Sunday, December 16, 2007

Gingerbread Houses

I host a mother/daughter gingerbread house party every year. Today was the day! And despite the blizzard conditions, we all had fun!The set up is so simple. Buy lots of candy (or make a list and ask each mom to contribute one bag) and put them into little dishes. I like to pre-make the houses the night before so that the kids can jump right in. Their attention span isn't that long, and they usually get impatient waiting for the royal icing to dry, so this is done beforehand. I simply use graham crackers, royal icing and a small cake base (found at a candy store for a dime each!)...
Don't forget cereals, marshmallows, cookie sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc. I used what I had in the pantry, and every year it is different!

And a very special thank you to everyone who contributed toys for the Metro PICU in honor of Ryan Zarlenga. If you weren't able to make it or would still like to donate, she will still be taking the toys up to the hospital, so you can get them to me and I'll get them to her!

Stay warm, wherever you are!

7 comments:

Ryzmomplus2 said...

Had a blast! Glad Chel and I made it out through the blizzard and all! You guys were awesome with all those toys!

ania said...

That really looks too adorable - such a fun idea :) Pregluing stuff sounds like the thing to do with kids indeed :)

forby01 said...

They came out WONDERFUL, Trish! I'm disappointed we weren't able to make it, but I sure am glad everyone had a good time!

emelyn said...

You make it look so easy and fun! I wish I could be so organized! LOL!

Gina (frazzledmom) said...

Trish, you are incredible! Sounds like a wonderful day to spend a Sunday. I am so impressed that you did those g'bread houses yourself. I totally wimped out and bought my kids a ready-to-assemble kit. But they enjoyed it anyway.

So very touching too that everyone brought gifts in honor of Ryan. You are all such a special group of ladies.

Molly said...

Oh wow! I love those houses, just adorable!!! And what a great way to spend an afternoon!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

Trish, you are just so creative! Love this!