Wondering how to have a cookie table at a wedding?
You’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 tips to creating the Perfect Cookie Table experience:
1) Assemble a Cookie Table Team: face it.. you can’t do it all by yourself… that just wouldn’t be fun!
Send out an invite to guests who may want to contribute to the Cookie Table Project– better yet– plead your favorite bakers to make their specialty cookies! There may be a squabble or two over who gets to make their famous buckeyes but in the end there are enough jobs at a Cookie table to go around! Baking, coordination, set up, arrangement, replenishment, maintenance and take down are just a few of the “responsibilities” your cookie team can assign. Don’t forget to suggest a list of a variety of cookies with different shapes and colors to really make the table sweet!
2) DO NOT run out of (A) Cookies & (B) SPACE!: what is more upsetting? (A) An empty cookie table or (B) not having the cookies you made included in the arrangement?
(A) DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT run out of cookies at your cookie table! You will have a problem… Prepare for guests to look at your cookie table like they haven’t had anything to eat all day. Experts suggest >5 cookies per guest. 200 guests at 5 cookies each…. 80+ dozen cookies!
(B) Bring extra tables and linens! I have personally experienced delicious cookies go untouched because they never even made it to the extremely cramped table. Do you feel for the poor untouched & forgotten cookies? Think of their poor creator!
3) Cookie Table Take-Out: Provide take-home containers for guests as a party favor!
If you provide every guest with their own take-out cookie table container you will not have left over cookies. I assure you. Want to keep all the left overs for yourself? Impossible! People are sure to sneak a few cookies out of the building. Individually wrapping your cookies is also another easy & great way for your guests to enjoy their treats another day! **IMPORTANT CAVEAT** do not forget an extra big take-out box for the hosts family!
4) SIGNS & LABELS: every table AND cookie has a story– Share it!
A big sign that screams “COOKIE TABLE HERE!” cannot go unnoticed. Use the extra space on the sign to discuss a little about the historical ties or familial stories pertaining to the cookie table. Label the name of cookies on your table as well as their baker’s name– you can even have a small snippet about the history of the cookie and its importance in the life of the table’s host. Also, the sign is a great chance to explicitly state– “PLEASE TAKE SOME WITH YOU-FILL A BOX FOR HOME! ” **Side Note** Make sure to label any cookie with the necessary allergen information. Using nut free cookies is your safest bet to have a worry free time!
5)NOT JUST COOKIES!: Candy, Cupcakes and Coffee… Oh My!
Do not let history dictate what can and cannot include in your cookie table… it is yours after all! Include some candy, cupcakes, coffee, milk, tea and other various beverages and sweets with your cookie table. Chocolate fountain anyone? Better yet.. have an oven on hand? Have a DIY cookie baking and icing table! the youngsters will love it.
Interested in reading more about Cookie Tables? check out our Cookie Table History & Tradition post.
Does the cookie table sound intimidating yet? Don’t fear! Invite SmileyCookie to your Cookie Table and have one less cookie to worry about! Our cookies are kosher and nut free with bulk availability, individually wrapped, and custom color options (THE perfect easy take-home party favor!)
The wedding cookie table tradition is a phenomena deeply ingrained within the Pittsburgh wedding culture. Various historical sources state that the origin of the cookie table varies. Some sources believe that it originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while others argue soulfully that it all began in Youngstown, Ohio.
What is known is that the cookie table became popular in the industrial era and Great Depression– seen as a response to growing financial uncertainty and an avenue for the rise in cultural expression and growing family ties.
Currently the cookie table tradition is thriving in Pittsburgh & Youngstown but is also found at various weddings, graduations, and other celebrations across: New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.
For those of you who have never experienced a cookie table, expect to find the more common types of wedding cookies: peanut butter blossoms, buckeyes, lady locks, fruit horns and nut caps; arranged daintily upon a buffet sized table. The more “personal” cookies like Nonna-made pizzelles, Babcia’s sweet kolackis, or Yia Yia’s ever-sought-after baklava will be coveted and may only be available in a limited supply– so take it from a cookie professional… enjoy them FAST!
So… BIG question… how many cookies at a cookie table is too many? That is totally up to you– the beauty of the cookie table! Wedding Cookie Tables average >5 cookies per attendee. For a party of 200 people you should expect to see near 80 dozen cookies! If one is convinced after such statistic that they will have cookies left over… introducing… the second greatest phenomena next to cookie table culture… the cookie table attendee’s ”take-home” box! Best party favor idea ever, right?
Are you thinking about having your own cookie table? Check out the Cookie Table: How To post– and also… invite SmileyCookie to your cookie table! All of our cookies are nut free, kosher and available in bulk! Individually wrapped & color customization options are available.
The Pirates are on the cusp of clinching their first winning season in twenty years and the Smiley Cookie Team is helping you celebrate with a new cookie gift that lets you Bury The Streak!
