Hosting a Holiday Gingerbread Competition - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

A gingerbread At-At Walker. Image courtesy of Discovery Science Center.

The holidays are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Hosting a gingerbread building competition is a great way to get everyone involved in a fun, holiday-themed activity. There are no limitations when it comes to creativity with gingerbread. My family hosts a gingerbread-themed extravaganza every December. We all get together and spend an evening covered in frosting, full of laughter, in the kitchen.

A gingerbread competition is great for any skill level, ages five and up. You’re never too old to play with candy, after all! Here are my tips for hosting your very own holiday gingerbread competition.

Supplies for Success

Your creation can include a variety of objects. To add an extra challenge, make a rule that all masterpieces must be 100% edible, no hot glue guns. Frosting and food coloring are great for mixing colors, toning and developing your project. Gum drops are a classic addition to your creation. Other great items include M&M’s, Skittles, PEZ candy, Smarties, Red Hots, Lifesavers, Hershey Kisses, Candy Corn, sticks of gum, licorice and mints. Regarding base materials, I prefer to use a combination of graham crackers and gingerbread instead of making the house completely out of gingerbread. If you have a sensitivity to gluten, you can make a spelt gingerbread house, a healthier alternative to wheat flour.

Gingerbread Architecture

Don’t limit yourself to houses; host a themed party, like “The Seven Wonders of the World.” Construct a tower, a famous sculpture, a boat, a plane, a pyramid, the North Pole, a princess castle or even a beach getaway.

Getting together for the holidays is a great way to wind down and relax…or cover the walls in frosting and gum drops. If you’re looking for the perfect activity to engage the whole family or a group of friends, host a gingerbread party and create something magnificent.

Have a favorite gingerbread house design? Share your ideas with readers below!



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