Vera Bradley Birthday Party

Midnight Blues is the pattern.  I definitely saw midnight and a LOT of blue when decorating the cookies for this birthday party…

Requested were 12 favors that had the pattern on a purse plus one large cookie cake.  I took the daisy within the pattern and made the “cake” such that guests could pull a large petal or a small cookie, depending on their appetite.DSC_0695

I didn’t have a cookie cutter to match so I sized a 4×4″ purse on card stock and hand cut the shape.

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The base layer was a very saturated black.blue (half and half Americolor royal blue and black, required lots of gel to achieve the color).

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After drying the base overnight, I began applying the flower pattern.  Yellow= Lemon yellow with a drop or two of egg yellow.  Blue= Royal blue: just a little bit for the light blue and several drops more for the darker.  Green= Leaf green. Orange= orange. Purple= Violet with a couple drops of regal purple.  Americolor gels all.  I wish I could tell you exactly how many drops but 1) I mixed without counting & 2) it does depend on how much icing you are tinting.  I had sketched a pattern first to balance the colors on the cookie and it mostly worked.  That is also why I always, always make an extra cookie or two for my “oops.”

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Here’s how they turned out against a print of the original design.

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Next I moved on to the cookie cake.  Sorry but it required a little math.  I measured the serving platter diameter and from there figured out how wide top and bottom each petal needed to be, considering that I would have a 4″ circular center and 8 petals, etc.  (If you really want to know how to calculate the measurements, comment back and I will tell.  A little boring.)  Made a hole with/for a candle in top cookie of stack.  Did this BEFORE I baked the cookies.

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I cut out a cookie stack (using cutter set where each cookie gets slightly smaller) for the center to support the happy birthday sticks.  Unfortunately, it was late at night and I mistakenly thought I needed 12 sticks.  Um, “happy birthday” has 13 places, even without a space.  Duh.  So that’s why the sticks weren’t flat around the stack.  My bad.  Just do the math better than me and it will all fit.   These sticks happened to be 3″x .75″ each.

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One more look at the entire production!

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2 thoughts on “Vera Bradley Birthday Party

  1. Wow. You are amazing! They ate so unique and unlike anything I’ve seen. I had some questions. Do you use glaze or royal icing? Would you share your recipe/technique?

    • Hi Angie! I mostly use Royal Icing because I can’t get the details with glaze. (But glaze is my favorite for flavor and texture so I use it whenever I can.)
      You can email me at dianeemayer@gmail.com with any other questions (that require longer answers)! Thanks for the positive feedback!!!

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