Thursday, November 23, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Pumpkin Cupcakes Perfect for Fall

What is the Fall without pumpkin flavored goodies?! For Thanksgiving I thought it would be perfect to create pumpkin cupcakes with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. Even better, this year my daughter assisted me in the kitchen and we had so much fun measuring and mixing. This time of year is about family and what a perfect opportunity to be together and create such great memories.
To decorate the cupcakes, I created chocolate leaves brushed with a little gold luster. These were also taste tested by my daughter, and she gave a giant thumbs up!
Wishing you and your family and very blessed and happy thanksgiving filled with many special and sweet memories!

Friday, November 17, 2017

{Sugar Bee} A Piece of Pie

I don't know about you and your kids, but for some reason, mine will not eat pumpkin pie. In fact, I may be the only one in my household that loves pumpkin pie (pumpkin anything really)! So this year, I figured I would make pumpkin pie, but in the form of sugar cookies.
I love the way they look all arranged in the form of an entire pie, but they also just look darling individually placed on a plate.
These pieces of pie also come with a dollop of "whipped cream" on top....a staple on top of pumpkin pie if you ask me! In this form, I am sure this pumpkin will be gobbled up by my kids! As for me, I am looking forward to the real thing!

What is your dessert of choice for Thanksgiving?!

{Sugar Bee} Always Thankful for Cookies!

Every year I am always thankful for my family, friends, good health, my home, job, and of course cookies! I am fortunate enough that my husband and kids can put up with my messes and my not so undivided attention at certain moments so I can have the time to devote to one of my passions....cookie making!
This year for Thanksgiving I have created a set that just screamed Fall! Scarecrows, pretty pumpkins, black birds, and sunflowers (I just love these flowers, can you tell?)! I am so happy with the way they turned out and I sure hope that my customers are just as happy....well, hopefully even more happy because they get to eat these yummy treats!

What are you thankful for this year?!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

{Party Bee} Dia De Los Muertos Dessert Table

The day after Halloween last year, I knew I wanted to create a Dia De Los Muertos dessert table for the following year. So let me tell you, I was so excited last month when I started designing my table and decorations for Halloween. The Day of the Dead decorations are so colorful, festive, and easy to do! It is a celebration that lasts for the few days between Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos.
When I started my design, I knew that I wanted a bright but limited color palette for my printable collection. So my primary color scheme was red, black, blue, and yellow. This helped keep things a little balanced and overall cohesive. For an added pop of colors, I wanted to have lots of paper flowers to adorn the table. These paper flowers are very traditional within the Mexican culture, as are the papel picado that are replicated in my printable collection.

As you know, I love sugar cookies and so I knew I had to create some for my table. I created sugar skulls and flowers with skull centers. The color palette was a little lighter than the rest of the table, but I liked the variety of hues. I can't get enough of sugar skulls and I just loved the way these turned out
I also knew I had to create chocolate covered Oreos, so similarly I made sugar skulls and mini flowers. These were so saturated with color and looked so bright and lovely on the table.
I am a big fan of balance and cohesion, and the flower toppers on the cupcakes balanced out the colors from the chocolate covered Oreos quite nicely.
 
I couldn't resist adding margaritas to the celebration! Really what is a fiesta without margaritas?! Though these ones were adorned with coordinating straw flags and placed next to a beautiful Calavera Catrina!
I cannot have a table without water bottles. These are one of the simplest and cost effective items that can be used on a dessert table all while adding to the decor. Not to mention, water is necessary after eating all these sweets!
I tried something a little different this year and created chocolate covered Pretzels...let me just say these were super rich with the crazy amount of chocolate that went on the pretzels. Death by chocolate is truly what these bad boys are....but aren't they beauties!
Lucky for me, my best friend, Gabby, makes the cutest cake pops and she so kindly added to my table by creating these adorable sugar skull cake pops!

I had such a fun time creating this dessert table. If you are interested in creating a table like this, check out my printable collection for next year!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween and Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Making it a Sweet Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead

It is November 1st and in my culture, today we start celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. So as we remember the loved ones that have passed away and celebrate their memories, I have created some treats to make Dia De Los Muertos extra sweet!  These traditional sugar skulls and flowers are perfect to lay on an alter, dessert table, or for a little gift. 

