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5 fab ways to use cookies this wedding season

 

5 fab ways to use biscuits in your wedding by nila holden

So you’re getting married..! Congratulations. What an exciting time for you…!

You’ve probably been scouring pinterest for lots of swoon worthy wedding decor, finishing touches and ways to personalise your big day. After all, it should be a reflection of you and your other half-to-be, full of personality and all the things that are great about you as a couple.

Here at Nila Holden bakery we make beautiful iced biscuits for life’s special occasions and we’ve got lots of biscuits to add that special touch to your wedding day. We’ve pulled together a quick list below of ways that real life brides – some of our many happy customers have used biscuits in their wedding day.

They’re engaged…!

He asked and she said yes! You couldn’t be happier for them, they make such a lovely couple (and you secretly can’t believe he waited this long to pop the question). Lots of excitement all round for the pending nuptials.

You’d like to send a small gift along with a note to wish the newly engaged couple well and help to mark the occasion. This Bride & Groom gift set is lovely, you can add their monogram for that personal touch. Also perfect as a wedding gift for the couple that already has everything. Or for those occasions when you’re just too slow off the mark and all the good stuff from the gift list has already been taken.

Will you be my bridesmaid..?

Why not use biscuits to pop the big question? No, not THAT question! THAT question has already been asked hence why you’re on a knifes edge, frantically pulling together spreadsheets of expenses and a to do list as long as your arm and turning into a bridezilla. (Remember – breathe!)

Of course, I mean asking your bestie, BFF and best mates if they’ll be your bridesmaid. There are so many ways you can pop the big question. How about with these pretty biscuits – customised with a name for that extra special touch. How could any friend say no when asked in such a sweet way? Guaranteed to get your bridesmaids agreeing to wear those soft lilac empire line dress you’ve got eye on for them.

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One of our customers ordered our personalised unicorn biscuits to include in her bridesmaid treat boxes. Don’t they look amazing?

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Hen party gifts

So you’ve booked the weekend in Marbs and you’ve sworn off the carbs. You’re all dressing up before you hit the town. To say thank you to your best mates for joining you as you celebrate and being total good sports and wearing those hideous scratchy fancy dress outfits in 30° heat, why not get some lovely personalised biscuits? With a name or some other memorable words stamped. Maybe include them in some goodie bags? Here are some pics from the a recent customer. How much would I love to see the photos from this hen weekend!!???  *butler* *foam*

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Wedding favours

One of the most popular ways to use biscuits in your wedding is have biscuit wedding favours. Iced biscuits are perfect as they can be customised to fit your theme. Different colours of icing or how about taking a design detail or accent from your wedding stationery for example and adding this to the design of your biscuits?

One of our most popular wedding favour biscuits are these personalised biscuits that double up as place cards and favours as each one is hand stamped with a guest’s name. How brilliant is that? No need to get separate place cards printed.

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These monogram wedding favours are our next bestseller. Adding a monogram detail to your wedding stationery or favours is such a lovely & classic way to add a personal touch to your wedding. There’s something so romantic about seeing your initials entwined and side by side.

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Treats for the little ones

I designed these love heart cookie pop favours for my own wedding a few years back. I was worried that the kiddies would chatter all the way through our wedding ceremony and racked my brains to find a way to keep them quiet – just for 25 mins or so, in a mess free-stress-free-way.

I thought that giving them something to eat might work well but wanted to avoid sticky fingers so came up with these love heart pops – each personalised with a name. They worked an absolute treat and have gone on to be a popular product too with brides.

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So there you have it 5 ways actual real life bride’s have used biscuits in their own wedding days (including yours truly!). I hope this blog post has given you some ideas and inspiration.

If you’re a bride in the planning stage and you’re looking for ideas then do check out our pinterest boards for more ideas.

If you’re at the ordering stage then pop over to our website for biscuit wedding gifts, prices etc.

Happy wedding planning!

Nila x

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Top 5 Biscuit Gifts for Father’s Day

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This time next week it’ll be Father’s Day!  Eeek! Are you prepared? Do you have a special gift sorted for your lovely Dad? No? Well fear note, we have the perfect Father’s Day gift for you and there’s just enough time for you to order for the big day.

