Monday, April 25, 2011

My Cookies Make Their Professional Debut

Yes, you heard right. I had my first actual order recently. Like, GIANT cookie order, and I got PAID for it. It was such a different experience, and so exciting! So here's the scoop: We have a family friend, Krista, who works for JMS Industries, which is a company that provides portable toilets for special events. Well, they were having a ribbon cutting ceremony, and Krista came to me and asked if I'd make portable toilet cookies as favors for the event! I cut and decorated 75 cookies for the event, the biggest batch I've ever done. It was a lot of work, but I planned it out better than I usually do and made sure to make extra time for them (I didn't have much room for error, it's not like it was just my family eating them), and they turned out pretty cool! I've never seen port-a-potty cookies before (believe me, I tried searching them on the internet)!

Ta-da! Here it is! These were actually a lot of fun to make, regardless of the amount and the pressure of doing them for a professional event. All the hard work paid off though, I'm told the cookies were a HUGE hit! I'm so glad to get such positive feedback from such an unbiased source!

Thank you Krista, for thinking of me and letting me contribute to your event!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mom's Birthday Dessert Table!

These days, it seems like themed parties is becoming all the rage, especially with dessert tables. They're ALL over the internet. And they are SO. DARN. CUTE. I don't know if you've seen any personally, but there are so many cute and inspirational party idea blogs out there. Kara's Party Ideas and Gordon Gossip are my personal favorites. I highly recommend you check them out. I'll be very surprised if you don't spend hours obsessing over them. =) On that note, I decided to give a dessert table a try. We had a small get-together for my mom's "22nd" birthday, and I drew inspiration to do a pink and green theme from this super cute birthday banner my mom made, you can check it out here. So this is my dessert table I put together: It's not a lot, but it was so much fun to put together. And after all, it was only family and a few friends, it's not like I needed to provide a feast (thank goodness). It came together quite nicely, if I say so myself. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. I made my usual cookies, white, pink and green flowers: I also made a cake at work. We got new fondant dots and gumpaste bows at work, and they made a SUPER cute little cake. The bow isn't edible, but the fondant dots are, and although I didn't expect them to taste very good (I'm not a fondant fan), they actually didn't taste bad at all!

I made some chocolate covered Oreos. Making these was SO much easier than I anticipated! You just buy some Wiltons candy melts and melt those bad boys down, dip the cookies, and BAM! You have chocoalte covered Oreos. Then you just melt down some colored candy melts and drizzle them on the dried cookies. So simple!

And finally, I made cute little lemonade bottles. We emptied A BUNCH of Starbucks Frappuccino bottles for these (24 bottles of coffee in 4 days? No problem!) and made super cute wrappers for them. Then we filled them with pink lemonade and topped it off with pink and green straws and bows for the ultimate cuteness.

It all turned out quite cute, and was quite a hit! I totally recommend doing this for a birthday party or shindig, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser. It's an effort, but totally worth it in the end!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Ashton!

Hey all, I know I've been slacking. Not to worry, I have a good 2 or 3 posts lined up for you in the near future. The first is the train cookies I made for my cousin Ashton's first birthday. They're made with my usual cookie and icing recipe, and the design is pretty simple. They went really well with his primary color train themed party! And here they are, all set up on their little plates (really cute setup, isn't it?)! Initially I wan't thrilled with the turnout, because they're a bit plain compared to my other cookies, but they were pretty popular at the party. Not my favorite work, but they did grow on me in the end.
I loved the way the colors turned out on these cookies. And although he didn't get to eat one, the birthday boy liked looking at them, too. Isn't he the cutest little conductor you've ever seen?