My family has a long fascination, and I should say history, with gingerbread houses. It all started around 30 years ago when my mother had a gem of an idea for my brother’s birthday party. She was going to make 32 gingerbread houses and have all of the boys decorate them.
The party was on Saturday, and by my mother’s calculations, it was totally fine to start on Wednesday night. Her plan was to make multiple batches of gingerbread , bake all of the sides & roof pieces and then have my dad deftly assemble them. Now, if any of you have ever tried to assemble your own gingerbread house, let alone bake all the assorted sides and pieces of the house, you know that the margin of error is HUGE. Needless to say, it was an unmitigated disaster…
Doubling dough recipes changed the consistency. The sides were dry. The inevitable quick assembly of the actual houses saw roofs sliding down and sides caving in. Sadly the houses resembled igloos with frosting that appeared to be (swiftly) melting…
But, Still! There is really is nothing that signifies the holidays more than my kids being covered in frosting up to their elbows and decorating a house with 3 tons of candy. — here’s Little working on her 2012 masterpiece.
So that’s why I’m thrilled to see all of these cool gingerbread house decorating events that are going on around town.
First, is Whole Foods at Lincoln park. Remember when Big and I took that totally awesome Halloween Treat cooking class. Well, now they’re offering two Gingerbread House classes. These are hands-on classes where they’ll provide the frosted gingerbread house and candy, and you bring the creativity! All ages welcome. And it’s only $19.99 per house (includes frosted gingerbread house, candies and royal icing). I’d probably spend that on frosting alone if I were to try and do this at home.Gingerbread House Workshop @ Whole Foods Lincoln Park Saturday December 7th @11a-2p & Saturday December 14th @11a-2p You must register ahead of time for these events either in person at the customer service desk or by phone at 312.587.0648. Whole Foods Market—Lincoln Park 1550 Kingsbury Street Chicago, IL 60642
Next, The Art Institute of Chicago is holding family gingerbread house decorating events on December 14th & 15th. Can you think of a more beautiful place to find inspiration for your edible creation?!
Family Workshop: Build Your Own Gingerbread House @ The Art Institute
December 14, & 15 2013
11:00am–1:30pm & 2:00-4:30pm
Millennium Park Room
Family of four: $50 members, $60 nonmembers
Advanced reservations are required.
And little girls will love the decorate-a-house event at American Girl.Make a Gingerbread House at American Girl Store Wednesday December 4: 6:00 p.m. You and your darling can decorate your own gingerbread house! Not only will you be making memories but you’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece. Gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations are all provided. Tickets: $38 per person
Reservations required; call toll-free 877-247-5223.
For girls ages 8 and up.