That's what we had last Saturday night as the crafts team held a gingerbread-(complete with electricity)-house-making contest! It was a per-family team arrangement and those who did not have complete families banded together to make instant families. Raw materials were specially baked gingerbread slabs for the walls and roofs, pretzels, nacho chips, jelly beans, m and m's, marshmallows, biscuits and lots and lots of icing.
We had some architectural wonders and we had some architectural disasters that ended up in a heap of goo before the judges could go around and choose the winners. Some adults were dismayed when over-enthusiastic little hands caused their gingerbread houses to teeter or tilt, if not outright fall to the platform. But I think two year old Chelsea summed it up quite well when she said of their handiwork, "This is a happy house!"
Chelsea had a hearty appetite after building their gingerbread house with her Mom and Dad.
What to do with all that left over icing? Right.
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