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Halloween 14 Cookie Collection

Happy Halloween 14!

Happy Halloween 14!

We shot our Halloween 14 cookie how-to videos last week and while they are being edited I thought it would be fun to show you who we will be celebrating Halloween with this year…

Dr. Zombie

Dr. Zombie

Inspired by the NJ Zombie Walk and, more specifically, my favorite Zombie from last year’s parade (see him on Instagram). I had such a fun time attending the parade and just being in town for this crazy, spooky event! This year we took Dr. Zombie out on the town with us- super fun! This cookie character is made with our Mr. Bones cookie cutter.

Foxy the Black Cat

Foxy the Black Cat

This cat is made using our Foxy Fox cookie cutter. Thanks to our cookie friends on social media who also pointed out that our fox cookie cutter would make a super sweet cat. We also have a cat in the family named LooLoo that looks very much like this cookie friend- especially around the eyes!

Goblin Trees

Goblin Trees

Inspired by a Halloween greeting card and the Fall version of this cookie that we did last year… I could not resist creating these Goblin Trees using our Partridge in a Pear Tree cookie cutter. Of all of the things that scare me on Halloween, or on any given quiet night, it is wondering who or what might be hiding behind the tree down the street (Thanks, Halloween the movie!)

Got My Eye On You Hug Monster

Got My Eye On You Hug Monster

You didn’t think we were done hugging it out after Valentine’s Day did you? We love our Hug Monster cookie cutter so much, we could not wait to decorate him for Halloween. This monster was inspired by my love for googly eyes and this adorable cookie that I pinned on Pinterest.

The XRay Hug Monster

The X-Ray Hug Monster

Like some art, this hug monster was actually inspired by the materials. CopperGifts sent me these absolutely amazing sugar bones and they practically jumped right onto this cookie. Its so easy to decorate it barely needs a how-to (but we will blog one for you anyway)!

Halloween Night Owls

Halloween Night Owls

We are always looking for fun and new ways to decorate our signature Owl… we will always hold a special place in our heart for this sweet feathered character since he was the first cookie cutter we ever designed with our friends at CopperGifts! Look for our owl blog coming up as well as our Pinterest Owl inspiration board. We’d also love to see how you decorate your owl cookies!

I so appreciate all our fans and friends who have “joined in the cookie fun” over the past few years. Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays and this year I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to come up with some new characters while using some of the cookie cutters we have already designed. Hopefully you have some of these cutters already and if you don’t I promise you won’t regret purchasing one or two. With a bit of easy care, you will have them forever and we will always be looking for new ways to update and decorate them.

Halloween how-to’s coming up next! Happy happy October! Xo Dani

Rainbow Dance Party

SDB Rainbow Dance Party_Bette Mary Cate with signs

Some party themes come together easier than others and in the case of Bette Kane’s 3rd Birthday, “Rainbow Dance Party” just kind of developed and kept rolling! We could have went on and on with this theme… Inspired by one of her favorite stuffed animals (a unicorn) and her love for singing and dancing (Fresh Beat Band!) this theme had all the best elements for a great party.

In the days before the party, big brother Donovan punched bags of heart confetti in rainbow colors.

In the days before the party, big brother Donovan helped out by using a heart punch to make heart confetti in a rainbow of colors. We sprinkled the confetti everywhere.

We added these festive streamers from Target to the Happy Birthday banner Amanda bought to use for their annual birthday celebrations.

We added these festive streamers from Target to the Happy Birthday banner Amanda bought to use for their annual birthday celebrations.

Bette wasn't feeling the rainbow colors that day but in the invite we asked all the guests to dress in colors of the rainbow.

Here’s Bette dancing with the invite…  In the invite we asked all the guests to dress in colors of the rainbow (She was a bit of a rebel with the request herself! :))

I prepper for the group shot by writing the colors of the rainbow on the ground in sidewalk chalk. Then everybody filed in....

I prepped for the group shot by writing the colors of the rainbow on the ground in sidewalk chalk. Then everybody filed in….

My largest group shot to date with everybody arranged in colors of the rainbow! Love it!

My largest group shot to date (33 people!) with everybody arranged in colors of the rainbow! Love it! As you can see, blue was the most popular color that people wore. (Interesting!)

We set up 2 activities for the kids... the DIY party hat table featured blank hats with foam stickers, googly eyes and bubbles.

We set up 2 activities for the kids… the DIY party hat table featured blank hats with foam stickers, googly eyes and bubbles.

I loved seeing Bette and her girlfriends working on their hats!

I loved seeing Bette and her girlfriends, Pippa and Mary Cate working on their hats!

The sweets table featured Amanda's famous chocolate chip cookies, confetti bars, M&Ms in rainbow colors and a rainbow cake by Carrie at Goodie Box Bake shop. I decorated the cake with unicorn, and rainbow cookies as well as some sugar hearts.

The sweets table featured Amanda’s famous chocolate chip cookies, rainbow cookies from a favorite local Italian bakery, rainbow confetti bars, M&Ms in rainbow colors and a rainbow cake by Carrie at Goodie Box Bake shop. I decorated the cake with unicorn, and rainbow cookies as well as some sugar hearts.

Candle blowout time! Don't you just love those lil' rainbow milk jugs from Tom Kat?

Candle blowout time! Don’t you just love those lil’ rainbow milk jugs from Tom Kat?

Cousin JD leads us in Happy Birthday!

Cousin JD leads us in Happy Birthday!

YES!!! Rainbow cake!

YES!!! Rainbow cake!

After the cake was cut, we had one last birthday activity... DIY cupcake!

One last birthday activity… DIY cupcake!

DIY cupcake in action!

We set up small bowls of rainbow inspired candy and I did a little demo to inspire their decorating ideas. Here’s DIY cupcake in action… the kids loved it!

Everyone loved working on their own cupcakes then eating them on the spot!

Everyone loved working on their own cupcakes then eating them on the spot!

Especially the birthday girl!

Especially the birthday girl!

Happy 3rd Birthday Bette! I loved working on your party and had even more fun attending! Wishing you rainbows of love and happiness always! Xo Aunt Dan

Delish cookie rainbows!

I hope you all had a SWEET time!

Thanks to Amanda and Kevin (Bette’s parents) for sharing their amazing photos with me and also to KF for snapping some great ones! Thanks to Goodie Box Bake shop for the delicious cake and DIY cupcake cake supplies. Thanks to Knockout for the amazing birthday signs! Xo