Attend the Fun Gingerbread Brunch
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Photo by Steve Snodgrass

‘Tis the season for making joyous holiday decorations, and Hampshire House invites you and your family to get creative at the annual Gingerbread Brunch. This fun event takes place at our historic mansion on Beacon Hill, and tickets include a delicious brunch from our fine menu. Each person attending the brunch receives everything needed to design and build a unique gingerbread house.

Brunches are held each Sunday in December, (the 3rd, 10th, 17th) before the Christmas holiday. Two brunches are held on the same day (11:00 AM and 1:30 PM), making it easier to carve time out of your busy schedule to relax and enjoy working on a seasonal craft project with loved ones. For more information, please check our special events section for announcements.

Brunch Menu for Kids

Children are always excited to go to an event where they get to eat and participate in an art project. At Hampshire House, kids get their own Gingerbread Brunch menu that includes kid-friendly selections of familiar comfort food. They can enjoy breakfast favorites such as eggs, toast, and sausage. Or, perhaps they’d prefer chicken fingers with a side of home fries. Whatever they choose, they can wash it all down with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, cranberry juice, or pink grapefruit juice.

Brunch Menu for Adults

The adult menu is quite extensive and features numerous appetizer and entrée options. Indulge in servings of cinnamon brioche French toast with a raspberry cream cheese stuffing, drizzled with warm maple syrup. Or select Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit, a dollop of whipped cream, and drizzled syrup. Eggs Benedict is a brunch winner, and the classic omelet with cheddar cheese, ham, peppers, and onions is always a brunch favorite. These are just a few of the entrees you can enjoy along with fresh bagels, muffins, salad fixings, and your choice of coffee or tea.

Designing a Gingerbread House

All gingerbread houses start from a place of inspiration, and your design starts with a spark of an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere, including books, movies, and magazines. Use your own home, or someone else’s home you admire as a blueprint. Strolling through the historic Beacon Hill area is also a great way to form a basic design plan. Sometimes ‘winging it’ is the best plan of all, and you’ll have a wonderful time creating each part of your house as you build it. There’s no right or wrong way to create a gingerbread house. There’s just your way, and as the main designer, you can be as creative as you wish.

Delicious Decorating Tools

Every gingerbread home builder needs the proper tools of the trade, and at the brunch, you’ll receive a plain pre-baked gingerbread house to decorate. Additionally, you’ll have access to plenty of sweet decorating supplies. Each table is supplied with a generous amount of white icing to use as bonding material and as a decorative accent. Choose an array of candies in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and go to town gluing them onto your house using the supplied icing.

As you work with your candy materials, you may decide to eat a few pieces here and there, and that’s fine. This is a tantalizing task, and all materials are edible, so eating a candy cane or gumdrop is A-OK.