Using Cookies to Personalize Your Dessert Course
Cookies, myKPW Expert Advice Articles, Weddings

I have so many photos from the last few weeks that I want to share, but I haven’t had a chance to take them off my camera yet so instead I’ll share something that I worked on last February.  The cookie platter below was for a beautiful winter destination wedding in the Berkshire’s which was held at Cranwell.  The bride and groom wanted to do something fun and different for their guests to go along with the traditional wedding and groom’s cakes for dessert.  Working with their event planners, Corinthian Events of Boston, we decided to do small platters to be presented to each table when dessert was served.  I provided bags and ribbon for packaging so that any leftovers could be packaged and given to guests to take home the next morning at brunch.  The colors for the wedding were white, silver, and kelly green.  Corinthian Events actually has some professional pictures from the wedding on their website (chose the “wedding gallery” and they are the first 7 images you’ll see).  Since we did 15 platters I made them a bit different by changing the gowns on each of the bride cookies.  The one seen below is my favorite as I love how the brush embroidery looks like delicate lace! 

I also posted an article “Adding Personalization to Your Dessert Course” on the new my Kate Parker Wedding site earlier today which is about incorporating cookie platters into weddings, although it could apply to any celebration or event!

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Some Home-Grown Wedding Inspiration!
Design Studio, Miscellaneous, Weddings

I’m so happy to share some inspiration today courtesy of one of my summer brides, Caitlin.  During the cookie design process I always ask brides that they help me to see their wedding vision so that I can come up with new cookies perfectly suited to their event.  I was thrilled when I asked this of Caitlin and received this beautiful inspiration board in response!   The overall feeling of the wedding is rustic, home-grown, and intimate.  In Caitlin’s words “Our reception will be in a large renovated barn on the grounds of the Farmers’ Museum and the feeling for the wedding seems to come out of the surroundings–the historic setting, the gardens, and the farm itself.  I used postcards of vintage flower seed packets as the save the dates and our invitations will feature a design of flowers and a little bee.”  I have been busily brainstorming designs for Caitlin & Mike’s cookies and can’t wait to see what the final cookies are going to look like as well as how they’ll fit in with the other elements of their wedding!

I look forward to posting pictures of their wedding (and their cookies) sometime this coming fall.  Thanks again Caitlin for letting me share your board!

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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Sweet State Cookies!
Cookies, myKPW Expert Advice Articles

Sorry for the lapse in blog posts.  I took a few days off last weekend and seem to have been on a bit of a mental vacation ever since!  Today I thought that I’d share an idea which I posted on the my Kate Parker Wedding website.  If you haven’t checked out the site yet there are so many great vendors, pictures, and advice.  The inspiration is endless!

Sweet State Cookies

A sweet way to greet guests…decorated cookies in the shape of the state where your wedding is with a heart over the town where the festivities are being held.  They are perfect when done in coordinating wedding colors with a personalized tag.  Your guests will appreciate finding them tucked into Welcome Baskets or used as the favors for a Welcome/Rehearsal Dinner! 

Here’s a link to the article on the my Kate Parker Wedding site: Sweet State Cookies

A Quick Valentine’s Cookie Tutorial!
Cookies, Holiday Collections, Tutorials/DIY

I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on how to assemble one of my favorite Valentine’s Day cookie designs…the heart with floral border cookie seen below.

You’ll need…

Large Heart Cookies 3.5 to 4 inches wide, with base layer of icing in place and dry.

30-40 Drop Flowers per cookie (at least 3 colors)…here’s some help with drop flowers if you’ve never made them before.

Medium/Soft Consistency Royal Icing (to match base color icing) in a decorating bag with a large round tip.

Start by outlining one side of your heart with the icing.  You want to be slightly away from the edge so that the flowers on the outside can extend down over the cookie side in places.

I like to place the first flowers starting at the top of the heart.  You want to alternate colors as well as placement of the flowers. So, one flower will be placed towards the outside of your line, the next will be towards the inside and so on.  TIP: Not all flowers are the same shape so if one doesn’t seem to be fitting correctly just choose another with a different shape to use in it’s place.

If you are noticing that your original frosting outline is starting to dry, or you’re not quite getting the raised border look you’d like, just add some icing to the back of each flower are you place them.

Repeat the first few steps for the second side, continuing to alternate colors.  Once all the flowers are in place you can adjust your border if you need to by pressing on flowers to shift them.

If you notice any areas where there are large amounts of visible base icing or if your border looks sparse, you can very carefully break drop flowers in half (or break off single petals) and fill in as needed.  The cookies will need to dry for at least several hours before being packaged.

I hope that this tutorial was helpful!  If anyone has any questions please leave a comment and I can try to answer them :)