My daughter has her birthday close to Christmas. We still want to be able to celebrate it without it getting mixed up in the Christmas events. But if you have a child with a birthday in the winter months you know that finding an activity to do with them is challenging. As a preschooler she and several of our friend’s kids are too young to have the skating or tobogganing & hot cocoa parties and so we usually are confined indoors. What do you do with a bunch of kids who are trapped indoors and eating sugar without going absolutely crazy??
Last year I planned a gingerbread house decorating party. I was a perfect theme for a birthday. I made the invitation look like a gingerbread man with the details written on the back. I then ordered gingerbread houses from my friend Krista who owns Simply Sweet Ltd. She offers great party packages which minimize the prep before hand since they came with pre-packed candy and icing bags! They were wrapped in cellophane which I saved so the kids could pack them and take them home as the loot bag. The kids had a blast decorating and it filled the time to avoid them being bored and rambunctious!
Along the same theme I also built a cardboard gingerbread house for the kids to play in. It took a lot of prep ahead of time but I it lasted and I have it to pull out again this year for the kids to play in. And I thought it was just too cute! I painted it and glued stuffing to the sides as an illusion of snow.
So next time you are planning on throwing a winter birthday consider a gingerbread house decorating party. The kids will love it!
Danielle is mom to a 3.5 year old daughter and 1.5 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs at Four Days Home.