For many years now I have made houses and invited friends over to decorate them. This tradition was originally started when my friend Ellen brought over houses and candy to let my boys make a house. They had so much fun that I continued the tradition in later years. Sometimes it was just for my boys, other times cousins were here and got to participate, and some years I made them for my husband’s team at work when we hosted that party. In fact, for one staff party I made an all time record number of houses – 18! This year’s party was friends and neighbors and only 8 houses were needed.