Most gingerbread houses are made for display purposes rather than actual eating, so why not use paper elements to spruce up the decor? Make this embellishment by folding strips of decorative paper accordion-style and securing with hot glue to create the background fan. Top with the printable gingerbread man party circle design.
Construct a mini gingerbread house for each guest, attached to a cardboard base with icing. Make it the centerpiece of each place setting. Then, just add a beverage, a personalized name card and a few decorations. For a simple, disposable place mat, use a 12x12 piece of decorative paper. To continue the theme, you can also add a gingerbread man or woman for each guest to eat or use for decorating.
Cake pops are delicious in any form, but are especially appealing in the shape of adorable gingerbread boys and girls. To make, bake a boxed or homemade cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan as directed. Crumble cake and mix with a can of frosting. Form cake mixture into a flat layer and cut out with a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Chill the cutouts. Next, dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert into the cutout to hold the stick in place. Dip the entire cutout in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Let dry, then decorate with red and white icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Simple kid sized white aprons get a big bump in cuteness when a custom iron on gingerbread man design is added to the front. This is a low cost way to create a favor for your party guests that also keeps their party clothes (relatively) clean.