If you have creative baking skill or not, Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make. If you are thinking about how to make even more fun, then why not organize a Gingerbread House contest. There are a few different ways to do this and you don't have to have a ton of people.
You could do it among friends and invite the kids from each family to be involved. You will have to decide how many people you want to be involved or if you want to open it up publicly. You could even do this as a fundraiser for a school at Christmas time. If you do plan on making a school wide fundraiser, you will need to recruit some help to make the flyers and get them distributed to classrooms.
Decide on how much each entrant will pay for the entry fee. If this is for a fund raiser or just for fun, you have to decide how much the winner will get. You should have a second and third prize ribbon for those winners as well.
This can be a great thing to do with church friends, clubs or just your circle of friends. Decide on a date and time that it will take place. Have judges set up ahead of time that are non partial. This means they did not enter the contest nor did any of their family members enter the contest.
Make up a flyer weeks ahead of time to announce the date of the contest which includes entry form and list of all rules and disqualifying points. You should also state in the flyer what the prize is for the best Gingerbread House. It can be cash or a prize but it should be stated in order to peak interest to enter the event. Most importantly, make sure you state how you are judging the Gingerbread Houses. You can actually use several characteristics: Most original, prettiest, most unusual, and most colorful. You will have to decide "the Best" among a few characteristics.
Once you have appointed your judges, meet with them before the event or send them each an email so everyone is on the same page the day of the contest.
To make it more appealing, you could let whole families enter. This way the kids could take part in the contest and it may bring more entries at the same time. You could also use age groups as well.
Whatever methods you choose in organizing a Gingerbread House contest, the most important thing is that everyone has fun!
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