The day of the party has arrived! I started making royal icing in the morning and putting it into tupperware. With a party this big (16 houses) I knew I had to have a head start where icing was concerned. Total # of batches of royal icing? 18!!! My Kitchenaid really deserves some gold plating!
So, first we start with the food. It’s just munchy stuff like cranberry bread, veggies, cheese & chips. People tend to ignore the food until they need a break from decorating.
Every year I take pictures of the parties and put them in a book, so that when guests come the following year, they get to look back and remember what they did. I take a picture of their house from a couple of different angles, and then a picture of the guest with their house. After the party, the pictures go in the books, and I also like to email their pictures to them. Also on this table are gingerbread house books so guests can look through and get decorating ideas.
Off to the side is a table with trees that I made earlier, some random candies and sprinkles, a cutting board & scissors.
I also set out different decorating bag tips with stars and different size round tips.
Guests have arrived, candy has been placed on the tables within easy reach, let the decorating begin!
And now……gingerbread houses all decorated and ready to go home.
So it’s done! And all it took was:
3 weeks of preparation
16 batches of gingerbread
14 containers filled with gingerbread stacked in the freezer
18 batches of royal icing
3 hours of guests decorating
I would like to thank all my guests that came. Without you ladies, there would be no party….and then what would I do with myself???
Happy Holidays! – Linda