Gingerbread House Party

It’s An Artistic Expression…

Ok, so I am not into candy, like at all.  Well, unless it is dark chocolate.  And while I don’t stop my kids from having an occasional munch, I certainly don’t promote it.  What I am into is kids doing lots of fun art, expressing themselves and getting lost in the enchantment of their own imagination.  Cooking with kids and getting them inspired about food is also big on my list.  So when I found out about the gingerbread house making birthday parties offered at a wonderful local cooking school, I had to jump on the chance for my little one’s sixth birthday party.  She loves to cook and create so I knew this would be a great opportunity for her.

This is not only review of a very fun educational place in Boulder, Colorado, it is also a sharing of a very fun time with lots of great ideas for making your own wonderful gingerbread houses!  At the bottom of this post are links to more great ideas for making a healthy gingerbread house.   Stir It Up Cooking School offers fun, exciting cooking classes, parties and camps for kids in a homey loving atmosphere.  It is a school of great imagination and fun!  If you are in the Boulder area and looking for some cooking fun, I highly recommend you look up this great school!

yummy fun

We had her party late in the season last year and I have waited this whole time with oodles of great pictures to share and all the fun of the day as well.

Sue, who was the amazing woman who ran V’s party, did a great job keeping the kids busy and engaged that whole time.  She started the party by having the kiddos make quesadillas and ice cream from scratch to have as a snack after all their hard work.  The kids each learned how to grate cheese and used cookie cutters to create a shape in the top of their quesadilla.  Then they quickly whipped up some wonderful ice cream and everyone watch enchanted as Sue filled up the ice cream maker.

Next they were on to making their houses.  Sue had baked up some simply lovely gingerbread house pieces which smelled heavenly.  The kids took off with painting their roofs.

Roof

After the kids finished painting their roofs of course they needed to make Christmas trees to put inside their houses.  What do you use for trees?  Ice cream cones!  Painted green, decorated and placed pointy side up, ice cream cones make the perfect tree.

cone painting

Next the houses came out which were all pre-assembled on little cake cardboard rounds.  Excellent instructions were given to the kids on how to use a pastry bag for decorating.  Finally came the candies with many wonderfully creative ideas of how to use them.  The frosting made the perfect glue for decorating.  I was so impressed by Sue’s imagination, she had lots of fun ideas for using the candies.

Gingerbread

Pretzel waffley things glued together became cozy chairs for gummy bears seated around the tree.  Outside the house two little ducks swim in a pond.

Gingerbread

Notice the presents?

gingerbread

Lovely siding!

Gingerbread

Lollipops lamp-post…

lollipop light post

V helps Sue put her roof on her house.

Deco

The class was so engaging that aside from frosting licked off fingers, no candy eating really happened except a stray piece here and there.  And once we were home the houses were just to pretty to eat.  So I guess the kids really did create a piece of art work after all.  And most important, they had an absolute blast!

Looking for some healthy gingerbread house alternatives to make at home?  

Me too!

Here is what I found so far:

Eat Chic Chicago  shows how to make a beautifully decorated house with nuts and dried fruit.

Simply Home Making   Another fun house with lots of ideas.  Also great pictures with instructions on how to bake the pieces for a house.  My favorite part is the popcorn roof with a whiff of popcorn smoke coming from the chimney.

Medomak Family Camp has ideas for a sweet little house and plus more great instructional pics.

Cooking Matters offers lots of fun ideas to use with a graham cracker base.

Shared On: It’s Playtime!, The Kid’s Co-Op, The Imagination Tree, Sunday Parenting Party

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7 thoughts on “Gingerbread House Party

  1. They are too cute. I love all the attention to detail – and especially the tree!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Kai

    These are some spectacular houses. I am into the candy but, don’t really like my boy having lots of it. Parties are exceptions. But, I don’t like all of the icing. I think we might try some of these. I like how the houses have no roofs and you can see the inside rooms.

    • Hi Kai,
      Thanks for your comment. It is cool how you can see inside the houses. The lady who ran the party let the kids decide after they were all done decorating if they wanted their roof put on. After the roof was on it was really fun pick through the windows and see what was going on inside!! I hope you have fun creating your own houses if you decide to make some!

  4. They are SO adorable!!! What tremendous creativity – I just LOVE it!!! I’m going to try this with my little ones 🙂 The Christmas tree inside the house is ingenous!! I have done the ice cream cone trees before and did it as an activity during my child’s preschool party with all different colored frosting…the children loved it!! There were pink, purple, blue and green trees with silver balls, sprinkles, M&MS and licorice whips for the trimmings. With my children getting a little older, I think the next party I might have to copy your idea (if you don’t mind)!!!

    • Oh gosh! I don’t mind at all! All these fun ideas were not mine but the lady at the cooking school where we had the party done. She was simply ingenious! Your ice cream cone trees sound so fun! I think this would be something that could be done at home with some preparation. I am so glad you visited and like the party idea. It really was perfect and up until about a month ago my little one wanted to do it all over again but now she has changed her mind and wants a sleepover… guess she is getting big fast! Wishing you lots of gingerbread fun!

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