Being obsessed with baking creative artisan sugar cookies this past month or so, I just had to purchase this set from Avon. Labeled asBuild A Tree Cookie Cutter Setand 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)
3 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups flour
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.
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!!
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.
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!