We’ve got a lovely range of biscuit gifts for your lovely Pops, delicious buttery iced shortbread, beautifully wrapped and delivered direct to you or your Dad.

 

For the first time Dad

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For the first time Dad, the first Father’s Day is a truly special moment. After months of anticipation, pre natal appointments and scans, decorating the nursery and trying to settle on a name, your gorgeous bundle has finally arrived. And nothing could have prepared you for it. A good night’s sleep and any semblance of a normal life have gone out of the window. And you wouldn’t have it any other way. These biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to those late night feeds and a yummy sugary burst of energy just when you need it.

 

For the Boring Jumper Dad

 

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For the Dad who loves his boring M&S jumpers how about these gorgeous jumper biscuits? Your Dad loves his comfy beige jumpers.  Over the years you’ve tried to get him to deviate from the plain jumper over shirt combo your Dad wears everywhere. But he always comes back to his much loved knitted numbers from his all time favourite department store. Because they always his size and he can rely on them.

 

For the Tea Lover Dad

 

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Your Dad loves nothing more than a nice strong brew of the nation’s favourite drink and a nice biccie. He takes his tea strong, with a drop of milk. Always the hot water first, then the milk. And it has be in his favourite mug. Which, if truth be told, he doesn’t wash that often. Much to Mum’s irritation. She’s always sneaking into the dishwasher when Dad’s not looking. Well, how about these yummy iced biscuits – the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa. Your Dad will love them.

 

The Stepdad

 

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Well this is awkward. He’s not your real Dad, but you want to get your Stepdad a little gift to say thank you for being there for you and your Mum. You don’t want to go all schmatlzy and over the top (after all he’s got his own kids who’ll do that), but you need something to show how much you appreciate him, for taking such good care of your Mum. And for cooking a mean roast. These are the perfect biscuits.

 

For the self sacrificing Dad

 

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Your Dad loves his family more than anything in the world and would do just about anything for you, your Mum and your siblings. He does all the taxi runs, he gives up his weekends to mow your lawn, put up your flatpack furniture or check the oil in your car. When you’re running low on funds, he always has a spare £20 to give you. You say you’ll give it back when it have, but he never really expects you will. This box set of 12 mini beautiful biscuits are the perfect treat for the man who knows little about indulgence and everything about duty to his family.

How to order biscuits for Father’s Day:

To place your order, head over to our Father’s Day biscuits gifts, you’ll need to register with an email address to get more info and prices. Once you’ve registered, login and simply click on the gift you’d like to order and checkout. We’ll make the biscuits up and post them out you to or we can send them direct to your Dad.

Last date for orders for delivery in time for Father’s Day is Wednesday 14th June 2017 so head over to our website today to place your order.

Happy Father’s Day!

Nila x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time I made biscuits for a real life princess (and didn’t even know!).

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Oh yes. I made biscuits for a real life princess – Princess Mako of Japan, and didn’t even know! If the name sounds familiar, it’ll be because Princess Mako of Japan has been in the headlines quite a bit lately. The Princess, grand daughter of Emperor Akihito and member of the Japanese royal household is engaged to be married to a commoner.

Japanese law states that if the princess choses to marry a commoner then she must leave the royal family behind and become a normal civilian. There is concern about the Japanese royal family’s bloodline as the Emperor has just 3 grandchildren, two of whom are princesses and will marry and leave the royal family – and just one grandson to continue the line.

Not many people know but Princess Mako spent time living in Scotland a few years back when she studied at the University of Edinburgh for a year. It was while she was studying there that we had the opportunity to make biscuits for her and her friends.

One of her friends was organising a leaving party for the Princess who was heading back to Japan after completing her studies. The friend contacted me and requested a custom order of our personalised floral biscuits.

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These are probably the most detailed and complex biscuits I have in my personalised biscuits portfolio but if I do say so myself, they are pretty stunning and delicious tasting of course.

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Each biscuit has 3 separate layers of fondant icing – one layer of white fondant and the next layer a lovely pinky/peach colour fondant.

I then use a beautiful flower rubber stamp to decorate the fondant icing, which adds embossed detail. Rubber stamps are a great way to add detail fondant covered biscuits if, like me, you are not particularly good at free hand painting.

