Colorful sugar cookies can be used as a (sweet) "bouquet" centerpiece when placed on a bamboo skewer, baked as directed, decorated, and set in a vase or other display. Just remember to make your cookies a little thicker than usual to support the stick.
Photo credit: Amy.
You can make this felt cookies and milk ornament project is super-easy, for any age, and can be used to decorate for your milk and cookies party. Plus, they could make a fun party crafting activity and/or party favor for your guests.
At your milk and cookies party, you can put your guests to "work" by letting them help decorate their own cookies!
One approach is to let your artistes culinaire use edible markers to draw on a "canvas" of white-frosted cookies.
Or, if you like, simply offer blank sugar cookies, a variety of frostings, different kinds of candies, and lots of plastic knives.
Either way, you have the most delicious party activity ever!
Photo credit: Shana.
Aren't these just the cutest! To create your own, first bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe as a glass milk jug and a... cookie. Pipe an outline with royal frosting and then flood with more frosting.
When it's dry, decorate with powdered food coloring, edible markers, and a little bow! Learn more about decorating cookies here.
Source: Dimple Prints. Photographer: ENV Photographyy.
These cake-y cookies aren't too sweet and are best when dipped (or crumbled!) into milk. A great addition to your milk & cookies party!
Here's a cute cookie welcome to your milk and cookies themed party! Choose a decorative letter (check your local craft store) and glue on cookie cereal pieces to cover. Add a bow if you like, as shown. Done!
Here we see glass confectionary jars -- filled with cookies for our milk and cookies theme party! -- decorated with a variety of prints to match the party's palette.
To decorate your own glass cookie jars, simply place craft papers around the bottom of the jar -- decorated side facing outward! -- trimming to fit, as necessary. A printed table card, listing the type of cookie, is a plus. What a fun and/or elegant way (depending on your style of paper designs) to serve your guests!
Photo credit: Design Dazzle.
Of course, at any milk & cookies themed party, you're going to need lots of cookies. Happily, most can be made days ahead of time. And here are 28 cookie recipes to help fill those days! From cute Peanut Butter Buttons, to dainty Oatmeal Pecan Lace cookies, or spicy Molasses Gingersnaps, there are some truly delicious cookie recipes listed here!
I remember the first time I saw someone on Halloween dressed up as... Santa Claus(?!?!). Surprising and delightful!
These decorated sugar cookies are a bit like that -- decorated as... other kinds of cookies! So clever and cute!
And, a milk bottle cookie is perfect for a milk and cookies party as well!
Photo credit: Jessica.
Another so-obvious-be-sure-you-don't-overlook-it food to include at your milk and cookies party is plenty of milkS. Whole, skim, chocolate, and strawberry are popular and good to include.
Spiking the whole milk with a little half-and-half (which I am sure some restaurants do) probably wouldn't hurt, either. During the colder months, warm milk and/or hot chocolate are also welcome additions.
Similarly, remember that you can include any number of liquid flavored coffee creamers (from your grocery store's refrigerated section) can be mixed into plain (or flavored) milks to create all kinds of flavors. Plus, creamers add (of course) some extra creaminess and they come in seasonal flavors that kids of all ages absolutely love.
Bonus: It's milk! So, it's always good for you, right?
Photo credit: Bloom Designs Online.
Cookies and milk parties are really popular right now, for birthday parties, baby showers, cookie exchanges, and more! So here is a free collection of printables to help make your party extra special. This set features: a welcome sign, invitations, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, blank tented cards, straw flags, and a party banner.
Photo credit: Catch My Party.
This collection of awesome cookie recipes -- ready for your cookies and milk themed party -- includes Chocolate Crinkles, Pumpkin Butterscotch cookies, Raspberry Almond Thumbprints, and more!
Small vintage milk bottles used to be served with school lunches, but now are a super-cute and super-popular way to serve all kinds of party drinks.
But what better beverage is there than actual milk?
You can buy inexpensive, plastic versions online, or re-use refrigerated coffee glasses, if you like.
This display includes a glass carafe for display (and seconds!) and may be found anywhere inexpensive glassware is sold.
Photo credit: Giggles Galore.
These milk bottles are decorated with striped paper straws -- also vintage-yet-popular right now -- along with sprinkles on the rims.
Adding sprinkles is a fun way to decorate your party glasses, and you can use sprinkles of any color -- whatever matches your party's color palette!
To add sprinkles to the rims of drinking glasses, place a small amount of a sticky liquid -- honey, corn syrup, melted chocolate or white chocolate, warmed glaze or frosting -- in a bowl. Keeping the rims flat, place the milk bottles into the liquid, raise and hold for a moment while any extra drips off, then dip into the sprinkles. If you can have someone hold them upside down while they dry a bit, that can be a help with some liquids. And that's it! Sweet!
Photo credit: Lauren.
Almost everyone's favorite cookie is chocolate chip, and they go so well with milk at your milk and cookies themed party.
But if you want to offer something fancier, here is a collection of deluxe chocolate chip cookie recipes, with everything from Orange Zest Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, to Mandelbrot (like biscotti), to Ice-cream Cookie Cups, to (my husband's favorite) Kitchen Sink Cookies! Chocolate-y delicious!
Here's the perfect cake -- and centerpiece -- for your milk and cookies birthday party! Yum!
To make your own giant cookie cake, spread your favorite cookie batter into a large circle on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat mat, leaving about 25% of the pan uncovered by batter, to allow for it expand while baking.
Bake your giant cookie at the same temperature for about 30 minutes, or until most of the cookie has puffed up, then collapsed, but not the middle 25% or so. Remove from oven, and allow to cool. If any break, use them in the middle of your "cake."
Then, simply frost and stack! Slice triangles of the "cake" to serve, or give each guest their own giant, frosted cookie on a plate.
For many children, it will be a party to remember forever!
Photo credit: Shana.
And finally, here is the perfect party favor for the guests at your cookies and milk party, their own cookie mix in a jar!
Photo credit: Carli.
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