She Sells Seashells

It was a beach themed bridal shower with an invitation that was pink with a white and diagonally striped gold border.  The bride.to.be’s name began with the letter “E” and was in cursive on the invite.  The hostess wanted “fancy” cookies for the dessert table. Here’s the resulting platter!

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A quick look at the individual beach-themed cookies.  The “waves.on.the.beach” original idea came from cookie genius Amber of Sweet Ambs.  Ridiculously creative and talented.

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I did a test to show how slightly different techniques result in a different look.  Below is the same cookie design applied 2 ways.  For the cookie on the left, I first outlined the different sections with black.  This was allowed to dry and before filling in the various yellow hues (waiting to semi-dry between adjacent sections).  On the righthand cookie, I applied the white.to.yellow colors first- again letting colors semi-dry before applying the adjacent section.  This gives that quilted look.  When all colors were applied and dry, I outlined all of the sections in black.  The second is a bolder look that I decided to use on the wave as well.  No right or wrong…just 2 different methods to achieve the look you desire!

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Mixing It Up

The bridal shower invitation showcased a mixer with a electric green background, the theme being all things kitchen. So I “whipped up” 10 dozen KitchenAid mixers for the favors.  Each cookie was about 3.5 x 3.5″ and she wanted the traditional shortbread flavor.

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DSC_0646I used luster dust and almond extract (though vodka or and clear extract will do- flavors barely are noticeable if at all) to paint the mixing bowl and strip and used an edible ink marker to outline the cookie.

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This is what 120 cookies look like.

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Bagged and tagged.  And Patty wanted 10 on a plate too.  Assuming that was for her own enjoyment 🙂

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Be my Bridesmaid?

Something old, new, borrowed, blue; and now I need you!  The trend is to ask your bridesmaids to be in the wedding party with a cute card or with something clever.  A cookie is the sweetest way I know to get across any message.  Bagged and tagged adorable.  OR… you can use these cute dress cookies as place cards at a bridal shower or some such celebration!

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Petals in my Pocket

So this centerpiece platter is a perfect example of how my brain plays “association.”  I latch on to a thread (spring time bridal shower and the bride.to.be’s love of  happy flowers) and off my thoughts go!  What is happier than daisies, right?  Jump to “he loves me”, “he loves me not.”  No negativity at such a happy occasion so that becomes “he loves me lots.”  Which also rhymes with “we’re tying the knot.” And you pick a petal, so a big cookie that does so too, why not?  And as I think of multiple daisies, I start humming the song “Daisy Bell” (circa 1892, thank you Harry Dacre).  ***Google “Daisy Bell” and you will find a fun story about the origin of the lyrics– it always comes back to either love or money or both! Or Hal from the movie: 2001, a Space Odyssy***  Floated around the idea of using the “I’m half crazy” part but opted for a more appropriate “give me your answer” nod to the wedding vow “I do!”  and placed that with the bicycle built for two! Back to picking things, the bride picked the groom and visa versa and Bob’s your uncle, platter is planned!  Anyway, hope you’re not half crazy following my creation process.  um.  Enjoy the pictures, at least?

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