Cookie Parties & Workshops

Spring Sprung then We Hippity Hopped! Behind the Scenes at Our Latest Cookie Decorating Workshops

Group 4 Natalie and Meredith

Where has the time gone this week? In preparation for Easter, I helped my Aunt Del make the famous pizzagaina and the sweet Easter pie. Previously, I had only been involved in the eating process of these famous Easter treats so I was very excited to learn how to make them. Each took one full afternoon but I am so excited to try the fruits of our labor… As a rule have to wait till Saturday. I’ll keep you posted and will be sharing the recipes.

Last Saturday and Sunday I was excited to host four back to back cookie icing workshops at Urban Arts… “Spring Has Sprung” and “Hippity Hop” were our themes. Everybody had a wonderful time and, as usual, while I was there to instruct and inspire, these “expert icers” ended up inspiring me as well…

Group 1 gathers for demo

Cookie flowers, bees and butterflies were on the list for our Spring Has Sprung Workshop

 

Group 1 bee2

There were some very talented icers in this group- When I looked back at the photos, I this was my demo bee!

 

Group 1 Patricia

Patricia, an already experienced cookier, was pleased with the results of icing using my Expert Icing Bottle Kit instead of piping bags. Her cookies were fabulous!

 

Group 1 Linda with carrier

Linda brought along this fabulous transformable cake/ cupcake carrier by Wilton to carry her amazingly iced cookies home in

 

Group 2 Easter demo

The Hippity Hop Group gathers around for my sheep demo- In this class we iced the fluted egg, the sheep and the bunny in egg

 

Group 2 Cameron

Cameron had a vision of using green icing on her egg cookie but we didn't have it- so she mixed it herself! Somebody has been studying the color wheel!

 

Group 2 Sara and Liam

Sara and Liam did beautiful work icing their cookies

 

Group 2 Eleana

Eleana shows us her amazing cookie work! (Do they make those sneakers in my size?)

 

Group 2 Hartshorns final cookies

The Hartshorns are an adorable and super artistic family- amazing work!

 

Group 3 Abby and Stacey

On Sunday afternoon, we were back to Spring Has Sprung... Abby and her Mom did amazing work on their bees

 

Group 3 Bella with sketches

Bella, a repeat expert icer, takes time on her cookie sketches before icing- love that!

 

Group 3 Buzz and Flowers

I loved seeing everyones flowers and bees drying together- it was like a cookie garden!

 

Group 3 besties and their cookies

Amazing bestie icing work!

 

Group 3 adorable cookies to go

That was fun!

 

Group 3 Ryan final cookies

Ryan left no candy unturned while decorating, I predicted his cookies would be extra delish!

 

Group 3 Denise Carol Megan Liz

I was touched to learn that Denise, Carol, Megan and Liz drove 2 hours to attend our workshop!

 

Group 3 scooter arrival

Evie parked her scooter outside the door while she iced cookies, then rode it out!

 

Group 4 icing bunny w sugar

Fun with sanding sugar at the second Hippity Hop workshop- that's a bunny in egg under there!

 

Group 4 sheep w heart mouth

The sheep got treated to a candy heart mouth in this workshop- LOVE it!

 

Group 4 Natalie and Meredith

Meredith (who I was excited to learn is also a RISD alum) and Natalie attended both workshops and did amazing, artistic work!

 

Group 4 amazing Easter finals

The Easter Bunny is going to be very pleased with these cookies!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring and Easter Workshops! It was wonderful to meet you all and I hope you are enjoying your cookie creations! For more behind the scenes photos from our cookie workshops visit our Flickr page!

Coming soon… new cookie workshops! Stay tuned- Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

 

 

 

 

 

An Open Studio Tour at Monroe Center

Monroe Poster

Monroe Center added me to the poster advertising this event- I was so honored!

I love the sound of an “Open Studio Tour”… It just sounds so artsy! That’s exactly what the goings on were at the Monroe Center for the Arts in Hoboken this past Sunday. The building opened its doors to welcome in the visiting public and each studio or suite had the option to open up their places and participate.

SDB in lobby of Monroe

Never one to "travel lightly" here I am admiring the art and waiting for the elevator

The lower level gallery was decorated with beautiful “action” photos of many of the studio owners. What a fabulous way to show off the talented members of Monroe!

Creativity At Work

"Creativity At Work" is on display in the lower lever photo gallery at Monroe Center

Coming off our successful Valentine Cookie Workshop at Urban Arts, I was honored to be asked to participate in the Open Studio Tour and hang out for the day.

Urban Arts Collage

Just a few of the amazing student projects on display at Urban Arts

I set up a little pop up shop where I sold my decorative cookies and also “tested” my new “line” of cookies I have been calling “Just add milk”! (So far so good- More about this later)

Sweet Dani B Frog Princes, Crowns, Owls, Lemon Lovies...

Sweet Dani B Frog Princes, Crowns, Owls, Lemon Lovies...

I also set up an “Ice with Me” demo where people were welcomed to join me in icing a cookie!

Come Ice with Me! A few of my favorite shapes set up with my Expert Icing Bottles

Come Ice with Me! A few of my favorite shapes set up with my Expert Icing Bottles

SDB private cookie demo 2

This little sweetie watched carefully before icing his heart half

SDB private cookie demo

Another fan of pink royal icing... this adorable expert icer caught on quick!

These sisters complimented their hearts with their fabulous outfits!

These sisters complimented their hearts with their fabulous outfits!

SDB demo sisters icing cookies

Whoooo said sisters?! These expert icers did a beautiful job with their owls!

Later on, I took a stroll down the hall and could not have been more elated that the Puppet Heap was open! In my next life, I want to come back as a puppet maker…

Puppet heap

I could have stayed in The Puppet Heap for hours- their work is incredible! They also sell a few of their puppet designs- some are sweet like the puppy and others are scary cool like the squid- what an amazing gift item! I'll be back!

I also was happy to pop in and visit my new friends at Botanical Design. I have been looking for a floral vendor to recommend and these guys are amazing! They have just the right taste level and they are warm and welcoming. I love their studio space which is a combination of a showcase of their work and a working studio.

Botanical Design

I loved that they were selling Spring Bulbs as well as welcoming guests into their studio- Sweet!

Tango workshop

How fun is this? A Tango workshop!

Charcoal Art

A piece I loved on display at Janet Greene Jewelry Design studio

After my walking tour, I stumbled upon “Rosie’s Weenie Wagon”, which was set up in the perfect spot- between the elevator and the live music! While loading up an order of nachos for me (yum), Rosie mentioned she is available for party bookings: how fun would it be to have her wheel her cart into your yard this summer?

Rosies Weenie Wagon

Rosie working her magic on an order of loaded nachos- mmmm!

Monroe hosts Open Studio Tours about twice a year but the building is always bustling and open to the public. It’s a wonderful place to visit and is a fast growing cultural center. I had a great time on Sunday and am looking forward to returning for our Spring Cookie Workshops March 31st and April 1st! Check out our Workshop Schedule and come join in the fun!   Xo Dani