Decorating the kitchen with a small Christmas tree adds an extra bit of holiday cheer to your home. To continue my gingerbread theme this year, I made mini gingerbread houses and tiny stars for the ornaments and strung fresh cranberries as a garland. To finish it all off, I used thick red and white twine for a contrasting garland.

Before baking the gingerbread houses and stars, poke holes for hanging. (I like to use the tip of a cake decorating tip to press out a tiny circle. Once baked, cool, assemble, and attach string for hanging.


You can find my recipe for gingerbread here.

This mini gingerbread cookie cutter works really well for making the ornaments I baked for the tree.

I use melted white candy melts for the “glue” on my gingerbread houses.

You can find more of my holiday gingerbread projects herehere and here. And one of my biggest gingerbread inspirations here.

Note: If you live in or near Spokane, Washington, I highly recommend shopping local and purchasing your baking equipment and supplies from Carolyn’s Cake & Candy Supplies.  If not in this area, the affiliate links to the supplies linked above will take you to Amazon.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.