A holiday tradition that helps Prairie Village families, annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party moves to Corinth

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The Prairie Village Foundation’s annual Gingerbread House Decorating Parties outgrew their original home this year.

Since the popular event started back in 2009, it had been held at the Brighton Gardens senior living community. But as demand for spaces increased over the years, organizers were having a harder time fitting patrons into the Brighton Gardens living room. This year, the foundation moved the event from Brighton Gardens to Corinth Elementary.

On Sunday, hundreds of moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and kids packed into the school’s cafeteria to adorn gingerbread houses — baked up and donated as always by Mely Ballard of Mely’s Ice Yogurt & Ice Cream — with icing and colorful candies.

Proceeds from the event go toward the foundation’s efforts to fund summer activities fees for families who could not afford them otherwise. Thanks to the foundation’s financial support, dozens of Prairie Village youth have been able to enjoy things like pool memberships and tennis lessons that they wouldn’t have been able to without financial assistance.

Foundation boosters Cindy Jarvis (from left), Mely Ballard and Marcia Jacobs chatted during Sunday's festivities.
Foundation boosters Cindy Jarvis (from left), Mely Ballard and Marcia Jacobs chatted during Sunday’s festivities.
Decorators got to enjoy an arrangement of Christmas tunes in tuba and banjo.
Decorators got to enjoy an arrangement of Christmas tunes in tuba and banjo.
The event was moved to Corinth Elementary to accommodate a larger crowd.
The event was moved to Corinth Elementary to accommodate a larger crowd.