Holiday

Creative Ways to Display Holiday Dessert

December 9, 2014

On their own, Cheryl’s desserts are a sweet treat and a work of art. Add an element of creative presentation? And you now have a dessert spread that guests will ooh and ahh over before they even take their first bite.

Here are some of our favorite DIY presentation ideas for holiday desserts from Celebrations.com. If you recreate any of these beauties, share your photos with us in the comments or on your favorite social media site using the hashtag #MerryandBright (we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, AND Google+).

A Grandeur Display With Goblets and More

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You already have fancy drinkware and serving trays on hand, so why not turn them into creative displays for your next holiday soiree? Serve cookies in goblets, domed cake plates, or pierced through straws and tossed in a glass of milk. You’ll love the rest of these creative Christmas cookie display ideas from Celebrations.com.

Creative DIY Decorated Cookie Plates

Whether leaving cookies for Santa or looking for a new way to present your favorite treats, using just colored permanent markers and a ceramic plate, you can create your own decorated cookie plates with a personalized message, your family name, or your favorite mantra.

A DIY Tiered Tray Using Items From Around the Home

Do you have a serving tray, several bowls, and a champagne coupes around the home? That’s all you need to create your own DIY tiered serving tray! The layers of this sweet idea are filled with different treats all from a Cheryl’s dessert tower.

Have a Frame and Wrapping Paper? You Can Make This DIY Serving Tray


Upcycled ideas are not only ideal for last-minute entertaining, but this DIY serving tray proves that something like an old frame can make for a stunning conversation piece (and guests will love how creative you are!).

The Perfect Dessert Pairing: Snow Cold Snowman Sips


A decadent dessert calls for a refreshing sip to wash it down with. Keep the spread on a festive note by serving drink in milk bottles dressed for the season! Get the how-to for these Snowman Sips here.

Holiday

Holiday Traditions With a Sweet Twist

November 28, 2014

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…that’s one way to kick off the holiday season! One of the best ways to get the entire family in to the holiday spirit is by having yearly traditions that they can look forward every December.

Here are 10 of our favorite fun twists on classic holiday traditions; make them your own by putting your own family twist on these ideas!

Milk & Cookies For Santa
Does your family spend Christmas eve preparing the perfect cookie platter for Santa and his helpers? Put a hands-on twist on this tradition by decorating cookies as a family with our holiday cookie decorating kit!

Looking for even more family fun? You’ll love this DIY Decorated Santa Plate the family can create together.

Volunteer as a Family
It’s especially important during the season to take a moment and appreciate the non-tangible gifts you have. Share a little love with the world by giving back to your community, be it volunteering at your local soup kitchen or donating warm clothing and food. A unique way to give back can also include having the entire family build care packages for military.

Elf on a Shelf
This little elf may look great on a shelf, but that’s not the only place he can retire to! Get inspired with these creative Elf on a Shelf ideas (and make sure to share any new locations you come up with in the comments!).

Hanging Stockings
Once the stockings are hung, it really starts to feel like the holiday season. Mix things up this year by turning old dress shirts into one-of-a-kind stockings with this diy idea!

Holiday Movie Night
Whether your family roots for Clark Griswold or Kevin McCalister, they await the day when it’s finally time to pop in the movie they’ve been waiting for all year. We love these ideas for Christmas movies paired with activities for family fun night.

Choosing the Tree
Rain or shine, there’s no stopping your family from getting the freshest and tallest holiday tree. Make the experience even sweeter by packing a sweet holiday tree themed snack pack. This can include: tree-shaped sandwiches (use a tree cookie cutter to recreate this), a tree napkin and Christmas tree cookie all wrapped up in a brown bag wrapped in tinsel.

Decorating the Tree
What’s next after choosing the perfect tree? Decorating time! Your go-to collection of ornaments could sure use a personal touch, so sit the family down for some DIY time with these homemade ornament ideas.

Advent Calendar
As soon as the first day of December hits, it’s time to bring out that advent calendar! Your chocolate advent calendar need not go anywhere, but make it even sweeter by counting down with 25 days of cookies! Our cookies are perfect for freezing, so simply defrost shortly before it’s advent time and enjoy with a variety of flavors.

Pair those cookies with a snow cold milk sip! Make these festive beauties at the start of the season and your family can reuse and sip from these fun bottles all month long!

Reading Christmas Stories
It’s not Christmas time without Scrooge – Ebenezer Scrooge, that is. Reading your family’s favorites is a tradition that never goes out of style. Host a Kids Storybook Party to extend this tradition to friends and neighbors!

