December 8, 2012

Gingerbread House Party

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This is the third year that we've had a Gingerbread House Decorating Party at our house.  I love planning it and it's always such a fun part of the Christmas season.

Twenty-three little girls joined Kenna and Michal for a morning of decorating gingerbread houses, making snow globes, eating cupcakes and drinking hot chocolate.  There was also a spirited game of hide-and-seek that wasn't on the official party agenda but did result in a lot of running and giggling.

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Each of the girls received a red apron with a peace sign made out of Christmas fabric, a gingerbread house, a bag of frosting and lots of candy.


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The girls were really creative and did a great job decorating their houses!

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After they finished their houses, we bagged them up for them to take home and then headed downstairs to make mason jar snow globes. 

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I found great, super-sticky dots for the girls to use instead of hot glue.  After they glued their trees in the lid, they went to a snow and glitter station to add the sparkle to their snow globes.


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After they all finished their snowglobes, and made a small detour to the play room, they came back upstairs for cupcakes and hot chocolate.

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I used real frosting and sanding sugar on the little bristle Christmas trees.  When I initially started putting frosting on fake trees, Eric officially thought I was losing my mind!  He later admitted that they were super cute!



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In case you'd like to host your own Gingerbread House Building Party, here are my resources:

Gingerbread Houses -- Whole Foods

Frosting Bags -- Joann's Fabrics

Candy Cups -- Dollar Tree

Bakery Twine -- Crate and Barrel

Aprons -- the aprons were purchased at Hobby Lobby and the peace-sign appliques were done by Kie & Kate

Hot Chocolate bottles -- Starbuck's Frappucino bottles with the labels removed.  I would highly recommend Goo Gone to get those darn labels off!

Cupcakes -- Cupcakes for Courage

Mason Jar snowglobes -- complete list of supplies here.

Gingerbread House gift bags -- Hobby Lobby

17 comments:

  1. Super cute. I always love seeing your party posts, especially the gingerbread parties.

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  2. Oh my word!!! I wish I had your creativity. So amazing you are. So much fun for your girls!!! LOVE your blog.

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  3. Goodness, you did not miss a single detail! What a lovely holiday tradition for your girls and their friends!

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  4. Super cute...as always!! It looks so fun.

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  5. Such a cute idea. We make gingerbread houses every year with my two children and my niece and nephew. Some years we use kits, most years I made the houses. They do not look as beautiful as the houses you use. Did you have a bakery make them for you? Or did you put together all of them? And if yes, how do you get them so perfect!?! :)

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    1. I order the gingerbread house through Whole Foods. This year they were actually made in Canada. The prior two years they were made by a bakery in Chicago that recently went out of business. They come already assembled and in a cellophane bag. They are really fresh and smell so good! My whole house smelled like gingerbread when they were out on the table. They are quite a bit bigger than the Wilton kits you can buy, which is really nice too.

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  6. I just love your party posts!
    We have a similar tradition here, but with one big difference . . . just ONE friend (and her mother) join us! I admire your ability to host big groups; I know that must take a lot of planning and organization. What a gift to open up your home to all those girls!

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  7. Wow! What an awesome idea and such fun for the girls!!! Incredibly creative. Neat to see how each girl chose to decorate her house. You're giving me ideas for when my daughter is a wee bit older. :-) Too much fun!

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  8. Anonymous9:50 PM

    Love love love your parties!!! Were the gift bags for the snow globes? Did all the girls sit at the same table and did some of your chairs not match? You are amazing!!!

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    1. All 25 girls sat at one long table with mismatched chairs.

      Thanks for your sweet comment.

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  9. Anonymous9:51 PM

    P.S. Do you have a frosting recipe that works well? Thanks!

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  10. Here is the frosting recipe I use. It's just classic Royal Icing. It tastes awful, in my opinion, but dries as hard as cement and is perfect for sticking candy on gingerbread houses.

    3 tablespoons Meringue Powder (They sell this at JoAnn's and Michael's.)
    4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
    6 tablespoons warm water

    Makes about 3 cups of icing.

    Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).

    And you really do have to beat it that long!

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    1. Anonymous12:36 AM

      Thanks Kristi - wondering how far in advance can you make this frosting before it dries up? Also assuming it was easy to work with for little girls. Thanks for sharing your photos and all your tips/info for your gorgeous parties!

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  11. So glad you bought the kitchen aid for next year my dear friend!!
    ;)

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  12. Your parties are nothing short of amazing! I, too live in a suburb of Chicago (Frankfort) and wish my girls and I could come to such a fun party! Great job as usual! Have you heard of Shop Sweet Lulu? They are local and have the most darling party supplies! Here's the link if you are interested: http://shopsweetlulu.com/ Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration! ~Jena

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

      I hadn't heard of that site but I just placed an order. I was looking for straws for my goddaughter's 18th birthday party and they had perfect ones. So thank you.

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  13. Anonymous11:52 AM

    I was waiting for this post!! You are amazing! I can't imagine doing this with 25 girls. This is our third year hosting a gingerbread party and we have about 8 girls - just what we can fit around the kitchen table of our townhouse.

    I will have to check out Whole Foods next year. I bought my "houses" at Wegman's for $7 each - but had to assemble them. They are also bigger than the one Wilton has.

    Trying to peek at your plates and napkins! I didn't find any "gingerbready"ones this year!

    Betsy

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