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keeping ‘em busy on Thanksgiving day

We are hosting this year in our still-far-from-fixed-up-fixer-upper, so I’m hoping for forgiving guests. One of our guests is a 9 year old girl whom we’ve never met. I want her to feel welcome and have something fun to do, assuming the preschool level toys that flood our house would be of little interest.

When working as a cookie decorator, our shop often participated in town activities with a cookie decorating booth. Hundreds of kids lined the streets waiting to squeeze frosting all over a yummy cookie. I found girls, especially, ages 8 and up, were our most popular decorators, so I thought that might be a fun thing to do on Thursday.


What to have for cookie decorating, all prepared before the craziness of the day:

  • cookies baked and cut out and ready to go (leaf, acorn and pumpkin)
  • bags of frosting in assorted colors ready to go (orange, browns, yellows, greens)
  • sprinkles (I used orange and white)
  • a scraper for mistakes
  • freezer paper
  • paper towels
  • toothpicks to unclog tips
  • sample decorated cookies

Some tips:

  • this may be best an activity saved for after dinner, lest hungry kids gobble too much sugar pre-dinner
  • use bigger decorating tips for kids so they can squeeze frosting more easily (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
  • toothpicks unclog tips (so adult supervision is necessary to help with such things)
  • tie bags closed at the top tightly with rubber bands so icing doesn’t ooze out
  • find an area in the house that won’t disrupt the goings-on in the kitchen or dining room. Hence, this can be tricky. I plan on covering our coffee table in freezer paper. We have no rug yet, so staining the carpet won’t be an issue. If you decorate after dinner, the dining room table may be an option, but be sure to protect the area.
  • packing tape or scotch tape can cover holes in frosting bags (sometimes kids squeeze a tad to hard)

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4 Comments

  1. Sue Sparks
    Posted November 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I bet she'll love it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Baking Monster
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    This looks like a great idea!

  3. Sara's Sweet Surprise
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I'm strolling in to catch up and especially to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!
    It's such a wonderful time to stop and reflect on all those we cherish and are truly grateful for.

    Even though our Thanksgiving is very small in number, with hubby and son (we don't count the cat cause she doesn't like turkey). We don't scrimp on the menu…from appetizers to desserts! We will being enjoying tryptophan playoffs!

    Sweet Holiday wishes,
    Sara

  4. cookies and cups
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    very good idea!

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