Gingerbread house parties bring holiday cheer on dreary December Sunday

Olive Hays treated herself to a chocolate kiss while decorating her gingerbread house with parents Rob and Robin of Prairie Village.
Olive Hays treated herself to a chocolate kiss while decorating her gingerbread house with parents Rob and Robin of Prairie Village.

If there’s ever been a more perfect day to hunker down and do some fun family holiday crafting, I sure haven’t seen it.

The Prairie Village Municipal Foundation on Sunday held its annual gingerbread house decorating parties at Brighton Gardens, an event that raises money for the foundation’s Youth Scholarship Activity Fund. The fund pays for tennis lessons, pool memberships and other summer activity fees for area kids who could participate without financial assistance.

As she does each year, Mely Ballard of Mely’s Yogurt and Ice Cream at Corinth Square baked the gingerbread from scratch and assembled the houses. Families who reserved space at the event, which sold out, got to decorate the houses with a wide array of colorful sugary fare.

Mely Ballard of Mely's Yogurt and Ice Cream bakes the gingerbread from scratch and builds the houses.
Mely Ballard of Mely’s Yogurt and Ice Cream bakes the gingerbread from scratch and builds the houses.
Phyllis Palmer and grandson Hayden Kelly, 8, engaged in some precision gumdrop placement.
Phyllis Palmer and grandson Hayden Kelly, 8, plotted some precision gumdrop placement.