Gingerbread Houses ~ Decorating Fun!

We had so much fun with my mom and Pepo visiting this past weekend. One of the holiday projects we did during their visit was decorating gingerbread houses. The girls had a ball with this holiday activity and I thought I would share some photos of their experience.

First we had to gather up all the candy…….lots and lots of candy.

These red ruby dishes are very special to me. My Grandma Ethel collected a large set of this dishes in all shapes and sizes for me. They are so beautiful and I always pull them out around the holidays. I really should use them more often because they really make me smile when we use them. The little dishes were prefect for all the different types of candy.

I did not make the actual gingerbread for the houses. Maybe someday, but for now, I felt lucky enough to find the time to gather up all the supplies and complete this project. I bought a kit for our houses that had this handy tray to help the house stand up. The houses are held together with a delicious white icing. I mean, what’s the fun of a gingerbread house if you can’t eat it, right? I know you can purchase these kits at many different big box stores.

Of course, you and I both know that the most fun part of decorating a gingerbread house is sampling all the candy. Miss Matilda certainly was in charge of quality control, but she did manage to get some candy onto her house.

Savannah was very focused on her house decorating and she had some help from Pepo and Grandma Jane.

Here is Matilda’s completed gingerbread house.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this little miss was going to do decorating her house. She has been giving us a run for our money lately, but to my pleasant surprise she was really into the task at hand.
Here is another ‘quality control’ photo. There were lots of those.

Savannah had to put her final finishing touches on her gingerbread house to make it look just right. And it did. Both of their houses were absolutely beautiful! We really had so much fun with this activity that I definitely think we will do this again next year!

So, do you decorate gingerbread houses with your children or grandchildren?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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  1. Yes, we’ve done gingerbread houses over the years many times, and we are still doing them even though my oldest is now 32 and the youngest, Caleb, is 25. Caleb brought his girlfriend over and together, over several “date” nights, they built and decorated a very elaborate gingerbread cabin. They were so serious about it and it’s so detailed that I think it could win a contest if it were to be entered. The point is, like your family, we are always enjoying each other and making good memories and traditions. Merry Christmas!

  2. So cute! Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year. x x