The opposite day, Owen and 10 of a few of his finest buds and their mommas gathered at our home for a gingerbread home adorning social gathering. Assume Christmas social gathering for adults however as a substitute of booze, you place oodles of sweet and sugary cereal at their fingertips. And after they’re all juiced up on easy carbohydrates, their mothers drive them dwelling, after which they sleep it off for a pair hours.

I cooked up this loopy concept a month or so in the past, after I clearly had a lapse in sanity. However the social gathering was quite a lot of enjoyable, everybody had a good time, and their was very minimal crying.

Completely unrelated– sure, I obtained a brand new chrome mild fixture for above the eating desk. It sat in a field in our entryway for practically three months (after I waited months for it to come back again in inventory) as a result of I’m clearly profitable at life proper now. However extra on it (and the desk and chairs later).

Baby-Sized Monogrammed Aprons

As a result of I’m a masochist, I made a decision to monogram pink, child-sized aprons for all the youngsters. It was a tedious course of, however the cuteness outweighed the standard time spent with my Xacto knife weeding iron-on vinyl and ironing the monograms onto the aprons.

Desk Decorations

I adorned the desk and home windows with leftover decorations from the gingerbread celebration I helped throw for my pal’s daughter’s birthday final December. I additionally picked up two pre-built gingerbread homes from Goal for $5 every and adorned them.

Whereas I adorned my gingerbread homes the opposite day, Owen adorned this baby– spending an hour meticulously putting all of these sweet beads. The one time he made a peep was to ask me for extra “glue”.

I added two undecorated homes to the cake plate in case a child broke their home mid-decorating. The pink and white bushes are ornaments I utilized in our kitchen final yr for Christmas.

Assembling the Gingerbread Homes

I went with mini gingerbread homes as a result of a lot of the attendees have been three years outdated. And I feel most three yr olds solely have the eye span to brighten a mini home. This idea proved to be true on the social gathering. The children did nice however I feel they might’ve actually struggled to brighten full-size homes.

I purchased just a few completely different mini gingerbread home kits and assembled the homes with sizzling glue. Then, I piped white icing over the seams the place any glue is likely to be exhibiting. I glued the homes to eight″ cake boards that got here in a cookie plate set. Once I positioned the homes, I made certain to attach them towards the again of the board so the youngsters had room to brighten the entrance yard.

The Gingerbread Home Decorations

Every mother introduced a sweet or cereal for the youngsters to make use of for decorations. We had Dots, Fruity Loops, star brite mints, Crunch Berries, snowflake sweet decorations, marshmallows, jelly beans, M&Ms, gum drops, Smarties, Nilla wafers, and Peep Christmas bushes. I didn’t need sprinkles bouncing throughout my flooring so these have been banned.

When it got here to adorning the homes, I handed the mother’s baggage of icing they usually went round and added icing to the gingerbread homes. Then, the youngsters would add the candies of their alternative.

I arrange a ‘sweet processing station’ on one finish of our island so mothers may open up their sweet and place the sweet in little cups.

Right here’s Owen’s masterpiece:

The Meals

Qdoba graciously reached out and supplied to cater the gingerbread home adorning social gathering, which was a lifesaver. It took all of the stress of menu planning, looking for meals, and cooking away– particularly after Owen obtained sick on Monday morning and I ended up suspending the social gathering a day. And after I referred to as my Qdoba retailer and requested if we may push issues again a day they have been very accommodating.

They even delivered AND set it up all the pieces (for extra charge, however effectively value it).

The chips and queso have been a giant hit.

I’ll positively use Qdoba catering once more as a result of the meals was scrumptious, and it was a seamless course of.

The Drinks

The drink station wasn’t too frilly– lemonade, grape juice packing containers, and bottled water.

Apologies mother associates– if I can’t day drink in my dwelling, neither are you able to. It’s referred to as ‘equity’.

I didn’t actually embellish the kitchen for Christmas. However I did handle to hold a preserved boxwood wreath, set out a pair pink and black buffalo plaid chopping boards, sweet cane bushes, and my incomplete letterboard. (I’ve given up trying to find the Y.)

Taking the Gingerbread Homes House

I purposely went with the cookie trays so the gingerbread homes may very well be bagged up and simply carried to/from vehicles.

The afternoon ended with the youngsters taking part in all through the home. Later that evening, once we obtained again from the Christmas on the Zoo, I heard the alarm clock within the visitor bed room going off. I can solely conclude {that a} pint-sized social gathering goer snuck in there and activated it.

My child managed to finish up sitting inside a basket whereas snacking on Nilla wafers together with his buddy. These youngsters social gathering laborious.

Thanks once more to Qdoba for offering all of the scrumptious meals!