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Wedding Bells September 16, 2016

Filed under: Brides & Babies,Cookies — idreamofparties @ 7:27 pm

A friend saw one of my Facebook posts a few months ago with cookies for a destination wedding and reached out to see if I’d be open to making cookies for her niece’s wedding in September.  Last weekend I delivered 100 cookies for her bridal shower.  The destination for this wedding is a winery in central Washington so they wanted shower cookies to coordinate.  I wasn’t able to find wine barrels but these engagement rings, fluffy white wedding dresses and wine glasses were perfect for the shower.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Duffy!

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Destination Wedding July 22, 2016

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Seattle can be glorious in the summer.  There is really nothing better than a sunny 85 degree summer day with the mountains in full view and the lush green trees everywhere.

Our former nanny who is now like a family member returned this summer to help look after the kids and act as their entertainer, cook, mediator, chauffer, and playmate.  We’re thrilled to have her back even if it’s just for the summer.  Anyway, her youngest sister A is about to get married this weekend and her mom asked if I’d be able to make cookies for the occasion.

The wedding is taking place near east of the mountains about 2 hrs from Seattle making this somewhat of a destination wedding. For those guests who are staying in the lodges at the wedding venue they will receive a thoughtful amenity bag in their rooms.  I haven’t actually seen the bags myself but I heard they might include things like local snacks, beer, wine, and other goodies.  They’ll also include my cookies!

I used a simple triangle cookie cutter to make these snow capped mountain cookies to coordinate with the wedding.

Can’t wait to hear all about the wedding! Congratulations Ann and Josh!

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Keep it classy with PBR & Ding Dongs June 27, 2016

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My sister and I are a little alike but really more different.  At her house warming party last year she served Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs and PBR on a cake plateau made of red solo cups and plates.  I had no words for this.  I just had to giggle at how different we are when it comes to parties.  My sister can casually toss together fun in no time while I on the other hand plan and plan and sketch and test and arrange and rearrange until I’m a complete tense mess.

This weekend I had the honor of co-hosting a couples bbq / shower / belated engagement to celebrate my sister and her fiancé’s upcoming marriage.  The theme of the bbq was PBR because the PBR beer label was fun inspiration and since 4th of July is just a week away the decorations are easy to come by and I can get multiple uses out of them for Memorial Day, Fourth or July, and any other summer gatherings.

Sharing a few of my favorite party photos from the bbq.  Special thanks to Design Perfect Catering in Redmond, WA and Dianne’s Delights in Seattle, WA.  And extra special thanks to my neighbor Erin who lent me her beverage dispenser and helped guide me to make the cloth garland.

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Rustic Chic Bridal Shower Cookies March 24, 2016

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Last week family friend Heide reached out and asked if I could make some cookies for a bridal shower she’s hosting for her cousin.  This was no ordinary request for a few reasons 1) she needs them for Saturday! (two days from now) and 2) she needs 50! (3 dozen is normally my max because let’s face it I’m really just a Program Manager and mom who dabbles in cookies in her free time.  My hand is not strong enough to pipe more than 36 cookies in one sitting.

The wedding invitation was the inspiration for these cookies.  The wedding will take place in Oklahoma in May and the invitation design has these sweet little canning jars with lights strung across them.  I immediately knew I wanted to use my canning jar cookie cutter for these.  To add a little something simple I tied jute twine around the actual cookie like you would a canning jar.  For the hang tag I went a little fancy with a scalloped circle, a monogrammed stamp and then added some pale cream ribbon, white lace, and a row of bling. I’m so happy with how these turned out.  Simple rustic chic is what I think of when I look at these cookies.

Congratulations to the bride!

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A 1st Birthday March 17, 2016

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I’ve been making cookies for E from my office for a couple of years now.  Last spring I made cookies for a last minute baby shower in the hospital when she wanted to do something nice for her sister in law who was going on bedrest unexpectedly.  This week she wanted cookies to mark the first birthday of her sweet niece.

Ds and 1s in pink, yellow and purple were the theme of these cookies.

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Say I Do! October 14, 2015

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A former co-worker asked me if I’d be willing to make some type of cookie for a bridal shower she’s throwing this weekend.  She said the shape and color was completely up to me (those are my favorite requests btw).  So I came up with these engagement ring cookies which are fairly simple on their own but when packaged and tied with these bling-y little rings and strips of rhinestones they look pretty fancy.

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PSA: CK Royal Icing March 6, 2015

Filed under: Brides & Babies,Cookies — idreamofparties @ 7:17 am

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As I approach the 2 year anniversary of my cookie decorating obsession and hobby, I think I’ve finally tackled my fear of royal icing.  Back in January I attended a party planning conference in Arizona and was fortunate to sit next to a sweet cookier The Cookie Fairy from Austin, Texas.  We shared our love of baking cookies and I confessed to her that as much as I love to decorate cookies I do not have a fool proof royal icing.  I cease up in fear every time someone asks for cookies that can be plated because a plate of cookies means I need to be able to stack them ie requires hard frosting so the decorations aren’t ruined.  The Cookie Fairy asked which recipes and mixes I’ve tried and then calmly smiled and said “I think I have your fix”.  She suggested two alternatives to the Wilton meringue powder recipes I’ve been trying. One of them was CK Royal Icing.  As soon as I got back to my hotel room I placed and order for this CK Royal Icing mix.

Last night as I sat down to decorate cookies for a friend who’s hosting a baby shower this weekend I decided to try out the CK Royal Icing mix and I’m hooked!  I still have some work to do on creating a smooth finish but that will come with practice.  For this request I was able to decorate 2 dozen baby girl shower cookies that each hardened just enough to allow me to stack on a platter.  I was able to create both outline and flow icing and decorate fairly easily.  I’m so happy that I met The Cookie Fairy and opened up to share my fear of royal icing with her.  I can’t wait for my friend to see her cookies in person.  I know these are going to be the hit of the table!

So, cookie friends, I come to you today with this Public Service Announcement.  If you too struggle with royal icing, stop what you’re doing and order CK Royal Icing and give it a try.  If it worked for me, it could possibly work for you too.