Cookie Decorating Christmas Party + FREE Printables – Santa’s Milk & Cookies

October 28, 2016Kara Woolery
I simply adored partnering with Jelly Belly to provide this photo shoot and Cookie Decorating Christmas Party blog post!

Cookie Decorating Christmas Party

Santa’s Milk and Cookies anyone? We have put together a super fun Cookie Decorating Christmas Party full of easy ideas + FREE Printables to host your own Holiday Party! Perfect for a Cookie Decorating, Cookie Exchange, or Gingerbread Decorating Party! This was definitely my daughter’s favorite party so far! She is a huge Jelly Belly Bean fan as I am sure most kids (and adults wink wink) are!

Photography – Heather Renee Photography

You can use any table, desk, or counter top space in your home to create a party set up! I used a simple white desk for this one! If you have a wall space for a backdrop, then you can use wrapping paper (as shown here). Tape to the wall to create an easy DIY Backdrop. I did two layers for the extra height! I am mildly obsessed with the giant balloons, and used them to anchor the table. I used gorgeous Tissue Paper Tassels from Lisa Frank Parties to hang from the balloons. Then covered the ground in Tissue Paper Honey Combs from Celebration Lane to add an extra layer, and lots of color to our Cookie Decorating Christmas Party!

MONEY SAVING TIP – If you are trying to save money you can skip on the balloons and honeycombs, and still have a great looking dessert table! You could use a table linen instead of honey combs!

I chose to use all white for the cake plates and serving platters. You can purchase these White Milk Glass Stands on Amazon, or you can find cheaper cake plates at your local Home Goods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls. The fun pom pom banner is from the Dollar Section at Target! I made the Snow Flake Banner using glitter Snow Flake Ornaments and bakers twine! Easy Peasy! I used small pieces of duct tape to adhere both banners to the table.

Who doesn’t LOVE Jelly Belly Beans? They are seriously delicious …. WELL that is if you don’t get one of the GROSS flavors from the Bean Boozled Game!! They are a great way to add color to your table and they are delicious to eat after!

I always purchase my cupcakes, and many of the bakery goods from my local Walmart. This saves a lot of money for party set up!!

My husband and daughter baked all of these Sugar Cookies using the Jenny Cookies Recipe!! They then used Wilton Cookie Cutters for the shapes! We found a great pack with lots of shapes at TJMaxx.

I always say Confetti and Glitter make everything better!! Please tell me I am not the only one??

You can’t have a cookie party without milk!! Plastic Milk Glass Cups are great with little kids! These fabulous ones are from Hoopla Events! I used our FREE Printable Party Logos and Rectangle Flags to jazz these up a bit for our Cookie Decorating Christmas Party!

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When decorating Cookies, Gingerbread Houses, or Cupcakes … it is easiest for the kids to stand around the table instead of sit. It is also easier to give them single servings of everything they need right next to them. This way there is no passing around or reaching across the table! Used here are Plastic Paint Palettes from Hobby Lobby to divide out Jelly Belly Beans and Icing!

The Activity Placemat is available with the FREE Downloads at the bottom of this post! These are great to have at parties with kids, because none of the kids EVER finish their craft at the same time. Once a few kids finish decorating their cookies; they can color on the placemat while the other kids have time to finish. This prolongs the crazy running around chaos – wink wink!

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The kids LOVED decorating the cookies! I caught them eating more Jelly Belly Beans than using them for the cookies – Haha! I may have snagged a few along the way as well.

This was a photo shoot, but we are having a real party this weekend with 14 girls and redoing this entire process! This time I will be setting up around my island in the kitchen! So if you have more than a few kids …. It is doable!

Kids-Christmas-Party-IdeasSanta-Cookies-Ideas-Cookie-You can have the kids make enough cookies to save for Santa! They can take them home and freeze them if Christmas is far away, or save them in the fridge if it is within the next week! Send their Santa Cookies home in Ziploc bags or goody boxes!

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The Jelly Belly Beans were PERFECT for decorating the cookies with! They would also work great with a Gingerbread House Decorating Party or Cupcake Decorating Party!


Important PLEASE READ – DOWNLOAD AND READ INSTRUCTIONS PAGE FIRST. Standard Files without a larger size next to them are to be printed on 8.5×11 white cardstock. If the files have a larger size next to them; you will need to save to a flash drive and print at your local print shop or on a large scale printer.

PERSONAL USE ONLY!! You can NOT resell these items, claim them as your own, share without proper credit, or use for profit in any way. You must credit Lillian Hope Designs with a clickable link back to this post when sharing.

Instructions For Printing and Editing Text PLEASE READ FIRST
Invitation 5×7 Editable Text
Tent Cards Editable Text
Party Logos
Rectangle Flags
4×6 Signs
Placemat (10x14in) (print shop like office depot or large scale printer)
Poster24x18in (print shop like office depot or large scale printer)


Styling + FREE Printables – Lillian Hope Designs
Photography – Heather Renee Photography
Jelly Belly Beans – Jelly Belly
Tissue Tassel Garlands, Tissue Confetti, Balloon Wands, Candy Wands – Lisa Frank Parties
Honey Comb Tissue Balls and Straws – Celebration Lane

This post was sponsored by Jelly Belly. I only work with brands and companies I truly love and 100% support! All views and opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting the fabulous companies who help support my business and blog.

