Cookie Doodle Birthday Partay!

photo by my dad

I want you to know I think of you guys often. I’ll be going about life and I’ll think “oh, what a cute idea/nice moment/funny anecdote I’m experiencing. I should share this with my friends and lurkers who visit my blog. Hey Scott — take a picture!”

But then I sit down to try and write a functional blog post and I’m all “oh, there are too many photos to choose from/dammit I forgot to take a photo of that/I’m tired/blogging is so hard” or I have some lame work to do, or I’m getting on a plane somewhere (this time, in my defense, I got stuck in a Hurricane) and that shit slows me down. But the intention is there. I just want you guys to know that.

Anyway, Delilah had her super awesome Cookie Doodle third birthday party like a month ago, and IT WAS…well, SUPER AWESOME.

photo by heather

We came up with the idea for a cookie doodle party on our drive home from Marin a few weeks ago. I think I’ve mentioned Delilah’s affection for the Cookie Doodle iPad app, so while we brain stormed around the only theme we could come up with “3D” (get it? Dee? Three?) and Scott suggested cookies in the shapes of 3’s and D’s one of us made the leap to decorating cookies, I got all amped and yelled “JUST LIKE COOKIE DOODLE!” Dee shouted, equally amped “I WANT TO HAVE A COOKIE DOODLE PARTY” and the rest (after a four hour car ride listing off possible cookie shapes she would make at said Cookie Doodle party) is history.  If I do say so myself, the party was a huge success.

photo by heather

I mean…make no mistake, I was running around like a crazy person the entire time. Hosting a kid’s birthday party is hands down the most freaking exhausting thing I’ve ever done in my life — especially one that required me to run back and forth from the kitchen baking cookies. I failed to take a single photograph of our carefully constructed cookie party (special thanks to Maegan, Heather, and my Dad who helped me fill in the blanks). Despite being October, it was still in the triple digits here in the ever-sweltering Valley so I was sweating pretty radically too. Good thing all the parents we know are chill non-judgemental people, because apparently having mild panic attacks in front of acquaintances while trying to entertain is like my thing now.

photo by maegan

But it was an awesome day. We broke out the bounce house, and served asinine amounts of sugar to three-year-olds, and as I tucked her in to bed that night Dee whispered to me “Mommy, I had so much fun at my cookie doodle party.” 

Want to have a Cookie Doodle party of your very own? Start by picking up this set of 101 Cookie Cutters — pretty much every shape you can imagine, including a dog bone, which is Delilah’s bizarre favorite.

The night before your party, prep your cookie dough. We used this simple cookie recipe:

Cream together 1 cup unsalted butter (softened) & 1 cup sugar. Beat in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Fold in 3 cups all purpose flour. Mix well, chill dough minimum of 3-4 hours before rolling.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, roll out dough and cut, bake 8-10 minutes. Cool before frosting.

Grab some little aprons, if you’re feeling really crafty (I was not) maybe personalize a few Chef’s hats, icing, sprinkles, and decorating tips, and viola! Cookie Doodle Fiesta! We had the kiddos choose shapes and roll dough at the beginning of the party (we also passed out hand sanitizer) and decorate and eat their cookies at the end (total party time: 2 hours.)

{To keep things tidy, we used pre-colored tubes of icing which were about half the price at our local craft store as they were in the supermarket. Aside from a small “weazing the frosting” incident, the re-sealable tubes worked very well for the three-year-old guests.}

photo by heather

And lastly, a few more photos of my lady from her big day that I couldn’t resist so I’m borrowing from my lovely sister-in-law Maegan.

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