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Pittsburgh Cookie Table

NEW Custom Wedding Cookies– Perfect for a Cookie Table!

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 & LABELSevery 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!)

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table

NEW Custom Wedding Cookies– Perfect for a Cookie Table!

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

A Victorious Evan Schwartz Poses With His Campaign Sign and A Smiley Cookie!

A Victorious Evan Schwartz Poses With His Campaign Sign and A Smiley Cookie!

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

http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2010/10/29/NE91726

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. What do you plan to give your child’s teacher as a special thank-you? Another mug? A gift card for that coffee shop?

How about something more unique?

Think back to your childhood: remember how special a simple cookie made you feel? What about a cookie with a smiley face on it? We’re pretty sure a box full of smiley face cookies would make that special teacher adore you even more.

Gourmet Cookies are a great way to show a teacher you appreciate all that they do. With 144 custom color combos, special occasion designs, and six different shapes your options are endless. By letting your child help choose the cookies, the gift becomes even more special.

 

Also, our cookies are nut free, so they can be brought into any classroom without any concern that they might make a child sick.

 

Holiday Cookies Make a Great Gift For A Teacher!

Holiday Cookies Make a Great Gift For A Teacher!

 

Teachers have plenty of mugs. Be ahead of the holiday game and order a custom designed box of cookies for that special teacher today! We take pride in offering a high-quality, great-tasting, fun cookie that just can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

Questions? Just contact us and let us help you make someone’s day just a bit more smiley.

Once again it’s time for 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 Smiley 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 Super Tasty Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh 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?

 

Whose Smile Is This? Guess Right and You Could Win A Dozen Smiley Cookies!

Whose Smile Is This? Guess Right and You Could Win A Dozen Smiley Cookies!

 

 

Whether it is as a soccer snack, cheerleading snack or a snack for some other type of sport, selecting the best snacks for kids can be a challenge. It is important to take certain conditions under consideration when selecting the proper snack for the entire team. In this way, all children on the team will be able to enjoy the snack.

 

 

Food Allergies

When a child has a food allergy, the immune system treats a certain food which is normally benign as truly dangerous to the individual. Common food allergies include nuts, seafood, milk/dairy products, eggs, soy and wheat. Milk and dairy products may cause a problem due to lactose intolerance in certain individuals. Avoiding milk products can solve this problem when selecting that cheerleading snack for your child.

Nut free foods are important to take into consideration. A nut free snack can take the form of fruits and vegetables. Other common nut free foods which can be used are fruit roll-ups, cookies, pretzels, chips, crackers, jello and pudding. On a hot summer day, frozen snacks such as popsicles and ice cream may be the perfect nut free snack. When making a selection for snacks for kids, it is important to keep all allergies under consideration as well as any food restrictions as a result of a child’s religion.

 

 

Religious Food Restrictions

Different religious groups have different eating practices including food restrictions. One type of food restriction to take into consideration is the Jewish practice of kosher food restrictions. Foods have to be prepared a certain way and cannot contain pork or shellfish. Meat and dairy cannot be eaten at the same time. The best kosher snacks include fruits, vegetables, rice cakes, popcorn, certified kosher cookies and graham crackers.

 

Look for logos like this one from the Orthodox Union to insure that your snack will meet religious food restrictions.

Look for logos like this one from the Orthodox Union to insure that your snack will meet religious food restrictions.

 

 

Other Considerations

Another consideration for a soccer snack is if a child is vegetarian. In addition to avoiding meat, certain vegetarians do not eat eggs, dairy products or processed foods. There are varying levels of vegetarians so people who avoid meat products may eat eggs.

It may be helpful to consult with the parent of the child with food restrictions to see the types of snacks the child usually eats. Fruits and vegetables are often a good choice as a soccer snack for the entire team. Or do a google search for nut free snacks, or whatever particular allergy or food concern you are interested in. The selection may take some time but it will be well worth it to see that all the children are included and can enjoy the snack you bring.

 

Fresh fruit is a great snack for youth sports teams.

