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 blogosphere has tons of great information to help you have an awesome Halloween. We gathered five of the coolest Halloween blogs so you can make your Halloween as creative and memorable as possible. Check them out and have a great time scaring and entertaining your friends!
My Ghoul Friday is a great blog for finding creative haunting ideas, “Halloween props and countless creepy pop culture discoveries”. They have awesome sections on projects, tutorials and party ideas which included a directory of fully downloadable files of Halloween party signs and labels that will have your guests howling.
A Nostalgic Halloween is an amazing blog that focuses on vintage artwork, photographs and crafts that fit under the Halloween or haunting themes. If you’re looking for decoration or design ideas (let’s say you want to make an amazing invite for this year’s party) this is a great place to turn to for inspiration. We especially liked their Trick or Treat Clown piece and the photo of the old school pirate costume below.
Halloween Fun is great resource for ideas for activities, crafts and party planning around Halloween. Even better, it hosts several Halloween themed online games for kids (or kids at heart!) to get them excited for Halloween, or just keep them busy while you’re decorating your house!
We really enjoyed their article on a smart phone app that uses GPS to keep an eye on your kids while they’re trick or treating. Very cool stuff!
Frightcatalog.com has a great blog that it updates regularly and has lots of great info on all things Halloween. We specifically loved their post on the best Halloween Parties which is a great read if you’re looking to travel to some of the world’s coolest Halloween parties or just want some ideas to make your own party that much better.
Here at Smiley Cookie, we’ll be featuring our famous Jack O Lantern Gourmet sugar cookies and all of our other Halloween cookie gifts to help scare up some smiles from your guests and trick and Trick or Treaters.
With just a month to go before our nation’s next Independence Day rolls around, we’re sure you’re already thinking of how to celebrate the day. Whether that’s with a traditional barbecue, nightly show of fireworks, bonfire, or camping. And if you’re reading this, chances are desserts and goodies can be the least of your worries. When it comes to the treat department, we’ve got the thinking covered: Smiley cookies is now offering delicious 4th of July cookies that come as patriotic symbols of our nation’s freedom in a tasty batch of red, white and blue cookies. What better tasty, festive treat to offer your guests and family this 4th of July?
Smiley Cookie’s patriotic 4th of July cookies make the perfect addition to any 4th of July party, from a picnic to a barbeque. Enjoy a plate of our freshly baked red, white and blue cookies out on the lawn watching the fireworks at night, or take them to the campground over the weekend for a delicious treat.
Our entire lineup of patriotic cookie gifts is sure to get the salivary glands going. Pick from a tray of one dozen star shaped red and blue Smiley cookies, or choose from a tray of one dozen smiles in a Starlight Combo of both star-shaped and original Smiley Cookies.
How about an entire gift set to bring to your family’s cookout with our Stars and Smiles Gift Basket? One dozen star Smiley cookies, a dozen original Smiley Cookies, and an irresistible starry gift basket to hold everything is just what you need. We have two gift basket versions including one that makes a Congratulation statement for those special occasions besides 4th of July. Hand-iced and baked to golden perfection, our cookies are not only festive, they’re tremendously delicious!
What’s even better than a fun batch of red, white and blue cookies for a 4th of July treat? A personalized Create-Your-Own-Smiley-Cookie! Starting at just $15.99 for one dozen, we’re allowing customers to design their own batch of 4th of July cookies, right over the Internet. Choose your cookie shape (mix and match options available!), icing color, and smiley face color. We have all the shades of the rainbow so you can make your cookie tray pop with individuality, style and fun. Make your 4th of July barbecue one that your family, neighbors and friends won’t forget with personalized Smiley Cookies!
No matter what treat you choose to purchase, you’ll be enjoying the freshly baked taste of our Smiley Cookies. This is a treat no one in the family, friend or neighbor list will be able to beat. Your 4th of July cookies will steal the show. And if you’re enjoying a night in with the family watching the fireworks, enjoy smiles all around the table when you bring out a festive tray of our red, white and blue cookies. Once everyone takes a bit, the smiles get even bigger!
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
Sweet delicious cookies are the perfect Mothers day gift to show you’re mother that you care on her special day. Gourmet cookies are a sweet treat that the whole family can enjoy and these cookies will make mom feel special. Normally its mom who is making and baking delicious cookies in the kitchen but on this occasion she can enjoy tasteful baked goods without having to do the cooking and the cleaning. These cookies gifts are going to impress and they are great to bring along for any Mother’s day dinner, cookout or picnic.
Gourmet sugar cookies are a traditional treat that everyone loves, but you can surprise your mother or wife with chocolate cookies, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies. You can get heart shaped cookies, flower shapes, smiley face cookies, cookie baskets, towers and more. There are mini cookies for large parties and you can get plenty of cookies to go around in different flavors as well so mom has a variety.
Showing your mother that you have put some thought and effort into her holiday treat is going to make her feel appreciated, and Birthday Cookies make great presents as well. You only have one Sunday a year to say thanks to your mother for the things that she does for everyone else and you can make this day special with a personalized sweet treat that you have designed just for her. Your mom deserves the best so pull out all of the stops and get her some sweet desserts she is going to enjoy and appreciate. Contact us today to order now.
Mother’s day is fast approaching and you do not want to be left with gifts that mom knows were an after thought right? We want to show her how much we love and appreciate all she’s done for us of course. This is where Smiley Cookies comes into the picture!
They are here to bring you some of the best and most creative Mothers day gift ideas for even the last minute shoppers. Who doesn’t love getting a fun cookie basket? It gives mom a rest from making her amazing cookies and is something that the whole family.
I thought it was really neat that they offer a fun creative cookie to decorate too! I know I would love to receive the create your own heart smiley gourmet cookie! I don’t know what would be more fun; decorating it or receiving it. Maybe those aren’t your cup of tea. Well then you’re in luck because they offer a variety of fun gourmet cookies that are sure to please mom!
Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is May 13th! Order her a great now before it’s too late!
For many of us, baking cookies with Mom is a treasured childhood memory. The scent of fresh cookies wafting through the kitchen reminds us of home. Mother’s Day is coming up, and you’re looking for the perfect gift for the special Mom in your life. Or maybe you’ve got little ones who want to give Mommy or Grandma a sweet treat for her special day.
Mom has seen fruit baskets, chocolates, and flowers before. This year, why not try something new. What could be better than gourmet cookies smiling for your Mom?
Moms deserve the best: delicious edible stars, hearts, or flowers in her favorite color, endearing grins on our traditional Smiley Cookies, or maybe make the message even clearer with our “#1 Mom “” or “Love You Mom” cookies or our sumptuous chocolate chip cookies. You can even surprise her with something a little more elaborate, like a Stars and Smiles Gift Basket or a Travel Mug and Gourmet Sugar Cookie Basket or one of special Mother’s Day Gift Baskets!
Our fresh, hand-iced cookies are sure to please. SmileyCookie has the perfect, unique Mother’s Day gift the special mother in your life deserves.
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.
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