Anyway, on to the pictures! You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge. My husband was in charge of taking pictures while I helped Ethan make his house.
Goodies! I forgot to take a picture after I filled the punch bowl :-( It was red punch (gingerale & cranberry/cherry juice with a cherry koolaid ice ring) and was very tasty!
I totally messed up the cupcakes! I made them from scratch. I was out of red Wilton gel coloring so I needed to pick up a new one for my cupcakes. I usually buy the red no-taste coloring, but I saw the "Christmas Red" and thought it was really pretty. BIG MISTAKE! I only colored a small bowl of frosting red. First of all, it took almost 1/2 a bottle of coloring to even get it to this shade. I just wanted a little red coloring to swirl into the frosting. By the time I reached the end of frosting my cupcakes, there wasn't much red and it was blending into the bag with the white. The cupcakes were starting to look like white and hot pink! It was going all over my hands too and they are still stained pink. Anyway, I didn't eat a cupcake until that night after everyone was gone and the frosting was SO BITTER! I couldn't even eat it! I'm really embarrassed I messed up my cupcakes. I have no clue why they would even make a coloring that tastes bitter.
Look at but don't eat!
Dark Chocolate Gingerbread men and women pops
The houses are waiting for the guests. Since I only have one template, I spent over 7 hours of baking time making all of these! This doesn't include the time I spent mixing, rolling out and cooling the template between each bake either.
Ethan didn't really want to help decorate, he just wanted to eat candy :-) I didn't put a lot of candy on our house, just a little on the front. I'm sure next year Ethan will want to cover the entire house!