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.

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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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