Gingerbread Extravaganza

Saturday was our annual (minus 2020) Gingerbread House decorating party.  


After a week of preparation... baking wonky houses with lots of big and little bakers, trying to assemble houses with somewhat misshapen, mismatched parts

 (it looked a little like Armageddon when they were finished), 

supplementing with a few store-bought parts that had to be assembled,

making royal icing, and gathering treats for decorations, 

the day finally arrived and all was organized. 

We gathered for a pizza/salad/fruit lunch before getting started on the task of turning Gingerbread into Christmas decorations.

I love this event.  Everyone's enthusiasm is overflowing...

and everyone gets in touch with their inner creativity.

I think that as much candy as is used on the houses- also gets consumed!

This year's event included family

 and adopted family.

All ages joined in the fun...

By the end of the afternoon, we had quite an array of decorated gingerbread.






This is a tradition that really starts the holiday season off on a festive note.  It's worth every bit of work that it takes in preparation.  And with all of the help that I had this year... even the preparation was a blast! Many thanks to my girls for the clean-up help afterwards.  The dining room looked like a candy explosion - before my elves got busy and cleaned it all up!
I'm sure we will find rogue candy over the months to come.

Hubb's gnomey creativity hit an all time high this weekend, when he finished our little woodsy gnome complete with a gnome-home hat!

Comments

jaz@octoberfarm said…
you guys really know how to have fun! i would so enjoy doing that!
Marsha said…
I love the gingerbread houses and I love the hubbs gnome house!!
Anonymous said…
Very much enjoyed the exuberant show of creativity in both the gingerbread houses and gnome home. I would have loved to be a participant. Mick (Michele)
Marcia LaRue said…
OMG ... Love all of the gingerbread houses 🏘️!!
The woodland gnome home turned out great! What a creative couple you and Jack are!
Next up ... Seeing the finished cable knit sweater ... You really picked a doozy of a pattern for your first attempt!
sheryl said…
my daughter-in-law uses a hot glue gun to assemble their gingerbread houses. it's quick, easy and the houses will not come apart. if an adult is 100% sure no one will eat the house and it will be for decorations only, this is a great idea. i hesitated adding this comment so please be sure an adult uses the hot glue gun and be sure no one eats the house.
Jeannie said…
Magical gingerbread houses and an adorable gnome stump house. Thanks so much for the holiday cheer!
Eileen in Fla. said…
Making memories - I love seeing how your Grandkids are growing up.
THE BERDED ONE !!! said…
THIS IS TRULY AMAZING...WOW...AND IT IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT EVERYONE IS HAVING A SUPER GRAT TIME...YOUR GENIUS IS SUPER AMAZING..I AM BLOWN AWAY AT THE BEAUTY OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT OF THE BREWERS ART...SMILING...AWESOME....THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOO VERY MUCH FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE THESE POST... LOV'EM ...THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN AND HAAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!
woody said…
Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory and fun family time! If the world ever needed to see a family enjoying each other it is now!
This N That said…
What a happy time..SO much fun and so great of you to make it happen..It's so nice to see all those happy faces..Lot's of creative kiddos there..
Hubs did a super job with the gnome house..so cute ..Great job with the face..
Glad you had help with the cleanup..had to be quite a job!!
xxoo
Oh what fun! I love those completed gingerbread houses and lawns and deer etc. The lucky people who are invited to participate in that! Everybody looked so cute in their holiday glasses....from the first pic of people in those glasses, I was laughing all the way through. Thank you for the joy!
Lynne said…
Looks like crazy creative fun messy
wild more fun and really really great time for all!
Loved the pictures . . .
Your kiddos will be ready for a repeat next year for sure!