Christmas time is always a time of joy and excitement and this year, it looks like it’s going to be even more special with the newest addition from Williams Sonoma. This year, they have outdone themselves with their Williams Sonoma Gingerbread House window display for their iconic San Francisco store. It’s sure to be the hit of the holiday season!
A charmingly sweet winter wonderland has been brought to life in San Francisco’s renowned Williams Sonoma! Step into a world of sugar-coated festivities, where candy kids frolic around snowballs and gumdrops line the paths -all nestled among frosty trees and twinkling Christmas lights. Witness the gingerbread bride & groom cut their wedding cake with love before enjoying a festive ice-skating pond created from sparkling bubbly bottles – it’s an enchanting scene that will bring holiday cheer like never before!
Let’s face it, the holiday season can never come soon enough. That’s why the Christian Dior Harrods Gingerbread 2022 collection is here to give us a little taste of what’s to come. The perfect mix of luxury and Christmas spirit, these exquisite gingerbread creations are sure to make you feel festive in no time.
The Collection Itself
The Christian Dior Harrods Gingerbread 2022 collection features an array of intricate and beautiful pieces. There are classic gingerbread houses, as well as more contemporary pieces such as an Eiffel Tower-inspired house and a delicious teacup made entirely out of gingerbread. All pieces come in their own unique packaging, making them perfect for gifting or even keeping for yourself!
We can’t recommend Hannah Ricketts’s vlog enough if you want to see what the masterpiece Dior gingerbread creations at Harrods look like – check it out here
This year’s Gingerbread Man/House release at Costco is the StockMeyer 3 Gingerbread Men kit. It looks like the kit has all the bits to dress up as little or a lot. Since there are 3 in a box, each family member can have their own to get creative. We do love joining in together on a single house so we will watch out for those too.
It looks like the kit is only available in the store as it doesn’t come up on the Costco web site. We found them in the holiday candy area of our local store.
We are on a roll… as soon as we started folding paper versions of our favorite Gingerbread things like Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Houses, we keep finding more options. This one is an inexpensive iPad app called Foldify. The app lets you paint onto flattened creative areas, then print, cut out, and fold. The tabs need to be glued or taped, but the cutting is simple so the whole family can join in the fun.
Each shape starts as a blank template which can be twisted and zoomed in to get maximum creative area to work in. Choose a drawing tool, then pick a color from either the color circle or the quick picker, then start drawing! On the left, you can see a 3D version of what your design will look like when printed and folded. Foldify lets you turn the 3D image too so you can see how things are going from every angle. Then, print in three different sizes, email a PDF version or even post to a few social network options.
Foldify provides a nice selection of shape templates included. Each family member can create their own Gingerbread house, put a few trees around (remember, each item can be printed in 3 different sizes), have Gingerbread family members walking around and even a snowman! The shapes are not multi-cubes having to be put together like one of our earlier posts so things like arm are drawn on the sides of the ‘people’ templates. There is plenty of eyes, noses, candy cane and other ‘stamps’ to apply so don’t worry about having limited drawing skills. Personalize to make each one truly your own. There is no limit to how many Gingerbread Houses and things you can create and print so everyone can keep expanding their Village beyond the fireplace mantel to all around the house (and offices).
There is Gingerbread fun that doesn’t require an oven or anything editable. Yet, is still fun for the whole family or even around the office.
As you can see above, the cute little Gingerbread fellow is actually paper cubes. We found a site that has designs for two different Gingerbread men as well colorful packages. Just download the PDF and print to your local printer. We found the less expensive photo paper worked best for color and folding. Cutting is best done with a knife since the tabs interlock. Scissors can be used around the outer edge though so kids can do that part. Folding and assembly can be enjoyed by the whole family. For work, more precision can used with the knife and scoring lines prior to folding if the finished cubes will be on view of clients.
This is a image of the artwork you can download. Don’t use the image as it is too low of resolution, go to the site to download the better PDF.
As the USA preps for Super Bowl XLVI today, we just had to share this with you all: Ginger Betty’s bakery made a complete replica of Gillette Stadium in Gingerbread cookies, including Patriots players and Giants players on the field made of green icing.
Just by the local Marshalls store today and was excited to find all kinds of great Gingerbread items back in the specials area. There was kids aprons, Gingerbread Houses, cookie cutters, napkins and more and more! Since we love Gingerbread, we will find a need to use most of the finds (over half off special pricing on most items) throughout the year. Many will find their way into storage for next year though. Since everything is on sale, finds will vary depending on your particular store’s inventory… so, don’t wait around things are going to be all gone soon!!
The above ‘retro’ picture was taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone 4.
Santa will be thrilled to have his cookies served on this hand painted whimsical Gingerbread boy and girl platter. Raised details and a sweet Gingerbread boy and Gingerbread girl dressed in their holiday best await Santa. Platter is hand painted and ready to be part of this season’s holiday extravaganzas! Please visit here for details.