Before this weekend, the answer was a resounding ‘no’, but after…?
Let me tell you about my weekend. It was filled with boxes, ribbons, tags, tape, stickers, cello bags, and 100 cookies. That’s right. 100 cookies!
Let’s play a little game, shall we? It’s called ‘if you’re going to bake 100 cookies…’
If you’re going to bake 100 cookies…
- make sure all 7 doughs are made the day before you bake;
- make sure you have the necessary ingredients, don’t go to the store for powdered sugar, three quarters of the way through;
- make sure you start baking first thing in the morning, not at 4pm;
- make sure your ribbons are pre-cut, boxes unfolded, stickers placed, tape measured, scissors sharpened;
- make sure to tear the Afro from your scalp early because you’ll be too busy to do it later!
Argh, what was I thinking?
The truth of the matter is I was totally clueless when a new friend, Mitch Berlow, asked me to bake for his wife’s surprise baby shower. I had never done one before, so I accepted the challenge, then promptly started freaking out.
When I think of baby showers I think of all things frilly and super-cute. My friends would be the first to tell you that’s just not me. I don’t do ‘cute’, let alone ‘super-cute’, but here I go by the grace of god.
Determined to make it work, I turned to my super-cute friend Patty. She’d done a baby shower two months before, and used my cookies. After busting a gut she gave me some ideas, but I was still worried.
It took me every last minute to procure all the necessities. I went to Chinatown, Michael’s, Jo Ann’s, Target, Hallmark, plus Paper Mart, and no one wants to go to Paper Mart…it’s in Commerce for Pete’s sake!
Needless to say I succeeded. The Super-Cute challenge has been conquered! The party favors arrived on time and now I’m a teeny bit wiser, when it comes to baby showers. The project was everlasting, incredibly detailed and hard work, but I enjoyed it…except for the freaking-out part.