Fun Family Reunion activity: Gingerbread “Houses”

gingerbreadMake your summertime family reunion memorable with a unique, sweet, wholesome activity for all ages. Create your own Family Tradition! (Helpful hint: Gingerbread isn’t just for wintertime anymore.)

So what do the words “Family Reunion” bring to your mind? A casual, slightly crazy get-together with people of all ages and interests getting reacquainted (and meeting the newest family members)? A picnic buffet or potluck, with (hopefully) fun activities that can adapt to weather demands? A rewarding but rather stressful event for the responsible host/hostess who wants to be sure that everyone’s needs are met and all attendees leave happy?

When you think about it, decorating gingerbread houses (or forts, or ships, or castles) is an activity that fits right into the spirit of the best Family Reunions — combining sweet treats, hands-on creativity, some slightly-wacky whimsy and lots of fun that people of all ages can enjoy together.

Add a friendly gingerbread decorating event to your Family Reunion plans, and you can be certain that everyone will enjoy themselves and remember the day fondly for years to come.

Here are three good reasons to put Gingerbread Decorating on your list of Family Reunion plans:


  1. A Gingerbread project can be as large or as small as you like. You can host a small party in your back yard or family room, or rent a pavilion at your nearest State Park and accommodate a hundred or more at picnic tables. Decorating gingerbread constructions (houses and cottages are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to choices) is an activity that works indoors or out, so it’s easy to accommodate weather fluctuations and changes of plans.
  2. Decorating your choice of gingerbread “houses” is a lively hands-on activity that provides good wholesome fun for people of all ages, from preschoolers to grandparents. Your charming constructions may be as complex or as simple as you like, so this is an activity that can accommodate almost everyone, including folks who have physical or mental challenges. It’s an activity that offers plenty of opportunity to exercise creativity in a comfortable, companionable environment.
  3. Your Gingerbread activity can be as unique and specific to your family as you choose. You can adopt a theme, have friendly competitions, work together to create an entire village or fleet of pirate ships. The sky is the limit!

Here are some tips to help ensure that your Family Reunion Gingerbread activity is a memorable success:


  • Use disposable tablecloths, paper (or Styrofoam) plates to place the gingerbread structures on, plus plenty of paper towels or napkins to make clean-up afterwards a breeze. You can buy brightly-colored, matching items of this sort at most “dollar stores.” That’s also a good place to pick up shallow bowls or, better yet, small food containers with lids, to hold the various candies, sprinkles, colored sugars, etc. that will be used for decorating the gingerbread constructions.
  • Make sure your guests can easily wash their hands before starting (children may need to be reminded) and to clean up afterwards. You may want to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer at each work area.
  • Be very generous in providing lots of frosting and brightly-colored decorations, candies and cookies! You’ll find that your guests’ fun and creativity expands exponentially with the number of options available. Get enough goodies for lavish decorating plus some for (inevitable) snacking. It is considerate to provide sugar-free alternatives (clearly marked) for people who are watching calories or avoiding sugar for health reasons.
  • Remember to get boxes or at least plastic wrap to cover your guests’ masterpieces for safe transport home.
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