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Thanksgiving Day Parade Workshop

When the kind people at Time Inc. contacted me about hosting a cookie workshop at their Thanksgiving Parade Viewing Party on Thanksgiving day I thought “wouldn’t that be a fun and different way to spread the love this year?” So, the day before Thanksgiving, when most people were preparing to brine and baste, I baked 130 gingerbread turkeys, 130 sugar candy corns and made 8 batches of royal icing. Here’s the behind the scences of the fun we had at the Time Inc. Parade Viewing Party…

Good morning Thanksgiving! On this chilly morning in NYC, it was beautiful to watch the sun rise between the buildings.
Good morning Thanksgiving! On this chilly morning in NYC, it was beautiful to watch the sun rise between the buildings as I arrived at the Time Inc. building around 7 a.m.
The event space was decorated with festive gourds, flowers in all the beautiful shades of Thanksgiving.
The event space was decorated with festive gourds, fruit, and flowers in all the beautiful shades of Thanksgiving.
I especially LOVED this turkey decorated tree! (cookie version next year anyone?)
I especially LOVED this turkey decorated tree! (Cookie version of this tree next year anyone?)
The centerpieces in the craft room were stacked cake stands stacked with fun amd festive items- love how whimsical these are looked!
The centerpieces in the craft room were stacked cake stands piled with festive items plus craft materials- love how whimsical and fun these looked!
I was super excited to see the beautiful and fully equipt cookie room!
I was super excited to see the beautiful and fully equipt cookie decorating room!
At the center of the long tables were these fabulous IKEA bins. Each were filled with all the supplies needed for each cookie icer to decorate their cookies.
At the center of the long tables were these fabulous IKEA bins. Each were filled with all the supplies needed for each cookie icer to decorate their cookies.
Our cookie sessions filled up quick- I was so touched!
Our cookie sessions filled up quickly- I was so touched!
Everyone gathered around to watch the cookie demos and instructions
At the start of each session, everyone gathered around to watch me demonstrate how to ice a gingerbread turkey and a sugar cookie candy corn.
Then they were off! Back to their seats to decorate their own cookies...
Then they were off! Back to their seats to decorate their own cookies…
These expert icers did an amazing job on their cookies!
These expert icers did an amazing job on their cookies!
This little sweetie asked for some help with her turkey.
This little sweetie asked for some help with her turkey and I was happy to oblige!
In between sessions, I ducked out and headed over to the Parade viewing room- There goes Sonic!
In between sessions, I ducked out and headed over to the Parade viewing room- there goes Sonic!
We provided each cookie icer with packaging to carry their cookies home. This lovely lady mentioned she was going to gift her cookies to her Grandmother that day! So sweet!
We provided each cookie icer with packaging to carry their cookies home. This lovely lady mentioned she was going to gift her cookies to her Grandmother that day! So sweet!
More amazing cookie work plus a fabulous festive dress!
More amazing cookie work plus a fabulous festive dress to accent her freshly painted face. (face painting was in one of the other activity rooms- so fun!)
Woohoo! The cornucopia float!
Woohoo! The cornucopia float!
More amazing work!
So fun!
More amazing festive fashion and fabulous cookies!
More amazing festive fashion and fabulous cookie work!
These adorable brothers enjoyed icing with their Mom!
These adorable brothers enjoyed icing with their Mom!
The sweetest candy corn all day!
The sweetest candy corn all day!
I asked if she wanted to pose with her cookies, but then posed with the icing bottles instead. So cute!
I asked if she wanted to pose with her cookies, but decided to pose with our icing bottles instead. Amazing!
I didn't get to see Santa, but was happy to see this candy cane!
I didn’t get to see Santa, but was happy to see this candy cane balloon just before our last session began.
I was surprised that no one added the googly eyes to the turkey instead... until this session 5 creative expert icer came along!
I was surprised that no one added the set of sugar googly eyes to the turkey instead of the candy corn… until this session 5 creative expert icer came along!
Speaking of expert, look at this masterful execution of the toothpick drag thru technique! (AKA: marbleized icing)
Speaking of expert, look at this masterful execution of the toothpick drag thru technique! (AKA: one of our favorite techniques, marbleized icing) I bet these were delish!

As our cookie classes came to an end I thought about how grateful I am to do what I do and to be able to spread the love to kids and their families on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you to everyone at Time Inc. for including us in such a wonderful event!

After we packed up and bundled up, I thought it would be fun to take the turkey cookie to see the tree.
After we packed up and bundled up, I thought it would be fun to take the turkey cookie to see the tree. It wasn’t lit yet but still looks great!
The sun was beaming and Giving Thanks was in the air.
As we headed up 51st street, the sun was beaming, NYC was sparkling and Giving Thanks was in the air… AND Christmas is coming!

We hope you had a beautiful, delicious, gratitude-filled Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all of you! Xo Dani

 

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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  • Oh, Dani! What a seriously fun treat those children got on Thanksgiving Day! Cookie decorating with Sweet Dani B… Now there’s something to be thankful for!

    Your photos are amazing and so are those cute decorated cookies!!

    Despire my love for decorating cookies, I’m afraid that my nose would have been pressed against the windows to watch the parade (total tourist that I am!!) How you managed to get the children to focus is only something YOU and your cookies could do!

    Bravo!!

    xo