Make a few sweet treats with your kids at Christmastime, or surprise them with an after-school snack. Frost regular cupcakes with vanilla frosting, stick a red jawbreaker or gumball onto a straight candy cane with some frosting, and you have the North Pole. The North Pole tags are available as a download here.
These kits are an easy way to make your cupcakes look festive in a snap. Am I the only one who forgets until the last minute they signed up to take a dessert to a holiday party? Now no one will have to know.
This is one of my favorite cake stands. It's sturdy enough to handle being accidentally tipped over (or dropped on a soft surface), and the bright blue color is sure to bring a smile to a child's face. It's perfect for displaying all of those yummy treats you'll be making.
If kids are going to help in the kitchen, make it special and keep their clothes clean. This owl apron is made of laminated cotton for easy clean up — bonus!
Nothing is easier than making a dessert from a box, and your kids will still have a blast helping you stir the ingredients. You can find gourmet kits at inexpensive prices that will wow your taste buds.
Sometimes elegantly wrapped presents are, well, too boring for kids. You can make their presents fun with some kid-friendly labels. Plus, these letterpress tags are sophisticated enough to keep you happy.
Small children love decorations, so for many years we didn't have any ornaments on the lower half of our Christmas tree. If you like a fully decorated tree, look for soft and durable decorations that kids can touch and not break. I adore this wool, felted ornament. I wouldn't want my kids to play with this gorgeous decoration, but it definitely wouldn't break if they did.
Hang real candy canes on your tree. They will be fun and colorful, and it won't matter if they break. Just don't be surprised if you find a few half eaten or missing.
When you're a kid, it takes forever for Christmas to finally get here. To help the time pass, buy or make a simple advent calendar. Fill small socks and mittens with little gifts for your children to open each day as they countdown the days to Christmas.
If you're going to go outside in the winter, make sure those little hands are covered — and looking cute! Handmade mittens are always in style and easy to find online.
If you think snowball fights are in bad taste, then put your snowy skills to work building a snowman. There are lots of kits for dressing your snowman, or you can use items from around your house. My kids will stare out the window at their snowman friend for days as he slowly melts away.
If you want to take your outdoor experience up a notch, you can take the kids sledding. It's always a thrill, and the basic plastic sleds that I grew up using have definitely been improved.
My kids and I decorate gingerbread houses every year. It's a great way for all of us to express our creativity, but don't be surprised if the candy slowly goes missing.
There are lots of recipes online for making your own homemade marshmallows (or you can always pick some up at the gourmet food store). Try using cookie cutters to make cool shapes for a little fun in your hot chocolate.