Friday, September 21, 2012

Engagement Party Love Bird Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing Glaze

These are cookies that I made for my sister's engagement party.  I added lemon zest to the sugar cookie dough and lemon juice to the royal icing glaze.  Yum!

There are those love birds again!  I sure do love them.  I used SweetP's tutorial.  She uses transfers for the wings.  This is the first time that I did that for these birds.  Love it!

Um, should the wings be facing the other way?  I think so.  Oops.

Simple wet-on-wet dot flowers adorned the mini hearts.

The leftover transfers were used on mini rounds.

I used my new cake cutter from Plastics in Print.  What a great cutter that is!  Don't look at the icing mess I made of the stand.  For some reason that icing was really thick.  I tried to make it work but failed.  I scraped it off to try again, but it broke!

Oh well.  You can see it on the platter here with no stand.  It's still cute.

As I was plating them, I realized that I should have put half the flowers on the right side of the hearts and half on the left.  You know what I mean?  That would have made a nicer looking platter.  I love symmetry!

Want to see a bit of my sister's party? It was at my parent's house.  This is just one of the tables of food.  The savory stuff.  My mom made the table runners in a fabric that we picked out.  That fabric served as the inspiration for all of the decorating.  See that big square?  That's their existing artwork that we covered in leftover fabric.  It was my Mom's idea, which I thought was insane at first, then loved it!  The circles hanging was a wacky idea of mine.  I had planned on just hanging it on a wall somewhere.  I sewed paper circles in rows, tied them to a ribbon, and hung them at the top of the square.  We added a photo and a few rounds of red later.

This.  This cake was made by my 17 year old niece!  Isn't she amazing?  I wish you could see it better.  Swirled roses and beautiful piping.  Four layers!  She works in a bread bakery.  A girl after my own heart!

The tall glass jars later had sand and votive candles in them.  They looked really pretty both inside and outside.  The shorter jars held tableware.

These are paper flowers that I made.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them.  It's amazing what ideas come just by looking around at what you already have.  I used wooden skewers as the stems and tiny wooden candlesticks as the base.

Below are those sewn circle bannery hanging things. 

The rectangle cards were used to identify the dishes.  My Dad wrote the name of each dish on the cards with his architect handwriting.  You know that old-school perfect handwriting?  All caps?  I've always loved the way he writes.

The rounds were printed with the couple's names and strewn about the place.

Making all of these decorations was really fun.  We purchased a pack of scrapbooking paper that matched our inspiration fabric and I just tried to come up with a bunch of things to do with it!

The party was a great success.  Lots of family and friends.  LOTS of food. 

There were only a small handful of my cookies left at the end of the party.  Those were wrapped up by two of the remaining guests to take home.  That's always fun to see!

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