Children’s Snowman Party


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A few weeks ago I hosted a snowman party for my son and some of his friends.  I thought it would be a fun way to get the kids together during the weeks they (and I) were off -  well, that an there’s the fact that I was looking for an excuse to host another party. ;)

We had fun doing all things snowman, starting with making snowman pizzas!  While the pizzas cooked we did a little foam snowman craft (I picked up a simple self-adhesive foam craft kit at Michael’s that didn’t require any glue!}.

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Each of the kiddos mad there own pizzas from scratch!  I made the dough before they arrived.  Once everyone was scrubbed up I tossed a bunch of flour on the kitchen table and let them have at it!  They pressed and stretched their dough into two circles {one larger than the other} and placed them together to make them look like snowmen.  They had so much fun stretching the dough all by themselves.  We topped the pizzas with fresh tomato sauce and they decorated them with black olives and pepperonis {and a few of them decided to add other toppings I had for our adult pizza}.   {Note: those cute snowmen drink bottles came from Walmart for just $0.97 – aren’t they too cute!?}.

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After their pizzas were devoured we got down to the real reason for the party – snowman cookies!  The day before the party I made a big batch of snowmen sugar cookies using my FAMOUS sugar cookie recipe {I’m telling you, this is the best sugar cookie recipe you will EVER taste!}.  See the bottom of the post for my printable recipe!  The day of the party I whipped up a batch of black buttercream frosting and a batch of white buttercream frosting.  I had some leftover colors of buttercream frosting in the freezer (buttercream freezes REALLY well) that the kids used as well.

My buttercream frosting recipe is SO easy and so good.  Some people use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter for buttercream because it will stand up to heat better but I prefer to use all butter.  It has a better taste and it doesn’t give you that greasy feeling in your mouth that shortening leaves behind.  I also prefer to use SALTED butter in all my recipes … including my frosting.  I think it gives it more flavor.  Unsalted butter tastes flat to me.  I know that most recipes call for unsalted, and maybe it is a southern thing, but we like it SALTED.  On this particular day I used Plugra European Style salted butter.  Plugra butter contains less water than average table butter.  Lower moisture helps you create cakes that rise higher, cookies that crisp more evenly, and flakier pastries.  I could really tell a difference in the look and taste of my cookies.  I highly recommend it – especially for your baking needs.

 

 

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The kids got right down to business with the cookies – decorating about 5 cookies a piece.  They surprised me with their skills and creativity!  They had so much fun using the different frosting colors, the fun sprinkles, colored sugars, pearls candies, and licorice laces.

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They worked together so well and shared the supplies so nicely.  And, I only had to give Judah {my son} a new knife twice – not licking the knife after each spread of the frosting is SO. HARD. when you are just three years old. ;)

After the cookies were finished we enjoyed eating them {of course} with a warm cup of hot chocolate.  Some of the kids decided to take some of their masterpieces home with them too.

The party was a real success.  The kids had a great time, the pizzas and cookies looked great, and thanks to my mom and Sally, there was very little mess when the party was over.  I hope we can make this an annual tradition… it was such a great night.

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Comments

  1. Sounds fun! I’ve got a Pinterest board with ideas for a snow party, need to make that happen this winter!

  2. What is almond paste, and is there a nut-free alternative?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Almond paste is similar to marzipan. I am unsure of marzipan’s ingredients – it may or may not be an alternative. You’d need to check ingredient lists. As for almond paste – it is what gives cakes and pastry the flavor that make them over the top. You can most definitely leave it out for those allergic, the cookies will still be good. The almond paste is just what makes a sugar cookie go from good to WOW!
      Denise
      Wholesome Mommy

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