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Gingerbread House Decorating Party Ideas

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Cue the jingle bells — it’s the most wonderful time of the year! We are in full swing of Christmas celebrations at our house. I’m happily ticking off festive activities one at a time with my boys… and we’re making so many wonderful memories as we go. Last weekend, we checked another favorite off the list: gingerbread houses. We were able to do them with my mom and sister which made it even more fun! My boys were in heaven. Thanks to Nestle for sponsoring this fun project!

Gingerbread House Decorating Party Ideas

I can remember making gingerbread houses as a little girl at my grandparent’s house. It was always so much fun. It’s a tradition that I’ve been happy to keep alive with my little guys.

Easy Gingerbread House Ideas

I know some families do cookie decorating parties.. and I’m all for it. But I must say, I love a good gingerbread house making party also. It’s a great way to connect and talk while you work. And it’s so much fun to see your kid’s creativity blossom as they use their imaginations!

Gingerbread House Decorating

For our gingerbread party, I bought two premade gingerbread house kits. There have been years that I’ve baked my own (and can I tell you, the house smells heavenly…) but this year, I wanted the boys to be able to focus on decorating fun.

How to Decorate a Gingerbread House with Kids

I started by making some royal icing to use as “glue” for construction. The kit came with frosting, but I wanted to whip up my own instead for this. The kits also came with cardboard bases, but I removed them and “glued” them onto a large Crunch bar instead. Because chocolate is always the right answer.

Best Candy for Gingerbread Houses

Speaking of chocolate… we had so much good candy for decorating! There were Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Snowmen. (Like…. could they get any cuter? No. The answer is no.) I also loved the Original Spree and Everlasting Gobstopper Snowballs in Reindeer-themed packaging. I had SweeTarts Merry Mix on hand too. And the Christmas themed Crunch bars of course. They really were the perfect bases! Plus the Crunch Medallions came in handy for our decorating!

How to Decorating Gingerbread House

I will say, it’s a good thing we had so much candy on hand. Because our decorating party went something like eat one, use one, eat one, use one… I think you get the idea. 😉

Supplies for Making Gingerbread Houses

The Butterfinger Snowmen were perfect in the “yard” and the Gobstoppers went great on the fences. I used the Sprees for lights. The boys used the SweeTarts Merry Mix liberally around their houses. The smaller Crunch bar circles were used for windows and doors… plus rooftop decorations. Not only were the candies perfect for decorating, they don’t have artificial colors or flavors in them, so they’re great for eating as well!

Made with no artificial flavors or colors and dressed up in packaging reminiscent of the ugliest of sweaters, the Nestle Crunch 1 LB Bar is a great stocking stuffer idea too. It’s not just for gingerbread house making! 🙂

Gingerbread Decorating Party Ideas

We had so much fun decorating — and eating — it’s another wonderful memory we’ve created this holiday season. Grab all these tasty candies and get started with your own gingerbread house now!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle. The opinions and text are all mine.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.