Gingerbread Decorating Party
One of my favorite ways to bring in the holiday is to host a gingerbread house decorating party. My friends and I always look forward to spending time together to create a holiday centerpiece that is a family favorite.
The first thing that you need to do is to purchase or make your gingerbread house. Many grocery and art stores carry pre-made gingerbread houses, such as Trader Joes and Michaels. I personally like to get mine from a local baker because the gingerbread usually tastes and smells better.
The next thing is to make the royal frosting, so you can "glue" the candy onto your gingerbread house.
4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
Makes: About 3 cups of icing. Make sure that you make enough icing and that you keep it covered with saran wrap until you are ready to use it. I usually buy icing or pastry bags and fill a couple of them, snip the tip and you are able to "glue" in a straight line
I ask all my friends to bring an assortment of fun and colorful candy to share. check out the following website for some candy and party ideas. http://www.forkandbottle.com/Kids/holiday_cooking_kids.htm
Before the party starts, I cover my tables and floors with disposable tablecloths so I don't end up with a sticky and hard to clean mess.
Make sure that the houses are resting on something mobile, such as strong cardboard, so you can move it from one place to another.
I usually get an extra gingerbread house so my kids and I can also make one together with the leftover candy. I find they enjoy eating the candy more than decorating, but it is still a fun activity to do together!
Then go to work, have fun, be merry and enjoy the results!!
Those Trader Joe's GIngerbread Houses are the best! They are easy to put together and they come with really cute little sugar people to complete the scene! I've got to go get mine soon.