Saturday, August 19, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Retirement Sugar Cookies to Celebrate 47 Years!

A few months back I took an order for sugar cookies for a retirement party for my friend's father. I was so amazed to learn that he is retiring after 47 years of working! I don't know about you, but 47 years working at one establishment is certainly a huge feat and most definitely something to marvel at....and boy does that deserve a celebration!

These cookies were so much fun to make as they represent both his many years of employment at a job he really loved, as well as his fondness for the Oregan Ducks. I hope the retiree enjoys his cookies as much as I enjoyed making them!

Happy Retirement!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

{Queen Bee} Sweet Apples for Teacher Containers!

As you probably already know, I love to package my treats almost as much as I love creating them. It is like the icing on the cake! I absolutely love to use kraft boxes for packaging, but I equally love to use metal containers. They are great because they come in so many different colors to match themes, holidays, etc., and they are reusable so the recipient can use them for organizing their home, office, craft supplies. But more importantly they can be found just about anywhere and they don't break the bank!
Here I found some very cute metal buckets at Target in their dollar section....that is one of my favorite places to browse.
The last touch that I add to my packages is a little tag to tie the theme all together! 

These are perfectly packaged sweet apples to give to teacher for the start of the school year!

{Sugar Bee} Sweet Apples for Teacher

It is back to school time and what do you think of when you think of gifts for teacher?! Well I think of apples....but my idea of apples has a sweet twist! So this year, I used chocolate to make the cutest little apples to decorate some delicious treats.

First I created little chocolate chip cookie shooters. These are so much fun and can hold any liquid, whether it be milk or a little bit of Baileys (sometimes a teacher made need a sip to get through the start of the year craziness). Then after drinking the liquid, the "shot glass" can be eaten!
I always love to make chocolate covered Oreos....they are just so pretty and of course so tasty!
Another new treat I created this year are rice krispie treats! But these come on a stick and have a think layer of chocolate with apple adornments. Such a fun way to eat a rice krispie treat!

These sweet apples will make any teacher feel so special and so happy to be back to school!
  
Here's to a great year!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

{Queen Bee} Packaging Back-to-School Cookies

Baking and decorating cookies is so much fun, but what makes me so happy is when I can package them in such a way that is not only functional and protects the cookies, but also in way so that the person receiving the cookies can feel so special being given a sweet and pretty packaged gift. I hope the teachers receiving these cookies feel so very special and always appreciated.
 
 

{Sugar Bee} Back to School Cookies

It is that time of year again, summer is over and kids are going back to school! It is a feeling of excitement and a little sadness as I realize how time is flying by and my kids are growing right in front of my eyes.

This year my youngest is starting Kindergarten which leaves me without any kids at home during they day (if I so choose to stay home from work)....hmmmm....this could be fun! To celebrate this momentous occasion of both of my babies in school and my daughter starting kindergarten, I had to make some back-to-school themed sugar cookies for my kids teachers. After all, they are going to be with them for many hours of the day, and though I love my kids, I know how huge a task that is and I am so grateful that my kids will be in classes with teachers who are amazing and will not only educate them, but also care for them in my absence. Teachers are simply amazing!

So here is to a happy start of the school year for both the teachers and their students!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Graduation Cap Sugar Cookies

After I finished making the graduation/WSU sugar cookies, I thought one thing was missing....full size graduation caps! They are essential for a graduate and thought it would be a great addition to the assortment I had already created. I kept the color palette the same and kept it pretty clean and simple, but for an added touch of fun and interest, I airbrushed some subtle black polka dots. I was so happy with how they turned out and they will all look so great on the party table. Congratulations graduate!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Graduation and Off-to-College Sugar Cookies

These cookies were so fun to make and definitely challenged me as I had to come up with designs that not only were graduation themed but also incorporated the school that the graduate will be attending in the Fall. So I decided that I would use the Washington State University school colors, mascot, and acronym as my main designs and then add the graduation elements to the rest of the cookies. The airbrushed chevron added a bit of shine and pattern for an extra touch of fun for a young graduate. I was very pleased with the overall look of these cookies and I hope the graduate loves them as well.

Happy graduation to a very special young lady and best of luck in college!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Minecraft Sugar Cookies

A sweet little boy is turning 8 years old and to help him celebrate his big day, his mom asked me to create Minecraft themed sugar cookies. Apparently Minecraft is all the rage these days, especially with little boys....my son is totally obsessed with the mini-figures! There are so many characters in the Minecraft game, so it was difficult to choose which ones to create, but ultimately I see the most popular ones to be Steve and the Creeper, thus it seemed obvious that I needed to make those ones. But I also wanted to incorporate the birthday boy's age and a little something extra to add to the cookies and include a little extra color, so I created the TNT box and the number eight, made out of the gray bricks, similar to what you see in the game. I was happy with the way they turned out...my kids absolutely loved them, especially the Creeper! Now to figure out how the game actually works....

