In preparation, earlier that afternoon Twinkle Toes and Rascal helped construct the houses, with Gingerbread Graham Crackers and melted white chocolate, so they would be all ready to decorate.
In the meantime, I raided my pantry and filled a couple muffin tins with various candies, pretzels and marshmallows to use for decorating.
This really was a perfect way to use up all the various leftover candies that have accumulated from all our baking projects over the year! Plus, it looked really cool in the muffin tins, don't you think?!?
At first I had them on the table, but after realizing that the marshmallows were quickly disappearing, I moved the "supplies" to the counter...
After dinner, everyone was excited to get started with the decorating!
Here are this year's finished Gingerbread Houses:
Up house with Balloons, curtains, Russell and Mr. Fredrickson
by Rascal (inspired by the movie UP)
The Chapel by Twinkle Toes, Aunt Mary and Uncle Paul
(I just love the "bell tower, stained glass windows, and gummy trees!)
Gingerbread House on Wheels by David (my youngest sibling and Godson)
Twas' the Night before Christmas" by Brian and Meagan
Flying Buttresses by Captain and Aunt Julianna