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

{Queen Bee} Bootiful Halloween Cookie Packaging!

 
I love to give cookie gifts and I just can't help but to package my cookies in these bootiful cookie boxes. This year my kids teachers' will be receiving a small but spooktacular set of cookies to enjoy with their family this Halloween. I enjoy teaching my kids to appreciate their teachers and that they can show their love and appreciation all year long. It doesn't have to be with gifts, but with their attitude, rhetoric, and behavior. But in this case, they are getting some ghoulish goodies! 
This type of packaging is always offered with my flash sales or if custom orders meet my minimum quantity. Keep an eye out for my Thanksgiving and Christmas flash sales!

Friday, October 27, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Brewing up Cookies for Halloween

 
Halloween is in a few days and I am busy whipping up some goodies! When I started planning my Halloween cookies over the Summer, I had such a hard time deciding on what I wanted to create because there are so many cute designs and themes! So after much thought and narrowing down, I decided to create two mini sets that could also work well together as one.
First was my Frankie Collection! Here I created Frankenstein and his Bride all ready to go out Trick-or-Treating! I made Frankenstein and his Bride (inspired by designs by Fresh Cut Flours and Sweet Sugarbelle) as well as a pumpkin candy bucket and a plaque sign held by monster hands (also inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle).
Second was my Witches Brew Collection! With these our little witch (design by Semi Sweet) is brewing up a little Hocus Pocus by creating poison apples (design by Angelica Made Me) in her spooky couldron (inspired by Life's a Batch).

The best part about these two mini sets is that they can easily be mixed and matched or combined entirely since they have a coordinating color scheme and well, monsters and witches just seem like they would be hanging out together at the monster mash bash! 

All these cookies have me very excited for Halloween!

Wishing my readers a sweet and spooktacular Halloween filled with ghoulish goodies and a few tricks with your treats!

Monday, October 23, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Sugar Skull Chocolate Covered Oreos

Halloween is a week away and I am starting to get to work on all of the sweet treats that will be adorning my dessert table. Here is a sneak peek of just one of the yummy goodies that I will serving. Can you guess what my theme is this year?!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Cookies for a 3-Ring Circus

 
I was so excited when I was asked to create cookies for a little boy's 3rd birthday party. Hudson is turning 3 and to celebrate his special day, his mom is planning to throw him a 3-Ring Circus themed party. It is such a cute theme and I had so many ideas it was so hard to narrow it down!
After a lot of brainstorming I came up with a set that I think depicts a 3-Ring Circus perfectly. When I design cookies for birthdays I always love to personalize the cookies with an initial of the birthday child or the age in which they are turning. In this case, I chose to do both! I created a number 3 in a festive circus tent pattern with blue pennant banners. I mimicked the red and white color scheme on the traditional popcorn bucket, but added a touch of black on the H which helped tie in the Ring Master's mustache. The butter on the popcorn also helped tie in the yellow on the clown. And of course the clown was a must because who doesn't think of clowns when they think of a circus?! The hardest part for me was deciding which animal to create for the set....do I choose an elephant, a seal, a monkey, or horse? But ultimately I chose the lion because kids are always excited and awed with the lions at the circus. They are also fun because I get to use sprinkles and what child doesn't love sprinkles?!

I had so much fun with this set and I hope the birthday boy loves them as much as I loved making them!

Happy 3rd Birthday Hudson!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

{Sugar Bee} 80th Birthday Cookies

When I got a request to make cookies for a couple who are turning 80, I was so delighted to be a part of such a special day! This sweet couple is having a joint 80th birthday party and it was essential for me to create something that was elegant, festive, and fun!

I was told that these two are big Green Bay Packers fans so I knew my touch of fun and whimsy would be to create sugar cookie cheese wedges with the Green Bay "G".  The main color scheme of the party is black, white, and gold....all very elegant! However, I needed to pull everything together with the cheese wedges, so I included the green and yellow into the color scheme in the form of flowers and leaves for a pop of color and to create a cohesive cookie display while still looking pretty.
I kept the the chocolate covered Oreos very clean and elegant with white and gold being the main colors. These can be incorporated easily on to a dessert table and coordinate with just about anything.

