First Annual Gingerbread House Party

As part of Advent each year, we always make gingerbread houses together. I even threw a Gingerbread House Party for several two and three year olds when Sam was that age. It was so much fun. We never forgot it!

This year we’re in Virginia with family so I thought it would be fun to host a family gingerbread house party! We set the date and told everyone to bring 3 bags of candy per family. We provided spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and the other two families covered salad and bread.

After dinner we got to work on our gingerbread houses. The only rule was that everyone had to make one – even Big Papa! Mark and I assembled the houses beforehand for each person so there were no, “my house won’t stay together” moments. Plus this made it easier for Timmy and Sam since they are much younger, allowing Mommy and Daddy to participate too. I also made sure there were enough icing bags for each person to have, and we all just passed around the colors.

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First everyone filled up mini-muffin papers with all the various candies. I’ve found this easier than sitting the candy on the table and passing it around. Eventually, we pull the bowls over, but mini-muffin papers are perfect!candy cane sensory fun-5 candy cane sensory fun-6 candy cane sensory fun-7

This boy has been asking to make gingerbread houses since December 1st. I think the countdown to today has been just as exciting for him as Christmas Day!candy cane sensory fun-8 candy cane sensory fun-9

Timmy’s house stayed mostly bare. It took him quite a while to get in on the decorating. He was perfectly content eating all his candy. candy cane sensory fun-11

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He finally asked me to help him put a candy cane on top. He really wanted it to stand up straight, but we couldn’t get to stay. candy cane sensory fun-15

The works of Uncle Ray Ray in the front. candy cane sensory fun-17

Timmy’s is on the left. Mark’s is on the right. candy cane sensory fun-18

Daddy’s meticulous work. 🙂

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I think this might be Grammy’s. I’m already starting to forget which was which! They were all really good. candy cane sensory fun-21

Emmy’s house. candy cane sensory fun-22

Sam’s very, very meticulous work. He didn’t ask for help a single time. He knew what he was doing and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. I think it was all he expected it to be. 🙂

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Timmy’s finished work!candy cane sensory fun-2

A better look at Daddy’s house.candy cane sensory fun-3

This one is mine. Merry Christmas!

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When we were all finished, everyone voted for their favorite gingerbread house. The only rule was that you couldn’t vote for your own. Once the count came in, we had a four way tie. So we all voted again on those four houses.

It was a tight race, but Jackson pulled away the winner and he walked with $20. He’s the one who really thought he’d lose. He said when he found out we’d all be voting at the end, “Mine always turn out horrible.” I’m always up for an underdog win. 🙂

candy cane sensory fun-19I think it was the snow that won it for him!

I really had no idea what to expect when we started, but what a great time we had! I can’t wait for the second annual gingerbread house party!

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