Friday Fun of the Christmas Kind

Hello-Hello and welcome to an almost-weekend here at The Prepatorium.

We wanted to make our Friday Fun post Christmas-related this week, so we are taking a look at one of the season’s most delightful traditions, the gingerbread house. We begin with the confection created every year by the White House bakers, a replica of the White House.

The White House

The White House

This year Bo has a little sister named Sunny; the Obamas brought another Portuguese water dog into the fold.

White House

The White House

This year’s version weighs in at a whopping 300 lbs and is actually edible, as previous versions have been.

Our next house was created by a talented woman named Carrie; she not only shared the final product, she showed exactly how she made the house in her blog.

Carrie/Worth Pinning

Carrie/Worth Pinning

Carrie’s instructions and photos almost made it look like something I could do most anyone could do, her directions and photos are that good.

Carrie/Worth Pinning

Carrie/Worth Pinning

The folks over at Cake Wrecks have some fabulous offerings this year.

Jeziba via Cake Wrecks

Jeziba via Cake Wrecks

This homage to Breaking Bad by Sugar Plum Cake Shop gets major points for creativity.

Sugar Plum Bakeshop via Cake Wrecks

Sugar Plum Bakeshop via Cake Wrecks

Having spent so many years as an apartment dweller I was partial to this version of the holiday classic.

Via Cake Wrecks

Via Cake Wrecks

Here is one that is environmentally friendly, made by Laura Morrissette last year and featured on the Today show.

Via

Via

More on how she made it all work from The Women’s Eye:

….she designed this one with licorice panels on the roof, a recycling bin in the front yard, candy bottles carefully sorted from stacks of paper made of Fruit Roll-Ups and, for public transportation, a gingerbread bike.

Of course, bigger isn’t always better. These are from Kyle Lefort’s 2013 Miniature Gingerbread House series.

Kyle Lefort

Kyle Lefort

A closer look at Kyle’s creations, available on etsy.

Kyle Lefort Etsy

Kyle Lefort Etsy

The modernistic approach is also popular. This beauty is by Nick Milkovich Architects, one of several treasures auctioned off by Canada’s Creative Room back in 2009.

Nick Malkovich Architects

Nick Malkovich Architects

The auction was a benefit, with proceeds going to Architecture for Humanity.

We didn’t realize there is a National Gingerbread House competition every year. It happens to be at one of our very favorite places, the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.  You can see some of the remarkable creations from the 2009 competition on the blog Running with Tweezers.

Running with Tweezers

Running with Tweezers

More detail.

Running with Tweezers

Running with Tweezers

Some of this year’s displays via Romantic Asheville.

Romantic Ashveille

Romantic Asheville

You can take a video tour of this year’s winners by clicking here.

We always enjoy seeing mid-century design aesthetics reflected in gingerbread houses, this one is by Kristina Hahn.

Kristina Hahn Atelier

Kristina Hahn Atelier

Another design offering a nod to modernism.

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Back to a more traditional style via Skinny Taste.

Skinny Taste

Skinny Taste

We’ll call this our Pretty in Pink gingerbread house.

Sweetopia

Sweetopia

We leave you with this pink and green gingerbread house, created by none other than Sue Trader of Re-Lilly fame. (Psst–lots more pictures here.)

Sue Trader

Sue Trader

May the weekend be kind to you!

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  1. I will bring the gingerbread people. If I don’t eat them all first:).

  2. So many beautiful gingerbread houses! My attempts crumble before I can turn them into anything amazing…

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