2011 Gingerbread Decorating Party-Part 1

I’m hosting my 8th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party this year, and this one is a doozey!  I have 16 people coming to decorate.  That’s a lot of gingerbread!  I sent out my invitations approximately 3 weeks before the party, and gave my guests a choice of what they wanted to decorate.  In the past we’ve done trains, an inn, just a basic house, an a-frame house, and even Santa’s sleigh and reindeer.  I try to come up with a new design each year.  This year it was the church.  So here is what I presented to the invitees to choose from.



The church template isn’t ready yet, as my pretty spiffy computer guy hasn’t done it yet.  And if he was reading this post as I am writing it, he would want me to let you know he hasn’t gotten the design yet!  What can I say???  I’ve been busy baking.  :)  But you CAN find the basic house template here.

I also gave the guests the option of having windows and doors cut out, and window panes (gelatin sheets) inserted.  For the church, the window panes will look like stained glass, a technique I hope to show in a later post.

(The final tally was 10 churches and 6 basic houses.)

So with the invites out, I went ahead and started baking some gingerbread.  If you do a batch or two at a time and do it early, it helps!  Since I did bake early and I have a humid house, (those darn dogs!)  I went ahead and put the baked pieces in the freezer.  A freezer, by the way, that I bought just so I could put gingerbread in.  Sad, but true.  :(  As it’s the night before I have to assemble the houses, it’s time to get all my gingerbread out to thaw!

Stayed tuned for Part 2!

And don’t forget, I’m doing a giveaway next week!!!!

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