I am so happy with how everything turned out and I hope the birthday "boy" and "girl" love their special treats!
Here's to being 80 years young!

Monday, September 25, 2017

{Party Bee} Dia de los Muertos Halloween Printable Collection

It is that time of year again, my absolute favorite time of year......Halloween time! I have been waiting all year to create this printable collection as I knew I wanted this to be my decor and overall theme for Halloween this year. So I am so excited to introduce my Dia de los Muertos Halloween Printable Collection!

This collection is $20 and comes with the following:

* 5x7 invitation (double-sided optional) (envelope not included)
* Circle and square tags (perfect for cookie tags, party favors, cupcake toppers, table decoration, etc....the uses are endless!)
* "Dia de los Muertos" banner
* Happy Halloween/decorative banner
* Imitation papel picado banner
* 4x6 signs in 2 designs
* Treat bag labels in 2 designs
* Water bottle labels in 2 designs
* Straw flags
* Patterned paper

To order this collection, just send me an email with the party information you want included on the invation (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!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Rowan University Chocolate Sugar Cookies

My good friend recently approached me with a request to make sugar cookies for her nephew who is starting college this week. She wanted to send him a care package to help get his year off to a great start. So why not say have a great year in cookies?! She told me her nephew was a bit of a chocoholic, so I knew that these sugar cookies would have to be chocolate. Also, it only seemed fitting for the design to be his school's mascot....great for a little school spirit! These were so fun to make and I hope he loves them. Here's to a fantastic freshman year!

{Sugar Bee} Emoji Cookies

What do you do when you have extra cookies in the shape of a circle? Make emoji cookies of course! My kids loved these and they are a really cute addition to any lunch box, sending a smile, blowing a kiss, or perhaps a present "just because"!

Monday, September 11, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Cruisin' Cars Cupcakes

These cupcakes raced their way to a special boy's birthday celebration this weekend! Max turned 4 and had a fun filled hot wheels themed party and I was asked to create cupcakes for the occasion. Cars are all the rage with little boys and when I learned the theme of the party, I knew chocolate cars had to top these goodies! I left the buttercream frosting white, so that the colorful chocolate cars would pop. The printable racing flags just completed the look and added that personalized touch that highlighted the birthday boy on his special day.

Happy Birthday Max!

Monday, August 28, 2017

(Sugar Bee) Cake Pop Flower Arrangement

I love a good cake pop display, especially when it is in the form of a flower arrangement! My client requested cake pops to go along with her sugar cookie order that she planned to use for the launch of the Matilda Jane Clothing Fall line. Since I had used flowers on the sugar cookies, I wanted to continue with them on her cake pops. So it seemed perfect to make cake pop flower arrangements.
These pretty petals are made using lemon cake and are coated with white chocolate and covered with green sprinkles. Each are topped with a little pink and purple flower. These will look lovely next to these sugar cookies!
Hope the Fall clothing line launch is as fun as it was creating these delicious treats!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

{Sugar Bee} Launching MJC Fall Line with Cookies!

I was so excited when my client requested custom sugar cookies to help her launch Matilda Jane Clothing's Fall line! For those of you who aren't familiar with the brand, Matilda Jane is a clothing line mainly for children through tween (though they do offer adult clothing and home products as well) and they are known for their colorful patterns and whimsical designs.
So when it came time to design cookies specifically for this event, I knew I had to incorporate shades of plum and dark blue because they are the main colors for the Fall line, but also include other pops of color as they are known for their colorful clothing and mix of patterns. Among the many types of patterns they use are floral, stripes, and polka dots. Thus adding a mix of patterns was a must! Lastly, I wanted to add the Matilda Jane Clothing initials as a way to help brand them for the event.

I am so happy with the way they turned out and I really love the mix of colors and patterns! Here is to a great Fall launch!

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.