It looks like this could become an annual event! Last year, I had our wee friends Constance and Jonas over to decorate gingerbread houses before Christmas. This year, we invited Jacob and his brother James to join them.
Thursday, I cut and baked all the gingerbread. Friday morning, I joined all the cookies together to give them time to dry for Saturday night. You could join them early morning the day of, but I had to work, so I did them Friday. As long as they get an eight hour day for the Royal icing to dry.
Two batches of Martha Stewart's gingerbread recipe and one batch of Royal icing were enough for five houses and a few cookies. I cut out a tree and gingerbread man for each house. Small tweak for next year? I need to change the size of the roof so that it doesn't matter whether the house is put together long or wide.
With a selection of candy from the Bulk Barn, the kids were ready to go. I learned a valuable lesson this year. M&M's are expensive in bulk! You get far more mileage out of jubejubes, jumbo gum drops and liquorice all sorts. I also had some Christmas sprinkles which look great if you can handle most of them ending up on the floor!
Disposable plastic icing bags are a great help. I cut the holes small enough that the icing doesn't leak out all over the table. It still ends up everywhere by the end of the night though!
Melissa helps get more of the candy on the houses and less in the bellies!
Constance is a good big sister, helping Jonas with his house. I think he gets too excited to focus. Candy can have that effect on kids!
Jakes' awesome house - completely covered in candy!