Cookie Parties & Workshops

Thanksgiving Cookie Workshop 14 #Grateful

When I think about spreading the love, cookie workshops always come to mind. I know how much I enjoy learning new things (as Martha says “when you’re through changing you’re through”), so I love to watch as people and kiddos discover the fun and creativity of cookie icing. Plus where else in the world of “art & crafts” do you get to eat your works of art?

We had so much fun at our Thanksgiving cookie workshop at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ. Here’s a few adorable snaps of the workshop and the amazing expert icers who joined us…

We fresh bake cookies for every expert icer... thats why you have to pre-register for our workshops

We fresh bake cookies for every expert icer… (that is why you have to pre-register for our workshops)

The Monk Room at Porta is so amazing... I especially loved the miss matched chairs they set up for us. This is a great room for a private party

The Monk Room at Porta is so amazing… what a fab room for a private party! I especially loved the mismatched chairs they set up for us!

Colorful fall leaves were the first cookies up to ice...

Colorful fall leaf cookies were the first cookies up to ice…

Lily and Sabrina quickly became expert icers!

Lily and Sabrina quickly became expert icers!

I always love the workshop cookie buzz...

I always love the workshop cookie buzz… Mallory and Spencer chatting about their leaf designs- adorable!

Next up, our acorn "fashionista"...

Next up, our acorn “fashionista”

This is exactly how I feel about sugar googly eyes!

Peyton and Bette were very excited about our sugar googly eyes- this is exactly how I feel about them!

Mary Cate getting creative with her acorn

Mary Cate getting creative with her acorn

Amazing work Pippa!

Fashionista Pippa working on her fashionista acorn… Cuteness!

Last up, the turkey cookie... Dallas wisely saved her candy corns!

Last up, the turkey cookie… Dallas wisely saved her candy corns!

Both Ronnie and Peggy said they never iced cookies before...

Both Ronnie and Peggy said they never iced cookies before…

but that was hard to believe looking at their turkeys!

…but that was hard to believe looking at their turkeys!

Nalah and Lauren also did amazing work on their turkeys! (PS. LOVE your sweatshirt Lauren!)

Nalah and Lauren also did amazing work on their turkeys! (PS. LOVE that gold heart sweatshirt Lauren!)

Pippa took her turkey in a more abstract direction... amazing!

Pippa took her turkey in a more abstract direction… amazing!

During our demo Spencer announced he would be icing an all orange turkey and he definitely delivered!

During our demo Spencer told us he would be icing an ‘all orange turkey’ and he definitely delivered!

I bet that turkey was delish!

I bet that orange turkey was especially delish!

Thank you to everyone who joined us! I loved icing cookies with you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us! I loved icing cookies with you!

The workshop season is upon us! Be sure to check out our Holiday workshop schedule here… and join us in the cookie fun!

If you can’t join us at a workshop, pick up our Expert Icing Kit here and follow along with our How-To-Ice videos at Sweet Dani B TV… We have over 50 how-to-ice cookie videos featured and will have new videos debuting in December. Life IS sweet and I sure am grateful! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Xo Dani

Menagerie Cookie Workshop and DIY Birthday Cake

I had the pleasure of hosting a fantastic birthday cookie workshop yesterday that included decorating a very fun birthday cake as the finale. Lucy, the birthday girl, decided on our animal menagerie theme for cookie decorating and narrowed it down to icing the elephant, the ostrich, the alligator and giraffe. Check out the fun we had…

Lucy decided on a menagerie theme for cookie decorating and narrowed it down to the elephant, the ostrich, the alligator and giraffe.

Once the girls watched me demo each cookie, they went on chatting about school and other fun stuff without missing a beat! It was really fun to ice with girls of this age- and they were really, really good at it!

Everyone did such an amazing job decorating. At the end of cookie decorating, a few of the girls decided to eat one of their cookies. It seemed like the ostrich was the most popular choice for eating on the spot. My guess is the extra allure of the coarse sanding sugar bird body!

Everyone did such an amazing job decorating. At the end of cookie decorating, a few of the girls decided to eat one of their cookies. It seemed like the ostrich was the most popular choice for eating on the spot. My guess is the extra allure of the coarse sanding sugar bird body!

Amazing icing work!

Amazing icing work!

Next up, time to decorate the cake. Lucy's Mom ordered a "naked cake" from a bakery nearby. I was thinking it looks gorgeous as is!

Next up, time to decorate the cake. Lucy’s Mom ordered a “naked cake” from a bakery nearby. I was thinking ‘it looks gorgeous as is’ but I knew we’d make it even more amazing.

After spreading a thin layer of cream cheese icing on top, the girls took turns adding grass to the top using my new favorite tip!

After spreading a thin layer of cream cheese icing on top, the girls took turns adding grass texture to the top using my new favorite tip!

All the girls did an amazing job adding grass icing.

All the girls did an amazing job adding grass icing.

While a few of us we were icing away, Lucy's Mom was showing the other girls how to roll fondant and make gumpaste flowers.

While a few of us we were icing grass, Lucy’s Mom was showing the other girls how to roll fondant and make gumpaste flowers.

The flowers looked so cute on the grass! The girls decided some of the flowers needed colorful centers so they added them with food doodlers.

Once the grass was all filled in, we added four cake topper cookies that I iced the night before so they would be dry. They added the flowers which looked so cute on the grass! The girls decided some of the flowers needed colorful centers so they added them with food doodlers.

Here's Lucy's Mom, Veronique, adding the finishing touches- long strips of ribbon with different textures to the cake sides. She made this look easy- even with a broken thumb!

Here’s Lucy’s Mom, Veronique, adding long strips of fondant ribbon with different textures to the cake sides. She made this look easy- even with a broken thumb!

The final delicious and adorable looking cake! I know it must have tasted even better considering all the love that went into making it!

The final delicious and adorable looking cake! I know it must have tasted even better considering all the fun that went into making it!

Everyone was full from eating cookies so they decided to save the cake cutting for after some sledding and other activities.

Everyone was full from eating cookies so they decided to save the cake cutting for later…

A couple of selfies and they were off!

A couple of selfies and they were off- on to the next adventure!

Happy Birthday, Lucy! I hope you enjoyed your cake. I certainly enjoyed working on it with you, your sisters, your Mom and friends! What a lovely afternoon- Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

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