I just can’t believe I am back again in the kitchen making gingerbread houses. This time last year I was building a gingerbread village as a centerpiece for an afternoon tea party at my church that took me almost a week to make from start to finish. It was so worthwhile, and I was so happy with the results. It was also my first time ever building a village from scratch. For years I have been buying those cute gingerbread houses sets we get from the stores, but for this event I knew I wanted to make something special.
For the past few years tables at the afternoon tea are decorated beautifully, and creativity is at its peak. All of that is to welcome hundreds of beautifully dressed ladies as they enjoy fun fellowship, eat amazing food, and admire the tables that are incredibly decorated.
My inspiration came after I watched the movie Elf and realized how much I relate to the character. I know it can sound really strange, but I seriously feel like an elf this time of year. I want to bake every Christmas recipe I can get a hold of, I plan wrapping my gifts with coordinated paper, there are four Christmas trees in my house, I love making paper snowflakes, candy canes and maple syrup become part of our meals, and Christmas music is played all day long.
The village turned out really nice but it was a lot of work. Since it was a tea party, every place had a 3D mini gingerbread house inserted into a tea cup. In this post, I am going to show you how to make these adorable little houses for you to share with your family or simply give as a host’s gift. This can also be a great project for you to make together with your kids, replacing the tea with some delicious hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.
I have made a pattern and attached in a PDF document for you to download here. This pattern is a guide for you. I recommend you to measure with a ruler before cutting the pattern to make sure the dimensions written on paper are true to the picture.
There is one thing I must tell you before we start this project. Please cut the “house door” properly otherwise the houses will not fit into the mugs. That happened with me last year with a few of them, and I realized the dough expands a little bit during the baking process. I turned the houses that didn’t fit in the mugs into party favors and gave them as gifts. You can also turn them into ornaments and give them to family and friends.
Shall we start the fun? In case you can’t find any store bought gingerbread dough, I sharing a recipe from the The Joy of Cooking cookbook that I used in this recipe.
Merry Christmas everyone!