Monday, July 3, 2017

{Sugar Bee} 4th of July Chocolate Covered Oreos

Fourth of July festivities wouldn't be the same without chocolate covered Oreos! Thus I created a set that screamed Independence Day, all decked out with a patriotic color palette and big letters that read "USA"! Stars are always indicative of this day and I wanted to coordinate the decor with the cupcakes. But I also wanted to add a small pretty touch to the set so I made lovely little flowers. I love how they turned out. Now it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious beverage and some fireworks!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Festive Sugar Cookies for the Fourth!

In addition to the cupcakes I made the other day, I wanted to make festive sugar cookies to celebrate the 4th of July as well. I have been dying to use my newest Sugarbelle cookie cutters so deciding on designs wasn't so difficult this time around. The cookie designs are all very indicative of the Fourth of July. The plaque cookies were fun because I was able to use text on a cookie....something I don't do very often.Then I used my favorite star cookie cutter and added the "4th" to half of them....at times I just like the simplicity of cookies with just sprinkles on the outer edge. Lastly, I created firework cookies....these I thought rounded out the set by adding a little more pattern to the mix. This set was definitely liked by many....especially my kids! Now on to watching the real fireworks!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

{Sugar Bee} All American 4th of July Cupcakes

Are you prepping for the 4th?! I definitely am! To get started I wanted to create a cupcake that screamed All-American and 4th of July. I thought to myself what is an all-American dessert....apple pie of course! So my apple cupcake with cinnamon buttercream frosting was born! To give it an added patriotic touch, I added some sprinkles and adorned the top with red and blue chocolate stars. These give another meaning to Sweet Land of Liberty!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Boho Chic Cupcakes

 
Last but not least for the Boho Chic Baby Shower treats are boho cupcakes! I made two different flavors and to differentiate the two flavors, I used slightly different colors within the color palette of the party and maintained the same decor. The almond cupcakes with cherry almond frosting I made a pretty peach and topped it with white feathers that I subtly brushed with a pearl dust and added pink flowers. The margarita cupcakes I kept white and added gold sparkly feathers with the same pink flowers. I hope the mama-to-be and baby enjoy their sweet treats and their special day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Boho Chic Chocolate Covered Oreos

This weekend I am working on some goodies for a boho chic baby shower. First up on the list, chocolate covered Oreos! Using the color palette of the party, I created mini rose chocolate covered Oreos and then added a little sparkle and shine with standard round chocolate covered Oreos topped with a gold feather. I just love how it turned out!

Monday, June 19, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Father's Day Hole in One Treats!

This Father's Day I wanted to honor the two amazing fathers (my husband and my dad) in my life with making special treats that revolve around their favorite pastime....Golf! So let's just say I had a ball and went a little crazy creating goodies to let them know they are the "best dads by PAR"...in fact, they are a "HOLE in ONE"!
I always have to make chocolate covered Oreos....these have golf balls decorating the top that can hold a mini Oreo or just straight up white chocolate (just depends on how much you love white chocolate)!
 
I have been dying to make these sugar cookies inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle and when my husband sent me a photo of golf cookies out of the blue a couple weeks ago, I knew this would be the time to do it!
My husband LOVES cake pops, so I knew I had to incorporate this into my treat bucket....golf ball cake pops inspired by My Cupcake Addiction!
A while back I made these cupcakes to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday. I loved them so much and thought they needed to be part of my sweet treats, but instead the flag would focus on Father's Day. So one side the flag has a number ONE and on the other it says "Dad, you are a hole in one!"
It was a sweet way to wish my husband and dad a Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you amazing dads, grandpas, godfathers, and father figures!


Monday, June 12, 2017

{Party Bee} Ranger Jake Printable Collection

I am so excited to introduce the Ranger Jake Printable Collection to my readers! This collection is perfect for all Power Ranger fanatics; both male or female, young or old! Using a neutral color palette of black and white with a primary pattern of chevron, allows you to highlight the rangers with pops of color or accent with one particular color by using the birthday boy or girl's favorite ranger (Jake's fave is the green ranger)!

The entire collection is $30 and comes with the following:

- 5x7 invitation (double-sided optional) (envelope not included)
- Circle tags in 4 designs
- Square "Thank you Rangers" tag
- "Ranger name is age" or "Happy birthday name" double point pennant banner
- "name is age" double point pennant banner
- Decorative double point pennant banner
- 4x6 signs in 3 designs
- Centerpieces (age of child, favorite ranger power coins sized 3", and 5" logo)
- 8x10 Welcome Sign
- 16x20 Power Ranger Image/background sign
- Water bottle labels in 2 designs
- Juice box wrapper (using child's favorite ranger)
- Menu tent cards in 2 designs
- 2" and 3" power coins
- Straw flags
- 5x7 Thank you card

To order this collection, just send me an email with the party information (i.e. date, time, place, RSVP, contact, etc.), receive the files electronically, print out what you need, then cut and assemble!

Have questions? Refer to my FAQs page or send me an email!

Monday, June 5, 2017

{Party Bee} Morphin into Jake's 7th Birthday Party!

