Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

Happy December!

Here at SweetDaniB, we are busy with cookies all year ’round but there is nothing quite like the month of December for getting merry and festive. It is THE month everybody seems to be turning not their ovens. Here are the cookies we will decorating all month long…

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Photo Credit : Mikel Paige Party concept: Color Pop Events

Bring on the Unicorns! When I teamed up with Color Pop Events to work on a this Lisa Frank inspired Holiday Party I had no idea how much a unicorn cookie tree would be needed by the time the holidays rolled around!

You know we love a good cookie tree and this one features our new Topsy Turvey Tree, our Curly Cue Candy Cane and one of my favorite by CopperGifts- the Unicorn! Use bright colors to decorate like we did here or limit your icing palette to red, green, white with maybe a dash of pink!

At this party we plated up a platter of Rainbow Cloud cookies and Narwhals. The narwhal is one of my new vert favorites and is perfect for this time of year due to its original inspiration factor: The move ELF! (specifically this scene) For die hards, you knew that already!

SDB Narwhal rainbow horn set

Supplies to pick up… jumbo hearts, candy pearls, candy beads (bigger than pearls), googly eyesdisco dust in pixie and gold or silver (or another fun accent color). Of course you will need our SDB Expert Icing Kit and our Heart Applicator Tweezer. If you are new to cookie decorating email us about our new “SDB complete kit” which isn’t listed on our site yet but is available for sale. Contact us here about purchasing this kit which makes a really great gift!

SDB Complete Expert Icing Kit- New!

SDB Complete Expert Icing Kit- New!

In this year where women are taking a bigger stand than ever (right ladies?!), I thought it was about time to feature the character who my bestie Amanda recently dubbed ‘the brains of the operation’… Mrs. Claus! We don’t have a photo of this exact cookie yet but she is inspired by CopperGift’s Grandma cutter and I promise, she will be amazing. We have sized her to perfectly to stand side by side with her man Santa and together they will spread the love all the way through to the new year.

Inspired by this self portrait cookie, which I named "Old Aunt Dan", Mrs. Claus is going to be an amazing cookie to add to your Holiday Cookie Platter!

Inspired by this self portrait cookie, this version which I named “Old Aunt Dan”, Mrs. Claus is going to be an amazing cookie to add to your Holiday Cookie Platter!

 

For Mrs. Claus cookie you’ll want to pick up candy beads in the pearl white, jimmies, and some silver luster dust. Oh and that cookie she’ll be carrying- thats a jumbo sugar quinn

One last little friend to usher us into a fresh, bright, and “totally normal” New Year… our Happy Troll cookie cutter. This is one I have been wanting to design for a long time, based on those quirky little friends from the 70’s. I always thought these guys would be just amazing with our gnome friends and mushrooms but would also work well with Unicorns and Rainbows! Photos coming soon!!!

Speaking of mushrooms, for those who want to keep it a bit more traditional, here’s my fun cookie take on the yule log…

SDB woodland christmas eve cake

Using our petite fox cutter (we can’t get enough of this little guy!), jumping bunny, mixed size tree cutters and baby mushrooms, all baked on sticks, this is the perfect easy cake for Christmas Eve sweetness! Make it extra easy and buy the cake!

Happy December to all. More Holiday cookie fun to follow! Xo Dani

A 50th Birthday in “the Sticks”

Cheers to 50 years!

Cheers to 50 years!

Fahnestock State Park in Mahopac, NY was the absolutely perfect location and setting for our bestie Tom’s 5oth Birthday Party. My friend Tamara and I have joked for all the years we have been friends that I am the city mouse and she is the country mouse (who insists on living in “the sticks”). We had so much fun setting up this party for Tom even further up “in the sticks”. A beautiful day and love filled celebration followed…

What a gorgeous location!

What a gorgeous location!

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Baked fresh the morning of, I plated up these mini squirrel cookies with my salted dark chocolate chip cookies for the ultimate cookie party platter! (love this quirky little squirrel cutter from IKEA)

Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!

Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!

For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.

For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars (you might call them Ball jars) with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.

She topped the jar tops with adorable faux bugs and closed them to keep everything secure.

She glued adorable faux bugs to the jar tops and closed them to keep everything secure.

Sparkling Sangria

For refreshments, we made my fave recipe for Sparkling Sangria but substituted grapefruit for the lemon and lime. (get the recipe here)

I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal Igloo coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom's sister's fresh squeezed lemonade)

I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal campsite coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom’s sister’s fresh squeezed lemonade)

KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara had it put onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the "sticks" and the leiderhosen is our fave reference to Tom's Austrian heritage.

KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara secretly had it designed onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the “sticks” and the lederhosen he is wearing is our very fave reference to Tom’s Austrian heritage.

 

 

Tam's app game has always been strong... antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit!

Tam’s app game has always been strong… antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit! The ravi on the stick reaction was major!

We added a sign with Tom's BDAY hashtag and a bowl of pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch.

We added a sign with Tom’s Bday hashtag and a bowl of squirrel logo pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch. 

Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born

Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born

Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started

Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started

Extra large jenga was a huge party hit.

Giant Jenga was a huge party hit… 

... as was grabbing lunch at the food truck!

… as was grabbing lunch at the food truck- Greg’s Good Eats! Photo credit: Tamara Dilworth

Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.

Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.

Real live moss!

Real live moss! (maybe not the best shoe choice for this… ;))

I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!

I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!  

Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi

Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi

 

CHEERS to 50 years!

CHEERS to 50 years!

Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones

Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones  

Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here's to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! All good things always! Xo

Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here’s to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! Lots of love and all good things always! Xo