We make these gingerbread houses every year. Sometimes we make them late in the season (like after-Christmas-late), and sometimes I am so organized I even make an invitation! If you are feeling efficient and organized these days, then scroll down to the bottom for a fun and free printable invitation I made for you.
Oh, and also scroll down for my two crazy-good tricks for making a gingerbread house making party super easy…
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~ Gingerbread houses (I always get mine from Trader Joe’s)
~ Glue gun
~ Whipped white frosting (store bought like this one)
~ Plastic knives
~ An assortment of candy + containers to display the candy
Here are my two tricks for making this party really easy (if you haven’t guessed already):
- Use a hot glue gun to put the houses together before the kids arrive
- Pre-frost the roof with white frosting (skip making it yourself, the store bought kind is better because it doesn’t dry up fast)
And here is an extra little tip:
~ Save the box top from the gingerbread house kit to take the houses home!
(I love this shot of Charlotte sneaking a taste!)
One more bonus for you…
The invitation below if from my daughter Grace’s birthday party four years ago. I decided to make a printable version for you!
Here is the PDF. I put two on a page. If you print them on a heavier card stock, you can cut around them and leave a little white border. Or, if your printer doesn’t accept heavier paper, just print on regular paper then cut and glue onto heavier card stock. Punch a hole at the top and add a string. Now the recipient can hang it on their tree!
You still have time to pull this off. It’s a great GREAT party idea for this time of year, and moms will love you because it’s one less thing they have to do with their kids!
Good luck, and tag me on Instagram with any photos!
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