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A red basket full of baggies with gingerbread playdough inside

{FREEBIE} Gingerbread Playdough Topper

A red basket full of baggies with gingerbread playdough inside

I decided to make some homemade Gingerbread Playdough for my son’s classmates as soon as I saw the idea on Pinterest. But I knew it would be cost prohibitive to buy 20+ mason jars to package them the way she did. So I made this printable topper that can be printed and stapled to the top of any snack or sandwich-sized baggie.

I am also going to take these to Christmas dinner to put on the Kids Table so the kids have something to keep them busy while we’re in the kitchen. And I’ll give them along with my traditional pumpkin bread gift to my neighbors (or at least the ones with kids or grandkids).

The best thing about this version of playdough is that your house smells like holiday cookies are in the oven every time the kids play with it!

 

zip top bag with gingerbread playdough inside and a printed topper

This topper will be free until Christmas Day (25 December). And next holiday season, it will be in my Etsy shop.

2 ziplock bags with paper toppers that say Gingerbread Playdough

See below for the recipe and the topper download. By the way, this recipe is very forgiving!  I pulled not one but two blonde stunts while I was making it! First I lost track of how much cream of tartar I had added (which affects how thick it will be) and secondly I got distracted by two little men and burned it on the stove. But I crossed my fingers and stuck it in a plastic container in the fridge, and sure enough, it had the perfect texture the next day!

Download the playdough toppers HERE.

I usually print toppers in color on 65 lb cardstock at a local copy store, and borrow their paper cutter while I’m there. I rolled the dough out pretty thick (1/2″ or more) and cut them out with a gingerbread cookie cutter. But you could just as easily roll them into balls and put them in the bag that way.

I’d love to see photos or links showing how you used these!

Resources:

Recipe for Gingerbread Playdough (if you double it you will get 7 or 8 snack-sized baggies worth)
More holiday ideas on my Pinterest board

 

Tortilla roll-ups in the shape of a Christmas tree

Let the Holiday Party season begin!

I hope you enjoy these Christmas goodies (thanks for the ideas, Pinterest!) and new HOLIDAY PRINTABLES that I created for a recent Christmas party.

I was hired to style a corporate Christmas party, and my partner (and chef extraordinaire) provided the catering.  I made the Enchanted Snowflakes printables collection that is now available in my Etsy shop.

Christmas party dessert table and tree

I used my 5×7″ Holiday Printable and made it a framed menu. You can also post it at your event and write a holiday greeting on it.

Menu with red background and snowflakes

The tortilla pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree was a fun project, and I kept altering the recipe as I went. So I posted the final result to my Recipes page, in case you want to make it as well.

Tortilla roll-ups in the shape of a Christmas tree

My business partner (and resident Foodie) told me that no one would eat a cheese ball, but several people told me that they loved it!

Cream Cheese in the shape of a Christmas gift

And notice the apothecary jar full of “Rudolph’s Spares” (actually cherry sours). I also had jars of red licorice (Darrell Lea of course) and cinnamon M&M’s as well as mint M&M’s.

apothecary jars full of red candy and labeled rudolphs spares

I got a LOT of requests for instructions on making these Santa Hat Pretzels. I know a lot of people love the salty + sweet snacks, but I don’t so I never tried them. But I did love the cute factor!

White-chocolate dipped pretzels that look like santa hats

Red Velvet Whoopie Cakes from Starbucks

 

holiday table red with white snowflakes

I also made Spiced Apple Cider Cookies during the party, because they must be eaten warm!

The hostess made Holiday Sangria, Christmas Chex Mix, and Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese, which were big hits as well.

Included in the Holiday Collection are Wine Tags, a Banner, gift/favor tags, and many other items not pictured in this party:

Printable Christmas Holiday items


Inspiration:

Pretzel Santa Hats idea from FreeFunChristmas
Cream Cheese ‘Gift’ dip recipe from FamilyFun
Pinwheel Christmas Tree idea heavily adapted from Real Mom Kitchen
Cranberry Bars recipe from Lovin In The Oven
Red Velvet Whoopie Cakes from Starbucks
Holiday Printables in Red or Blue from Renee’s Soirees

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