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Levi Loves Tacos (A Taco Birthday Party)

My little dude just turned 3 and we had a taco themed party!

He’s obsessed with food. Anytime we go to a party I ask him later what his favorite part was and he always says “the food.” Even if it’s lame greasy pizza. Even if there was a bounce house and pony rides and face painting and balloon animals. Food always wins.

He also loves the book Dragons Love Tacos. We morphed it a bit and left out the dragons, but otherwise pulled a lot of ideas from the book. We made the invitations look like mini books. Here are a couple pages from his invitation:

We had plenty of real tacos (beef and chicken – like the invite), with all the toppings in buckets (buckets of tacos!). There was also a taco cake and taco cookies (pantloads of tacos). I even made a boat for the table!

(I will be doing a separate post on the Taco Cookies. These were so fun to make!)

I found some cool taco floaties for the pool which really tied together the taco pool party.

I made favor bags to match the Taco Cave bags from the book, which had a few goodies and also held the candy from the taco pinata.

Levi had a blast. He’s still talking about his taco birthday party days later!

We all had taco shirts for the party – though it was so hot we spent the whole time in the pool so no one saw them!

Levi’s orange shirt was custom made by my friend at SpillTheBeansEtc. Carter’s green shirt is from OliviaandAugust. The little pink shirt on Audrey was customized into a onesie by BayouCityThreads (best customer service everrrr). My shirt is from LiftHerUpCo and Travis’ is from Amazon.

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Fiesta First Birthday

Colette was born on Cinco de Mayo. What better way to celebrate than to have a fiesta for her first birthday!?

I happened to have this mini donkey cutter that I knew would be perfect for piñatas.


This is my favorite flower cutter. I knew it would make awesome colorful flowers for this set.

I modified an ice cream cone cutter to make these maracas cookies. Obviously a baby rattle would be perfect.


I made one extra special cookie. Cole’s family lost their very special pup Beanie a while back. He was so special that I had previously made cookies of him for their wedding. I used the cutter to make a Beanie piñata. I think he looks pretty cute in color. 💙

**Disclaimer: I made these last year but didn’t get them up in time for Cinco de Mayo. Colette is actually almost 2 now!**

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Mickey & Minnie Baby Shower Cookies

This mama-to-be is so very special to me. We’ve known each other since first grade. We went to elementary, middle, and high school together and I introduced her to her husband, who was a coworker of mine. And now they’re about to have their first baby! It was a Mickey and Minnie themed shower, and I got to make the cookies. 

I’ve made Mickey cookies once before (here) but I knew I wanted to do something different this time. And since they’re having a little girl, of course I had to do Minnie too! 

Sidenote – I decided years ago that I’m not making character cookies anymore. It’s so difficult to achieve the likeness of a character and it was way too stressful. Everyone is their own worst critic, and I was NOT nice to myself when I made characters. Instead, I prefer to do details and patterns that are still representative of the character or theme – but stress free!

I did a basic Mickey… (because it’s so easy and recognizable – you don’t even need a face!)

 

… Minnie’s bow (which I learned the hard way is NOT actually shaped like a bow) (can you tell what cutter shape I ended up using?) …

 

Minnie’s heels…

 

…and baby onesies! The G is for Gloria. Isn’t that the most gorgeous name?!

 

I was so happy with how these turned out. The colors really popped and they looked great with the rest of the decor and food. 

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Beach Ball Cookies

My little one had a beach ball themed pool party for his 1st birthday. (This was back in July so don’t think I’m a crazy lady having a pool party in November.)

We rented out the small local pool and had a blast. I made cupcakes with bright pool blue frosting, sprinkles, and a beach ball cake topper…


…and beach ball cookies in rainbow colors.


These were so fun and easy and tied all of the decorations and theme together perfectly.

And because my little dude is just so darn cute, here are a couple pictures from the party!

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Bridal Shower Lingerie Cookies

I made these for my cousin’s fiance’s bridal shower over the summer. I love how the gold looked with the hot pink!

I know I’ve said this before, but I LOVE making lingerie cookies. I love to make each one unique and I love to watch people pick out their favorites.

 

 

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My Little Pony Cookies

I still make things. Not as often, but I do. They just never seem to make it onto here.

I while back I made these My Little Pony Cookies. I was’t going to share them, but it’s been awhile now and I’m not feeling so self conscious about them anymore so I decided why not post them.

I don’t usually do characters (because they’re very hard) but I bought special cutter that indented a lot of the detail lines so I felt more comfortable taking on the challenge.