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Next, each flower is hand painted using edible paint or as in this design, edible dusts that I mix with a small amount of water to to get an edible paint.

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Lastly, each biscuit is personalised with a different name, again using rubber stamps, and then hand painted with a gold lustre dust. The finished effect is stunning – don’t you agree…?

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I originally designed the biscuits for my daughter’s birthday and the inspiration for the design was a beautiful vintage scarf that I found in a second hand shop in Whitstable. My daughter loved the scarf and so I used the pattern as the basis of the design for her cake and cookies that year.

I loved making the biscuits for Princess Mako’s party and working with all those beautiful and unusual Japanese names.

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I’ve made these biscuits in lots of different colours for weddings & events over the years. Here they are in pastel green and purple.

Thankfully, I didn’t know that I was making biscuits for royalty when Princess Mako’s order was placed, otherwise I think I might have been a complete bag of nerves!

We’ve since gone on to make biscuits for the likes of Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and even our own Royalty the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, but this is still one of my favourite orders to date.

I wish Princess Mako all the very best and many happy, healthy days in her married life.

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We have lots of decorative iced biscuits perfect for weddings, parties or birthdays. If you’re looking for an extra special finishing touch or a sweet treat to indulge your guests then biscuits are perfect! Visit the gift biscuit pages of our website for more info, prices and to place your order.

Nila x

Decorating cookies with sugarpaste/fondant

Nearly all the decorative cookies you will see on my blog or Etsy store have been covered in sugarpaste/fondant.  You can of course use other methods, such as royal icing, but I have a personal preference for sugarpaste/fondant.  I find it easy to work with, and I have been able to produce some quite distinct designs – as you can easily add extra detail by stencilling, embossing, rubbing stamping, painting etc.

I also personally prefer the taste & texture of fondant covered cookies.  Again, this is just a personal preference – there are of course, many wonderful royal iced cookies out there and some really talented ‘icers’ who come up with out of this world designs that taste scrummy!  You can of course also combine both methods by covering the cookie with sugarpaste/fondant & then piping detail over the top.  Julia M Usher’s Cookie Connection website is a good place to look for inspiration.

This is a simple, easy to follow tutorial to show you the basic method of covering a cookie.  Once you have mastered this technique, it will be quite easy for you to take your cookie decorating to the next level by introducing some of the techniques listed above.

What you will need:

  • Vanilla cookie with corresponding cookie cutter
  • sugarpaste/fondant in the colour of your choice
  • rolling pin
  • offset spatula
  • large bristled paintbrush
  • edible glue

1. Take your coloured sugarpaste/fondant and roll it out onto your board into a shape large enough to fit your cookie cutter.

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2. Next, take your cookie cutter and stamp out a rectangle shape from your fondant.

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3. Using your palette knife, lift the fondant shape off your board to ensure that it hasn’t stuck fast.

Image4. Using a paintbrush, lightly cover your baked cookie with a thin layer of edible glue.

5. Take your fondant rectangle and attach to the cookie, ensuring that you line up the edges.

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From time to time, your cookies will distort while baking. This means that the fondant shape may be slightly larger or smaller than the cookie.

Don’t worry if this occurs, as you can usually trim a little of the fondant off using your palette knife if the shape is too large, or ever so gently spread the edges of the fondant shape so that it covers more of your cookie, if the fondant shape is too small.

And there you have it, a lovely fondant covered cookie, which if it survives the next 5 minutes without being eaten up can now be decorated further.

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If you plan further embellishment then read on.  If you plan to eat it up – grab a cup of tea, find a quiet spot & enjoy!

General principles for further decoration:

  • Stencilled cookies. Add the stencilling to the rolled out fondant before cutting out your fondant shape and attaching to your cookie.
  • Embossing with rubber stamps.  If you are embossing names or text directly onto the fondant, cut out your shape first. Then emboss the name or text onto the shape before attaching to the cookie.
  • If you are attaching flowers or layered text to your cookie, cut out the fondant shape and attach to the cookie before adding further decoration on top.

Do leave me a little note or comment if you use the tutorial.  I’d love to hear how you get on.  Happy decorating (and tasting!)

Nila x