Welcome to Red Couch Recipes. Every year in our community, there is a gingerbread contest held around Christmastime. This year, there were a couple of entrants I had to share with you because they were so wonderful!
For the past several years, it was held in the Davenport Hotel, which is a treasure to our community. (Photo Credit: Jacqueline Williamson).
This year the build-off was held at the Grand Hotel, which is a sister hotel to the Davenport Hotel. As you can see. the Grand is very modern. For whatever reason, not many seemed to visit these wonderful creations. Maybe it is the new location, maybe it was not advertised well.
One of our favorites, was the "Charlie Brown Christmas." The attention to detail was amazing. The figures were large gingerbread cookies. As far as I could tell, this entry was made by an online bakery in the area.
Music from the movie was piped in.
The figures were placed in an old-fashioned television set, with a Christmas tree and wrapped presents on the side.
The Red Baron's plane went around in circles. We absolutely loved this entrant.
The "Rudolph" entrant was also one of our favorites. This entry was done by the Hall family, a family in our community who love making gingerbread every year.
We were stunned by the detail, and their ability to craft gingerbread and candy likenesses of the characters in the movie. Rudolph does look like Rudolph. Yes, his nose did shine.
Herbie and Yukon Cornelius are so fabulous. Look at the detail on his beard. Even the way they have positioned the bodies, is similar to how the characters would appear in the movies.
Of course there was Santa.
The Polar Express entry was made by our favorite cupcake shop, Sweet Frostings. Their gingerbread houses were so fabulous. The big tree rotated. The building to the right has their name, "Sweet Frostings" on it, with little cupcakes in the window.
They threw an Olaf, along with the conductor, just for fun.
We loved the detail work on the buildings.
We also loved the "Grinch" entry. The mountain was impressive, as well as the cookie Christmas tree.
The little building were shaped so cutely, and they were lit.
This was a darling entry.
The "Nightmare Before Christmas" was made by a cake supply store that we frequent.
We thought they did a good job on the buildings.
Thanks for dropping by and viewing these "houses."