Looking for gingerbread house ideas to spark your imagination? We've covered the full gamut of styles, whether you're a modern design fanatic, a birdhouse lover, or a die-hard fan of classic houses.
Whether your kids are ready to tackle a whole gingerbread house or just a few little men, this party will inspire you to make the baking, icing, and decorating a memorable affair! Glory Albin of Glorious Treats kicked off her Christmas season by hosting a gingerbread house decorating party for her daughters and 10 of their little friends. The TomKat Studio's custom printables, yummy treats — made from Glory's awesome recipes — in traditional holiday colors, and lots of candies for decorating make this one sweet (and easy to replicate) party. After all, guests brought their own gingerbread houses! "I highly recommend to my guests to purchase an assembled house, so the kids can get right to the decorating," Glory says. "Young children have a hard time patiently holding up walls and waiting for their house to be set up before getting to the decorating." And so do we, so start clicking for all the gingerbread fun!
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Talk about edible art! Making a gingerbread house is a quintessential holiday activity and can be tailored to suit any age. Whether you're into classic, modern, or totally unique, check out the following selection of gingerbread houses sure to delight and inspire your own holiday masterpiece.
- Who knew: Beyoncé and Jay-Z like to play with their food, too. — Eater NY
- Beyond brilliant: A miniature gingerbread house to perch atop your holiday hot chocolate. — Not Martha
- This Christmas, consider helping one of these nonprofit food organizations. — Salon
- Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home is completely sold out online. — Eat Me Daily
- Why dungeness crab season is getting shorter and shorter. — The Atlantic
- Wasabi pea crust makes seared tuna feel new again. — Serious Eats
- Would you eat Alinea's all-in-one Christmas tree and Christmas goose dinner? — Grub Street LA
- What the first-ever underground farmers market looks like. — Chow
My husband and I visited Bergen's annual gingerbread city yesterday. Every year during Christmas time, children, adults, and local businesses donate homemade gingerbread houses to create what is supposedly the largest gingerbread city in the world. It is hosted in a huge tent in the city center of Bergen during the holidays.
It almost didn't happen this year. Some young guy broke in one night and destroyed the entire exhibit just a few days before its opening date. The citizens of Bergen were very mad to see someone mess with their beloved tradition and an incredible amount of donations were made to resurrect the gingerbread city just in time for Christmas.
I took some pictures to share with you. Hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays!
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This month we challenged you to create your own gingerbread house. I thought that a few of you might take me up on it, but I didn't think 30 of you would! Our neighborhood ranges from Hello Kitty to toy trains, and they were so beautiful and creative, you put our houses to shame. There were so many creations I've split the list up into two parts. Part one is below, and part two will be posted later today. Be sure to look through them all!
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The holiday season has arrived and if your house is like mine, there's bound to be loads of cooking, baking and fun. Of course, this also means there's room for stress and freneticism; so to help you make it through December in one piece, I've rounded up a few holiday must haves.
- If you're planning on doing a lot of baking this season, invest in a three-tier cooling rack ($10.99). It will triple the amount of counter space and the grids securely hold even small items without letting them slip through the cracks.
- Brighten up your holiday baking with this Holiday-Red cookie sheet ($24.95). It also comes with a must have set of holiday-themed cookie cutters.
- If you're more of a candy maker than a cookie baker, then take a look at a reliable candy thermometer ($14.95). Make sure you get one that doesn't touch the bottom of the pan and has an accurate temperature reading.
- Make your guests smile with these 12 Days of Christmas appetizer plates ($98).
- Retire your traditional menorah and spruce up your festivities with Jonathan Adler's Skyline Menorah ($130).
- And finally, what house is complete without a miniature gingerbread house? Choose from a modern design ($77) or a more classic one. Or, surprise your family by creating your own and entering our gingerbread house challenge!