gingerbread house contest

I hope you are all having a very happy holiday season! My little family headed up to Connecticut to celebrate Christmas with our adopted family, the Kemsleys - the place we run to for holidays whenever we can't make it home.

This year they had a gingerbread house contest, and it was SO fun. I might have to do it every year. We were broken up into 4 teams, and each team had a pretty generic gingerbread house kit, with pre-baked pieces, icing and candies. We had an hour and a half, the kit, and any other supplies we could scrounge up in the kitchen to make our house.


Team 1, the Dream Team, consisted of myself, Josh, Janelle and Alia. We opted for a realistic approach, and the little house turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself. Janelle came up with the wheat-chex shingles, Alia thought up the pretzel shutters and candy Christmas lights, and I prided myself on carefully hung icicles and some cute little wreaths made from cut up gum drops. Josh was an expert m&m sorter - we stole all the greens.


Team 2 was made up of Kristen, Caleb, Jared and Kara. They had a very cute traditional-style house, and even had an "Edward and Bella" gingerbread couple.


Team 3 was Sean, Frank, Tamarra and Linea. They had a very whimsical Dr. Suess-esque house, and were the most creative with their icing techniques. They thined the icing and added lots of coloring, and then painted their gingerbread pieces.

Lastly, Team 4 - Brian, Michaela, Dean and Chris. They had the most creative construction, as well as the most religious symbolism (including, but not limited to, a gingerbread baby Jesus in swaddling clothes, a burning gum drop bush, and swedish fish representing the "fisher of men").

The Kemsleys are ultra-competitive, and with bottles of limited edition Pomegranate 7-Up as the prize, the stakes were HIGH. After the vote, the winner was ...

Team 1!!!! Did you doubt me? :) (Janelle ... if you are reading this, I forgot my soda. Can you bring it to the city for me?)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

9 comments:

claudia said...

That was so much fun, just to look at the pictures of the different houses and the smailing faces. I can only imagine how much fun it was to be there actually making those houses.
Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Vivian said...

My poor house had one side of the roof slide off and rest on the tree. I don't think I was even in the same league as your pretty house!

gigi said...

Wishing you a very blessed New Year!

AdrianeS said...

Wow what fun! Such a great idea...and sooo creative. Everyones house turned out wonderfully!

Dana and Daisy said...

very nice ice-cicles. Just like real ones, it makes me want to eat them!

Yeah Dream Team!

mau said...

That must've been so much fun with so many people on the teams. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing to post, busy mama! I love reading your blog. These gingerbread creations were great. Super teams, very creative!

Happy new year to you and yours. :)

katie said...

I love this idea! What a great tradition.

~~Missy~~ said...

Ours did not turn out that well. As you can see from the pics on my blog, there was too much under 6yrs interaction.