At the beginning of this year, my son, Jake, came across some old Power Ranger toys that my mom had stored at her house that belonged to my younger brother in the mid-nineties. At that moment, Jake was hooked....he became completely obsessed with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toys, the movie, and the television series. It was at that time that he decided the theme of his 7th birthday party. So of course, I went into party planning action! It was MORPHIN TIME!
Decorations for the classic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers aren't easy to find, so I knew I would have to design most of the party printables. I came up with a neutral color scheme of black and white, but wanted one particular color to pop....that color was green; for the green ranger of course, and Jake's favorite ranger! At the front door, a sign welcomed all of the guests to "Ranger Jake's 7th Birthday!"
Not only did I use the toys that my brother used to play with, but a friend and coworker of mine was also a huge Power Ranger fanatic, and he gave my son all of his toys from his childhood....let me tell you that Jake was in ranger heaven! So I put out many of the toys to help decorate....they really brought the dessert table to life by adding color and more ranger elements.
I ordered Jake's cake from the ridiculously talented Natalie (who also made his cake last year). She created a Green Ranger cake because that is Jake's favorite, and boy did she outdo herself....it is stunning! The cupcake toppers were created from my bestie and equally talented, Gabby! These were the most amazing sugar creations!
I knew I wanted to create Power Ranger cookie helmets, but choosing which ones was the challenge. I didn't have room for all 6, so I chose two rangers to flank the cake....yellow and blue!
I always have chocolate covered Oreos on my dessert table....they are a favorite of many of my friends and family. This year, the shape reminded me of the rangers' power coins. So I created the green ranger's power coin, and a black and white #7 to represent the white ranger (who was formerly known as the green ranger, in case you aren't up to speed on your ranger trivia).
Beverages are always a festive and easy element that I like to include on every table. This year, I used apple juice boxes since they happened to already be green, and I created a wrapper to look like the front of the green ranger's uniform. The water bottle labels coordinated with the rest of the paper printables I designed to continue with the ranger theme.
My kids LOVE Pez and I happened to find Power Ranger Pez on Amazon. They only had the three characters; Red Ranger, Black Ranger, and Pink Ranger....but I thought they would work out well and they were an easy way to represent those rangers on the table, and the kids would eat them up!
Piñatas at birthday parties are a tradition in my family. This year was no different, and Jake was so excited for one to bust open and grab all his favorite candies! The only problem was finding one that worked with his theme. I didn't want to get a ranger, because who wants to destroy a good guy....and I couldn't find any of the bad guys to purchase. So I bought a brightly colored #7 that I just gave a little makeover and covered with green, white, and black streamer paper. Voila, instant transformation!

Gabby is the person I always turn to when I need cake pops made of specific characters! She does them so well and is always willing to try any character, especially for my kiddos who she treats like her own. They are so lucky to have her. This year she wowed us again with her awesome Power Ranger helmet cake pops!
The kids tables were so fun to decorate! Chevron was the main pattern I used for this party....it is a modern pattern to put on a retro theme. Plus, I already had a bunch of these table runners that I had purchased a couple years ago. For the centerieces, I found inexpensive metal buckets in Target's dollar section as well as toy dinosaurs from Dollar Tree that I spray painted green. I dressed the bucket to look like the green ranger's uniform to continue highlighting Jake's favorite ranger.
I always love to add photos of Jake to show is growth and his beautiful and contagious smile! So on one side of the frame I place a picture of him and the other I place a printable that coordinates with the party theme.
The party favor bag was filled with fun things for the kids! I included Power Ranger gummy snacks, a Power Ranger ring, dinosaur skeleton, a vintage sticker from 1994, a party blower that I added power coins to, and green dinosaur bubbles with a thank you tag! The kids had a blast with these!
When the guests arrived, I had a table calling all junior rangers to join the team. The kids had a chance to sign their names to the certificate and become a Junior Power Ranger!
 It was fun placing the printables and toys around the house for some added power ranger pizazz!
The drink station is so much fun for me to try and come up with colors and flavors that stick to the theme. So this year we served Yellow Ranger Lemonade and Green Ranger Punch. For the adults that wanted a little stronger beverage, we offered "Rita Repulsaritas", which were basically margaritas but named after the main villain in the Power Ranger series. 
Every year since my kids turned one, I have created a birthday shirt for them to wear at their party. This year I made Jake a chevron #7 and found an awesome Power Ranger patch to adorn the shirt. He was smiling ear to ear!
His sister wanted in on the action! We got lucky that the new Power Ranger movie recently came out so Target offered some cute little girl's clothing that allowed her to participate in dressing with the theme.

Family photos are a must, especially a photo with Grandma and Grandpa! And we definitely need a picture with our Gabby!
Because it is ridiculously hot here in the desert, we needed something to cool off with.....so we arranged for a big water slide! The kids had so much fun!
With the help from a friend, I created a piñata bat to look like a sword, so they could bust open the piñata! My little girl surprised me with the strength of her swing and busted the thing open!
Finally the birthday boy got to blow out his candle surrounded by his best friends and wonderful family!
Happy 7th birthday my sweet boy! Mommy, daddy, and Ava love you so much!