There are two reasons why I love the cookie buffet: repetition of a theme, in this case the cookie, elevates it from being mundane to magnificent, and it is more simple than serving a multitude of desserts or icing lots of cupcakes.
Martha Stewart displays my kind of cookie buffet. Thick jars holding cookies that we all love from childhood: peanut butter, chocolate chip, chocolate brownie and oatmeal. Note the glassine-lined bags and stickers for guest d-i-y favors. Gallon size jars are available at Container Store or your local home decor store.
The ladies at Toast & Tables threw a cookie business launch party for their friend with this cookie buffet. Apothecary jars and canisters could also be used for displaying smaller cookies such as macaroons or amaretti.
Liz at San Jose Wedding Consultants displayed homemade cookies from members of a non profit for their annual luncheon. She remarks that you can fill just about any kind of vessel with just about anything; candy, popcorn, munchies, mini-muffins, etc., in addition to cookies. Here she uses a combination of vases, apothecary jars, trifle/dessert bowls, platters and candy dishes to create visual interest.
This was a dramatic display of mini sandwich cookies that could utilize boxes, Styrofoam blocks or cakes.
One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, NY can ship you a customized Cookie Bar right to your door.
Christine at Lily's Cookies in San Antonio is my favorite custom decorated cookie baker for special occasions. The cookies don't just look beautiful, they taste amazing. She also ships. Customized cookies tie the cookie buffet to a themed event such as a wedding, corporate event or milestone anniversary.
For upscale events, have your local baker make black and white cookies and serve champagne.
Whether you need a bouquet, cake topper or centerpieces, using crepe paper will add that special “WOW” factor on any budget! Get your grandmothers old plastic flowers out of your head…this is a modern approach from a traditional idea!
Each flower can express your personal style and taste. Think of all the possibilities one can do. Change any flower color and size. That would be pretty impossible asking a florist to do that for your bouquet!
Wanting your dream wedding can come with a cost, and by creating your own paper flowers not only is it affordable but your flowers will look luminous and magical. Beautiful, easy and affordable! Check out Martha Stewart Weddings for the detailed information.
For more wedding inspiration visit Modern Living Hawaii.
Location: A Food Prep Place
Host the baby shower at a food prep place to give this familiar theme an upgrade. Guests can spend the afternoon preparing meals that can be stored in the freezer, giving Mom and Dad the best gift of all—time! It's an interactive baby shower that is fun and helpful, especially for second-time Moms who might already have a slew of baby gear.
What's In It For Baby?
Now that you've made mealtime manageable for Mom and Dad, ask guests to bring mealtime baby gifts that will do the same for baby. Bottle trees, formula mix holders, bottle warmers, food storage containers for meals on the go, kits to make homemade baby food, feeding pillows (a great help for breastfeeding and bottle feeding), and even a high chair would be excellent gifts.
Fun and Games
No matter how much fun your guests are having finding their way around a gourmet kitchen, there's always time for a game or two. Guests will enjoy seeing what's inside their "oven" with these easy baby shower game cards. Sliding open the oven door on these cards will reveal which prize they've won!
Regardless of what they've won, everyone will leave happy knowing that they have had a hand in making the new parents' lives a little easier - at least in the kitchen. Show your appreciation for all of their hard work by sending them home with their own little bun in the oven candle to remind them of the day.
A recent email from a mom looking for party ideas for a Monsters Vs. Aliens movie-viewing party has inspired today's post. She's skipping renting out the theater's party room and is opting to have cake and ice-cream at their home, plus it would guarantee everyone would be getting to the theatre at the same time.
Setting The Mood
Take a party cue from Birthday Express's table; set the tone and save a little cash by mixing and matching print and solid-color table decor, i.e. if you order the plates, use solid-color cups and spoons.
Hang lots of neon balloons upside down from the ceiling, with tons of streamers and you're set!
What To Do
I'm in love with these monster pillows from Oriental Trading! They can stuff their own pillow and squeeze it through the movie.
Check out these alien invasion masks from FamilyFun. Wouldn't they be a hoot glowing in the dark theatre?
These sweet polka dot baby onesie cookies make the nicest baby shower favors. Cookie measure slight over 4 x 4 inches and are quite thick. They come individually wrapped and tied with coordinating ribbon. Find 'em on Etsy!
"My family is from Scotland (generations ago) and we were always told that Scots wear orange on St Patricks day. That has always been our family tradition. I'm a bigger fan of green than orange though! That print is beautiful!"
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