Something about the cool spring air, pastel color palette, and thrill of an egg hunt make Easter a holiday you want your little ones to look back on with fond memories. While Easter Sunday itself is often filled with church, family, and egg hunting plans, this spring a cookie decorating party makes a fun lead-up to the big day. These are my tips and tricks to host a budget-minded, Pinterest-worthy gathering fit for the bunny, himself! Invite a few mama friends and their kiddos for an afternoon of sweet treats while soaking up the spring breeze.
Let’s start with the table itself. Believe it or not, this is a simple and inexpensive card table dressed up with a vintage floral sheet. The table runner is a roll of sheet moss you can pick up at your local craft store. I created a festive centerpiece with colorful oversized Easter eggs found at Hobby Lobby.
Now for the place setting … let’s face it, kids don’t need the fancy china, and these wood slices stand up to frosting like a champ. Top them with a bright patterned napkin (I made mine from leftover fabric scraps!) and a cookie cutter for little ones to take home for their own baking day! In keeping with the spring theme, set miniature terra cotta pots at each child’s setting filled with ranch or hummus and carrot sticks.
Of course sugar cookies are the star of the show here, but since we all know cookie-decorating parties often mean going a little overboard on the day’s sugar intake, make sure you also offer healthy snacks to help stave off the inevitable sugar crash. We reused our bunny and egg-shaped cookie cutters to make whole wheat sandwiches a bit more enticing. Fresh fruit and veggies round-out these toddler-friendly munchies. Glasses of sparkling water adorned with brightly colored straws help wash it all down!
Set out frosting and cookie decorating supplies, and your little ones will know what to do next! We also spotted carrot shaped bubble containers at Target and couldn’t resist. So happy we did, because these gals could blow bubbles all the livelong day.
We picked up bunny ears (usually available at dollar stores this time of year!) and take-home boxes to pack up their confectionary creations. You can download the free “Cookies because some bunny loves you!” printable label here.
And that, my friends, is how I created this Easter cookie decorating party on a budget. The kids loved getting to pick out their cookie shapes and frosting colors, and then packing them all up in their little kraft gable boxes to take home. My biggest tip for saving on both cost and time? Reuse and repurpose decor items you already have. After all, no one would have guessed this floral tablecloth used to be a sheet! While nothing rivals the big Easter egg hunt, I have to say, this comes pretty darn close. Check out more of the party below!