My friends, yesterday I disappeared into a vortex. I didn’t do all the things I ordinarily do. I didn’t check my email, I didn’t start my morning by sipping coffee and reading my favorite blogs. I didn’t login to Facebook, and I didn’t even tweet. I’m not sure I even showered.
Where was I all this time, pray tell? I was busy refereeing a Cookie Decorating Party with 20 kids in my house, all under 7 years of age. There was frosting and sprinkles, followed by sugar highs and 40 muddy feet running up and down, in and out, all around the borders of our property. It’s fair to say it was Christmas Cookie Carnage.
Why would I subject myself to such an
insanely crazy delightful experience? My middle daughter begged me to host the event. I caved. It’s that simple.
My day began here.
Thank goodness for Betty C’s sugar cookie mix and mega large cookie cutters from Sur la Table, snagged a few years ago in an after Christmas sale.
I whipped out a few dozen shapes to please the kiddies and covered the dining room table in a VERY thick vinyl tablecloth.
At this time, I should state that I consciously chose not to vacuum before the party. Don’t you see all those sprinkles? Really, what’s the point.
The kids descended on our home after school and like that scene in Willy Wonka (the original), the kids eyes were big as saucers when they spied the sugar. Cookies ! Frosting! Sprinkles! They went to work doing what they do best.
Sugar sugar sugar and more sugar . . . .
What’s a kid’s party without a treat bag? I sent the sugared up munchkins home with cookie cutters and colored sprinkles to continue the madness on their own home turf.
In the end, a few cookies survived the jaws of the herd of six year olds, and I gave them some fun sprinkles of my own.
Speaking of cookies, here’s a peek at two more holiday cookie recipes for chocolate lovers.
Truth be told, our Cookie Decorating Party was such a charming event. The kids decorated, played, and ran around, while the moms all chatted and enjoyed a festive start to the holiday season. We even got a majority of them to sit still for a porch front photo.
Today is Rhoda’s vignette party, so amidst the madness, I did snap a photo of our *cheapo* tinsel tree in the foyer, which I bought last year. Funny how grouping a medley of ornaments together in one color always seems to work.
The tree is adorned with a few of the ornaments we crafted last year, including these glitter cookie cutter ornaments, how apropos !
Link up to Rhoda’s party today with your holiday display !
Do you have any holiday traditions that revolve around baking? Perhaps a cookie swap or a decorating party of your own? I’d love to hear all about it! Got a favorite or signature cookie recipe? Link to it in a comment!