Foodbuzz 24×24: Boo-tiful Cookie Decorating

>If you ask me in November what my favorite holiday is, I’ll probably say Thanksgiving. Ask me again in December and I’ll probably say Christmas. And if you ask me right now, I’ll say Halloween. What can I say? I just like holidays and all of the festive things that go along with them. Right now black cats, ghosts, zombies, and sweet treats are putting me in the holiday spirit. So when Foodbuzz put out the call for fall-inspired ideas for this month’s 24×24*, a lightbulb went off.

*Each month Foodbuzz showcases 24 food bloggers as they host a meal in the same 24 hours and blog about it on the same day.

My idea was to host a cookie decorating party – for kids. The girls that I watch were each allowed to invite a few friends and as soon as the invitations were delivered we started the party planning.

Coming up with the menu was pretty fun. I had about a million ideas for fun gross variations of food. But at the end of the day I had to keep in mind my audience so I needed to keep it simple. Oh, and I am apparently no good at making deviled eggs, so at the last minute I had to give up my dreams of creepy eyeballs.

First up was the main course. Mummy calzones. Each one was filled with cheese and pepperoni and then finished with a green olive eye. Most of the girls didn’t eat the “eye” but they loved the rest of it!

Next up was the “Bone Crunch” or popcorn. Not homemade, but I knew the girls would like something simple to munch on while they worked their cookie magic.

Despite the fact that some of the girls were a little afraid of eating the brain, it was a big hit! Everyone that tried it loved the flavor and EVERYONE loved the way it looked. The “brain” is just a cheddar cheese and ranch cheese ball that I piped into the shape of a brain. *recipe to be shared on Halloween day!!

For dessert I made “Graveyard Cups”. Super simple but a pretty fun effect. Just yellow cupcakes, and frosting, with crushed Oreos for dirt and a Milano cookie for a tombstone.

To drink I once again kept it simple with a jazzed up lemonade. The night before I filled 2 rubber gloves with water and red food coloring, then I tied them up and put them in the freezer. Right before the party started I cut the glove away from the hand shaped ice and added it to the bowl of lemonade. Two things to note about this: First the red food coloring dyed the heck out of my hands as I was cutting away the glove. Maybe wearing gloves while cutting the glove would be a good idea. Second, I wanted a “mangled hand” effect so I froze it with some folds and that made the fingers weak. As soon as the glove was cut away the fingers fell off. Still fun though.

I set the mood with a black and purple spider theme and Halloween music playing in the background. I also made Halloween themed signs with each spooky food name (and what it really was below in parenthesis).

Finally, the main attraction! The cookies!!! I made 5 different shapes; cats, owls, ghosts, pumpkins and circles for spiderwebs/spiders. In another post I’ll be sharing how I planned and spread out the work, but for now how about some pictures of the girls working on their masterpieces? It’s fun to see how creative kids get. Purple pumpkin – of course! Pirate spider – you bet! Polka dotted cat – well yeah!

The masterpieces!

I asked each girl to pick their favorite creation and these are the winners!

The aftermath

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Rachel

    >How fun!!! All of the food looks great and the cookies look like they were a big hit, too!

  2. Jade

    >This is such a fabulous idea! Your foods looked great and I'm sure they enjoyed them.

  3. Anonymous

    >I needed you here to help me w/our Halloween party!! Everything looks great! How fun!
    XXOO – Ari

  4. afotogirl

    >What a great idea! Love it.

  5. Josie

    >Such a fun party!! I love everything about this!

  6. Nikki

    >Jess, you did such a great job with this! I bet the girls loved it! 🙂 Can't wait for that brain recipe!!

  7. Annie

    >I love everything about this. You did an awesome job! The owl cookie is super duper cute. I just bought a cookie cutter like that not long ago!

  8. Isabel

    >Here via Pinterest and loving your blog! This was a really fun post, the mummy calzones look creepy yet delicious.

  9. Curry and Comfort

    >Hi There! I'm a fellow 24×24 so I came to say hello and congrats on being picked. 🙂 This looks like such a great party to have with kids!! They all did an awesome job decorating the cookies and the table, decorations were spook-tacular!:) Buzzed you. ~ Ramona

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