My mother’s birthday was a big milestone this year. I won’t say the number out loud because I know better…but it’s pretty easy to figure out from the cookies 😉 My sister and my dad and I wanted to do something special for her because she’s always doing everything for everyone else and has been such an incredible source of strength and support to others over the years. It was about time we celebrate her. My mom doesn’t like a lot of attention and we knew she wouldn’t want a big party, so we threw her an intimate surprise party with close relatives.
My mom also LOVES golf. I’m talking plays it, watches it, dreams it, breathes it kind of love. I don’t get it. I once asked her how she could love golf so much and not get sick of it, and her response was: “Do you ever get sick of running?”. Then I got it. So, golf seemed like the pretty obvious choice for the theme of her surprise XXth birthday party.
I only made a small batch of cookies and my godmother made golf cupcakes. They were to DIE for! For the cookies, I wanted to test out the 20 second icing technique and, as it turns out, I prefer piping and flooding. It’s more work in the prep stage, but much cleaner in the execution and allows for a bit more control (in my opinion anyway).
I’d seen a few inspiration pictures for the sand trap cookie and was excited to try it. I used brown sugar for the sand, using white Royal Icing as “glue”. I’d love to start playing with different and new textures in the future.
Like I mentioned, my godmother made the cupcakes. Not only were they DE-LISH, they were adorable. Everything was edible. My favourite by far were the flags, made out of dry pasta noodles, fruit roll-up and RI! So creative! The running joke in my family is that my parents couldn’t have picked a better godmother for me because we’re two peas in a pod. Things like this make me very proud of that!
It’s really quite easy and inexpensive to add little touches of a theme to a party. I had set up some white paper lanterns outside (it was a gorgeous May day!), and inside I’d just gotten a simply green table cloth and found these little turf squares at the dollar store. I filled a vase with golf balls (luckily my parents have LOTS) and I’d gotten this adorable golf cart cake topper at the party store. Simple yet very fun!