A gingerbread house decorating party is a way to get everyone in the mood for the Christmas season. Here is what you will need for your decorating party that will make an enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Let’s have some fun!
Gingerbread sheets or graham crackers can be used to make the siding of the gingerbread house. Depending on how sturdy that you want the house will depict the shell that you will want to have for your gingerbread house.
A board is important when creating a gingerbread house. This is important so that the gingerbread house can be easily be moved. The board can be a plate, a piece of cardboard, or a poster board.
Icing is the glue that holds up everything on your gingerbread house especially the walls. Icing can be found at any grocery store but making homemade icing can also be beneficial to use at your gingerbread house decorating party. Homemade icing has the ability to be made thicker and better holding your gingerbread house together with the decorations. Making homemade icing also gives you the option of having additional colors other than white with food coloring.
A piping bag is a great way to control the icing when putting the gingerbread house together and decorating it. The piping bag also makes it easier to place different designs on the gingerbread house and scenery. You could make windows or some icicles to make it look more like a Christmas scene.
After the house is assembled, the fun part can begin. There are a variety of ways that you can decorate a gingerbread house. As the host of the party, it is important to give your guests some options to choose from to ensure they have the ability to be creative as they create their Christmas inspired gingerbread house.
Mike and Ike
Mike and Ike are a candy that has a hard outer shell and a jelly-like inside. The outer shell of the candy is great for gingerbread house decorating because of its structure. Mike and Ike can be used around a wind, help to decorate the roof, or to create a fence. Also, their bright colors can help bring light to your creation.
Snow is a beautiful sight to see around Christmas time. Powdered sugar can be used to create a snowy look for your gingerbread house. You can add as much or as little of the powdered sugar that you want. A sifter is a great way to add the pretend snow on your gingerbread house. It is best to add the powdered sugar at the end to show up better on the gingerbread house.
Gumdrop, Spice Drops. And Dots
These candies are a great way to decorate the gingerbread house. They are a larger candy that can make an impact with any design choice your guest chooses when decorating their gingerbread house. Spice Drops tend to be popular around this time of year because they provide holiday feeling they provide. The added spices to the gumdrops and the sprinkling of sugar help it look like snowflakes on the gingerbread house. Gumdrops, spice drops, and Dots can be used in several different ways such as the roof, house siding, or the door of your gingerbread house.
Pretzels come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Depending on how your guest might want to decorate will depict which kind of pretzels to buy. Pretzels are strong enough to be able to build a chimney of your gingerbread house. If you want, you can use some cotton candy to create some smoke to come out of the chimney. There are square pretzels that can be used to create windows for the gingerbread house. Based on the creativity of your guest they might want to make a log cabin gingerbread house by placing stick pretzels on it.
Rock candy can be made at home if you have the time to make them. The color can vary based on what you want to offer your guests with the help of food coloring. The rock candy can also be purchased if you do not want to make the candy. The rock candy can be used to create trees for the outside of the gingerbread house. The rock candy trees will help make the house even more festive for the season.
Candy canes are very popular around the Christmas holiday season. The peppermint disc and the candy cane will make a great front entrance to your gingerbread house. It can also be used to decorate the siding of your guest’s gingerbread house.
Kisses and Reese’s Cup
During the holiday season, Hershey Kiss and Reese Cup put out their candy during this time that is covered with holiday wrappers. These two candies can be placed together to give your guest some Christmas trees for your gingerbread house. The tree is made by placing the Reece Cup face down and place a Hershey Kiss on top of the bottom of the Reese’s Cup. Then there you go; you have a Christmas tree. A peppermint disc at the bottom of the tree will create a Christmas skirt to the chocolate tree.
Sprinkle and Sixlets are small decorations that can be used to enhance the gingerbread house. Just pour on as little or as many as you want. You could also place them individually on the gingerbread house to create a specific design.
Marshmallows can be used to help create some fake snow for your gingerbread house. They can also be great for making a snowman for the front of your gingerbread house. What is snow without the chance to make a snowman?
These are some of the things that you will need to make your gingerbread house party a success. Your guest will be impressed with all the preparation that you made to get the party going. The last thing that you will need for this party is to turn on some Christmas music to create an ambiance for the holiday season. Happy Decorating!!!