Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
That's right! It's Gingerbread House Decorating time!!


Every year for the past five years, we ladies get together and decorate our own gingerbread houses.
In past years, we have included children, but as our babies grew up, we decided to continue to have the party, only moms were allowed.
This made for such a fun time using our creative sides with zero kid input and all the adult conversation!






Everyone brings a few goodies to decorate their houses with.
Cotton candy was not a good idea... go ahead and skip that one.



Gum makes the best "shiplap" or siding!



Pretzels make awesome windows, siding, doors, roofs



A sheet of Rice Krispies was GENIUS!  You can shape anything with Rice Krispies then cover it in candy.


Snacks for grazing are set up at the island


The paper goods are all from Pioneer Woman!  HERE








The Wassail is hot and ready.  I love THIS coffee urn for parties.  It's the perfect size and easy to clean.


Grown-up drinks for our grown-up party




Here is my recipe for Royal Icing (stiff consistency for gingerbread house "glue" and decor)
3 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
5 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, beat all ingredients at medium speed of stand mixer until icing forms peaks AND loses its sheen, 7-10 minutes.  If using a hand mixer, beat at high speed 10-12 minutes.  If peaks are not forming, increase the mixer speed and continue to beat.
To prevent drying, cover the bowl with a damp cloth while working with icing.
Makes about 2.75 cups of icing.


I use THESE disposable icing bags and cut the tip to the desired width.






For the siding and roof, I used Doublemint gum.


Jennifer used Bubbletape for her pink siding!





Margaret used BIG RED gum for her copper looking roof



Kristin used strawberry iced mini wheats for her pink thatched roof


Jana used graham crackers with mini trees for her shutters





Mini triskets were used for Jennifer's thatched roof and square pretzels for the windows


This was Staci's first gingerbread house!  She did a wonderful job.  




Look at all this junk! :) ha ha
Don't worry we didn't use it all.  We bag it all up and bring it out the next year.  (We never encourage eating the gingerbread house after completion.)



Jennifer's Pink House... big red siding, mini trisket roof, pretzel windows with iced candles in the windows, Rosemary garland





Margaret's doublemint and bigred gum house with a darling plaid welcome mat!





Kristin's all pink house! Mini starburst bricks, white chocolate kit-kats steps, white good-n-plenty cobblestones




Staci's cotton candy and mini-wheat house with rosemary accents.



This is my chicken coop... doublemint siding and roof, pretzel door and "wire," boxwood made of green gumdrops, cupola made from rice krispies with siding and big red gum "copper" roof.  Rooster also formed from big red gum.  American flag cut from sour strips.





Jana's red and white peppermint candy house made peppermint sticks, red hots, and skillful icing

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All the houses lined up....


and all the "gingerbread house" artists behind their houses.

This is such a fun tradition!  I invite you to start a new tradition in your home this holiday.



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XOX,

Emily



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How to make your own teacup wreath

Hello! 
The response from my Christmas Kitchen tour was overwhelming!  You all are the sweetest and most kind readers.  Thank you!

I think it is safe to say, the teacup wreath was most adored so I thought I would link up the supplies you need to make your own!

All you need is a wreath, some ribbon, and ornaments!

I also love these nutcracker, teapot, or wedgewood ornaments.
THIS RIBBON is equally delightful.







I also made this tree in just a few minutes using teacup ornaments, battery-operated candles, fairy lights, and copper cookie cutters.
Update: I just found the same teacup ornaments I used HERE, but honestly how adorable would a wreath be made with THESE, THESE, or THESE with THIS pink ribbon!!!!!

Make the perfect bow using my bow tutorial HERE!






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Christmas in the Kitchen

Welcome to Eleven Gables! 
Today I am finally jumping back into the world of blogging tours after a much-needed break. :)
I wish you could come over and decorate cookies with me while we sip coffee, but this little peek around will have to do for today.  Sugar Cookies are on my to-do list for next week!


I have partnered with 11 Magnolia Lane and 29 other beautiful homes (I'll link to them all at the end of this post) to give you a peek inside our assigned rooms.  My hope is that you are inspired to fluff and puff your own home with your own special touches.  I hope you made it over from Life on Cedar Lane.  If you missed Andrea's tour, you MUST see it!  So much gorgeousness!!!


Now, onto the kitchen!


This year, I kept everything very simple with touches of blue and white, copper, and fresh greenery cut from the garden.

The view of the pool is one of my favorites.  I was going to tuck away the soaps and paper towels, but I thought I'd show you how we live.  I just keep it all corralled on a silver tray with a vase of whatever is alive outside. 



This tree is one of my favorites.  I simply decorate it with my Christmas copper cookie cutters!  Easy!



In a bowl on the kitchen table, we keep our advent supplies.  This (updated) activity set is what we read each night at dinner.



I made this easy Advent Wreath in a bowl using THESE candles placed in THIS candle holder.  The holder is the perfect size to nestle down in a bowl and place cuttings around.  I found THIS ORIENTAL BLUE & WHITE BOWL  for such a great price! My friend bought this one and made an advent bowl too (it's in my Shop Highlights on Instagram)



 Fresh herbs at reach brought in from the garden



Next to my stove, I keep kosher salt with an olive wood spoon, fresh garlic, and butter in THIS butter bell.


Gingerbread houses from Dollar Tree used as decoration and as a little hint of what is to come to the blog next week!



A little peek into the formal living room.





Y'all, I put this house together this morning. I ran out of icing with no time to make more. HA!  I will decorate it with the girls at our annual gingerbread house party.  Remember my house last year?  
I put it on my Instagram.  
It's going to be hard to top it; but STAY TUNED!!!

(2018 house)


An angle of our keeping room that I don't show very often.  It's usually covered in "we live here" supplies... blankets, socks, laundry to be folded, dog toys, etc.  The TV is hidden behind retractable pocket doors.  Our "Family Tree" is adorned with a fraction of our handmade ornaments and the paper chain my boys made when they were toddlers.  I cut strips of scrapbook paper and the boys glued the chains together.  I keep this in its own special bin so it doesn't get crushed.


I love that we moved the family tree to this spot this year.  It opens up the room a bit and doesn't feel claustrophobic. I can keep "Ruby's chair" in the corner so she will have her perch on which to hunt squirrels.


Christmas pillows from my friend's shop Jenny Steffens Hobick
Lampshade from The Enchanted Home.


Thank you for joining me today on this peek around the kitchen and keeping room!  
I do hope you will subscribe to my blog and Instagram
 I usually post every day on Instagram and talk way too much to "the girls (chickens) of Eleven Gables"

Now, go say hello to Laura at Duke Manor Farm


Merry Christmas!

love,
Emily of Eleven Gables



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Emily



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Monday, December 2nd (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces)


Tuesday, December 3rd (Entries/Dining Rooms)

2019 Holiday Home Tour | 11 Magnolia Lane

Wednesday, December 4th (Living Rooms/Dens)


Thursday, December 5th (Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, Misc Spaces)


2019 Holiday Home Tour | 11 Magnolia Lane

Friday, December 6th (Bedrooms)