Want an easy party for the holidays that is holiday friendly to everyone? Why not host a Nutcracker cookie party? Each December, hundreds of thousands of small children dance in the Nutcracker. Most likely each of you have some little friend or relative that does. At our home we have one such tiny dancer. After the performance, we have a party. Last night our home was filled with party go-ers big and small. Join us in the revelry!
Cookie Party Invitations, Crafts and Decorations
A digital die cutter had a key role in the preparation of the cookie party. And of course preparation started for this long before the cookie party invitations went out. There are more than a few cookies that get made prior to the party, some months ahead, like Lebkuchen and Springerle. The decorations and the crafts for the cookie party are all made ahead too. The day of the cookie party is doing last minute finishes on some cookies, setting everything up, and then just enjoying the company. Clean up is fairly easy too.
This small Nutcracker cookie party invitation fit in a 4×5 envelope. I’d never done work in vinyl before, but many of the folks on the teamknk site inspired me to try it for the tiny overlay font. It was a real pain in the neck to weed! After doing about 20 of them, I finally got smart, and took a photo of the invite front and back and sent it out a jpeg…
There were many tiny dancers and small friends in attendance at the cookie party. So we had to have some activities to keep them engaged so the adults could enjoy the home made egg nog. Since party dresses were worn, the digital cutter was used to make many paper crafts. No glue or paint for these crafters to mess up their clothes with!
My inspiration came from the many talented people that contribute their craft expertise to the web. A search of holiday paper crafts will turn up a wonderful amount of crafts you can choose from. I’ve highlighted here a few that I used. The digital cutter was used to cut out the Reindeer masks, and the kids traced their arms/hands and cut out the “antlers”. The digital cutter also provided die cut “Clara”, Nutcracker, and Rat King cutouts that they could color themselves. If they were feeling really crafty, there were several other ornaments they could make, all courtesy of the digital cutter having carved through endless sheets of paper.
Here is the dot garland. What could be more simple than cutting circles? We all can make this! Just use some double sided tape to put two dots on either side of a piece of glittery thread. We also made strip ball ornaments with strips of paper with holes punched into them thanks to the digital cutter. Older kids could try their hand making these, and helped the younger children with theirs.
Thanks again to a digital cutter for cutting and pre-scoring the paper for easy folds. All these paper crafts should be another post…
Cookie Party Food
When you get right down to it, isn’t the party all about the food? Well, the digital cutter helped with that, too. First, we took that little Nutcracker image and cut it out of acetate, and made a stencil, then we painted it on a bunch of carry out boxes. We punched a few holes in the sides and ran a ribbon through as a handle. Another post?…
If only the digital cutter had been able to help out with the baking! We had 14 different types. Oh well, we used it to make the labels for the cookies so we could know what we were eating and drinking. We’ll show you just a sampling of the cookies.
See all that bling on the label? People voted with bling. This one was a big favorite. Check out the post coming called Technology in the Kitchen on that.
Now here’s my favorite childhood cookie, Lebkuchen! Let’s hear it for Lebkuchen. Next year I am going to use the digital cutter to do a “print and cut” for Santa and Hansle and Gretel cut out labels that get pasted onto the Lebkuchen with icing. More on that next year… (here’s that post)
Persian Divorce Cakes. So named because they are just like Mexican Wedding Cakes but made with Pistachios. There were a big stack of these. Not many left at the end of the night.
Springerle got my vote for the most beautiful. We had nutcracker and a Hansel and Gretel image. Most people wouldn’t eat them because they were so big and pretty. I have a tin left over. Goodie! They keep really well, and they taste wonderful and get better with age. So glad so many people were so polite… And of course the decorate your own Gingerbread person. Some of these were very elaborate.
Now let’s not forget that the digital die cutter helped make a few decorations. Here are a few holiday banners. These are big. They cover 6-8 feet.
These really should be a post of their own with instructions… Maybe next year. Right now, I’m just going to box up my cookies and head to bed. Whew, I’m tired.
Let me know if you have a favorite from the cookie party that you’d like to see a more detailed post on, and I’ll try to do it. Just leave a comment below.