|My completed gingerbread house|
Now, I'm not going to lie, there was some work involved in this endeavor, but it's the kind of work that I like. I enjoyed designing the house pieces, making sure that the dimensions would make a workable house. I liked making a flavorful dough that would not only be sturdy but taste good, too. (You can find the recipe here.) And I liked inviting everyone to come be creative with me. There's nothing better than being creative besides being creative with others.
|The template, taped together for reference|
Now, I did check to make sure my friends didn't mind their creations showing up on the blog but I didn't check about their names, so I'll just call them by their first initial. I had S, A, T, and L over at my house, but before they arrived, I snapped this picture of my set up.
|Ready to build|
When they arrived, we chatted a bit and then got down to building. We built our houses on scrap pieces of cardboard. If you have the time and the icing, the board will get covered, so it doesn't have to be fancy. And if you don't have the time or the icing, you can always just trim the board to a smaller size so you see less of the cardboard.
So first you start with the walls. You want to "glue" (with the icing) the walls down to the board as well as to each other. During this first step, you may need some structural support, so we used glass tumblers to help brace the walls while they dried. I suggest letting the walls dry at least ten minutes before attaching the roof, to preserve the structural integrity.
|A reinforces an edge. See the tumbler as support?|
|T attaches the front of her house|
|L used Smarties as a cobblestone path|
|S used foil to make a pond|
|T used sprinkles to mimic snow and dot candy to mimic lights|
|A used slivered almonds as shingles on her roof and made a bow for her wreath out of Twizzlers|
|I made a snowman out of icing covered Cracker Jack|
|I made a sled (or tried to) out of pretzels and peppermints|
|I stole L's idea and used Smarties as a sidewalk and made a fence out of pretzels|
|I made shingles out of Wheat Chex and strands of lights out of Twizzlers|
I'd love to hear your ideas for decorating, so please share your favorite ways to adorn gingerbread. I need to get started thinking about next year! And for those of you that did this event (either with me or on your own) I'd love to hear your experiences.