Friday, December 21, 2012

Festive Fun for Everyone!

A couple of nights ago, we had a group of friends over for a little holiday fun! I whipped up a tasty dinner, and then followed the meal with a classic candy-coated activity: decorating gingerbread houses!

Because we decorated houses last year, I already knew what presented the largest obstacle to this activity-- the construction of the houses-- so I got an early jump on that by gluing them together in advance. This is best done with a hot-glue gun, but if you forgot yours upstate (curses!) you can also resort to gluing your gingerbread pieces onto a cardboard box with some wood glue and a little blue painter's tape. (Unconventional, I know, but it totally worked!) I assure you, this is a much better system than trying to assemble the gingerbread house using only the frosting provided after everybody's already had a couple of drinks. We tried that route last year, and it ended in some very misshapen roof-lines. : )

We built two houses, which were equally successful, in large part because the majority of our dinner guests were once art school attendees. I briefly considered building four houses and holding a couples decorating competition, but then I realized I'd end up stuck with 4 gingerbread houses, and that seemed really unappealing. 

All in all, a fantastic after-dinner activity. If it wasn't so utterly unseasonable, I'd suggest doing this all-year round. Maybe during the summer you could decorate them and give the houses beautiful, vertile gardens, and pay less attention to the actual houses? 

Add that to the to-do list for this coming summer! 

Happy Holidays Everybody! 

1 comment:

  1. I am a worrier -- taking a break? hope everything is ok.