8. Make your royal icing the day of the party. Royal icing is not something you want to make ahead of time when dealing with gingerbread houses. The longer it sits, the softer it becomes and doesn't do a good job of holding onto the candy. You can make it about an hour before your party, and then put it into the decorating bags. Just cover the tips with a damp towel to keep the icing from drying out.
4. Decorate your home. The atmosphere should be all about Christmas, so make sure you put up your Christmas decorations. I also like to play Christmas music in the background. I've actually had guests join in and sing while decorating!
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