Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Randoms & DIY Goodie Bags

We are leaving tonight on the red-eye to Boston! We are flying JetBlue for the first time, and I hope that we have a pleasant experience. The last time I was on a red-eye all I wanted to do was sleep (DUH!), but the person across the aisle kept their reading light on the entire time. She even fell asleep at one point so the flight attendant came by and turned it off, but 30 seconds later she woke up and turned it back on again!

So anyway, hopefully we have a good flight and I'm taking my eye mask just in case!

Thank you for all of the suggestions for where to eat and what to do while in Boston. I am very much looking forward to Finale for my boston cream pie and Sweet for my cupcake fix (2 commenters recommended this so it must be good!). A special thank you to Black Labs & Lilly for her detailed comment. I know it took a lot of time to write, and I'm grateful for all of her advice!

On to the DIY Goodie Bags...

I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would make goodie bags for everyone that would be at C's parent's house this weekend. There will be about 16 people so I knew that buying a lot of multiple items was out of the question. But I also didn't want the bags to be cheesy or filled with cheap crap.

I found my inspiration from Glory over at Glorious Treats. She recently made a watermelon shaped sugar cookie that I thought would be perfect for this summer get together. (Please visit the link because Glory's cookies turned out so beautifully and the same can't really be said for mine.) I say inspiration because I didn't really follow her tutorial or recipes. The actual cookie recipe and the royal icing recipe are from my favorite blog cookie expert, Pink Martini & Pearls.

And just a warning: if you don't make decorated sugar cookies very often (like me!) then these will be kind of difficult to do. And very time consuming, but I think that's the case with any decorated cookie.


watermelon slice with a bite taken out!


You can clearly see that the "seeds" are not consistent! I think they look terrible, but C made me include them anyway. Next time, I would definitely use chocolate covered sunflower seeds for the actual seeds instead of black icing gel. The gel never dried completely, was hard to apply evenly and was a sticky mess. Also, just to note, I used a beer bottle cap to create the "bite" in some of the cookies. Piping royal icing is so hard. In order to cover up all of my mistakes, I used green sprinkles on the rind portion. It definitely helped a lot.

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For the adults, I also included a mini bottle of liquor and some Godiva chocolates.

And for the under 21 crowd (all girls), I found watermelon shaped journals (in the $1 bin @ Target), flower shaped emery boards and summer rubber stamps (both from Michael's), and erasers shaped like ice cream cones (also from Target).

The gift tags are a free gift tag printable from the website eat drink chic by amy moss. The designs and wording worked perfectly with my theme! I think they're my favorite part!


these are for the under 21 crowd

I just wanted to create a fun, summery theme so hopefully everyone will enjoy their goodie bags!

13 comments:

Michelle said...

I love the goodie bags! You're so talented! :)

Michelle said...

And, safe travels to Boston! My sister lives there...it's such a fun city.

KatiePerk said...

I think they turned out awesome! What a thoughtful gift!!

Nicole-Lynn said...

I saw these cookies on another blog too and love them! They're super cute! Your guests are going to love them! :)

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I LOVE them! You did a fantastic job!! So thoughtful and adorable. Have a fabulous trip out east.

SunnySeedLisa said...

Hey, I think the cookies look cute! No one will probably even notice the seeds as they will get eaten so quickly. :)

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

How sweet of you to make the goodie bags..I know everyone will love them! I've never been to Boston, but it's on my list. Safe travels!

Chrissy said...

I think that your watermelon cookies are fabulous!


I noticed you are going to Rhode Island- make a trip to Newport, RI and check out the Breakers and walk the Cliff Walk! It's a very pretty oceanside walk and The Breakers is a huge mansion which you can tour if you like that kind of thing!

As for things to do in Boston...

You could walk the Freedom Trail which is a few miles long and it takes you past the most historical places in Boston & it is a neat walk!!

While you are walking the trail you could...

Check out the North End & stop one of the amazing pastry shops for Italian pastries!

If you don't mind spending a bit more money on a lobster roll...

Check out Union Oyster House. It is the oldest running restaurant in the US and it is pretty good!

Have a wonderful trip in the Ocean State & The Bean!!!!

Jen said...

Hope you have a GREAT time in Boston! And I hope your flight is tolerable. I've never been on a red eye before.

And the treat bags...OMG. SO CUTE! I really want to come to one of your parties (or be your neighbor) because you always make the cutest stuff!

Mrs. Jansson said...

Everyone will LOVE these bags - they're too cute! I hope you and C have an amazing time in Boston. I can't wait to hear about your trip and see pictures!!!

Jules said...

I hope you and C have a wonderful time in Boston! Have a cupcake for me :)

The cookies turned out cuter than anything I could have ever done and I would have never noticed any issues with the way they look. I love the little goodies you included for the under and over 21 crowd.

Have fun!

Sandra said...

I think you accomplished what you set out to do: those goodie bags are gorgeous! And you're being so hard on yourself with those cookies, they are perfect!

Kate said...

Oh my gosh, you are the sweetest ever! I hope that y'all have such a fun time!!

 
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