Cookie Parties & Workshops

Spreading the Love… A Valentine Cookie Workshop

Several years ago I had a very (very) small studio space in the Monroe Center of the Arts, located on Monroe Street in Hoboken, NJ. The Monroe Center is a city block sized warehouse style building that for years has been home to art related businesses. When the cookie portion of my business took off, I had to find a studio with a kitchen and the Monroe Center was not an option. I was sad to leave because I especially loved the community feeling of working amongst other artists at the Monroe Center.

Patti and Justine, founders of Urban Arts at Monroe Center

Patti and Justine, founders of Urban Arts at Monroe Center

It’s funny how life circles you back sometimes… Early this year I was so happy to be introduced to two local artists, Patti Morale and Justine Uva, who own a beautiful studio space in the Monroe Center called “Urban Arts“. Patti and Justine were looking for ways to expand their students’ horizons in art and thought my cookie workshops might be a good fit. When Justine said “We do what we love and we love what we do” I knew I had found the perfect place!

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Sweet Dani B’s “Sweets for My Sweet” Cookie Icing Students hard at work

Our first workshop “Sweets for My Sweet” was held this past Sunday, in two sessions. Classes filled up quickly and it was a wonderful balance of Urban Arts students mixed in with some amazing Sweet Dani B “friends ‘n’ fans” (thank you!)- a few, who I was so touched and flattered to find out, drove from Boston and Rhode Island to attend (Wow! Thank you!). This eclectic mix of excited cookie icers ran the gamut from “Mommies and Me” (girls and boys, and all ages of Moms and their kids), to groups of girlfriends, to 11 year old B.F.F’s, to a sweetheart Valentine date, to a family day out… I truly loved seeing everyone come together to share a few hours with us doing what we love…

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Daughter and Mom Expert Icers, Diaz and Kelly sketch out their cookie ideas before icing

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Our Valentine Candy Bar ready to go

Agastya and Devika working on their heart cookie

Agastya and Devika working on their heart cookie

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“Art BFFs” (and Urban Arts students) Maxine & Caroline did an amazing job icing their cookies

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Showing off one of my favorite “moves” the cookie cookie shake

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LOVE + BUG!

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This little sweetie was all business when icing her cookies! She did a great job! (Love her shirt!)

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(More adorable style!) Isabella and her Mom had a great time bringing Isabella’s amazing    cookie sketches to life

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Not only are these cookies adorable, I am sure they were delicious covered in Valentine candy!

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This expert icer had a great time icing cookies with her family who all attended together- sweet!

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Speaking of sweet, these “sweethearts” came to our workshop as their Valentine date-    now that’s my kind of outing! 

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Amazingly iced cookies packed up and heading back to Providence, RI…

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…along with Expert Icers Dana, Alli, and Helene! What a SWEET visit!

Nine batches of icing and one hundred and twenty cookies later, we called it a day on “Sweets for my Sweet”. It was a wonderful day “doing what I love and loving what I do” and sharing that with all the Expert Icers who attended. Thanks to Justine & Patti for welcoming me back to the Monroe Center… I can hardly wait for our next cookie workshop (March 31st and April 1st)!  Hope you can join us- details coming soon!

Xoxo Dani

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We “HEART” cookie icing!

For more photos from our cookie workshop, check out Dani’s Flickr page! Email us with your photos from the event at info@sweetdanib.net  to add to this album! SWEET!

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Cookie Magic

*Bunny in Hat cookie

And now for my next trick...

“So how would you feel about following a magician?” Not a question I hear everyday, but, when my cousin Lauren asked me to do a cookie workshop at a magic party I was curious to find the answer to that exact question!

Ella, Lauren’s daughter and the birthday girl, is a lot like her mom and myself… we Boglivi girls (Boglivi is my maiden name) are not super girly girls. Ella’s good with pink but likes purple more and enjoys all sorts of fun after school activities- one, being magic class! (How cool is that?) Lauren knew this would be a really great birthday theme for boys and girls and she was right.

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The results of some fun and amazing magic tricks!

The party started with a fabulous magician named Ben (who is also Ella’s magic teacher). He performed some super fun tricks… Slight of hand, dollar revealed in a peeled banana, bent quarter… really cool stuff! After the magic show, Ella’s Dad led the kids in piñata fun. The piñata has made a big party comeback and this was no exception.

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"Hey, number 8- we are coming for ya!"

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Our "magic table" setup

Next up, COOKIES! While that is how I feel about them, the kids always seem to start off a bit quiet. I showed them our workshop coloring templates and explained what we would be working on. Once I mentioned we’d be icing a magic wand that would be ‘so much more delicious’ than Harry Potter’s, the cookie decorating was off to a great start.

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Magic wand work... I gave them a few ideas for inspiration

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Ella's brother, Will, concentrating on magic wand icing

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Ella's excellent magic wand, and adorable bunny sketch...

Next up the bunny in hat cookie… Unfortunately the magician didn’t have a tie in with the bunny in hat (Dear Magicians, Please work with me! Isn’t a bunny in hat a required prop?) so I’m not certain the kids fully got the meaning of this cookie, but no matter. As I was demoing the bunny and added the sanding sugar to make his fur, someone yelled “furry bunny!”and it was on! The kids really got into this one…

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The birthday girl working on her bunny cookie

Hop to it! These bunnies aren't going to decorate themselves!

Hop to it! These bunnies aren't going to decorate themselves!

Bunny amazingness- I love the heart nose!

Bunny amazingness- I love the heart nose- I might have to borrow this idea!

 

A very well done bunny with a fabulous hat to boot!

A very well done bunny with a fabulous hat to boot!

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and look at this bunny- what personality! and another heart nose... these kids are on to something!

After cookie decorating was finished, it was time for birthday cake. One of my favorite parts of a party is singing “happy birthday”. Since I have a terrible voice, I used to be shy about it, but not anymore. Last year, I got to thinking that singing “happy birthday” is one of those moments people might take for granted… like the sun and moon rising each day… but if you think about it, how many times will we get to sing it? Its a privilege! An honor! I hope I didn’t embarrass Ella too much but joined in with her parents and all her friends and we sung it proud.

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Mark and Lauren jump in to help Ella blow out her candles

Birthday Party Success? Check! Birthday Party Magic? Yep, we got that too! All good things to Ella for the amazing eights!  Xo Dani

**Look for my how-to ice the bunny in hat (one of our Sweet Dani B cutter designs) and magic wand cookie coming up next post!**