So Engaging

There is so much more to being engaged now than when I was going through that moment of my life. Now there are fun ways to ask friends and family to be in the bridal party (ahem, like cookie boxes!) and the wonderful news is celebrated with engagement parties.  Definitely showing my age by becoming aware of such norms just within the past year or two…

A wonderful repeat customer’s daughter just became engaged and I was so happy to create the “will you be my bridesmaid” boxes and the cookies for the engagement party.  Thanks Jennifer!!!

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#Hashtag all things!

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That ring got bling!

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Just the right size….

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Diamond in the Rough

The country club/golf fund raiser theme was “diamond in the rough.”  The client’s only instructions were ‘we want a diamond…’  I asked ‘diamond?’ …not “rough” like a fairway rough or a diamond sitting in a fairway rough?  ‘Nope, a diamond.  And put it in a bag with a ribbon…100 bags.’  Okay.  What could I do with quick efficiency and (because I am who I am) in a design that  I had not seen before?  Here are the resulting cookies:

(PS: These cookies would also be great for an engagement party or bridal shower!)

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I started with a simple superman “s” shaped cookie cutter and flooded them with white royal icing.  That dried overnight before I added the blue.ish accents (which only had to dry a short time…like an hour or so) before I free-hand/penned in the diamond outline.  I used an Americolor black pen.  Here’s a quick pic of the general steps I took to get it done.

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Diamonds were my new best friend.

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Perfect size for the setting, eh?

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Better put a RING on it!

The request was for a tray of engagement rings to sweeten up a bridal shower.  And I did make rings, putting my little twist of a heart shaped cutout in the middle.  But , as always, I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I wanted to include just a few designs to personalize the platter. I had seen some beautiful wedding photos where the couple had their hands in the shape of a heart so…. this is my cookie take on that theme.

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This is the platter before it got wrapped up for delivery.  Late night photo so not the same quality of light.  Got to make a photo booth one day…

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Engagement Party Platter

The mom of the bride.to.be had seen a couple of designs on line that she wanted to mimic so we met to cruise the world.wide.web of cookies.  In the end, she choose 3 shapes and ideas: a save.the.date square, a silhouette to match the invitation, and a double heart with the couples initials and a mini-engagement ring.  It is all about making the customer happy!  The bride.to.be was completely surprised (cried when she saw everyone) and the mom was kind enough to follow up with lovely comments like “big hit” and “very, very tasty as you said they would be.”

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Matching the invitation…

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On a side note, I was satisfied with how the silhouette and the save.the.date cookies turned out but not thrilled by the double heart.  Woof. Learning is constant and style is (hopefully) ever improving.  It is a tough lesson for me that the road to the consistently fabulous cookie is long.  A worthy goal to be worked toward, for sure…