A recipe for a highly entertaining Sunday afternoon: In the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental, mix a boatload of kids hopped up on sugar with some super-competitive parents, stir in some local chefs and celebrities, and give them an hour in which to decorate a gingerbread house.
The Home for Little Wanderers’ ninth annual Gingerbread Competition (which The Improper was proud to sponsor) kicked off their yearly Big Wishes Gift Drive, and as always, it was a highly festive affair. Present and accounted for: the super-generous Farrington family (all in matching aprons), teal-eyed stunner Julie-Hume Gordon, peerless party girl Laura Baldini, latter-day Farrah Fawcett Dianna Reza, banking heartthrob Rick Musiol, Back Bay babes Christy Cashman and Mahsa Noble, gorgeous blonde Sofia Ostrer, radio blabbermouth David O’Leary, WCVB beauties Shayna Seymour and Rhondella Richardson, CEO Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Channel 7 hotties Erica McDermott and Kimberly Bookman, first lady of Red Sox Nation Linda Pizzuti Henry, all the major league franchises’ mascots, more adorable little humans than you could shake a shillelagh at, and one woman who said, “If you put this gingerbread house on the market in Back Bay, I’ll bet you could get more than $10 million for it.”
The competition was undeniably fierce, but the afternoon’s big winners were the amusingly named Team Sweet Tarts, who took first place for best (ab)use of candy. The afternoon’s snarkiest exchange, meanwhile: When one guest said, “My husband is still in bed,” a friend said, “Oh. With whom?” ◆
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