Every year, Midori throws a gingerbread house decorating party for her boys and a bunch of their friends. This year, she enlisted my help. I had so much fun getting ready for this Candyland Gingerbread House Decorating party! And we literally created a Candyland for the children to enjoy. As a candy lover myself, I felt a little like a kid in a candy shop when I started pulling out all those buckets of candy.
When coming up with a theme for the gingerbread house decorating party, it only seemed appropriate to do a candyland theme with a giant gingerbread house as the focal point. I, along with the help of my wonderfully creative friend and partner, Hello Brielle, made the gingerbread house from start to finish (the houses in the kits are never big enough in my opinion), using the King Arthur flour recipe and instructions. I’m sure you can imagine two candy-loving moms, late at night (meaning the kids are in bed), decorating our gingerbread house, and stuffing our mouths full of gumdrops, Dots, M&Ms, and yes, even royal icing. Bring on the holiday pounds! Anyway, I was so proud of our creation, especially considering I rolled my dough just a little too thin and it warped slightly while cooking. Candy and royal icing can cover a multitude of builder errors.
I also made candy trees to decorate the landscape of my gingerbread house. The larger ones were made from styrofoam cones; the smaller were made from ice cream cones. Can I just say that whoever invented the glue gun was an absolute genius?
Finally, I made gigantic candy using two methods. The first was to wrap pool noodles with white Duck Tape and white electrical tape. The second was simply to wrap soda bottles with cellophane. I also created a “Candyland” banner and borrowed the super cute gingerbread man banner from my friend Sarah over at Cardboard Sheek.
When the children arrived, they grabbed a gingerbread man apron (which was also their favor) and a pre-assembled “gingerbread” house (it was actually a graham cracker house), then went to the candy table and filled a bowl with anything and everything they needed to create their masterpieces. Small tables were set up with individual bags of icing. While the children decorated, the adults feasted on a nacho bar, hot cocoa bar, and more sophisticated desserts…like Peeps. Oh, and let’s just be honest; they ate the candy their kids didn’t put on their houses or eat themselves (and by they, I mean me).
After making their house (or eating the entire bowl full of candy and half a bag of icing), the children were able to put their sugar rush to good use by jumping out all that energy in a larger than life bounce house or fun swing set (why weren’t there parties like this when I was kid?!).
This was such a fun party! My son loved it, and I was just a little jealous of all the kiddos making their gingerbread houses and stuffing their faces full of candy. Maybe next year I’ll throw one for my adult friends…..
Event Styling, Candyland Banner, Hot Cocoa Bar Sign: Marigold Events
Photography: Tiana Marie Photography
Gingerbread Man Banner: Cardboard Sheek
Aprons: Hobby Lobby
Apron Iron Ons: Pattern Noldies