This past weekend the PEMCO Brand Ambassadors traveled to Lake Oswego, OR in search of festive gingerbread houses. We visited the contestants in this year’s Holiday Houses of Lake Oswego Contest and were amazed at some of the creations. We enjoyed the display so much that we re-created the experience through a guided photo tour of our favorite submissions.
Graham’s Book & Stationary, entered a wonderfully-crafted house that really stood out. Rows of translucent hard candy windows and glittery peppermint trees set this house apart from the rest of the competitors.
Created by Sixpence Antiques, this gingerbread house was extremely detailed down to the sugar snow dusted on a stack of pretzel logs. Candy rocks adorned a realistic-looking chimney as well as the pathway leading to their candy masterpiece. Thoughtful, clever touches added to the overall impressive quality of this entry.
True to their appreciation for wine, World Class Wines submitted a house that came complete with gingerbread wine bottles! A thatched roof made of crackers showcased their creative use of materials. We loved the frosting dripping down the walls like snow and the monogrammed door.
Step It Up Studios designed a great themed house which matched the interior décor of a dance studio perfectly. The glittery dancing shoes lining the rooftop embodied the ballroom dancing theme of the display. We especially liked the shoe on the front door and all the gingerbread dancers scattered about.
This interpretation was not so much a house but it was impressive nonetheless. This jewelry box gingerbread creation, submitted by Accessories from the Heart, was full of lively color and varying textures. The craftsmanship shown in this entry was beyond explanation!
This house did not employ typical garnishes for gingerbread houses. From chickpeas to beans and stuffed olives to tortilla chips, this entry offered nontraditional savory embellishments that added to the personal flavor of the house submitted by Oilerie Lake Oswego.
A replica of the Gemini Bar & Grille, this design added a taxi to transport the gingerbread men home after they’d had too much milk.
We loved checking out all of the houses and hope to return next year. For more information on the 2011 Holiday Houses of Lake Oswego contest, or to view a map of the contenders visit http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/parksrec/PDFS/main_2011Gingerbread.pdf
Happy Holidays from the PEMCO Brand Ambassadors!