I learned 2 critical lessons this year that apply to decorating gingerbread houses.
1. Decorate one gingerbread house (GBH) per household.
2. Limit how much sugar is consumed
Okay a little explination...
1. We had our dear friends over to decorate GBHs. H, and his best buddy Ev wanted to decorate a house together. They had so much fun, giggling, devising a plan, dripping frosting all over my entire kitchen, eating candy, decorating, eating candy, licking frosting, decorating... you get the picture. We had 2 budding artists, 2 little people investing all that their little kindergarten hearts and creative minds can come up with into a very special little GBH...
Well, somehow it never crossed our minds that at the end of the night, both of these sweet little peeps would want to keep this GBH. Uggh, WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT! So needless to say, when it was time for our friends to go home we had to make a game plan. I talked H through it and thought he was going to be fine with Ev taking it home... however his little heart broke.
Needless to say that next year we will do one house per family, not one house for the big kids and one house for mama to work on with Bug. I felt SO very bad!
2. And well, too much sugar can give anyone a tummy ache, and if you know H well, you know that he is apt to throwing up... and he did... and it made the night that much more sad!
maybe someone can learn from my mistakes!