All you have to do is share your worst memory of the past 20 years of being a Pirates fan and you could win one of new cookie gifts specifically designed for celebrating the Buccos first season with a winning record since 1992!
Here’s how to enter:
- On Facebook: Post your worst Pirates memory on the wall of our Facebook Page.
- On Twitter: Tweet your memory with the hashtag #BuryTheStreak
Here’s more about what you could win:
Our Bury The Streak Gift Pack is the perfect gift for the long suffering Pittsburgh Pirates fan who has faithfully rooted for them through the past 20 years!
- Twenty 2.5 inch round Pirate Smiley Cookies (one for each losing season) in an 13” x 8” Black Coffin
- All cookies are individually wrapped, nut free, kosher and under 100 calories
- One 3 foot by 5 foot Jolly Roger Pirate Flag
- Free Gift Message
Bury the Pirates past struggles and Raise The Jolly Roger to celebrate their present and future with this one-of-a-kind gift perfect for any die-hard Pirates fan!
We’ll pick three of our favorite memories Friday at lunch and send them this awesome cookie gift!
LET’S GO BUCS!
Teen Earns Seat as Sophmore Class Treasurer with Help from Smileycookie.com
ONLEY, Md., Oct. 29
Evan Schwartz, 15, may not be running for a seat in the senate, or campaigning for congress, but he knows getting voters attention during election season begins with putting a smile on constituents’ faces- 25 dozen to be exact.
Schwartz passed out 300 Smiley Cookies to his classmates during his campaign for sophomore class treasurer at Sherwood High School in Olney, MD, encouraging them to vote. His idea to order from SmileyCookie.com made a bold statement alongside his candy-giving running mates.
“Everyone loved the Smiley Cookies from SmileyCookie.com. I got a great response from my friends and teachers, and people are already talking about my campaign next year,” said Schwartz, who plans to order from SmileyCookie.com again when he runs for Sherwood High School’s Student Government Association as a junior.
Pittsburgh-based Eat’n Park, a family dining restaurant chain with locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, made the Smiley Cookie famous over the last two decades and recently expanded their availability through SmileyCookie.com. The Schwartz family learned about the cookies thanks to visits from relatives in Pittsburgh, who brought Smiley Cookies to family events.
SmileyCookie.com conveniently delivers gourmet Smiley Cookies fast and fresh to all 50 states. A line of cookie gift baskets is available for virtually every occasion, including birthdays, get well, thank you,Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, with cookies taking the shape of jack-o-lanterns, Christmas trees, holiday stars, hearts, shamrocks, and bunnies.
Custom, or personalized, cookies can be ordered in a variety of colors. A dozen Smiley Cookies start out at $11.99, plus shipping. Each gift order is backed by a 100 percent guarantee and all of their gourmet sugar cookies are nut free, kosher and trans fat-free.
It’s difficult to say if the cookies were pivotal in his win, but this is the second year he has passed out Smiley Cookies and emerged victorious. Last year, Schwartz used Smiley Cookies to campaign for freshman class treasurer. They were so well liked that he ordered twice as many during this year’s run for office.
“Politicians running for government positions in Washington, DC, or Maryland, could take a cue from Evan,” said Robyn Schwartz, Evan’s mother. “When he discovered the same fresh-baked Smiley Cookies available at Eat’n Park restaurants could be ordered online, he thought it would be a great way to get voters’ attention at school.”
For more on this story, please visit bizjourmals.com
Sometimes it’s easier than you think to find a perfect gift. This June 17th, here’s an idea: instead of stressing yourself and trying to overdo it, make Father’s Day easy with a simple, tasty gift of Father’s Day Cookies. You know already that a gift basket for Dad will never be returned to the store, especially if it has signature Smiley Cookies emblazoned with fun, special messages like “Happy Father’s Day” or “#1 Dad”.
Still not convinced a soft, chewy cookie with icing on top is the best idea? Here are 5 reasons why Dad thinks otherwise—and why a few simple Father’s Day preparation will lead to a great gift.
Reason #1: Everyone likes cookies. Remember that Father’s Day you bought Dad a necktie? He still doesn’t wear it, right? Although he may have proclaimed his delight the minute you presented it to him, making you feel fuzzy inside, that gift was not the best idea. And if it wasn’t a necktie, most of us have memories of gifts that went wrong. You know one thing for sure when you’re considering the alternative of our cookie treats for Dad. Everyone, from Dad to the people he shares his gift with, will find our Father’s Day cookies or a special assembly of Smiley Cookies collected in a beautiful gift basket for Dad truly delightful. (Don’t expect him to share too much on this one.)
