We have a tradition in our family: making gingerbread houses. Since my daughter was two, we have made gingerbread houses each year during the holidays. It’s not only a fun family-bonding activity, it satisfies my need to be “crafty.” I enjoy attempting different structures each year and am getting more and more adventuresome in the houses I tackle.
There is one gingerbread house I’ll likely never attempt: the life-sized cottage at the St. Regis Atlanta. I am fascinated by this gingerbread house and can’t wait to take my children to see it as inspiration before we begin constructing our own.
The gingerbread house at the St. Regis starts with a wooden frame, which is
paneled with gingerbread, icing, and candy. It took over 500 hours to build this house. Twelve hours were spent on a Jelly Belly bear portrait and it took four hours to make an M&M St. Regis logo. Pictures don’t do this house justice!
Here’s what was used to construct the house:
If you want to make a gingerbread house but feel overwhelmed by baking and constructing one yourself, there are still a few workshops around town where you can make one with the pros.
Decorate a pre-constructed gingerbread house using premium decorating materials. Pricing includes one house, decorating materials, snacks, and a beverage. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 17 or 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 23. 1745 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, 404-745-9064, $59 per house.
Skip the clean-up at home and bring the family in for a group decorating experience. Pricing includes one adult and up to three children ages four and older. 2 p.m. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Dec. 21. 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770-751-8560, $50.
You can check two activities off the list with this Gingerbread & Sweets class where participants will decorate both a gingerbread house and cookies. The class is open to children ages four and older. 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 17, 220 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs, 404-255-9263, $45 for first house, $35 sibling rate if two houses desired.
Parents, come with children from teeny to teen to decorate a family gingerbread house with all the trimmings. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 2903 North Druid Hills Road NE, Atlanta, 404-633-2633, $35.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.