Saturday, December 1, 2012

Party 1: Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Gingerbread Estate, from Williams-Sonoma


Gingerbread Man Measuring Spoons, at Pier 1

Invite five or six ladies, or two or three couples, over to a grownup gingerbread house decorating cocktail party. Or alternately, invite two or three other ladies with their one or two children apiece.

Cobblestone Gingerbread House Kit, from Cost Plus World Market

Set out pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, enough for each guest to take home a house. Also bake extra pieces in case of breakage. Set up your kitchen counter or dining table with decorating supplies: frostings, sprinkles, spatulas, sparkles, gels, frosting tips, candies and other decorations.

Monaco Pre-Assembled House Kit, from Cost Plus World Market

After offering delicious appetizers, finger foods and snacks, invite guests to decorate their houses. Serve dessert after most guests have completed their houses, then take pictures of each guest proudly holding their creations.


Ginger Paper House Kit, from Paper Source

Gingerbread Kitchen Towel, from Sur la Table

Gingerbread Boy and Girl Salt and Pepper Shakers, on Amazon

Your home might not be decorated for Christmas quite yet, unless you got inspired after Thanksgiving and worked on it already. For this party, add a few gingerbread-themed touches here and there - a kitchen towel, a tablescape, a gingerbread welcome mat, or other themed items.

Gingerbread Kisses LED Decorative House, on Amazon


Gingerbread House Decorating Party, from Glorious Treats

Gingerbread Decorating Party from Amy's Party Ideas

Ally Hudson's Gingerbread Party

HGTV's Gingerbread House Party Inspirations

The Price's Annual Gingerbread House Party


Dean Martin's "I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," on YouTube

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I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, by Kay Starr, on YouTube

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Frank Sinatra "Mistletoe and Holly," on YouTube

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Caramelized Onion Mushroom Apple Gruyere Bites Recipe, from Table for Two Blog

Caramelized Onion Tartlets, from Cooking Light

Apple/Blue Cheese Chutney, from Cooking Light

Christmas Holiday Party Finger Food Ideas (Savoring the Thyme)

Fa-La-La Finger Foods for Holidays (My Wedding Reception Ideas)


Gingerbread Spice Tea, from Celestial Seasonings

Gingerbread House Teapot, on eBay

Serve cocktails or coffee made with Amoretti gingerbread syrup.

Gingerbread Martini, from Mom, What's for Dinner?

Offer a manageable variety of non-alcoholic beverages too, both cold and warm. Cider, hot cocoa, hot coffee, hot tea, 7-up, and a couple of fruit juice options would be nice for your busy decorators.

Gingerbread Martini (The Martini Diva)


Gingerbread 7 Layer Bars, at Something Swanky

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Recipe, from What's Cookin Chicago

Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe, from Tidy Mom

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe, from Mommy's Kitchen

Chewy Ginger Chocolate Cookies Recipe, from Joy the Baker

Serve easy-to-eat desserts (cookies, cupcakes) so your guests can nibble easily while working on their gingerbread houses. Be sure to serve at least one or two gingerbread treats, but don't go overboard. Offer other flavors too.

Gingerbread Christmas Cottage Recipe, from Taste of Home


Gingerbread Things to Make and Bake, on Amazon

Decorated Gingerbread, by Annie Rigg, on Amazon

The Gingerbread Book, on Amazon


Christmas Cottages Recipe, from Taste of Home

Gingerbread House Ideas (Sweetopia)

Rice Krispie Treat Gingerbread Houses (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)

12 Gingerbread House Inspired Projects and Party Ideas (Babble)

Gingerbread House Bundt Pan, from Cost Plus World Market

Nordicware "Cozy Village" Baking Pan, on Amazon