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If you’d like to try a nontraditional twist on gingerbread house decorating, consider throwing a “Gingerbread Pancake Decorating Breakfast,” as blogger Kristi Murphy did. Set a simple decorating theme—such as black, white and red, with accents of evergreen—and mix in some cozy elements. Since it’s a morning event, you can keep things casual; encourage guests to come in their pajamas. Pick up a gingerbread pancake mix at the grocery or prepare your own recipe. Serve up a steady flow of warm pancakes, some in standard circular shapes and others shaped like trees or jolly gingerbread men. Provide guests with a range of tasty toppings, including salted caramel and chocolate sauces, maple syrup, sprinkles, powdered sugar, preserves and whipped cream, so they can customize their cakes before digging in.