So, I make sugar cookie dough, and buttercream and powdered sugar frosting ahead of time. I set up my kitchen as the baking station, so we roll dough on my island and use the counters for mixing/pans, etc. Then baked cookies go into my dining room where I have the frostings, sprinkles, and my cake decorating gear for beautification. People can bring their own sprinkles or special cookie cutters as well and usually I end up with the left over sprinkles. One year I had a coworker come who was Jewish and she brought her Hanukkah cutters.
|Cutting/baking in the kitchen, cider is in the crockpot on the counter.|
|Decorating in the dining room.|
Two parties ago I had a lot of people show up and we didn't have many cookies per person to take home so I also added an exchange element where I ask people to bring 3-4 dozen other kinds of cookies, or candies and trade so everyone takes home a plate of delicious goodies.
Things that I have found to be helpful logistically:
- Have plenty of aprons for guests
- Borrow extra folding tables for places to put the decorated cookies to dry
- Have some cookies baked before the party so some guests can start decorating while others start baking, otherwise you end up with a jam and not enough for people to do.