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Holiday traditions look different to every family, and I’ve learned that traditions in my family tend to be about togetherness. We may not do the same thing every year, but we do it together and that counts for me. Aside from baking cookies, sneaking out late one night for ice cream and light viewing, we’re pretty basic when it comes to holiday festivities. One yearly tradition we do follow as an extended family every year, though, is decorating gingerbread houses.
Year after year our family purchases those flimsy gingerbread kits and assembles them across four generations at grandma’s house. Without fail, the houses cave in, the icing is never tacky enough, and the houses only stand because of the tradition we once started. Tiny candies litter the kitchen floor, someone complains that their creation looks nothing like the box, and we end up displaying them for laughs. It still might be one of my favorite traditions because of the uninterrupted time we share. What are the secrets of the experts and what does it actually take to create a gingerbread house of folklore, though? I certainly haven’t figured it out in some thirty years, but Taste Buds Kitchen has!
Creativity abounds, the mess stays out of grandma’s kitchen, and the houses are surely something to be proud of. Join the friendly staff at Taste Buds Kitchen for the most creative gingerbread house workshop around. You’ll sip cocoa, and spend some quality time together learning tips and tricks while creating a magical moment amidst the holiday chaos.
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at their signature December workshop in the Winter Wonderland kitchen! Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own gingerbread house in a one-hour workshop. Don’t worry about cave-ins here, the staff at TBK will have their fresh gingerbread houses pre-assembled so that the royal icing (handmade on-site!) has time to dry. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and hear cheerful holiday tunes while experiencing quality family time.
Don’t know how to make icicles? Do your kids have bigger design dreams than you have skills? Leave those worries at the door. Staff is on hand to help with the homemade royal icing along with a kitchen filled with more candy than you can dream up! Make gains in piping royal icing, take notes on creative candy elements, and enjoy the limitless supply of treats for a unique gingerbread house for the memory books. The TBK team can offer up ideas and suggestions to bring your vision to reality. From cereal shingles to pretzel picket fences you will have the opportunity to make this house all your own.
The TBK kitchen is fully decorated for the holiday season to get everyone in the spirit. It’s the perfect backdrop for a playdate! You book a private decorating class for your playgroup, scout troop, class party or even a corporate event! Have a December Birthday? Make it festively fun with gingerbread-themed birthday party.
Taste Buds Kitchen is hosting Family Gingerbread Workshops every weekend in December leading up to Christmas. Find the date and time that works for you:
- 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December 1
- 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 6
- 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7
- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8
- 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 13
- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14
- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15
- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21
- 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 22
If you have a teen that is looking for a fun activity with their friends be sure to grab a spot in their Teen Gingerbread Workshop. There is only one date available, Thursday, December 19.
Spread the holiday spirit by inviting friends to join you for this special event! Family workshops are designed for all ages (2+ recommended) and cost $39 per parent/child pair. Advance registration required at the Taste Buds Kitchen website.
Are your kids too young to participate? Maybe you want to make the house of your dreams? Taste Buds Kitchen also hosts a 2-hour BYOB Gingerbread Class that is perfect for that holiday-themed girls night out or date night. Skip the packed restaurants and try something new for a night out. Bonus- you will have a show-stopping centerpiece to bring to your mother-in-law! The 2019 BYOB Gingerbread night will be on Friday, December 20.
While Gingerbread is the star of December it’s not the only thing going on at Taste Buds Kitchen. Check their Upcoming Events list for other great culinary adventures including winter break camp (ages 4-13), adult BYOB’s and a very special Cookies & Milk with Santa workshop on December 23.
Maybe cooking as a family should be your next tradition?
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Disclosure: Taste Buds Kitchen is a paid advertising sponsor with Little Lake County. All thoughts and opinions belong to the writer.