I heard about the gingerbread display at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, so last week, Av took these pics for me when he was nearby for a meeting:
The houses are recreations of Louisiana plantations — Oak Alley:
…all with pretzel bonfires!
A few years ago at Ross Bridge in Birmingham, they displayed these:
This, at the Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia last year:
And because I like gingerbread so much, we have our own Chanukah house, made by The Gingerbread Lady in Birmingham:
From Metropolis Magazine: Iconic Museums, Rendered in Gingerbread. I’d love to see that in color.
Using caramel rather than royal icing for the ‘glue’ and other tips from the UK’s Telegraph:
The house in Bryan is 65 feet by 45 feet. The builders actually built it an inch bigger than expected, pushing it over just a tad more. This one scored extra points with the Guinness people for being built outside in the elements, and in Texas no less.
Built by the Texas A&M Traditions Club, the house took nearly a month to build. It was constructed using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and close to 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Add to this the 22,000 piece of candy that are attached to it.
Thanks to people paying admission to visit, the project has already raised over $150k for a hospital trauma center. Now that’s sweet.