At any gingerbread party, of course, the most important things are the gingerbread houses and the candies to go on them!
I had 29 kinds of candy available for people to use while decorating their houses this year. I'm all about a good selection and variety, and start buying the candy slowly, a bag or two at a time, as soon as the Christmas candy hits the stores.
|Candy canes are a must for a gingerbread house decorating party!|
It's good to have a lot of small candies for gingerbread house decorating. Some larger items are nice, but it's the smaller candies that end up being more useful and interesting.
And I even carved and painted the giant dala horse that decorated the candy table. Really. See, here I am, trying my hand at carving for the first time:
Now, I have to admit that I didn't make it just for the party. No no no no. My husband had wanted a large scale dala horse for years. Usually they're about five inches tall. He thought the large ones were amusing in their unusual scale. But they cost $800 or more, and I didn't have that in my gift-giving budget. So with my father's help and use of his woodworking workshop, I decided to make one myself! It was an adventure, it was fun, I'm exceptionally proud of what I did, and I'll never do it again. I now understand exactly why they cost nearly a thousand dollars. ;-) That sucker took me weeks of work.
The kids needed a way to ferry the candies from the sweets table over to their decorating stations. I knew when I saw these sweet buckets at Michael's for $1 each that I had the perfect solution:
And finally, the kids (and parents) enjoying it all! This is the fourth year for a lot of these kids at the party, and they're getting really good! I love seeing them progress over the years.
Enjoying a popcorn break after squirting icing directly into her mouth for a while:
Thank you, dear friends, for sharing our gingerbread tradition and annual celebration.
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