Hey, Soul Sister

I love getting to celebrate my girl tribe that makes life a whole lot sweeter. After last year’s Galentine’s Gathering, I knew it needed to become an annual occasion.

This year, I thought it’d be cool to try our hand at decorating cookies. I have taken one cookie decorating class in my life…so that makes me a pro, right? Definitely not, but I enjoyed pretending to be. At the class, we received the recipes that I had been itching to try for myself and here was my rose gold opportunity.

The day before the girl gang gala, my roommate Abigail and I baked countless heart-shaped cookies and crafted a playlist with four hours’ worth of  hopeless romantic anthems. Morning of, all that was left to do was dip the chocolate-covered strawberries (thanks mom!) and mix the icing. The frosting proved to be a little tricky-the piping batch was a little too thick and the flooding too thin but it’s okay because a lot of them were eaten on the spot anyways!

Because we had a pretty big group, to ensure everyone had space to work, I had two tables set up with all the supplies and fun conversation starter cards.

I LOVE cute bunting and having holders for them is one of my favorite ways to display it! It is so simple and adds height to any tablescape. All you have to do is find some containers (I used small buckets), fill them with quickcrete, and stick a dowel rod in the middle. To dress them up a bit, you can wrap them in tissue paper or fill them with crinkle paper.

I am fairly certain that it’s impossible to decorate cookies without the proper fuel. We snacked on hummus (thanks Joanna Gaines for the recipe) and perfectly pink chocolate-covered strawberries along with all the yummies my friends brought to share.

If I can incorporate washi tape in any way, you can bet your bottom dollar I will haha! I wanted to make sure the to-go boxes were an adorable DIY and kraft paper makes the best backdrop. I also printed out recipe cards in case anyone wanted to re-create their masterpieces. It seems to me like most cookies of this nature are beautiful but the taste isn’t there. That is not the case with these! The cookie itself has a teacake texture and the icing smells like marshmallow fluff.

Enjoy celebrating the women in your life that stick as close as sisters!

Love & Confetti,

Alexis

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My playlist faves:

  1. Boyfriend, Big Time Rush (this one was a crowd fave)
  2. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper (an obvi choice)
  3. Wannabe, Spice Girls (great for the post-party clean-up)
  4. Beautiful Soul, Jesse MaCartney (swoon!)
  5. Baby, Justin Bieber (a necessity)
  6. Just Wanna Be With You, HSM (gotta have a throwback)
  7. I’m Me, Us The Duo (an unapologetic anthem)
  8. Rock and Roll, Castro (s’cute)
  9. The Beat, Ben Rector (get it, girl)
  10. Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys (no explanation needed)

Where to find the goodies:

  • Target- tablecloths, plates, napkins, cups, conversation cards, cookie cutters and box tags
  • Hobby Lobby- to-go boxes
  • Tuesday morning- the sweetest stemware

The recipes:

Imperial Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:                                                                       Directions:

1 cup margarine                                                               Cream the first 3 ingredients

1 cup sugar                                                                        Add egg and water

1 ½ tsp vanilla                                                                   Blend in dry ingredients

1 egg                                                                                    Roll 1/8 inch thick

1 tsp water                                                                         Cut in desired shaped

3 cups flour                                                                        Brush lightly with milk

1 ½ tsp baking powder                                                    Bake @ 350* for 10 minutes

¼ tsp salt

 

Sugar Cookie Icing

 Ingredients:                                                                       Directions:

1 bag powdered sugar                                                   Add food coloring as desired

2/3 cup meringue powder                                            Mix for about 10 minutes

4 tsp clear vanilla

¾ cup water

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