Dove Tutorial

I realize this post is a little late, but I figured if I got this published before the holidays officially ended that you all would forgive me. I have a quick tutorial on doves for you all. They are simple to execute so if you’re looking to dip your toe into the world of cookie decorating, this tutorial might be the best one to do it for.

Here’s what you’ll need:
white 20 second icing
stiff white icing
white nonpareils
stiff grey icing
#3 piping tip
#1 piping tip

You will start out by outlining and flooding the cookie in white royal icing using your #3 piping tip.

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Let that dry for a few hours. Next, you’ll take your stiff white icing fitted with a #2 tip and outline the wings. Immediately dip the cookie into the nonpareils.

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Lastly take your grey icing with a #1 tip and add in the eyes. That’s all you have to do to make these adorable cookies. Enjoy!

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Elmo

I can hardly believe it, but my little niece is turning the big 2 this Sunday. Over the last year she has flourished into this amazing, spunky and all around adorable little girl. I was thrilled when I received her party invitation in the mail. My niece is obsessed with Elmo….so much so, she was Elmo for Halloween.

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How adorable right?!

I volunteered to make cookies and ran online and got the cookie cutter I needed. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll be using this cutter a lot in the future.

The key to a good Elmo cookie is the black outline. I started by using a #1 tip and outlined all of the fur.

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I let that dry overnight. There’s nothing worse than rushing the process and having the black bleed into the rest of the cookie! If you can’t wait that long, I highly suggest using a small oscillating fan. It shortens drying time and oddly enough adds a nice shimmer too (bonus!)

Next, use a #3 tip and flood in the face with red.

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Follow with the yellow nose and white eyes. Once again after flooding everything I let it dry overnight. The next morning I added in the black to the eyes and put them by the fan to dry quickly.

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Here are the final products!

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‘Lil Peanut Baby Shower

I am honestly one of the most blessed people to have such kind, wonderful and all around fabulous friends in my life. The minute I found out one of my girlfriends was blessed to announce the arrival of her first baby, I immediately placed ‘dibs’ on hosting a baby shower for her. Mind you, I’ve never had the opportunity to do so, but I had been seeing so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest and other party blogs, I wanted to give it a try!

First up was the theme. I got together with a few close friends and we started to brainstorm. We ended up deciding on ‘lil peanut because the minute she found out she was pregnant that’s what she kept calling ‘it’. I went immediately over to etsy and found this amazing customizable invite template by Little Wishes here.

Next, I needed to find printables to go with the party theme, but I didn’t want to have to pay for the file. I wouldn’t call myself a cheap person, I prefer thrifty :) I started searching the Internet for free pink elephant party printables (sounds easier than you think). I’m not joking, this search took a solid week. Just when I was about to throw in the towel, I came across the site Peonies and Poppyseeds. I still can’t figure how I ended up finding them, but all I remember doing is a little happy dance by myself when I found it!

Here are just a few of them that I made. Warning: get ready to do a lot of cutting and gluing!

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Instead of table tents as labels for food, I ended up printing out these labels, glued them to toothpicks and inserted them into marshmallows. It ended up looking really cute!

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We had a fabulous menu with lots of finger sandwiches, salads, fancy drinks and of course dessert! Please forgive me for the not-the-greatest photo quality. I’m asking for a nice camera for Xmas (fingers crossed!)

Also, my fabulous friends came up with some adorable ideas. They got a silver memory box engraved with the baby’s name. Then, as guests arrived, the could write a birthday wish on the banner, wrap it around a candle and place it in the box for mom and baby to read on each birthday for years to come! They also came up with the favors which were elephant cookies cutters and pink and white frosted animal cookies.

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Thanks again to all of the wonderful friends who helped with food and ideas and for making it a truly special day for our friend and mommy-to-be!

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