Halloween Cookies

Halloween Party Favor Ideas: All Treats No Tricks

October 15, 2014

Planning the perfect Halloween party requires equal parts fun, festiveness, and of course – flavor! Since the party favor is the last thing the guests see and think about, it’s arguably one of the most important elements of an event – that’s why it’s so important to have cool and creative gifts for the guests to take home! Here are some of our favorite unique Halloween party favors that will sweeten their celebration.

Spooky & Sweet Halloween Party Favors:

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Send guests home with a spooky treat that’s fun to eat, like one of our festive Halloween cookie cards! Choose from a variety of faBOOlous designs for the perfect party favor.

Alternatively, you can order a Halloween cookie assortment from Cheryl’s – each cookie comes individually packaged so you can simply attach a festive bow or ribbon and hand them out as party favors!

 

halloween-party-favors-zombie-kettle-corn-the-popcorn-factoryBlack & Orange Snacks

Celebrate the holiday’s hottest color pairing – black and orange – by sending guests home with gifts in that color! Choose fun favors in the honorary color like this 30-count Halloween Kettle Corn box from The Popcorn Factory. Add a spooky touch by taping labels with the names of your party guests – with a Halloween twist (i.e Matt becomes “Batt”).

 

halloween-party-favors-fannie-may-pumpkin-tinsSweet & Spooky Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for Christmastime! Fannie May put a Halloween twist on ornaments with adorable chocolate-filled pumpkin tin. Add a festive nametag to easily turn it into a personalized gift they’re sure to love showing off.

 

halloween-party-favors-1800baskets-caramel-applesCaramel Apples

Nothing says fall quite like Caramel Apples. The addition of orange and yellow Reese’s ® Pieces turns the perfect fall treat into the perfect Halloween treat! Throw these beauties in a festive dessert box or bag and send guests home with a gift they won’t want to wait to sink their teeth into.

 

halloween-party-favors-harry-david-hot-chocolate-setHalloween Hot Chocolate

Heat things up at your spooky soiree by sending guests off with a ready-to-mix hot chocolate kit, like this gift set from Harry & David – sure to please even Count Choculate!

Halloween Cookies

Spooky & Sweet Halloween Party Ideas

October 2, 2014

Halloween is the perfect time to get extra festive. Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year with a show-stopping party for both children and adults to enjoy!

Celebrations.com recently threw a wow-worthy Halloween bash filled with DIY elements that are simple to recreate yet will impress guests of all ages! Check out their full Halloween party for ideas including a DIY Smoky Witches Brew recipe, Spooky Cider for the kids, DIY Witch Broom Cocktail Stirrers, and a fun Trick-or-Toss game using Halloween candy.

Have any fun Halloween party ideas you’d love to show off? Share them with us in the comments section below!

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Summer

Beauty in Bloom: Fun Facts About Sunflowers

September 3, 2014

When you look at a sunflower, you can’t help but smile. There’s just something about those bright, larger-than-life flowers that really brighten up the day. That’s why every summer and fall, we love putting a sunflower spin on our famous buttercream frosted cookies!

In honor of one of our favorite vibrant blooms, here are some fun facts about sunflowers!

Did you know…

– Sunflowers belong to the Helianthus genus. Helianthus is a combination of the Greek words – “helios,” meaning sun and “anthos,” meaning flower.

cheryls-buttercream-frosted-sunflower-cookies– The sunflower has been cultivated for over 4,500 years!

-While the sunflower is native to North America, its popularity as a cultivated crop began in Russia.

– It is a very fast growing plant; in fact, it requires around only 100 days from planting to reach maturity.

– Flower heads from young sunflower plants actually follow the movement of the sun during the day. This behavior is known as heliotropism.

– In fact, the French word for sunflower is tournesol, which translates literally to “turn with the sun.”

– Sunflower plants vary tremendously in size; they can be as small as three feet and as large as eighteen feet in height.

– One single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds – that’s a whole lot of snacking!

– There are more than 60 different kinds of sunflowers growing all over the world.

– Not only are sunflowers the state flower of Kansas, but you can find 11 different varieties of sunflowers growing in this one state!

– There are 2 different kinds of consumable sunflower seed – striped and black oil.

– As of 2014, the tallest sunflower in the world belongs to Hans-Peter Schiffer from Germany. His wow-worthy bloom measures at 28 ft, 8.49 inches (8.75 m) high and was measured on August 27, 2013.

– On the flip side, according to the 1996 Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest sunflower ever grown measured at only 2 1/5 inches at its mature stage – that’s one petite plant!

– Not only can you eat sunflower seeds, but you can even use them to make medicines, paints, and cooking oil.

