My daughter's birthday is in December, so I wanted a Christmassy theme for the party. So I thought that the gingerbread house from the story Hansel and Gretel would tie it perfectly to Christmas. I chose red and white inspired by peppermints. I wanted to have a "life sized " gingerbread house so the children could eat straight from the house just like the story. My husband went to Home Depot and got thin boards of compressed wood and built me a house about 6 feet tall, 4 feet wide and 1 1/2 feet deep. He also bought a product called Great Stuff , a product that foams and expands as it comes out of the can, and then it hardens. We sprayed it to the roof of the house, it looked just like icing, then we sprayed it pink, loved it! I glued candies and cookies to the walls of the house with icing. I mde giant lollipops out of styrofoam that was also bought at Home Depot. I used Christmas lights under faux snow, it looked so festive! I made a peppermint walkway out of card board and hot-glued it to the floor (it peeled right off!) I also made topiaries out of lollipops and gumdrops, and peppermint christmas tree. Oriental Trading had the perfect gingerbread man party supplies and The Christmas Tree shop had a gingerbread house that I used for center pieces and filled it with swirly lollipops; they also had the gingerbread man mugs which I used as a party favor. Idressed my daughter in a German outfit and braided her hair, she was the cutest Gretel. The children loved this party, especially because they got to eat candy straight from the gingerbread house. It was a great success!