Fresh fruit is a great snack for youth sports teams.

 

 

Don’t Bake – Order Smiley Cookies

All of our cookie gifts are certified kosher, nut free and delicious. Our delicious big cookie is over a foot in diameter and the the perfect snack for any group of kids or adults to share. And best of all, there’s no baking or prep time for you, just order online and wait for your cookie to show up fresh at your door.

 

Our Big Smiley Cookie is a giant kosher and nut free treat hat teveryone can share!

Our Big Smiley Cookie is a giant kosher and nut free treatt hat everyone can share!

 

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The #StarSmile Contest and your chance to win a dozen Smiley Cookies is back! All you have to do is guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. 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 Sweet Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh 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.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this smile belongs to?

Name the celebrity who owns this smile and win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

Name the celebrity who owns this smile and win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

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Another Friday afternoon is upon us and with it, another #StarSmile Contest! For your chance to win, you have to guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. 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 delicious sugar cookies that we’ll deliver fresh 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.

 

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this smile belongs to?

Whose Smile is this? Guess correctly and you could win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

Whose Smile is this? Guess correctly and you could win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

Everybody’s favorite Friday afternoon game is back! It’s time to play #StarSmile once more! For your chance to win, you have to guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. 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 tasty Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh 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.

 

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this smile belongs to?

 

 

Guess This Smiley and Win  a Dozen Smiley Cookies!

Guess This Smiley and Win a Dozen Smiley Cookies!

 

Parties are great! …Lots of friends and family spending time together to celebrate a special event or milestone for one of their own. Almost every party has a gift giving aspect. Whether there are gift exchanges, presents for one person, or a “Chinese gift grab” it can be difficult to make your gift stand out from the crowd.

 

While gift giving has become increasingly dull over the years, there are certain ways to spice it up and put more meaning and personality into every present you give. I’m talking about personalized wrapping paper!

 

I will now take you through the steps to make better presents, from the outside in!

 

1)    Decide how you would like to personalize your wrapping paper. You can use recycled goods (like newspaper), blank specialty papers that you can then customize, or you can have your personalized gift wrap professionally printed.

 

2)    Decide what you would like the theme of the wrap to be – it should be consistent with the type of gift you are giving. Is this going to be sentimental or funny? Reminiscent or goofy? It very much depends on the recipient of your gifts. You would definitely have a different look depending if you are presenting your gifts to a young child, best friend, co-worker, or mother in law.

 

3)    After deciding on your customization method and your theme its time to secure your materials.

  • Recycled paper is the easiest to acquire. Look for leftover newspaper or magazine. These will save trees, but can still give a first class look.
  • Specialty paper can be picked up from any local craft store, along with the art materials needed to customize it.
  • For a professionally personalized gift wrap – you should start looking at online stores. Search for the terms “custom wrapping paper” or “personalized wrapping paper” and you should find a number of different manufacturers that allow you to use your own pictures and greetings to customize a roll of gift wrap for any occasion! Prices start around $14.95 per roll (1 roll will usually wrap 3 medium size gifts).

*There not much more unique than a roll of custom wrapping paper covering a dozen customizable cookies!

Create your own customized cookie to make an incredible personalized gift that everyone will love!

Create your own customized cookie to make an incredible personalized gift that everyone will love!

4)      Give yourself a high five (just as long as no one is watching). You have used your creativity and now your gift is the star of the party. Be prepared for others to ask “where did this come from?”, “how did you make this?”, “can you teach me how to be so unique?”…and it will feel pretty good…!

 

Reasons for personalized gift wrap:

  • Makes gifts more meaningful
  • Can make up for presents where you “didn’t know what to get them”
  • Will make your gift stand out
  • It will be remembered for years to come
  • Saves trees in most cases (personalized gift wrap is usually saved and kept as a keepsake or it goes into a scrapbook or memory book)

 

 

About the author:
Chris Wise was an event and hospitality major from the University of Central Florida. He is currently working on starting his own customer appreciation program and he also designs customized stationery like Baptism invitations and photo gifts in his spare time.

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