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Hey party peeps! I’m kicking off this holiday season with an awesome OREO Cookie Ball Holiday Decorating Party where I invited some friends and their kids to make yummy OREO Cookie Balls to enjoy and decorate at the party and then package some up as gifts for teachers and friends. I had never heard of these and actually came across the recipe for OREO Cookie Balls on Pinterest. I knew right away I had to try them as OREO cookies are one of my family’s must-have sweet treats. Getting in the kitchen and cooking with my kids is one of my favorite things to do, especially around the holidays. My daughter Riley actually cooks with me all the time and was too excited to be able to make this recipe from top to bottom without any real help from me as they are no bake and super simple to make! Literally the recipe has 3 ingredients that I was able to pickup during one of my trips to Walmart. Here’s a coupon for 50¢ off a package of OREOS!
Hosting parties during the holidays is so fun to do and finding ways to include both kids and adults can be challenging. Cooking and baking is a great way to combine the two and parties that feature interactive sweets bars is the hot new trend right now so I knew that creating an interactive decorating station for the OREO Cookie Balls would be a big hit…AND IT WAS!
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?
LET’S SET THE SCENE!
Creating a fun, festive holiday atmosphere was easy as I already have bright, glittery Christmas decorations this year and adding in the punch of black and white inspired by the OREO Cookie was the perfect balance to all the bright colors. Check out the custom plates I created! These are simple to make. I started with a bright blue charger, topped it with a black and white striped paper dinner plate, placed a decorative snowflake felt cutout on top and topped it all off with a clear plastic dinner plate. You can try this method with different types decorative items to match your party theme.
I always like to create atleast one wow-factor DIY moment in my parties and this Ornament Christmas Tree Centerpiece made from cake stands and mini ornaments was it! Simply stack 2 large white cake stands on top of each other, place 2 smaller cake stands on top of those, fill each stand with bright mini ornaments and top it off with an ornament tree! The finished display is bright, modern and festive. I chose to display a few whimsical items with it such as the dancing penguin and drivin’ Santa for a touch of fun.
LET’S GET COOKIN!
The recipe couldn’t be any simpler. My kids can make these on their own and they were super excited to get going. Make sure to scroll down to the end of the post to get the official OREO Cookie Ball recipe.
Once the balls came out of the freezer, we headed over to the interactive OREO Cookie Ball decorating station complete with different colors of candy melts and various toppings including peppermint bits, crushed pecans, sprinkles and shaved coconut. Instead of covering the balls in the semi-sweet baking chocolate in the original recipe, I swapped that for candy melts in bright festive colors that we could dip and decorate. It was fun to see everyone’s creations. Once we were all done, it was time to place them into the fridge for 1 hour to firm up.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT BAR!
While we were waiting for the cookie balls to firm up in the fridge, we all got going on a few crafts. The kids colored these cute holiday velvet posters and the adults got going on creating custom tags for the gift packaging. The tags were simple. Just add a bright holiday sticker to the front of a black and white die-cut tag, add the name or special greeting and you’re done!
LET’S PACKAGE THEM FOR GIFTS!
Once the balls had completely firmed up in the fridge and we had completed our crafts, it was time to package up our OREO Cookie Balls into gifts for each guest to take home. I had on hand clear candy bags with twist ties to place each cookie ball into and tied a gift tag to each. I also had bright festive boxes on hand for guests to place several cookie balls into to transport them home. The kids were super excited to give theirs to their teachers the next day!
You could also package up all the ingredients and place the in a festive gift basket to give that special someone the gift of making OREO Cookie Balls with their family. Don’t forget to include the recipe printed on a holiday card!
I hope this has inspired you to host your own OREO Cookie Ball Decorating Party this holiday season! And to get your creative juices flowing, there is a fun #OREOCookieBall Pinterest party taking place on Pinterest Saturday, December 6 at 12pm ET
Be sure to join in for all the fun and sweet inspiration!
Official OREO Cookie Ball Recipe
1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
Customize it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
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WHERE DID SHE GET THAT?
– Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
– OREOS, cream cheese, candy melts, toppings,candy bags: Walmart
– Sparkle twist, sequin and rhinestone sticks and glitter crown and mask cupcake toppers: Made By A Princess
– Velvet posters, markers, stickers: Michaels
– Black and white striped paper plates, paper cups, paper straws, paper gift tags: Hoopla Events