How to Host a Virtual Cookie Decorating Party

One of the best things about the holiday season is all the yummy treats! ‘Tis the season for baking and candy-making and virtual cookie decorating parties. If you want to host a virtual cookie decorating party and need some guidance, look no further. Here are some tips for how to organize the party -- including when do make your cookies -- and how to share the experience with friends even while apart.

Here are some helpful ideas for cookie exchange creativity and etiquette, which will help you know what to expect:

  • Get the Kids Involved: Where there is sugar, there will be kids. Children love cookies and will be excited to make them extra special for the holidays. With this in mind, be sure to choose a party time that doesn't interfere with school or bedtime. A virtual cookie decorating party is a perfect weekend activity. Invite your children's friends to the party with a cookie-inspired digital invitation for the holidays. In addition to the date and time of the party, include a link to the video platform you plan to use so everyone can be on the call at the same time to share ideas for decorating.  

  • Recipes & Supplies: An important part of a virtual cookie decorating party is the cookie! A simple sugar cookie is usually best for decorating because of its flat, smooth surface. Make sure to share a link to the cookie recipe so guests have time to purchase the ingredients in advance of the party. Finally, encourage guests to have festive cookie cutters, sprinkles, icing, and frosting on hand to decorate their cookies the day of the party. If you want to go the extra mile, you could prepare decorating kits that you drop off a few days in advance with fun cookie cutter shapes and festive sprinkles.
  • Bake Them Fresh: The holidays may be hectic, but it's essential that you make your cookies fresh either the day before or the day of the event. If you bake on the day of the party, make sure to leave enough time for the cookies to properly cool before attempting to decorate them.

  • Show & Tell: When party time arrives, make sure everyone has successfully conferenced in from their kitchen and their cookies and decorations are on hand. Once everyone is ready, start decorating! After a set period of time, let the kids do a little show and tell with their cookies. They'll be very excited to share what they created with their friends. 
What's the final tip for a virtual Christmas cookie decorating party? Dig in, enjoy your cookies together, and share your thoughts on how they turned out! 
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