Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Safari Birthday Cookies

Recently friends of ours celebrated their son's first birthday with a jungle safari bash. The invitation was adorable, featuring the birthday boy driving a safari jeep with a slew of animals as his passengers. I recreated those scenes on his cookie party favors along with a few animal print ones.

And although he will probably only remember these cookies from the photos, I had a great time making them for such a precious little boy!

Happy Birthday C! xo

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pretty Peacock Cookies

Over the weekend I attended a bridal shower for a good friend. It was a wonderful event and the perfect weather didn't hurt either! The shower was held at a beautiful home complete with lilly gardens and even eight peacocks, which ended up being the theme of the afternoon. I happily brought along the favors, keeping in mind the theme. I ended up making half peacock cookies along with monogram accent cookies.

The peacocks ended up being some of my favorite cookies yet...

Thought I have no idea what "the real deal" thought of them. ;)

Congratulations TJS(R!) xoxo

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shades of Purple Bridal Shower

A few weeks ago I attended a wedding event for a very special friend of mine. It was a small gathering including some of our Alpha Phi sorority sisters and involved a purple-themed cocktail/dessert party and a monogram shower for the deserving bride-to-be.

Tiffany is having her bridesmaids choose their own dresses within a palette of purples so the hostesses ran with that as the theme for the night.

The evening's signature drink was a lavendar martini, orginially discovered at another sorority sister's bridal shower last year.

I was not about to pass up the opportunity to contribute a dessert or two to the shower. I made a few A-Phi and ruffle cookies in shades of purples to add to the table alongside chocolate cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese buttercream frosting.

At the bride's request, we gave the game we played at another friend's shower in February a second go. (This is my new favorite bridal shower game!)

The dessert table was so pretty and no detail was spared.

I love the "Monograms and Martinis" shower theme and always enjoy to see what creative gifts people come up with.

Of course my uber creative friend Kelly came up with the fun idea of personalized mason jars with chalkboard tops (we may need her to do a tutorial on these for us sometime soon!)

It was such a nice celebration in honor of one of my favorite people. Looking forward to TJS becomming TJSR in August!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Engagement Party

One of these days I am going to dig up photos from our engagement party in December of 2006 to share with you. It was before I knew what blogs were and long before Pinterest, so my mom and I were just able to use our own creativity and have fun puling together our ideas for the affair. It was such a fun night that I will always remember...the first "event" of our wedding.

Whenever I hear about engagement parties, my first thought always goes to my own. Knowing full well how special they are, I was happy to have the chance to make cookies for one a while back. For this one we decided on rings, champagne flutes and monogram cookies in a "peacock" palette.

Hopefully the newly engaged couple loved them.

Thank you Amanda!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

All in the Family (of Cookies)

A few months ago (yes that is how behind I am on this blog) a friend of mine asked me to make cookies to bring to a family she was going to visit in Florida over Spring Break. We decided to do a few cookies for every member in the family and the eclectic mix that came together as a result still amuses me. :)

We included a few for the birthday being celebrated during the visit.

We did fun cocktails in honor of the reunion/vacation...

And of course we made a couple of special treats for the lady of the house.

It was a house full of New York sports fans...

The youngest member of the family has a love for UPS (even dressing up as a delivery person last Halloween!)

Needless to say there was something for everyone! I loved seeing it all come together.

Thank you Ana!

Boys Will Be Boys

Every once in a while someone asks me to do a cookie I don't know all that much about. And you know what? Sometimes I enjoy making those very cookies the most.

The first set that comes to mind in the "out of the box" cookies is a set of WWF cookies I made for a big match in April. One of the nicest moms I know ordered them for her twenty-eight year old son who was hosting his friends for the big event. Not sure what he thought when his mom dropped these off, but at least she was thrilled. :)

And then one of my favorite people ordered these skateboarding cookies for her son's birthday party. The best part about these was that my friend's husband ended up enjoying them as much as her son did!

So thank you Mary and Jen for bringing new challenges to the table...and for educating me on things that I was clearly missing out on. If your guys ever need to be taught what Lilly is in return, please feel free to send them my way! ;)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GNO Cookies

I love a good GNO (translation: Girls Night Out.) And now that my girlfriends are spread out in their locations and stages of life, those nights are both rare and treasured. Recently a friend asked me to make a dozen "girly" cookies to bring to a GNO at a new friend's home. She thought the cookies would add a fun, personalized touch to the gathering and I loved her ideas. She decided on a name cookie for the hostess, dresses, nail polish, lips & lipstick, flowers, shoes and purses. Much more of a conversation starter than a typical hostess gift, right?

Sadly once in a while I forget to photograph cookies with anything other than my cell phone...this was one of those times. Hopefully you can still get the idea.

Thank you Jennifer!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tween Trifecta : Twilight, Hunger Games & Harry Potter Cookies

Growing up, my parents referred to some of my TV show choices as "mindless television." Sure it was true, but I enjoyed those shows (and have a few "mindless television" favorites these days too.) It's also no secret that I am not ashamed to enjoy books found in the "Young Adult" section from time to time. They go in the "mindless reading" category and sometimes there is really nothing better.

It started with the Twilight series...

Then it was Hunger Games...

And though I have never read the Harry Potter series, it was only a matter of time until I was asked to make those books come to life in cookie form:

I knew NOTHING about HP but with the help of Google, I learned what the "Hufflepuff Crest" was, what "house colors" were and also a few key symbols from the books (owl, lightning bolt, Hogwart uniforms, etc.)

And while I don't think I will be diving into the actual books any time soon, I know how many fans there are out there so I loved creating the cookies. Thank you Mina!

Wishing you all a great weekend. Now on to Divergent cookies... :)