6th annual gingerbread house decorating parties raise funds for Prairie Village Youth Scholarship Activity Fund

Teni Oyetunji, 3, was all smiles as she decorated her gingerbread house with the help of her mother Kiki.
Teni Oyetunji, 3, was all smiles as she decorated her gingerbread house with the help of her mother Kiki.

Keegan Barton, 8, had some excellent help decorating her holiday gingerbread house on Sunday.

On her right sat one grandmother, Carrie Fraker, who had traveled to Prairie Village from Vassar, Kan., that morning. On her left sat her other grandmother, Kitty Barton, of Prairie Village.

“We just thought this would be a fun grandmother activity for everyone,” said Fraker as Keegan used bright white icing to afix square pretzels to the house’s roof. “We had lunch at the Classic Cup, and now we’re here having a great time.”

The Fraker-Barton clan was one of dozens of families who gathered at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village Sunday for the annual Gingerbread House Decorating Parties, which raises money for the Prairie Village Youth Scholarship Activity Fund. The fund helps provide tuition and fees for activities like pool memberships and tennis lessons for Prairie Village families who couldn’t afford them otherwise.

As she has since the event started six years ago, Mely Ballard, of Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream at Corinth Square, baked and assembled the houses from scratch. This year she made 71.

“It’s always so much fun to see all the families,” Ballard said.

More than 170 people participated in this year’s parties, raising approximately $1,500 for the scholarship fund. Last year, the scholarships went to fund activities for 11 Prairie Village households.

Carrie Fraker helped granddaughter Keegan Barton adorn her house with a roof of pretzels.
Carrie Fraker helped granddaughter Keegan Barton adorn her house with a roof of pretzels.
Mely Ballard bakes and assembles the gingerbread houses for the party.
Mely Ballard bakes and assembles the gingerbread houses for the party.