– Sunflowers are more than just plants, they are art! In fact, famous painter Vincent Van Gogh was so inspired by this beautiful bloom that he did a whole series inspired by and featuring sunflowers.

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Football

Score a Touchdown with these Tailgating Tips

August 21, 2014

From concerts to sporting events, there’s always a good time to tailgate! Make your tailgate a fun and flawless event with these simple tips and ideas.

football-cookies-tailgating-tipsFreeze water bottles for chilled food AND drinks. Pop several water bottles in the freezer the night before. The next day while packing your cooler, use the frozen water bottles as ice packs! Throughout the day, the water bottles will defrost, leaving your tailgate party a refreshingly cool drink to stay hydrated with.

Pack single serve snacks. Rather than bringing an oversized bag of chips or loose desserts along, pre-pack your snacks into single servings. Alternatively, you can purchase treats that already come individually packaged (in case you were wondering – yes! Cheryl’s cookies DO come individually packaged).

Pre-pack utensil sets. Prepare ready-to-go utensil sets wrapped in a napkin so friends can simply grab and go. This will eliminate everyone gathering around in the same area at the same time to sort through the utensils for the ones they need.

Know the venue. If possible, head out to the area the beforehand and take note of the layout. That way, you can take note of the areas with the most shade, pick out the best spots to park in, and be aware of all exits to help plan your exit strategy.

Bring a distinguishing flag or pole. Especially in the case of larger events, it may be difficult for your group to find their way back to the car. Attach a tall, unique flag or pole that stands out from the crowd so they can spot your car from miles away. This is also a good idea if you are meeting up with others; just describe your flag and they’ll be able to find you no matter where they are parked.

Slice burger toppings beforehand. Skip the mess that comes with slicing onions and tomatoes, and slice them the morning of! Lay them all out in a large aluminum tray and you have mini portable build-your-own-burger-bar.

Brings snacks for sharing with neighbors. Part of the fun of tailgating is encountering all the like-minded people surrounding you. Bring extra snacks for sharing with your neighbors; who knows – maybe they’ll have some delicious eats they’ll share with you in return!

Cleanup as you go. Rather than leaving all of the cleanup until very the end, place several trash bangs around the area so guests can clean as they go. This not only saves times on cleanup in the end, but will help you avoid the rush getting out as the rest of the cars are still busy tossing their trash.

Bring bug repellent. This is especially important when tailgating in the summer. Prepare bug repellent such as citronella candles or spray. Candles work best to keep insects from the food, and spray can be applied directly to the body to help avoid those unwelcome bug bites.

Back to School

Get an A in Creativity

August 7, 2014

Help the kids start the school year off the right way and get to the head of the class by surprising their teacher with a creative gift straight from the heart! All four of these ideas are simple to recreate, so enlist the help of your little students for the perfect activity to get them excited for the first day of school.

Pair these unique DIY teacher gifts with an apple-themed treat, and the will be well on their way to becoming teacher’s pet.

Creative + Cool DIY Teacher Gifts

Personalize a Mini Easel

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Add a touch of artistic flair to their work space with this simple and unique DIY Mini Art Easel from Skip to my Lou! Add your own message to the easel or stick to writing out their name for a cool desk decoration. The best part? They can erase the message and fill in with their own well words or wisdom for a gift they’ll love showing off for the entire school year!

Pair Flowers with a DIY Pencil Vase

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Sharpen their work space with a vase adorned in #2 pencils with this craft idea from Celebrations.com! Using simply a vase, pencils, and a rubber band, you can create a gift that’ll add a fun and festive touch to the whole classroom.

Create a Flower Pen Bouquet

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Put a floral twist on the professor’s writing instruments with these DIY Flower Pens from HGTV. Make a few and toss them into a pot or small vase for a bouquet that will wow without ever wilting!

Fill this Terra Cotta Apple Mug with Sweets

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Turn an ordinary terra cotta pot into a reusable apple-shaped storage container filled with sweets! This is one DIY gift they’ll want to hold on to and show off during their next visit to the teacher’s lounge with this how-to from Seven Thirty Three.

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Send Your Smart Cookies Some Love at College

August 7, 2014

Your scholar may have moved into their newly decorated dorms, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still reminiscing about family vacations and movie nights! Surprise them with a care package that lets them know they’re near at heart, no matter how far in distance they may be.

When compiling the perfect care package for your special someone, keep in mind their unique personalities as well as their living habits. When picking out the ideal food products for your care package, keep in mind durability and shelf life. For example, Cheryl’s cookies arrive individually packaged and can be frozen for up to 6 months – the key here is the perfect balance of freshness, flavor, and convenience!

