Our holiday tradition of building and decorating those tasty gingerbread houses with friends continues. If memory serves, this is our 5th year.
Here is a photo of my daughter’s first Wilton Gingerbread House, created when she was just 10 years old. I’m sure that I helped a little bit, but for the most part it was her project. She’s a chip off the old block, that girl!
This season we opted to use Wilton’s pre-assembled houses in an attempt to keep the kids working with us from start to finish. Gone are the days when the lure of candy and icing was sufficient to hold their interest. *Sigh* Three of our group of five decorators are now teenagers – enough said?
We have always drawn inspiration from Wilton’s colorful packaging, complete with numerous decorating options. This year we added technology as another source for great ideas. “Well, duh, Mom. We totally should have done this last year!” All of the gingerbread info and gorgeous photos that are available on the website were incredibly helpful to both the adults and my snotty the teens. Thanks, Wilton.com! So many links, so little time.
***Not sure where the inspiration for my son’s creation (front and center in this photo) was found back in 2007… can you say ‘sugar-induced decorating frenzy’?
Even though there is always plenty of candy included in Wilton’s Gingerbread House Kits, the kids have insisted we have piles of extra candy on hand. Wilton has helped out with that also. Here are some of the new additions to our decorating table this year: the Gingerbread House Holiday Candies Assortment, which includes one of my must-have items – candy lightbulbs, Metallic Sprinkles for a shimmering touch, and my new favorite thing relating to Gingerbread décor (drum roll please) – the Gingerbread Candy Accent Molds 2 Pack! These sweet little add-ons are perfect for upping the ‘cute factor’ of our houses (and they make me wonder why I never thought to use Wilton’s Candy Melts® and molds before now…)!
The final piece to our Gingerbread house holiday tradition is this; when the season wraps up and we are putting away the holiday decorations, rather than eat our houses (Yes, these beauties are completely edible as packaged, but after a month of sitting around collecting dust at my house? No, thank you.) they go out in the backyard for the critters to nibble on. I think this year we’ll add a note:
Dear Mr. Grey Squirrel,
Happy New Year.
Better you chew on
our gingerbread houses,
than the big wooden one
we actually live in!
Please enjoy the
‘Tootsie Roll logs’
stacked next to the
Hope your teeth rot.
The Whelan Family