Looking Back at Summer
Cookies, Dessert Displays, Weddings

It’s been an incredibly busy summer, both for me personally and for Cookie Creatives!  I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I moved into our design studio and started this blog.  Things have been changing so quickly recently that it’s been hard to keep up and as a result I’ve been a bit out of touch.  I thought it would be nice to just recap and share some of the fun things we’ve been working on this summer!

Back in July I was excited to participate in a photo shoot in beautiful Portsmouth, NH with fellow my Kate Parker Wedding vendors.  On my team were Carrie of Dutch Bloemen Winkel, Sarah from Parrott Design Studio, and Doug from Douglas Levy Photography.  I can’t even tell you how much fun photo shoots are!  There is so much collaboration that goes into them and it’s an amazing feeling to be free to create something unique in that type of environment.  My team was wonderful to work with and everyone brought a different perspective to the project.  I can’t wait to share the final photos but until then here’s a little peek into one of my coolers the day of the shoot…

Another exciting event back in July was that I made my first ever TV appearance!  It was very neat to be asked to be in a segment on the new 22News program Mass Appeal, although also very nerve wracking to be on live as I’m shy and don’t like being in front of cameras!  Overall I think that everything went smoothly (except that I might have said to roll cookies a half inch thick which is clearly not right!!).  If you want to watch the video it’s here.  And this is a picture from the studio when we were getting ready to go on…

I’ve had some fun cookie orders recently as well as a few orders for confections and dessert displays.  In case you missed those posts here are a few items…

-We took a break from decorated cookies earlier this summer to make a tasty Gourmet S’mores Display for a client’s housewarming party.

-Some Modern Engagement Cookies with a unique color palette,  ivory, dark purple, and copper, were also featured on the New England Wedding Blog.

-I loved the colors and glamorous feel of these Vintage Seating Card Cookies for a Pennsylvania wedding!

-These Sweet Kam Cookies were a cute way to include someone who played an important role in the groom’s proposal but couldn’t attend the wedding :)

I’ve met so many amazing and talented vendors through my Kate Parker Wedding recently and am excited to say that we’ve begun to collaborate on projects!  I was thrilled when Mark from Mark Davidson Photography emailed me to see if I could make him some cookies for a client meeting.  He left the designs up to me so I decided to do some ocean themed cookies in his colors as well as some logo cookies.  It was wonderful to hear from him after his meeting that he had booked the client (although I’m sure that it was his stunning work and not my cookies that sealed the deal)!  I can’t get enough of the clean, bright, and real feel of his photos; they’re just SO beautiful!  Check out Mark’s blog for some of his recent work.  I especially love this Duxbury, MA Wedding!  It just has such a quintessential and elegant New England feel to it not to mention that the pictures really capture the mood!

I was also lucky to meet Elizabeth and Adrienne, the wonderful ladies behind Gracie Lou Events!  I felt a connection with them immediately and their energy and enthusiasm for what they do is contagious!  They were looking to come up with a little gift to send to new clients after they had booked so working off of their ideas I came up with a cute package of 4 cookies.  There are some pictures on their blog of the final product and I’m excited to say that the first 2 boxes will be going out to clients in a few days!

I also met Jessica of Jessica’s Country Flowers through the my Kate Parker Wedding site, although it was much earlier in the year.  We recently worked together on one of her Deserving Couple Weddings and it was a wonderful experience!  I was excited to not only contribute decorated cookies for Caitlin and Mike, but also to craft a variety of confections for a Vintage Sweets Table.  I’ve planned 2 blog posts to share some behind the scenes of what went into both projects and can’t wait to publish them up next week!

And finally, if you’re still reading, a bit of what Justin and I have been up to this summer in our very few free moments… Justin graduated in June from MIT with his masters and I’m SO proud of all his hard work!!  He inspires me on a daily basis!  Since then we’ve moved all of our belongings into a storage unit while Justin and his team get their business up and running in Boston at which point we’ll start looking for a new apartment.  It was a sad day when we left MIT’s campus as I’m really going to miss that amazing city view, although I’ve traded it for another kind of view!

We also had a chance to do some fun activities like go on Formaggio Kitchen’s Trip to the Vermont Cheesmaker’s Festival, go sailing in Newport with Justin’s parents, and also spend a few days on the Rhode Island coast with my family.  The fall is shaping up to be super hectic, but I’m really excited because I have some great cookie orders and photo shoots coming up and it’s going to be interesting to see how Justin’s business develops and to start looking for new apartments in Boston!

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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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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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Incorporating Cookies and Guest Seating Assignments
Cookies, myKPW Expert Advice Articles, Weddings

I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about place/escort card cookies so I thought I’d do a post with some ideas and tips for using them as part of your event.  They can be a unique way to combine your favor and guest seating all into one. 

1. A good starting point to find inspiration for the cookie design is to start with the paper goods being used in the event (invitation, programs, menu cards, etc…).  It is often not hard to find an element to pull onto the cookie whether it’s hand-painted flowers to mimic letterpress or lace, a monogram, or simple stripes.  The cookies below  used a three flower design which was prominent on all pieces of their paper suite.  We did two different cookies alternating alphabetically.  The ovals featured the flowers stenciled on while the flowers on the rectangles were hand-piped.

2. Another good place to look for inspiration is the overall theme, attire, and colors of the event.  A rustic garden wedding, a seaside affair, or a black-tie event featuring flowers & decor in shades of white…each of these events evoke different very different images and creating a design to match can really help to tie everything together. 

3.  Welcoming guests during the cocktail hour with seating card cookies can be a nice prelude of what’s to come if you are featuring a dessert table or candy buffet as part of the reception. 

4.  For the cookies pictured below the bride wanted to keep the wedding intimate feeling and decided to only use first names.  This can work well if you are having a small affair or are organizing the cookies by table number and are using a second form of seating chart so guests know which group to look in for their cookies.

5.  If you really want to have your seating cards match your paper goods then another packaging option is to attach small cookies to beautiful matching cards from your stationer.  All lined up on a table they make an eye-catching display. 

6.  It’s traditional to assign tables with seating (escort) cards by couple.  If you want to go the traditional route you can attach cards to cookies by their ribbons allowing you to use any size cookie.  With the cookies pictured below we did a heart for single guests and an identical but larger heart cookie for couples.

7.  Attaching seating cards to large or elaborate cookies can be one way give your guests a more extravagant favor than you may have been able to if you gave each guest their own favor.  Because you can now give one favor per couple you will be able to cut down on the number of favors needed.  This works well for something like the tiered cake cookie below since its size ensures that there is enough cookie to be shared by two people. 

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