Here are 4 unique homemade care package ideas and themes to help inspire and educate:

Box of Sunshine

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Who can help but smile when they receive a box full of bright, happy sunshine?! This idea featured on Happy Money Saver is simple; just stick to vibrant, yellow products (sunflower buttercream cookies, anyone?) and throw in a few sunshine-themed cut-outs and confetti to add some serious smile to their day!

Stationery Package

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A message posted on a Facebook wall is nice, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling one gets when opening a handwritten letter from the ones they love. Give your special scholar a hand with keeping in touch by surprising them with all of the fixins they need to become pros of the written word with a unique stationery-filled care package like this one featured by Ann Marie Loves.

College Dorm Survival Cake

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A college survival care package filled with all of the necessities for dorm life– from school supplies to shower gear – is a great way to give them a head start on college living. Lyah Designs put a fun twist on this classic care package by turning it into a unique “cake!”

Study Break Package

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Between getting acclimated to living on their own to late-night cram sessions, those students could sure use a break! Surprise them with a fun and snack-filled care package with this Study Break Package idea featured at In MomoPause. Include your scholar’s favorite treats, energy drinks, and entertainment choices (music gift cards, card games, DVDs) for the ultimate gift to keep them going when the going gets tough.

Back to School

Back-to-School Blues?

August 7, 2014

Make the First Day Fun Again!

It’s never too late to start a yearly tradition! Add some excitement and anticipation to your child’s first day of school by starting one (or all) of these traditions; it’ll not only be a great way to track your little scholar’s progress but will also make for some priceless memories and keepsakes you’ll want to hold on to forever.

Make a Back to School Time Capsule

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With each passing school year, your child learns, grows, and develops his or her own unique view on things while growing their list of likes and dislikes. Celebrate this growth by letting your child experience it for themselves; help them make a time capsule on the first day of school and then join them on the last day of school as they dig it up and unwrap their memories! Such The Spot shares her take on this fun idea including a downloadable questionnaire they’ll love filling out.

Create and Keep a First Day of School Interview

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Each year on the first day of school, have your child fill out a back-to-school interview (with the same questions every time). Create a binder or scrapbook out of their answers; on their last day of high school, gift them with this binder for them to see how far they’ve come! Giggles Galore shared a printable interview to make this one fuss-free activity!

Stage a First Day of School Photo Shoot…with Chalk

Immortalize the memory of your child’s first day of school by staging a first day of school photo shoot!

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Take a Photo of your special scholar on their first day, sharing their hopes and aspirations. Create a chalkboard prop similar to the one made by Just Us Four so you can reuse it yearly for less fuss and more fun! Take one every year until they graduate (or become too stubborn to cooperate).

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Have your child channel their inner artist with easily erasable and fun chalk like Paging Fun Mums did! Depending on their age, you may want to write their grade number, while having them write or draw out their future aspirations.

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Celebrate Back to School with These Apple-Themed Treats

August 6, 2014

Back to school time can certainly be stressful.

Make the first day of school sweeter by celebrating with festive apple-themed treats and desserts that scholars of all ages will love!

back-to-school-apple-treat-apple-cookies-cheryls Buttercream Frosted Apple Cookies

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but an apple cookie a day will keep them smiling all the way to the classroom! There’s nothing that’ll sweeten their day more than a bite from a delicious Cheryl’s famous buttercream frosted cookie! Our back to school gifts feature a collection of apple-shaped cookie treats sporting their first-day best!

 

back-to-school-apple-treat-candied-apples-1800basketsCandied Apples

For an apple gift that’s both fresh, festive, and drizzled with a dessert-ready touch, a gift from 1800Baskets’ Candied Apple collection is a must. From nuts to apple pie flavor, you’ll find the perfect decadent gourmet apple treat to satisfy your special scholar.

 

 

 

 

 

back-to-school-apple-treat-fruit-bouqets-appletiniChocolate Dipped Apple Slices

Love the idea of dessert dipped apples but can’t handle the crunch of a full apple? Choose from one of the must-try chocolate dipped apple slices from Fruit Bouquets, like this celebration-worthy “Apple-tini,” a great way to toast to the start of a new school year!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sour Green Apple Popcorn

Chocolate covered apples are tasty, but if your little scholar is a snacking fan, surprise them with a tub of The Popcorn Factory’s famous popcorn in Sour Green Apple flavor! Crunchy, sweet, with a touch of tang, they are sure to love this green snack.

 

 

 

 

Aback-to-school-apple-treat-celebrations-apple-juleppple Julep Mocktail

All of these apple themed treats are sure to get them thirsty! Whip up a celebratory batch of this Apple Julep Mocktail from Celebrations.com to wash it all down with.

Happy Back to School!