Baby Shower Cookies

 

IMG_1658A few weekends ago, I helped host a friend’s baby shower, and took on the task of making favors. When thinking about favor ideas, I decided on going with something edible. I had never seriously decorated cookies with icing before, so i decided to take a crack at it, using a design for a very dapper little boy.

IMG_1653The first step was simply making sugar cookies. I used a very basic sugar cookie recipe, and cut out over 50 cookies from three batches of cookie dough. This was a large shower, so I made sure there would be more than enough for guests to take home. The onesie cookie cutter was easy to find online, and I have also seen it at local craft stores.

IMG_1654IMG_1656For the colors, I took inspiration from the party invitations, and stuck with a classy black and white outfit with a pop of light blue. The piping was certainly more difficult than James and I anticipated; one tricky issue was figuring out the consistency of the icing. We needed some thick icing for outlining, as well as some that was thinner and looser that would pool to fill in shapes.

IMG_1655After a while, we got the hang of it, and set all cookies out to decorate in an assembly line fashion. James was in charge of doing a lot of the more precise lines, and determined that he couldn’t get the buttons to be neat enough with icing, so we decided instead to use some candy pearls for those.

IMG_1659The baby blue bowties added the final touch to these treats, tying the little outfit together. Being a first time effort, they certainly were not perfect, but I was pleased with them overall. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to try out cookie decorating, and most importantly to put a smile on the expectant mother’s face.


Bridal Shower

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Last weekend James and I went to Rhode Island for the 4th of July. We had some wedding planning details to sort out, and also had a lot of fun spending time with my family, enjoying delicious seafood, and taking time to relax. One of the highlights of our trip was my bridal shower, which came out just as I imagined and hoped. My sister, who is my maid of honor, and my mother worked hard to make my shower a great success.

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Even before guests arrived, the tone was set with these beautiful invitations made by my sister. She used delicate flowers made out of crepe paper to line the outside flap, and another on the inside. I wore a white flowered lace dress with an open back, and painted my toe and fingernails coral and pink respectively to stick with the theme.

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For the decor, my sisters created arrangements and banners using burlap, ribbon, and gerbera daisies (they know they are my favorite flowers).

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Large jars held flower bouquets, while the smaller jars held little candles inside that were lit as it was getting darker. There were also tiny string lights placed around the garden that lit up as soon as the sun set, giving a lovely feel to the evening.

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Drinks were served in champagne flutes with cute pink stirrers that perfectly fit the corals and pinks theme. Two specialty cocktails were created, one using tropical fruits, pineapple juice, and rum. The other drink was an ode to sangria using champagne, gin and berries.

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The food was primarily finger foods that could be easy to eat, and included many of my favorite things such as seafood, crab cakes, mini cheese-steaks, and bacon wrapped scallops to name a few. Everything was absolutely delicious.

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Favor boxes were made by attaching little daisies to boxes, and filled with personalized chocolates reading “Emily’s Bridal Shower.”

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For dessert we had wine poached pears served with vanilla ice cream, and these beautiful chocolate dipped strawberries made by one of my cousins.

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From the decorations, to food, and of course the company, I can say I had a fantastic time. I am so grateful to my sister who put this party together, and made it such a memorable night. My bridal shower made me realize just how close our big day is, and I’m getting more nervous and excited by the day.