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Since I’m sure many of you are (or are soon to be) elbow deep in flour and sprinkles making cookies for friends and Santa, I’m sure our recap of our second annual Gingerbread Barn Building competition comes at the right time! This year, we saw twice as many people come out to build the sweetest barns below the Mason-Dixon and the competition was fierce, y’all. Thankfully, we had the great pleasure of meeting Anna Kirby, who was on hand to document the festivities.

We gathered at The Carolina Inn, where our good friends Heidi and Melissa had set up a hot chocolate and cookie station for us. Readers, friends and vendors came rolling in with their best holiday aprons and then got to work brainstorming the best barn concept.

In addition to the Carolina Inn, we loved partnering with Hammond’s Candies again for this event! They gave us plenty of peppermint, green and red candies, chocolate-filled delectables and giant candy canes to build with. The Southern Weddings ladies may or may not have stolen a piece or two from the candy table at multiple times during the night.

All of our contestants were so creative. The only limitations we put in place were that the barn has to be confined to the plates we gave them and that all of it has to be edible. With those two things in mind, our competitors took off with their ideas! We saw everything from barns with wedding ceremonies inside to plantations with cows and windmills!

We also had a ton of fun showing off V5, especially because some of our guests were vendors who contributed to the issue.

At the end of the night, we had to give the first place prize to the ladies who dreamed up this next creation: a gingerbread plantation with a barn, windmill, cow pasture (with little footprints!) and silo. They even had one of the cows breaking through the fence! Too cute.

We want to give a giant thanks again to our event sponsors, The Carolina Inn, Hammond’s Candies and Anna Kirby and to everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us. Spending time with our readers is always one of our favorite things to do (especially when accompanied by sweets and hot chocolate).

Happy Holidays, y’all!

Anna Kirby is a member of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Anna Kirby reply

    It was a blast, thanks girls!!

  2. avatar Dee Shore reply

    It was so much fun being part of this event on Ustream! The winning house was a delicious masterpiece lol. Did anyone ended up eating their houses?

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Yay! We’re so glad you tuned in, Dee! A lot of people brought theirs home to eat (always my favorite part), but a few people chose to leave theirs behind because they didn’t think the barns would survive the bumpy car ride home!

  3. avatar Kathryn reply

    I love the intense photo of my SIL placing our roof! And of course I like the photo of my candy designs ready to decorate the barn. Everything looks so pretty, and we had a great time building our barn! Thank you for letting us participate!

  4. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    This was such a fun night, and there were so many creative barns! I love seeing the pictures too! Thanks for having us :)

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Now that December (and therefore all Christmas-related things!) is only a few days away, the holidays are at the forefront of our minds. We’re ready for another fierce competition of the South’s Gingerbread Barn Building finest. Want to be one of them? RSVP today! Just want to hang with the SW gals and build a barn full of sweets that you’ll tear down and eat the next day? This event is for you, too!

We’re really excited that The Carolina Inn and Hammond’s Candies is sponsoring this event again. Experience tells us that it’s a match made in holiday heaven! Anna Kirby will be joining us to catch all the magic, so come with your game face on!

So are you ready to join us for a night of sugar highs and Christmas cheer? Email me ([email protected]) with “Gingerbread Barn Building” in the subject line and tell me you’ll be there!

See y’all soon!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Amanda reply

    Can’t wait!!!!

  2. avatar anna dean reply

    so excited!!!

  3. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    I cannot wait! My best friend and I have been practicing our gingerbread cookie/barn decorating skills, and we’re so excited to see the fabulous candy we can use at the event!

  4. avatar Nicole reply

    Yay! Can’t wait to see all of y’all there! The box of goodies I opened up from Hammond’s today is amazing.

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Are y’all ready for this? It’s going to be a giant winner round-up today because we’ve been going nuts over giveaways lately!

Weren’t you just dying when you heard about our huge One Ocean Resort and Spa giveaway? We were giddy just announcing it! We love the idea of using this trip as a honeymoon, second honeymoon or getaway with the girls.

Huge congratulations go out to the lucky winner Whitney Lewis who won the three-night weekday stay at One Ocean Resort and Spa!

Floral Cotton sent us a box full of our favorite fluffy white bolls to play with and we couldn’t resist sharing the love with a giveaway! We asked you how you’d incorporate cotton into your big day.

Yahoo! Our big winner Audrey S. who said “I’d love to use the cotton on a kraft paper backer for our escort cards!” will receive 50 cotton bolls! In addition, lucky ducks Maggie and Lauren Ashley will receive 25 cotton bolls, each!

In celebration of our fourth birthday, we loaded the blog up on sugar! We asked you which marshmallow flavor spoke to your tummy the most for the chance to win $50 to 240sweet!

Congratulations to Rachel G. who said, “Happy birthday!! I like the sound of peppermint chip the most! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!” Thanks for the birthday wishes!

We can’t think of candy without thinking of Hammond’s Candies! We asked you what your favorite nostalgia candy is for the chance to win $50 to Hammond’s.

We’re excited for our winner, Anne L. who said, “Do pop rocks count as nostalgic candy? They are for me!”

Sweeteeth’s chocolate bars, bon bons and sauces will put your sweet tooth in heaven! We asked you which chocolate bar was your favorite.

Winner Megan said “Call of the wild chocolate sounds delish!”

No wedding is complete with out dessert! We love Courtney Dial Whitmore’s Push-Up Pops book for inspiration! We asked you which dessert is your favorite for the chance to win it.

Our winner, Kristy said “I would try strawberry shortcake for a push pop.” Sounds delicious!

Last but not least, we ended our birthday week with a giveaway with Candy Warehouse! You told us your favorite candy for the chance to win a $50 shopping spree with them.

Yeehaw! Our winner, Holly said “I love anything chocolate, especially those Lindt truffles.”

Congratulations again to our winners! Be on the lookout for an email from me soon!

Didn’t win this time? It’s okay, we’ve got many more giveaways lined up!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lauren Ashley reply

    Thank you!

  2. avatar Maggie reply

    Thank you for the cotton!!!!! I am soo excited to design with it!

  3. avatar Audrey S. reply

    Oh that is such great news!! Thank you guys so much!!

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