Good morning! This past weekend we hosted our annual gingerbread house party. The tradition started several years ago and is now something I look forward to every year. We invite our friends to come decorate houses while we listen to Christmas music and get in the holiday spirit! Once our houses are done, we take pictures of them and post them to Facebook for everyone to guess which house goes with which person. It’s silly and fun and a great excuse for a fun night with friends! This year I added some fun decorations to jazz up the party – including a gingerbread man banner!
It’s quick, easy, and I was lucky I had everything on hand (my favorite kind of project!)
- Free printable pattern: Gingerbread Man Holiday Banner
- Gingerbread man cookie cutter (or pattern above)
- Green yarn
- Red, white and brown cardstock
- White acrylic paint and paintbrush
- Glue stick, scissors, and hole punch
STEP 1: Create the peppermints. Using the pattern, cut out one white circle and four red stripes for each peppermint. With your glue stick, glue the red pieces to the white circle. On some of the peppermints I needed to trim some of the red that hung over the edge of the white circles. Punch two holes in each peppermint on opposite sides.
STEP 3: Decorate the gingerbread men! This was the fun part! Using the acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush, I painted on some fun designs. I made each gingerbread man have a different expression and gave them different buttons or shoes.
STEP 4: String the banner together. Tie the banner together using the green yarn. Alternate between peppermints and gingerbread men. Leave long pieces of green yarn on either end of the banner. The banner is finished!!
For our gingerbread house party, we asked each guest to bring their own pre-built house (we don’t have enough patience to build our own!) and a candy to share. I dug out all the candy, icing, and sprinkles we had and set it out. I used a cupcake tin to hold some of the candy. I have snowmen placemats that are great, because they just wipe clean, and a washable christmas tablecloth. The banner was a nice addition this year!
I made little gingerbread house treat boxes for each guest and set them at their place. They could fill them with all the leftover candy and treats once the party had ended. The tutorial and free printables for these can be found here!
My husband made hot cocoa which turned out amazing! This was our first time making it from scratch. He found the recipe from Crystal, over at Mrs Happy Homemaker, you can check it out here. It was so good we are planning to make it again when his family comes for Christmas next week. My husband and his friends added peppermint schnapps to it and said it was delicious…I’ll have to take their word for it! I’ll give it a try when I’m not pregnant, but for now the plain version was so good I don’t think I’m missing anything!
Gingerbread houses are so fun to decorate and we had a blast. Do you decorate houses for the holidays? I’m getting excited for this weekend – Saturday is cookie day with my family and we will be busy making all our favorite Christmas cookies!