1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, and Cakes!
Cookies, Design Inspiration, Mentions, Miscellaneous

Since it’s now October I have some exciting news to share to start the week off!  Last fall I was asked if I would like to have several pictures of my cookies included in the soon to be released 1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, & Cakes.  Of course I said yes!  It’s slated for release in November 2010 and you can pre-order it on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a discounted price.  In fact, if you click on the “Look Inside” button in the Amazon listing (if you’re logged in you can see an extended preview) you might actually recognize a few cookie pictures as you scroll through the pages…very neat!!  I can’t wait to get my copy and see all of the amazing desserts created by other decorators!

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Some Recent Mentions…
Design Inspiration, Mentions, myKPW Expert Advice Articles, Weddings

I’ve been super busy with cookie orders lately and I can’t wait to start sharing pictures of everything that I’ve been working on but I need to find time to take the pictures off the camera before I can share them!  In the meantime I thought that I’d start the week off by sharing a few recent mentions from around the web…

Some of my cookies made it onto two different inspiration boards which were posted on the WeddingWire Blog (very cool)!  I love both The Blue & Cameo board and The Sourdogh, Tana, & Wood Inspiration board.  Check out the amazing wooden vases and the beautiful color combination of blue with creamy oranges…so pretty!!

An excerpt from the article I wrote for the my Kate Parker Wedding site were featured on their blog along with some cookie pictures!  I have several clients who have chosen to use place card cookies for their events this season so I’m happy to say that I will soon have some new pictures to share along with cookie seating card inspiration.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the my Kate Parker Wedding site yet it’s an amazing resource for inspiration and wedding eye candy!

My pear seating card cookies were included in the article Creative Place Card Ideas on the WeddingWire Blog.  There are some great alternatives to traditional seating cards.  I especially love the first picture of little cards with fabric circles on them that signify the matching table.  Very graphic and colorful!!

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Mentions
Mentions, Miscellaneous

We’ve been mentioned a few times recently around the web and I thought that I’d share some of the links.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I get when I find out that someone has decided to write about us or mention us on their website or blog!  It’s so rewarding see my work being shared with different audiences who may not have come across my site on their own.  I want to say a huge “THANK YOU!!” to everyone who mentioned us recently…it definitely made my week!!

Two Friday’s ago we had the honor of being the “Fabulous Friday Find” on the So Chic Events Blog!  Shelby is the amazing Planner/Designer behind So Chic Events, a Massachusetts based Event Planning company and writes a great blog with ideas and tips to help you through the planning process.  You can also check out some of her work on the my Kate Parker Wedding site since she is a fellow member!

Recently, I found out that some of my cookies along with a few of Michelle Bohigian’s cakes (Something Sweet by Michelle) had been featured on the eInvites Blog, eInvite’s Insights.  I met Michelle May, one of the talented designers behind eInvite, at a wedding tasting party we did at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester, MA.  I was thrilled when she contacted me to ask if she could use some pictures for a very cool project that she was designing…I can’t wait to hopefully share some pictures of what she has done!  You can also check out her design blog at Festival Creative.

As I’ve mentioned before, we are a member of the new and very neat wedding website, my Kate Parker Wedding.  Earlier this week Kate posted a Vendor Tour video of our company on YouTube.  Very Cool!  Be sure to check it out along with the my Kate Parker Wedding YouTube Channel, where there are some other great vendor tours and some tips from Kate herself.

A few weeks ago on Style Me Pretty, the winners for the Deserving Couple Contest put on by the wonderful Jessica of Jessica’s Country Flowers, were announced.  Jessica is SO amazing to do this for these couples and I am thrilled to be a part of both 2011 weddings and one of the 2010 weddings.   I can’t wait to work with the fabulous group of vendors that she has put together as well as the wonderful couples involved!

It was very neat to find out that one of my cookie images had not only made it into an inspiration board put together by Kate Parker of my Kate Parker Wedding, but also that the board was featured on The Wedding Chicks!!  The board was titled Black and White with Hues of Blue: Vintage Inspiration.  Check it out for some pretty vintage inspiration and to see which cookies were part of it! 

I was excited when I received an email last Monday morning from Stephanie of Starry Night Design Studio, letting me know that she had mentioned my cookies on her blog!  Stephanie does the most amazing hand painted aisle runners and also does coordinating accessories to match. Check out some of her work and also her blog which has lots of great ideas and inspiration! 

Thanks again to everyone for the mentions and I hope that I get to return the favor soon!!

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Some Exciting News!
Mentions, Miscellaneous, Weddings

We received the VERY exciting news a few weeks ago that we had been selected to be a part of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book and now that my listing and portfolio are active I thought that I’d share!  First, in case you are not sure what Style Me Pretty is…it’s an amazing wedding resource comprised of several blogs which cover everything from gorgeous real weddings to up and coming vendors and seasoned pros in the industry.  There is an endless amount of inspiration and style!  The Little Black Book is Style Me Pretty’s resource for Brides to connect with vendors… “Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly edited collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Bottom line, these vendors are the best of the best. ” (taken from Style Me Pretty) 

I can’t even tell you how excited and shocked I was when I received the email saying that we had been accepted!  We’re listed in the Little Black Book under the favors category for Boston, MA.  We are also given a portfolio with our listing which includes pictures we have uploaded and the information for our social media and blogs.  If you have time check it out!  And don’t forget to check out the SMP and LBB Blogs for design inspiration as well as the Backstage Blog for a look into the business side of Style Me Pretty!!

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Expert Advice Articles – A Look into the myKPWedding Site
Cookies, Mentions, myKPW Expert Advice Articles

One of the great features on the new my Kate Parker Wedding site is the Expert Advice Articles written by vendors.  This feature is nice for both couples and vendors.  I really like that it gives vendors a chance to share some of their knowledge, ideas, and experience with couples.  I imagine that for couples planning it must be helpful and informative to read some advice directly from vendors about details such as photography, flowers, event design, and stationary. 

I thought that it would be fun to share my first Expert Advice Article which I posted to the site: Welcoming Out-of-Town Guests with Milk & Cookies 

It’s always a nice idea to make your wedding guests feel welcome and appreciated.  Often, Out of Town Welcome Baskets, which are provided to guests staying in reserved hotel blocks, include some form of baked goods.  Whether it’s a special family cookie recipe home baked and packaged, or the couple’s favorite treat from a local bakery, these sweets are often more enjoyable if served with milk, coffee, or tea.  If your reserved hotel offers room service it is a thoughtful idea to ask if you can arrange to have your preferred accompaniment brought to your guests if they call and request it.  An enclosed card with the sweets telling your favorite way to enjoy them along with the number for room service and any special ordering instructions will insure that your guests feel welcome! 

I love that through these articles I have the chance to share some of my ideas and advice.  I have a few more articles I’m working on including Decorated Cookies as Guest Seating Assignments, A Quick History of Favor Giving at Weddings, Tips for DIY Edible Favors, and Tips for Incorporating Favors Into Your Overall Guest Experience.  It has been interesting to sit down and really think about what couples might be curious to know when looking for favors for their weddings.  So much of the information that I have learned over the past few years I just take for granted and assume that everyone already knows. 

If you’re engaged and haven’t signed up for the my Kate Parker Wedding site yet I highly recommended that you do as there is some great information being shared.  Even if you have already hired your vendors it’s still fun to browse all the amazing pictures for inspiration!

Tomorrow, I’ll share one last custom corporate holiday order which we did in December for Staples!

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