The holidays are here and for many of us that means it’s time to enjoy some treasured annual traditions. Hang a wreath on the front door, light a fire while decorating the tree and deck the halls – but do it your way.

Did you know that you can create a fun holiday tradition simply by taking your own personal style and using it to make a holiday statement that’s memorable for years to come using a classic holiday treat – the iconic gingerbread house, for instance.

Metro Gingerbread

Each Christmas one of my good friends holds an annual Gingerbread Party on the first or second weekend in December. This party brings together a group of girlfriends for an evening of fun, girly drinks, laughter and conversation. It is a festive kick-off to the holiday season as we decorate gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. Some of the creations being more traditional. While others being a little more R-rated.

Do you have any holiday traditions with your friends that you look forward to each year? 

Perhaps you too could start the tradition of  hosting a Gingerbread Party.


Kimberley Sheldon has partnered with Metro to help you create the ultimate gingerbread house based on your personal décor tastes – whether you are a traditionalist, modernist, or prefer an elegant style. Here are some tips to get you started:

The Traditionalist

Metro Traditional Gingerbread House

The traditionalist loves incorporating the memories of Christmas past to forge a connection with family gatherings of days gone by. She relies on classic colour combinations, ornaments used for generations and traditional decorating touches.

Gingerbread House Tips and Tricks

  1. Classic colour combinations like red and green for the holidays. Use peppermint pinwheels to create this look.
  2. Choose symmetrical accents for the exterior of your house such as white chocolate coated pretzels
  3. The traditionalist looks for classic patterns like plaid and stripes.  For your gingerbread home try candy canes
  4. Create classic, round wreath with red and green coated chocolate candies
  5. Don’t forget your curb appeal – decorate your front door with traditional or rural elements such as a door mat using a chocolate mint square
  6. Create a winter wonderland by covering the base of your house in shredded coconut
  7. Emphasize the height of spaces. Draw the eye upwards with vertical elements such as columns made of peppermint sticks


  • Gum drops
  • Irresistibles peppermints Coated chocolate candies Shredded coconut Chocolate mints
  • Peppermint hard candy sticks
  • White chocolate covered pretzels

The Modernist

Metro Modern Gingerbread 3

The modernist loves making a statement with simple graphics and uncomplicated details. She relies on neutral colour combinations, minimal ornaments and non-traditional decorating touches for her gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House Tips and Tricks

  1. Contemporary colour combinations such as monochromatic neutrals or dramatic black and white make a modern statement. Try white and black licorice allsorts for a bold statement
  2. To minimize patterns but add texture, marry rough surfaces such as chocolate cookie crumbs with smooth shiny surfaces like icing
  3. A black jelly bean cut in half makes a handsome door knob
  4. A large white marshmallow surrounded by black and white accents adds a clean look to a classic wreath
  5. Chocolate-coated mints create a sleek, modern rooftop


  • Licorice allsorts
  • Irresistibles black licorice
  • Irresistibles large and small marshmallows
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs
  • Chocolate mints
  • Black licorice had candy sticks
  • Black and white jelly beans

Classic Elegance

Metro Elegant Gingerbread 2

You love to make a splash and get noticed. While this style preference works with traditional or contemporary styles, in both cases, the common denominator is elegance.

Gingerbread House Tips and Tricks

  1. Dynamic colour combinations that feature plenty of bling or gold and silver
  2. Outline your doors and windows in white icing
  3. Use gold candy balls to create a classic round wreaths with glamour
  4. Use white chocolate pretzels to mimic lattice ribbons on the side of your home
  5. Line your walkway with silver candy balls to create a grand entrance
  6. Crystal sand sugar coating will create a shimmering roof top


  • White sanding sugar
  • Gold and silver dragees (small candy balls)
  • Chocolates wrapped in gold wrappers
  • White chocolate covered pretzels

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Compensation has been received in exchange for the post. All opinions are those of my own.

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