We did our annual gingerbread decorating yesterday. Aka sugar-fest 2012.
Last year we did graham cracker houses so this year I thought we'd try ice cream cone trees.
It was good in theory. I bought waffle cones though instead of sugar cones so the bottom wasn't level and they wouldn't sit on the table while we worked on them. I flipped a waffle cone upside down and used frosting to glue a pretzel rod inside. I hadn't considered was how heavy the cone would be once it had a layer of frosting on it, and how wobbly it would be. I went on the search for something to hold the trees while we decorated and what I came up with was a piece of foam mat and a jar. Not ideal, but it did the trick. Next time...sugar cones NOT waffle cones. (tho' I do think the waffle cones look pretty with frosting)
The kids got to decorate their own, as they did last year. They were allowed to eat their creation when it was finished which of course led to maximum candy application upon the trees. Encrusted, they were. And many candies were sampled in the process.
The kitchen is still a sticky mess but they had a good time. I think they're still running off their sugar highs.
Do you have an annual decorating ritual?