Isn't it cute! Ok, so I'm a little biased since I put my blood, sweat,
It was actually a really fun project to work on. It's located in the lobby of the Jefferson Hotel here in Richmond and is huge as far as gingerbread houses go. It's plenty big enough to fit 3 or 4 people inside, standing up (if you're a little on the shorter side)! Here are some in-progress shots.
Just starting to put the roof shingles on
The finished roof, chimney, and walls. We attached all the bricks one by one
and mortared in between all of them with royal icing.
Starting to put the candy and fondant decorations on
I love the roof!
Ready for showing!
The front door
A peak inside at the Christmas tree, presents, and gingerbread-tiled walls
(as one of the shortest people working on the house, I spent a lot of time in there)
The "working" fireplace
See, told you it works
The pastry staff inside our creation!
At the unveiling
Yes, everything on the house is edible except the wooden structure underneath.
It took about a month to complete and 350 hours of labor.
Everything is attached with royal icing. No glue was used.
When we're finished displaying it, the whole things gets demolished. No, no one eats it and we don't save it for next year.
The bathrooms are through the doorway and to the right.
We were already thinking up ideas for next year! It will be on display through the whole month of December, and the whole hotel is decorated beautifully for the holidays. Come see it if you get a chance!