY Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Invite everyone over for a festive gingerbread house decorating party this holiday. A gingerbread house decorating party is a fantastic way to celebrate the season and showcase everyone’s creative side. Make sure your party is a sweet success with these adorable templates and ideas.

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Invites for a gingerbread decorating party

Get everyone warmed up for the festivities with homemade invitations. The holidays are always a busy time, so it’s a smart idea to get them on everybody’s calendars in advance. Also, these delightful gingerbread house templates are certain to brighten their day. With our printable postcards and free Avery Design and Print Online (ADPO) software, it is easy to customize and print your party invitations at home.

Once you receive everyone’s RSVPs, start planning how much gingerbread dough and royal icing you will need to whip up. A test run the day before is a great way to make sure that your icing is the right consistency and sets properly without crumbling. Also, most gingerbread dough recipes will last in the fridge for a day in advance.

Add your own personalized text, then use a laser printer to print this design on Avery 5889 double-sided postcards. Or, print it using an inkjet printer and Avery 8386 double-sided postcards.

Once you’ve customized your invitations, you can also choose “Let Us Print for You” to order custom-printed postcards.

Gingerbread house crafting station

Make sure everything’s as neat and tidy as possible by setting up special decorating stations for each guest. Each decorating station should have a sturdy base for the gingerbread house, such as a baking sheet or cardboard, to act as the foundation. These delightful gingerbread man tent cards are a great way to guide everyone to the right spots.

Print this design on 2″ x 3-1/2″ Avery 5302 tent cards using a laser or inkjet printer.

Or, simply choose “Let Us Print for You” to order custom-printed tent cards after you finish designing.

DIY “North Pole Bakery” aprons

A wonderful treat for your guests are customized aprons with holiday designs. Both cute and practical, homemade aprons make great party gifts while also helping the kids keep clean while creating their gingerbread masterpieces. Find out more about how to use iron-on transfers with our article on ideas and tips for fabric transfers.

You can even instantly create personalized apron designs for each of your guests. Just upload a spreadsheet of names, then use the mail merge tool in ADPO, and it will add each name automatically. Learn more in our article on how to mail merge in ADPO.

Gingerbread house icing labels

Royal icing is the glue that will keep everything together, so it’s important to have multiple, clearly marked containers available. Squeeze bottles are a clean, accurate, and intuitive way for kids to build their gingerbread homes. Although piping bags are fun to use, they will require more patience to prepare and use.

Print this design on 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ oval labels sold by the sheet (94051).

Or, after customizing, choose “Let Us Print for You” to order custom-printed oval labels.

Labels for gingerbread house decorations

The classic gingerbread house decorations are still some of the best: Gumdrops, spice drops, peppermint candies and sprinkles. With ADPO you can quickly create labels that match your theme to clearly label each of the topping containers. Adding labels to each topping container is extremely useful, especially for kids that might have food allergies. These decorations will also likely end up being snacks while building so make sure to choose candies that will be fun to munch on during the building process.

Print this design on 1-1/4″ x 1-3/4″ labels sold by the sheet (94226).

Or, after customizing, choose “Let Us Print for You” to order custom-printed rectangle labels.

As the party winds down, thank everyone for joining and give them a cute keepsake to remember the event by. Cookie cutters are both adorable and affordable, and they make for useful gifts during the holidays. Customize our gingerbread house tag template to use with any party favor.

Print this design on Avery 80511 round scalloped tags, which are designed to work with laser or inkjet printers.

Or, after customizing, choose “Let Us Print for You” to order custom-printed round scallop tags.

Want to show off your own DIY gingerbread house decorating party? Tag your projects on Instagram with #averyproducts to share. You can also follow us on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas on how to personalize your holiday.

Author: Ryan Han

If you have a question about an Avery product, there’s a good chance Ryan will know the answer. Originally hired in 2014, Ryan worked for years answering calls, responding to chats and collecting review data before he was given the opportunity to be a copywriter. With almost a decade’s worth of Avery knowledge, he now writes copy for product pages, articles, emails and wherever else a little punching up is needed. With a BA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, Ryan loves any chance he can get to tap into his more poetic side. Whether it’s a motivational quote on a planner cover or waxing lyrical about the near-mystical reflective properties of a new holographic label, Ryan has been a steadfast fan of Avery Products and Avery people. In his free time, Ryan loves to try out new skills and hobbies. He drew a webcomic for a few years, can build a computer, placed eighth once in a Tetris tournament and is trying to learn Spanish so that he can have conversations with his girlfriend’s madre.