For countless years, we have invited neighbors over to build Graham Cracker Houses. We glue the crackers with edible Royal Icing (recipe below photos). We add an assortment of candy for decoration and voila, a beautiful table decoration and an on-going snack for the passerby is created.
As the kids get older their participation and imagination have grown. This year was the best yet, with many doing most of the work on their own, leaving the adults to mingle, eat and drink.
Our family typically designs one big house, but this year we tried something different, making a village of three houses, one for each boy to decorate. This turned out to be a better idea in concept - Sean's only interest was in eating the candy and Ben did not like the invasion of people in our home. I decorated Sean's house and Ben left the premises for his "secret" hideaway at the local coffee shop.