Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nitzan's Bat Mitzvah, Part I

Sometimes you are lucky enough to have good neighbors. Sometimes you are even luckier, when those neighbors turn out to be good friends. We have been fortunate in that respect in every home we have lived in. And when you have a chance to show your appreciation for that good fortune, even better.

Our neighbor Nitzan recently celebrated her bat mitzvah. I had the privilege of preparing dessert for her Shabbat celebration, as well as the centerpieces for her party. The theme of the celebration? Uniquely perfect for Nitzan: flowers and basketballs.

Here is the story of the centerpieces:

In the construction phase - preparing all of the cookies on sticks, before adding detail. Hand detailed centers were added to the blue flowers and to purple ones as well, a perfect match for the paper goods.

Then we added detail to make it all perfect - the basketball cookies said Nitzan's name.
Tulip cookies on a stick rounded out the flowers.
Finally, we started to assemble the cookie bouquet centerpieces.

Nitzan's family finished assembly at the hall, adding the mylar shreds, and the cookie bouquet centerpieces were complete.

Next time, an array of Shabbat desserts. Mazal tov to Nitzan!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Very Personal

One thing that is a lot of fun about catering jobs over Shabbat cookie platters is the opportunity to personalize. Color schemes are a common request - matching the desserts to the linens and/or paper goods and centerpieces. For Yoni and Meira's Sheva Brachot, the colors were purple and light green. Half of the cupcakes, chocolate or vanilla cake filled with chocolate cream and topped with rich chocolate buttercream, received flowers as their decorations. But to get even a bit more personal, for the other half of the cupcakes, filled with vanilla cream and topped with vanilla buttercream, we took decoration to the next level, with medallions with messages and designs to reflect the occasion. Hearts, large and small, and "Mazal Tov" and the names of the Chattan and Kallah adorned the cupcakes.
Mazal tov!! Wishing Meira and Yoni a lifetime of happiness.

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