My daughter's birthday happens to hit right in the middle of the crazy holiday season, so instead of trying to dream up party games and crafts, she invited friends over to make Gingerbread Houses, a tradition we started way back when she was 8.
Goodness, what a great time the girls had. They always do. Our kitchen exploded with gingerbread, icing and way too much candy; What more could a teenage girl want?
We pretty much have this down to a science now, we could throw a Gingerbread party for fifty without a hitch, I swear (not that I want to!!)
The girls arrived late afternoon and with much teen-age giggling and sugar-induced hilarity, they assembled some very nice looking houses.
This has been a much-looked-forward-to Holiday/Birthday Tradition with my daughter and her friends since they were in 2nd grade together . It's so fun to see how the houses and decorating have improved each year. (And how much LESS I need to supervise and "help" than in previous years!)
Peace and Gingerbread to all.