Reason #2: Easy to do, uncomplicated for you. Planning a big event for Dad’s day could end in disaster if the caterer doesn’t show up. Don’t stress out and plan too much for a Father’s Day celebration when you could be ordering a tray of Father’s Day cookies online that will be delivered to your doorstep. This might not be in the traditional Father’s Day past, but it’s the present and it’s time to give yourself (and Dad) a break here.
Reason #3: He’s a picky person. Skip this point and go to the next one if Dad is an easy-going, free-for-all kinda guy. But most Dads who have raised their household (including you) have their firm choices in foods, gifts, and everything else. Dad’s pickiness might have been a reason you were stumped many times on past Father’s Day. A gift basket from Dad featuring Father’s Day cookies will be accepted by the pickiest of Scrooges.
Reason #4: Fresh-baked cookies will make him happy. A simple card with “I love you, Dad” or a white flower might have been all Dad needed to make him happy when you were 5. Keep him happy with something he can enjoy all for himself: Father’s Day cookies. Your alternative traditional gifts, like a all-nighter at his favorite hotel, or a fishing holiday at the lake, might make Dad happy but won’t bring the simple joy a fresh-baked cookie does. It’s just something you can’t beat.
Reason #5: Low cost. Okay, you knew we were coming to this one. It’s a tight economy—who has money to send Dad out for a weekend in Vegas? (If you do, you can always send him off the right way with our Father’s Day cookies.) Our cookies are delivered straight to your door, and the cost can be below $20 for a single tray.
Chocolate. Jelly beans. Marshmallow peeps. These are just some of the traditional sweets associated with Easter. And of course, cookies. While baking Easter cookies is certainly fun, maybe you just have too much to do this year, or too many gift recipients to think about. What’s more, baking can be so messy! So let us do the work for you. Check out our selection of Easter cookies, which will have you hopping with joy.
As always, you can create your own custom cookies, or you can choose a pre-assembled Easter cookie basket or bouquet. Our Easter cookie gifts range from a selection of our original smiley face cookies to gift baskets featuring bunny-shaped Smiley cookies and decadent Smiley bunny milk chocolates. For those with an extreme sweet tooth, we even have a cookie gift bouquet option that includes—you guessed it—jelly beans and peeps.
Fill your kids’ Easter baskets with a few bunny-shaped Smiley cookies, or have a gift basket shipped across the miles to someone you’re thinking about this Easter. Our cookies are so cute and our sweets are so irresistible that you just might end up buying a treat or two for yourself.
Our fun gift ideas and quick shipping options are sure to make your Easter gift giving that much easier. Contact us today to get started.
Traditionally St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland as a holy day. It usually falls during Lent, so they lift the restrictions on eating and drinking for the feasting associated with it. And who wouldn’t want to celebrate that with some awesome Shamrock Cookies from Smiley Cookie!
Even if you don’t participate in a religious abstinence, you may be staying strong with your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer sweets. Good for you! Reward yourself with a day off, too. One cookie won’t subtract from your diet, and it will add a smile to your face. Or your co-workers! St. Patty’s is a great time to bring a basket of Smiley Shamrock cookies to the office to set a festive mood.
For those of you who will be at home on this emerald day, Smiley Shamrocks are a hit with kids of all ages. And they’re more fun with less mess than trying to make cookies in your own kitchen.
And if you forget to wear green, you can carry one around as a mascot. Though, you might need to take more than one with you since it would be too tempting not to eat!
So contact us today to order a basket of Shamrock Smileys. In the spirit of the holiday, we leave you with this old Irish blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Every holiday we face the same dilemma — what to give those hard-to-buy-for folks on our list: the person who has everything, the person with no hobbies, the new relative you don’t know very well.
We like these people. We want to give them good gifts. But why do they have to make it so difficult?
Edible gifts, such as cookie gifts, are the answer. Really good edible gifts offer that personal touch that says you put some thought into your present. They won’t take up space or sit in the closet after the holidays. And who doesn’t like to eat?
You can choose your cookie gifts with the recipient in mind — pick a color, pick a shape, choose a flavor, or add chocolates, a mug, and other items for a personal touch.
Instead of walking the mall until your arches fall and racking your brain trying to come up with appropriate gifts, you can sit at home in a comfortable chair and take care of everyone on your gift list.
Your great Uncle Mike? The guy in the cubicle next to yours? Your picky cousin Marge? Take care of them all in a few minutes at SmileyCookie.com. We’ll do the baking, the decorating, the wrapping and the shipping. We’ll make sure your gift is everything you want and everything your recipient will love.
We bet when everyone has forgotten the ties and giftcards or holidays past, they’ll remember the great cookie gift that made them smile.
Gift dilemma solved.
And we’re back again with another #StarSmile Contest! Just guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a dozen gourmet Halloween Cookies.
You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen of our Gourmet Halloween Cookies that we’ll deliver to your door.
Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today. Get your friends involved by using the social media sharing buttons below.
But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this famous smile belongs to?
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