I love watching kids decorate a gingerbread house. They can imagine what each piece of candy will represent on their house and they can get very creative in the placement of them. Before visiting my great nephews over the weekend I assembled the houses so all they had to do was use their imagination to decorate them.
For the “glue” to hold these houses together I melted one cup of sugar in a pot on the stove. Yep, that’s all. No water…just sugar and heat. The sugar will slowly turn to a liquid amber color. Once melted I carefully dipped the graham crackers into the liquid and attached the pieces together. You can see some residual “glue” on the houses. After you smear the houses with frosting you won’t even notice the “glue”.
My great nephews really enjoyed decorating their houses, just as much as they did eating the candy they were using. If you have small children participating I would suggest using marshmallows in different colors. They are easier for them to handle and eat instead of the hard candies the older children may use.
I used Dollar Tree platters as the base for the houses and wrapped the finished houses with bags that were made to wrap baskets in.
This makes it easier for the houses to be transported home without getting frosting all over the car.
Tips to a successful Gingerbread House Party-
- Assemble the houses with sugar “glue” before the kiddos arrive
- Purchase Dollar Tree platters as the base
- Wrap the finished houses in plastic basket wrappers for easy transporting