Let’s Have A Luau.

Like I said last year, asking your kids what kind of birthday theme they want more than two weeks before their party is for the birds. My daughter and I were walking around Hobby Lobby and I spotted a row of luau party supplies. I “suggested” to her that she have a luau themed pool party. She saw the party supplies and her face lit up. She said that was a great idea…and so the planning began, finally.

Luau CupcakesThe cupcakes were easy. I had liners that matched the plates and napkins. I made rainbow colored cupcakes with white buttercream icing. They were topped with a cute umbrella like the kind you might put in a fruity drink.

Flip Flops and FlowersThe cookies were flip flops and flowers. I got the idea from one of my favorite cookie blogs. The flip flop cookie cutter is from Wilton. The hibiscus flower cutter I had to make myself because I did not have a flower cutter with five petals. My daughter wanted glitter or sparkles on the shoes. After the base coat dried, I piped on the strap and while the royal icing was wet, I added sprinkles. She said the cookies turned out awesome. Yippee!

The party went well and it didn’t rain. ¬†When it was time for dessert, all the kids decided that they wanted a cookie AND a cupcake. The key to happy kids at a party is always making enough sweets for them to have one of each. Enjoy.

Lemon Cookies – sort of…

Lemons and Lemonade CookiesSo, I decided to make summertime cookies. I made glasses of lemonade and lemons. I was going to bring them to work and make everyone happy, but they turned out so bad that I could not bring myself to let them make a public appearance. Most of the cookies were given to my in-laws as payment for watching the kids for a day. I am sure that they are not complaining one bit. Also, my husband took some to work for a food day. All of his co-workers were going to be upset, if he didn’t bring cookies.
I did learn a lot from this batch of cookies. It is amazing what a little more/less water can do to royal icing. I decided to put less water, I don’t know why, in this icing. It turned out to be too thick and the colors would not meld into each other. I was sooo upset, but said, “practice makes perfect.” Well, enough talking. Enjoy.

Another shot of the lemon cookiesHere is another view of the lemon cookies. Enjoy.





(Originally posted on July 20, 2012)