My Frosted Classroom Christmas Party

Hello friends! Now that I am finally back from my whirlwind Christmas, I am so excited to share a peek into my classroom Christmas celebration with you. Well, maybe more than just a peek. Several peeks. Thirty peeks and inspirational photos. Ready? Me too!

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First things first. Every great party starts with fabulous decor. I scoured the internet for the perfect party decorations. I wanted pieces that were a natural fit for my bright classroom environment and also brought holiday joy into the room. As it turns out, I had to look no further than Oriental Trading Company.
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I discovered the most adorable paper lanterns that look like holiday spiral hard candy. They had just enough pops of red and green to bring an instant festive flair into my classroom without clashing in the existing bright rainbow decor.

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I purchased table coverscandy cane plates, and lanterns from Oriental Trading. The rest of my supplies came from Party City and Gordon Food Center. I loved the sweet treats line of party supplies from Oriental Trading because it was the perfect backdrop for the main event of my class party: Frosted Christmas Trees!
Frosted Christmas Trees… MUST remember this idea next Christmas!
If you are not already familiar with this instant holiday craft, let me be the first to inform you! It’s an updated spin on the traditional gingerbread house, and it’s perfect for kindergarten students. Rather than the self-torture of leading young children in the complicated task of gingerbread house construction, and then tearfully watching the sugary walls inevitably topple over, students simply frost an inverted ice cream cone and decorate the cone with small candies to resemble a Christmas tree. So simple! And kindergarten students LOVE this project!

Setting up for this project was a breeze. While my students were at the library, my troop of classroom volunteers helped me prepare the trees for decoration. The students were going to decorate their trees on top of inverted cup lids so we could easily pop an upside-down cup on top of the tree for a convenient carrying case. (Check out my new DIY Cup Carrying Case Photo Tutorial for more info).

The most important detail that you need to know about this project is that it requires 20 oz. plastic cups with lids. Click here to buy them on Amazon.

 

Green frosting was put into a pastry bag. We piped the frosting out and used it as glue to create an anchor for the ice cream cones. This prevented the cones from toppling over during the decorating process. To begin, a large dollop of frosting was placed directly onto the inverted lid and a round cookie was set on top of the frosting. From there, more frosting was piped around the top of the cookie.
Frosted Christmas Trees… MUST remember this idea next Christmas!
An inverted sugar ice cream cone was placed directly onto the ring of frosting. This served as the perfect foundation for our frosted trees.
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After a few minutes, I had an entire forest of ice cream cone trees waiting to be frosted.

Frosted Christmas Trees… MUST remember this idea next Christmas!Frosted Christmas Trees… MUST remember this idea next Christmas!
My students arrived back from library while the classroom parents worked to set up a few finishing touches. This little guy was SO excited to start decorating his frosted tree!

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At last, the students were able to begin! My kindergartners are very well-behaved but I wasn’t harboring any illusions about their ability to resist the temptation of finger licking and candy tasting. With so many cold and flu symptoms going around this winter, I took measures to keep the germs contained.

Each student was given his/her own plastic knife and personal frosting container. They could lick and frost to their heart’s content without fear of spreading germs.Candy distribution was handled carefully as well. The sweet decorating supplies were placed in cups and used as table centerpieces. Each time a child wanted to decorate with a certain type of candy, they would raise their hand and a parent would pour a little bit of the desired candy onto the child’s plate. It worked perfectly and no hands came in contact with the candy supply.
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This little sweetie spent longer than everyone else decorating her tree. I think I know why.
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The lids were prepped and ready to cover any completed trees. I purchased 20 ounce cups and lids from Amazon.
frosted Christmas trees… MUST remember to come back to this pin next Christmas!
I just love how these completed masterpieces look inside of their special carrying cases. They actually look like Christmas ornaments.
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Favorite Christmas Party Supplies

Oriental Trading has lots of great Christmas party supplies and decor to enhance your classroom theme. Click the image below to check out a few of my favorites and stock up on supplies for your classroom Christmas celebration!

