This year's edition of gingerbread featured seventy-nine people! In our house, mostly all at once. Brendan was starting to wonder what the current building code says about occupancy capacities... So, yeah - not an introvert friendly event!
I didn't manage to prebake any cookies this year but luckily my friends didn't mind too much. This did mean that I spent pretty much the entire time in the kitchen and so didn't get to chat with those who didn't come hang in the kitchen but it was still pretty fun. My own kids even managed to figure out their own structures with some help, mostly from babysitters Alida and Emma. Our amazing neighbours also stepped in to help by brining over an extra oven rack and stand mixer.
It was so busy that apparently Janice took over a room upstairs and ran an impromptu painting session with all the cousins and I had no idea.
Michael thought gingerbread was marvelous. Every time we turned around he had another mouthful of candy and so. many. people. to play with him!
Amelia was ALSO very excited about sugar. I reminded her that she needed to go easy on the candy but I don't know how effective this was...
Matthew completely shut down and was curled up in a corner holding his ear and generally giving off "I'm very unwell" vibes. I was super concerned and then pretty much everyone left and he completely perked up and was fine and finished building his house. Apparently he couldn't cope with so many people.
Elizabeth loved everything but then was a bit annoyed because I didn't have dough ready on time for her friends to finish their building before having to leave early.
There were some neat creations this year including a Telsa cyber truck, an imperial star destroyer, a death star and a palm tree. Michael made cookies but didn't decorate them as he was too busy eating the candy. Amelia made a gummy bear playground (her own idea). Matthew made a pokeball and Elizabeth made a karate dojo.
In the end it was still loads of fun but we do need to think about practical limits for next year.