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You Can Eat Dinner Inside of a Giant Gingerbread House This Season

Decorating a gingerbread house is one of those fond childhood memories that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside. Whether you start from scratch with graham crackers or buy the pre-assembled version, it doesn’t get better than making candy cane archways and icing-covered rooftops. Well, this holiday season there’s a gingerbread house in Arizona that will blow your mind. The Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ recently unveiled an 18-foot-tall gingerbread chalet in the lobby area — and the best part is, you can have dinner inside of it.

Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione created the gingerbread palace, according to the resort’s Facebook page, and it accommodates private three- or four-course dining for up to six people for a $150 fee, plus meal costs. Director of Operations Brian McHugh handmade the dining table, which sits in front of a cozy (working!) fireplace inside of a room adorned with gingerbread cookie designs.

This gingerbread house is made of lots (and we mean lots) of sugar and spice and everything nice. To be exact: 856 pounds of sugar, 400 pounds of honey, 350 pounds of flour, 100 pounds of ginger powder, 250 eggs, 50 pounds of cinnamon and 10 pounds of nutmeg.

If you aren’t in Arizona this holiday season, luckily you have another chance to visit a giant gingerbread creation at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL. But note: There’s no dining in this house. It’s made from 1,200 gingerbread bricks, 294 pounds of honey and 60,000 pieces of candy, among other delicious ingredients. According to the resort’s Facebook page, it took more than 1,000 hours of work to complete the project. We can only imagine the delicious smell of spices wafting through the hotel lobby.

Are you planning to dine inside of the Ritz’s gingerbread house this season? Tweet us @britandco!

(Photos via Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)