Once the tree decorating was complete, we opened presents while classroom volunteers cleaned up our sugary mess and prepared to serve lunch. I didn’t have time to wrap the students’ gifts all fancy, so I bought cute blouse boxes at Target and placed their gifts inside. The Dollar Store is also an excellent resource for inexpensive gift boxes.
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Like any good teacher, my students received the gift of books! I got a great deal on Can You See What I See? Christmas Read-And-Seek. These books were perfect because they are SIMPLE emergent readers with lots of picture support. They also have the intrigue of an I-Spy format to search for hidden objects in the photographs.
cute book for Christmas!It was an instant hit!
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Once the presents were opened it was time to return to our seats and get ready to eat! The Christmas party is my favorite classroom celebration and it always has the best food! We feasted on pizza, potato chips, and a small dessert. The students drank water, but we made it extra fancy with raspberry ice cubes and these adorable disposable stemmed drinking cups. I purchased mine at GFS but they also sell similar party cups on Amazon.this blog post has lots of amazing ideas and great photos from a classroom Christmas party
Pizza and chips never looked so fancy!
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Each child’s place setting included a cute little box with their dessert inside. My students were dying to open the box and peek inside.
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We had Pinterest-inspired reindeer donut holes, similar to the ones featured on duhlicious.com.
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Frosted Christmas Trees… MUST remember this idea next Christmas!
Be sure to pin this image so you’ll remember it next Christmas.Be sure to check out my DIY Cup Case photo tutorial to see how I created these simple cases.
DIY carrying case for frosted ice cream cone Christmas trees
Happy Holidays!

Fun Ideas for the Holidays

If you are looking for more great ideas and projects for the holidays, you will love these posts. They feature festive projects ideas and fun moments from my own classroom. Click any image for more.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I have been doing these trees since 2000 when I worked in Rome, Ga. It is an easy thing to do! Niw that I am in Cartersville, Ga, my kinders do both a milk carton Gbread house (Grade level style) and instead of making the tree as part of the Gbread house, we save them and decorate them inside the Classroom, much like what you mentioned in your post. The kiddos love this more than Gbread houses! Secretly, I do, too!

  2. I love this idea. I want our holiday celebration to be more than eating junk food and watching a movie. This is a perfect idea for next year. Even though we do gingerbread houses as part of the holiday celebration unit, the trees would be a ‘sweet’ way to use leftover candies and give volunteers a way to be with us. Thank you for sharing.

  3. We made our trees this year and have for several years. But we eat our right then and there! The students devour them and then I send them on their merry way to their parents.

  4. Hi Maria! Looking at your blog post was like looking at my class on our last day of school! We also did the frosted Christmas trees, only you were much smarter to use a cookie to put the frosting on as an anchor and to put them into a cup to carry home after…brilliant! I used waffle cones that fell over and the kids had a hard time carrying them home on a plate lol…better luck next year! Thanks for the great tips!! Happy New Year!
    Elyse
    Proud to be Primary

    1. It was just regular store bought icing from the baking aisle with green food coloring added. My guess is that we used 1 can for every 3-4 students.

    1. Hi Meaghan,
      It was some type of really cheap plain cookie from the grocery store’s cookie aisle. Nothing fancy!

  5. Which brand of waffle cone did you use? I grabbed Keebler brand and they look too small 🙁 Did you use the Joy brand? Wanted to ask before I bought more….

    1. I leave that one up to the parents. Most often, they just buy a few cans of store bought white frosting and add a little green food coloring

  6. These are adorable, I cannot wait to do them with my son’s kindergarten class, during their party. What did the children use to spread the frosting on to the cones?

  7. Just wondering what type/brand of sugar cone you used. I bought the Keebler sugar cones and they fit in a 9 oz cup and am thinking they are too small to decorate ?

      1. I am so sorry! I had a 7 month old crawling on my lap when reading the first time. I re-read it and saw it there! My bad! Thanks so much!!!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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