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I linked up at Tatertots and Jello to the Link Party Palooza





  • alyssa

    December 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    OH MY GOSH you did it again. So I always love your free printables but this one is my favorite so far. That placemat!! LOVE! And you are right….parents love the Jelly Beans too…winnk wink. Haha!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Awww Thank you so much!!!

  • Misty

    December 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Such cute ideas! Love the free printables!!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      THANK YOU Misty!! Hope you get a chance to use them:-)

  • Ryan

    December 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Loved the cookies! And I think the Jelly Beans are delicious!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you! They sure are!

  • Viv & Olive

    December 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    How fun! I love these bold colors!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you!! They are bright and fun for sure!!

  • Angela

    December 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Super cute stuff!!!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Aww Thank you Angela!!

  • Alayna

    December 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Love it!!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Alayna!!

  • Brandy

    December 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    This is so cute! Love the jelly beans!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Brandy!! Me too!!

  • Melinda

    December 4, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    thank you for sharing. i plan to use the placemat for my kids all holiday and laminate. what a great idea. and i never thought to use jelly bellies for cookies and cupcakes. genius.

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      You are welcome!! Yes they are delicious on cookies!!!!

  • Heather

    December 4, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely love this!!! My girls LOVE jelly beans and I’m a fan of them as well!! You do amazing work I always look forward to your next creation!!!
    Great job!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you Heather!!!!

  • Diana

    December 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    So cute an looks like so much fun!!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Diana!! It was fun!

  • Tiffany

    December 4, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Super cute.

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Tiffany!

  • Dannielle

    December 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Super cute setup and pics!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 4, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you Dannielle! Yes the Pics are AMAZING!! I have a fab photographer and some super cute models….wink wink!!!

  • Shannon Harrison

    December 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Jelly Bellies are my favorite! Such a great idea. Love all you ideas!

    1. Shannon Harrison

      December 4, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Love all your ideas!

      1. Kara Woolery

        December 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        Thank you Shannon!!!

    2. Kara Woolery

      December 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks so much!!!

  • Paige

    December 5, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I love how fun and colorful this party is! I decorate cookies with my kids each year and they always go WAY overboard on sprinkles. I think I will have to pick up some Jelly Belly’s this year instead. That sounds much tastier! Thank you for all of the wonderful free printables! I can’t wait to use them!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 6, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Awesome!!! Thanks so much Paige!! It is delicious!!

  • andrea

    December 5, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    oh my goodness – so cute! how do i get editable invites and tent cards files? it doesn’t look like there are links for them…

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you!!! They had a hiccup and will be back up late tonight!!! Thank you!!

      1. andrea

        December 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm

        still not working 🙁

        1. Kara Woolery

          December 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm

          Andrea – I am on it. The issue has been with my software and it is getting fixed ASAP. I promise it will be up as soon as I can get it up!!!

          1. andrea

            December 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

            any update on the editable files?

          2. Kara Woolery

            December 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

            Andrea were you able to download them? Thank you!!!

          3. andrea

            January 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

            the links for the editable files:

            Invitation 5×7 Editable Text
            Tent Cards Editable Text

            aren’t linked to anything 🙁

          4. andrea

            January 14, 2016 at 9:42 am

            sent you an email…

          5. Kara Woolery

            January 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

            Andrea I responded did you get it.

          6. andrea

            February 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm

            ack! i think hotmail ate it! sent you another email…

          7. Kara Woolery

            February 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

            Got it!!!!! will respond today! Thanks!!!

  • Samantha Eyth

    December 8, 2015 at 6:16 am

    I LOVE the colors! Great job!

  • Elise

    December 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Cookie decorating is a MUST for the holidays and I am in LOVE with this set-up! It looks like so much fun!!!

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Elise!!!!

  • Melissa

    December 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Love this party idea! my grandkids would love it! Jelly Belly’s are the best

    1. Kara Woolery

      December 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you!! They sure are!!!

  • Ashley Poser

    November 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Hello Kara!
    I’m so happy to have stubbled onto your site! This is/was an adorably done idea! I was wondering if the tent cards could still be printed? The link isn’t listed anymore and I just love how perfect it all goes together! Happy again to have found you and will be following from now on!

    1. Kristen Taylor

      December 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Hi Kara,

      I am so happy that I found your site as well!! What an adorable cookie party!! I was also wondering about the tent cards and the invitations and if they could still be printed? They are just too cute and I would really love to use them for my upcoming party invites. Thank you so much and all of your parties are just so beautiful!! Love your site!

      Thank you,

      1. Kara Woolery

        June 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

        The links should be up and running now! Thank you!

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