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Monday, December 8, 2014

Host Your Best Ever Graham Cracker House Decorating Party!

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I have always loved Christmas since I was a little girl.  But there is definitely something amazing about being able to celebrate Christmas with our little boys.  Seeing Christmas through their eyes is magical to me.  I want to soak up every minute of them enjoying the festivities of the season while they're young enough to enjoy the magic of it.  This past weekend the boys had a small group of friends over for a fun little Christmas party.  And just look at how excited our littlest guy was!  I wish I would've captured his excitement on video because it truly was the cutest thing to see his eyes light up as he looked around and saw all of the fun things I had prepped for making Graham Cracker Houses while he was sleeping the night before.

The kids all loved being able to just run around and play together, while the moms and I were able to actually sit down and catch up.  The only planned activity for them was decorating these cute graham cracker houses, made with my favorite kind of graham crackers- Honey Maid!

Decorating little houses is definitely one of our favorite things that we do every year together, so having friends over to decorate graham cracker houses with us was definitely an extra fun treat!  I love making these houses because Honey Maid graham crackers taste great, the crackers are always straight (unlike other brands, and that is super important when putting these houses together!) and they are affordable and easy to make, unlike homemade gingerbread houses that take forever to prep, or store-bought houses that would be too expensive to buy to host a party like this.

It definitely makes a graham cracker house decorating party more fun to have everything really organized for the kids ahead of time so no one is having to ask for things to be passed across the table, and we definitely don't want shared, licked knives right?  That's why I always prep the houses the night before.  Each kid has their own house pre-assembled on a paper plate using six full graham crackers.I also buy disposable paper cups so that every kid gets their own cup of homemade buttercream frosting and their own knife.  It's such a great way to help a graham cracker house party go smoothly and with a lot less mess than a shared tub of frosting.

I always set up paper cups filled with candy for decorating ahead of time so that all of the kids can easily get to the candy- no bags being spilled, no reaching across the table, etc.  For 8 kids I had 3 big platters across the middle of the table so everyone had easy access to the candy for decorating. 

I love these serious decorating faces! 

And the kids all loved their decorated houses.  They came out so cute.

Honey Maid Graham Crackers clearly make awesome little Christmas houses!  But they are also amazing when used crushed in recipes.  I made these festive Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles using Honey Maid Graham Crackers.  

I love these truffles because they taste AMAZING and look like they took forever, but they are actually quite easy to make.   Here's what you need:

1 sleeve Honey Maid graham crackers
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups mini chocolate chips, melted
sprinkles, optional

Crush the graham crackers in a stand mixer (or in a large Ziploc bag with a rolling pin if you don't have a stand mixer), then add in your powdered sugar, brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter.  Mix until well combined.  It will look like coarse crumbs.

Roll the graham cracker mixture into one-inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on medium power, stopping to stir and making sure not to overheat it.  Dip each ball in the chocolate to coat, then shake off the excess chocolate on the side of the bowl before GENTLY placing the ball back on the parchment lined cookie sheet.  Garnish with sprinkles (optional).  Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until chilled.  

I love to package up my Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles to give as gifts to our neighbors and friends at Christmas time.

Whether you're making Graham Cracker Houses or making a delicious recipe, if you need graham crackers, Honey Maid is the best brand to use!  You can pick them up at Walmart like I did.  They're located in the cookie/cracker aisle where the cookie section turns into the cracker section, and they are a MUST on my holiday grocery shopping list!  Plus right now, you can use this money saving coupon for Honey Maid Graham Crackers, available while supplies last. 

Want more holiday inspiration using Honey Maid Graham Crackers?  Check out Honey Maid on Instagram! Hope you all have a great week and that you find this Christmas season magical! xoxo 


Michelle Paige said...

Adorable pictures! Love how you made your houses with 6 graham crackers!

Robynn said...

I LOVED your Gingerbread house decorating party. So fun, any tricks on cutting those Graham crackers without having them break? And what did you use to have them stay together so well? Thanks for sharing.


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