If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might recall that we decorate gingerbread houses on Thanksgiving evening -- once all the plates are cleared away.
I always bake the gingerbread house pieces about a week before Thanksgiving. It's a rather tedious process. I use a Pampered Chef mold (that I bought back in 1992), and I have to fill the mold twice for each house. (We're up to four now -- so that's a lot of baking.)
After the roof cave-in disaster a couple years ago, I actually construct the houses in advance now. I find I'm much more patient when I know I'm not going to start gluing candy to it right away!
When it's time to decorate, we organize the candy offerings -- and let our imaginations run free!*
This year, Erin was inspired by some Little Monster birthday candles. . .
leading to one of the more colorful gingerbread houses in recent history!
Lauren opted for a more simple and traditional look for her house.
My Mom worked a peppermint theme.
And I tried something completely new (for us). I used a can of cake decorating frosting and went crazy on the roof. (It took almost a week to dry.)
As always, decorating gingerbread houses with my family is the BEST way to kick off the Christmas season!
* In putting together this post, I realized that I never took "finished" photos of our houses (except mine); all the shots are "in progress." Oh, well. Imagine them all Even More Wonderful!