Posted in Avon, Cookies, Join Avon, Party Centerpiece, Party Decorations, Sweets & Treats

Cookie Christmas Tree by Avon and Me

Avon Cookie Cutters 

Being obsessed with baking creative artisan sugar cookies this past month or so, I just had to purchase this set from Avon. Labeled as Build A Tree Cookie Cutter Set and priced crazy cheap $7.99. I will have to purchase more for Gifts!!

First step to making this clever, clever creation is  baking the cookies. My tried and true recipe was the perfect size!

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks butter (I use 1 butter, 1 margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
Cookie cutters in action Purchase at Avon

Cut out all 10 stars and had extra dough so made extra stars and a few umbrellas for my tribute to Mary Poppins Returns (can not wait to see that movie)!

The Royal Icing recipes is as follows:  had plenty for both the tree and umbrellas

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 3 Tablespoons water (add more to develop proper consistency for flooding)

Back to the Christmas Tree ………

Colored the stars in light green and outlined with white – all except the top star which I colored white and placed upside on the last top star. I added little circle sprinkles to act as ornaments. I swirled the royal icing to give the cookies a tree effect (if that makes sense) instead of a smooth finish. I let the cookies dry overnight before stacking them.

Purchase cookie cutters at Avon

I absolutely LOVE this and it actually was super easy to do! I would say 2 of these would make a Great centerpiece for a large Christmas party!!

Posted in Baby Shower, Party Centerpiece

Simple Baby Shower Centerpiece

 

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The baby shower is still in the planning stages and will happen next month! For a Grandma-to-be this is an Exciting and overwhelming event. I can not even begin to describe how I feel … elated, transformed, scared and thankful for our miracle on the way! Of course, with all the technology these days, we know it’s a Boy and doing well. ***Thank You Lord ***

We are hosting the event at a local (to them) restaurant so the food portion is handled once we have a head count and have made our choices. The decorations I want to keep simple since it’s not my own home and we have to bring everything there.

There are 8 tables seating 5 and a bar that will seat more – our own room atop the main restaurant – private and fun!

The table centerpieces as I mentioned – simple. I am placing a mason jar on a doily in the center of each table and below shows the pieces used –

The little crystal blue pieces or rocks can be found inexpensive on-line and I placed them in a plastic shot glass (you can just place in the mason jar without the added shot glass). I was going for Color here – blue for baby boy.  The stroller cutout I cut with my Cricut machine on blue cardstock. Four will be stroller and four will be rocking horse.

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The flowers were made with coffee filters tinted with blue food color and assembled one on top the next secured with hot glue. Pretty easy!!

I will be sure to post photos at the actual shower next month!! Can’t wait!