Even though they aren't Razorback cookies, I really liked doing these. The tiger was a fun challenge and I was excited that it turned out like I envisioned. Sometimes sets are my favorite because they are pretty....and sometimes because I learned a new skill. Another reason I loved this set...I had the icing consistency perfect. Love it when that happens!
Grayson loves decorating cookies. She always wants my leftover icing and cookies to decorate herself. So when the time came to pick a theme for her birthday party it was a no-brainer. Even though it was a similar theme to her Cupcake Decorating Party a few years ago....
Here's what her invitation looked like...
To prepare for the party I made a set of six cookies for each child to decorate...with lots of icing and sprinkles and toppings. I set up the party table with parchment paper as the table cover. Each child had a 1/4 baking sheet and a practice sheet to get used to using the icing on. I filled several icing bags full of each color and put them in mason jars for easy reach...and to be cute. I found mini mason jars that are sat/pepper shakes and used those to put the sprinkles in. They were perfect because they kept the flow slow, which is good when kids are shaking them! For their boo-boo sticks I used some cute cocktail toothpicks. I also found some cute colored towels to use as their damp towel. The larger sprinkles/toppings I put in mini mason jars with mini spoons. (trying to encourage the least amount of cross-contamination as possible!)
The paper decorations for the party are all from Wal-Mart believe it or not! I fashioned the cookies I made for party treats after the colors and animal print pattern.
For the food bar I filled several jars with different kinds of cookies (all store bought). I also filled a big jar with cookie cutters. I made the cupcakes from a box and topped with homemade buttercream icing.
Here are the kids getting the feel of piping...
The happy Birthday Girl with her newly pierced ears!
Singing to our girl...
We are so lucky to have so many cousins living close to us. Grayson tells me she wants a sister...and I'm quick to remind her that she has 2 little girl cousins that live in the same town. Not to mention LOTS of boys to torment them! So sweet!
Each child took home a bakery box of thier cookies with an initial cookie cutter tied on, as well as their baking sheet. It turned out to be a really fun party. Even some of the moms tried their hand at decorating!
Here are some close ups of the baking themed cookies I made...
One thing that's nice about kids getting older...they like laid back birthday parties. Boys anyway. Maddox just had a couple of his swimming & class best friends over for a movie and sleepover (or not sleeping-over). I was glad he kept it simple....just the right amount to play xbox and no one be left out. And the other thing nice about boys getting older....they don't chase each other around the house with swords or nerf guns anymore! That's good for my nerves!
The only preparation that had to be done was making cookies and buying lots of junk food. Oh and I ordered pizza. His cookies were pretty time consuming, but he was very apprciative. All that time definitely worth the hugs.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies:
Now, let's talk about the fact that Maddox is 12. Insane. He probably grew 3-4" just this summer. He's just almost as tall as me...passed all his grandmas this summer. He's now wearing men's clothing and shoes. He is doing great with his swimming, just moved up to the next group. This should be a really good year for him at the top of his age group. He just started 6th grade, last year in middle school. He has been so sweet and thankful lately. Always wanting to give you a hug. And he's so freakin' cute. ;)
Today I thought I'd share a couple of orders from earlier this year. Fruit was the theme of birthday parties this particular week! That's part of the fun of making cookies for people...I get to see all the different party ideas. I love to have an invitation or paper products to use as inspiration. I've always been a big theme person. I love for people to have themes, ha! Now I get to make their themes come to life in the form of cookies!
I love how cheerful both of these sets are. The lemon set is still one of my favorites. So clean and happy.
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Manly and Cookies really don't seem to be two words that go together. But, I think I managed to make this set pretty manly! Chad's birthday is today....the big 41! While he was taking a nap on the couch (with Nascar blaring) I decorated him a few cookies. (I flooded the background white the night before in preparation.)
I googled a few silhoutte pictures of his favorite things, printed them, and then put each one in my KopyKake. I love my KopyKake. (I have the 300, but only see the 1000 on Amazon) I find it therapeutic to sit and trace the outline with icing. Kinda reminds me of cutting out letters from templates back before digital cutting machines!
Here are Chad's MANLY Birthday Cookies:
I'm really new to the cookie making community. It reminds me SO MUCH of how scrapbooking was back 'in the day'. In my quest for knowledge I came across a neat site...Cookie Connection. It's a message board and gallery website for cookie decorators, created by Julia Usher.
I'm mostly a lurker. My cookies, although impressive to my family and friends, are still a work in progress. Mine are primarily 'inspired by' other cookie artists.
When I had a set though that I felt like I made without outside 'inspiration' I posted them on Cookie Connection. And the cool thing....they were a hot item! They were part of the 'Day's Hottest Cookies' the 'Week's Hottest Cookies' and now the 'Month's Hottest Cookies'!
Even cooler...they were featured in the site owner's 'Best of....' spotlight! And she used my cookie photo in her post header!
Mine were chosen for 'Top Cookies on a Stick'! Here's the full post.
This was definitly an encouraging accomplishment!
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Now onto the cookies...
I have a new favorite set!;) Really loved working on this set of Under the Sea Creatures for Baby 'R'. I mean how could you not love working with these colors and faces??
Cookies on a stick make great centerpieces or add a fun element to a dessert table. Just a bit of ribbon on the stick dresses them up and makes them even cuter! I poured some skittles in a mason jar and tada!!
I made these Transformer/Bumblebee cookies for a little Charlie's 3rd Birthday last weekend. I am getting a lot of use out of my KopyKake machine, that's for sure!
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I've been a busy little baker the past few weeks...and just busy. Things are starting to calm down a little. Maddox's swimming has wrapped up & he gets a couple weeks off....as does my taxi service! Sad that it's finally starting to feel like summer just when it's time to get ready to go back to school. But, with back to school brings back to school cookies! Looking forward to those!!
A few months ago I ordered a custom cookie cutter from Truly Mad Plastics. They can make a cutter out of any jpeg image you send them. 3D printers....who would have thought!! I'd never seen a swim cap cookie cutter, so I asked them to make me one. It's going to be a fun one! My first time to use it I made about 50 TWST caps for Maddox's practice group and coach.
The best part of making cookies...hugs from my boy. He really seemed to enjoy giving them to his friends and that makes me happy.
Have a colorful day!!