2011 Gingerbread Decorating Party-Part 4

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.

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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.

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Off to the side is a table with trees that I made earlier, some random candies and sprinkles, a cutting board & scissors.

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I also set out different decorating bag tips with stars and different size round tips.

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Guests have arrived, candy has been placed on the tables within easy reach, let the decorating begin!

 

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And now……gingerbread houses all decorated and ready to go home.

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house2

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house13

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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

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