I like to outline in a dark color like this to create that “coloring book” feel. It also makes the images pop really well.

The hard part about filling in all of these little sections is they tend to crater. You can see this better in the next picture.

This is the finished product for this one. I wasn’t super happy with how they turned out, but I know I’m my harshest critic sometimes. I had a really rough time with the eyes. Is there a cookie character eye class I can attend? Ugh.

The next one was not as many tiny spaces to fill, but it had it’s own challenge.

This one has stripes in the tail, so I had to do a wet-on-wet technique.

Here’s the finished product. Again the eyes are rough and there is some cratering, but not too bad.

Thankfully I didn’t have to do too many ponies, because there were amazing rainbows to go with this set too. Can’t go wrong with a perfect rainbow! I pieced these together with a small flower cutter that I smooshed a little, and a couple circle cutters for the rainbow.

The birthday girl’s name went on the clouds.

I usuallly just google a bit and then “wing it” with my fonts. I like how this one turned out.

Little girls (and big girls) love sprinkles, so I rounded out the set with some rainbow sprinkled 4’s.

For the record, I’ve sworn off characters for now, they give me way too much anxiety. 😛

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Tea Party Baby Shower Cookies

This soon-to-be mama had a tea party themed baby shower in pink and purple for her little princess.

I made teacups and flowers…

I also made more of the doggies that I made for her wedding. Her poor pup has since passed, but will always and forever be her first baby. He was honored in so many ways at this shower, and I’m thankful I was able to help with one of them. 💕


Flowers as simple as this still seem to make such a cute bold statement!

I’ve been meaning to share this for some time. I got this AMAZING cookie stamp a while back. It gets imprinted on the cookies prior to baking so it’s actually my NAME on the back of each cookie! Such a simple touch that makes such a huge impression.  This baby is due to arrive in the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait to meet her!

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Monster Truck Cookies

Syler was having a monster truck party this year for his 5th birthday. (4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st birthdays)

I thought I had a truck cutter that I could modify, but I didn’t. I have a tractor, train, van, car, and 57 chevy… the car ended up working the best. Here is how I pieced it together:

 I filled them in bright colors, just like real monster trucks – red, blue, and green. Added a cage on the window and big black tires…

Then I decided to try a new technique. I piped an outline on top of the dried cookie, then filled it just like I did for the first layer.  

I had some problems with bubbles and craters, but overall I think it turned out really cool! I especially like the flames. 


 I hope Syler liked his cookies! They were fun to make – his mama always keeps me on my toes with the cookie ideas! 😉

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Beach Cookies

  Crab Feed cookies! I try to do something different every year. Here are some past years’ cookies:

Crab Claw Cookies – 2014

Sea Creature Cookies – 2013

Under the Sea Cookies – 2012

This year I fell in love with some beach cookies I saw on Pinterest. I combined a few different ideas to make these. I love how they turned out!

I used my outline buttercream and squeezed some random squiggles on the beach. 

Then using a flat tipped paint brush (new or food only of course), dabbed the frosting all around to create a textured surface. 

   
For the waves a used a “brush embroidery” technique I’ve been wanting to try. Typically this is done with royal icing so I wasn’t sure it would work with my buttercream, but it worked great! 

Piped a small right zigzag across the edge of the beach, then using another flat tipped paint brush, brushed away half of the line of frosting. This created a perfect lapping wave look!

 

Once the beach was dry, I piped a tiny little crab on each one. They might look pinchy but I think they are just too cute!!
   
These might be my favorite crab feed cookies to date!

  

   

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Easy Baseball Cookies

Recently I switched up my icing recipe. (I use this recipe now which happens to be vegan.)

It dries smoother and slightly harder than my previous recipe, without being too crunchy or losing any flavor.

When making these baseball cookies for a friend’s son’s birthday, I decided to try using edible markers – something I couldn’t really do with my old icing. It worked PERFECTLY!

I used a round cookie cutter to get the perfect curve for the stitching…

…and marked the cutter where it met the edge of the cookie. This way the curve was the same size on every single cookie.   Then I just added the stitching, making sure each curve had the same number of stitches. The spacing doesn’t even need to be perfect for the balls to all look great!

I also made some bats to go along with the baseballs.

These were SO easy and stunning and took no time at all!  I will definitely use the markers again for balls instead of piping all of those lines.
My mind is racing with everything else I can do with the markers now!

**Not that you can tell from the pictures, but these cookies are actually gluten free and vegan! I used this recipe for the cookies and these recipes for the buttercream and icing. I just substituted rice flour and rice milk, and used all vanilla extract instead of using almond.

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