Friday, December 14, 2007

Drop in and Decorate

I love making Christmas cookies. I usually make several different kinds over the Christmas season and end up eating way too many and giving them away to family and friends. Which I'm sure is greatly appreciated, but this year I came across the Drop in and Decorate cookies for donation, started by Nine Cooks. King Arthur Flour joined in and made up a kit you can use with everything needed to throw your own party. What a great idea! Bake cookies have your friends come by and decorate them, and then donate the cookies to charity! Not only is it a really fun excuse to have a party but you get to do something nice for others as well.

My next door neighbor works for a Senior Center. She was thrilled with the idea and took all the finished cookies to distrubute among the residents at the facility.
I invited everyone to drop in on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. What a party we had! At first some people were a little intimidated by the pastry bags filled with Royal icing. However, once they gave it a try, they were ready to decorate everything in sight!

We decorated dozens of sugar cookies and put them into cellophane bags tied with ribbons. They were adorable when finished and it was a wonderful feeling knowing the smile they'd bring to someone else this holiday season.

I decided to have the party a little too late to order the King Arthur kit, but Nine Cooks has all the recipes and ideas on their site. The cookie recipe is very tasty and rolls out easily. I also made a batch of sugar cookies from another recipe and although very tasty it was MUCH more difficult to roll and cut out.
So invite your friends and family to come over and have your own Drop in and Decorate party. It will fun stress-free party that will bring a little Christmas joy to others!

We had a couple artistic decorators!
What's for lunch honey? is hosting this month's Monthly Mingle, so drop by and check out all the other Drop in and Decorate parties going on!


Dhanggit said...

these are the most adorable cookies i've have ever seen..i love specially the "snowman"!!.

i've heard about this worthy cause (drop in and decorate)but i havent tried organizing one yet..i envy you and i have high respect for you..:-)

Katy said...

adorable! i am so bad at decorating cookies, but it adds such a nice touch!

Cynthia said...

What a great way to get together with friends and family.

Emiline said...

It's kind of cute that some of your guests were scared of using a pastry bag!
The cookies look beautiful. I'm not so talented with decorating cookies.

Meeta said...

Simply gorgeous! A great party and thanks for taking part!

Lydia said...

Thank you thank you thank you! What a wonderful event and great photos!!! I'm so glad you were able to host a Drop In & Decorate party, and I'm sure the folks at the senior center were grinning from ear to ear when they saw the cookies. I'm going to have a Drop In & Decorate party in the spring for our local senior center -- maybe lots of cookies shaped like spring flowers!

Lydia said...

Couldn't find an email address for you, but if you or your readers are interested, I'm starting a very occasional little newsletter for Drop In & Decorate, to share photos, ideas, tips, and sources. You can sign up on