When presenting cookies as a gift, I find cookie bouquets have the most visual impact. After all the work done in preparing the cookies, a well thought out presentation finishes off the gift and elevates it to a higher level. (If you want to read about how I make cookies on a stick themselves (also referred to as cookie pops), read my post How to Bake Cookies on a Stick . The following instructions show my method to put together a cookie bouquet set of 7 cookies. All the items used were purchased at a dollar store.
- bowl or other suitable container
- dense/heavy modeling clay (the colour doesn’t matter, but Play Dough brand is not dense enough)
- florist’s foam
- cutting board
- tooth picks (the round smooth kind, not the flat rough ones)
- tissue paper in coordinating colour
- coordinating colour basket shred, or construction paper and use of a paper shredder
- clear cellophane on a roll or large cellophane gift bag
- 7 cookies!!
Push the clay into the bottom of the container. (The weight of the clay adds stability and helps to prevent your final bouquet from toppling over. It is also used to secure the florist’s foam.) Place some toothpicks in the clay with the pointy end sticking up.
Cut a piece of florist’s foam and trim the edges so that it will fit snuggly into the container. There should be some space left between the top of the block and the top of the container, so that there will be room to put some shredded tissue/paper without spilling out. You may need to trim the height of the block to accomplish this. Once your block is the correct size, wrap it in a piece of coordinating coloured tissue paper, and secure it with tape.
Push the florist’s foam down firmly onto the toothpicks.
Arrange your cookies, cutting the cookie sticks shorter if necessary. Place the central cookies first, working back to front. Put the plaque cookie in the center and place a smaller cookie in front, being careful not to block the view of the writing on the plaque.
Arrange the remaining cookies around the central ones, varying the height of the rows. Some cookies can be put in on an angle. Don’t worry if you need to remove a cookie and place it elsewhere. Holes will be covered up later on.
Add the coordinating coloured basket shred or shredded construction paper, to fill in any gaps between the foam and the edges of the container. Cover the foam entirely between the cookie sticks.
Carefully place the container inside the cellophane bag or wrap with cellophane from a roll. If using rolls, place two or three long strips of cellophane on top of each other at right angles. Set the arrangement in the center and gather up over the top, being careful not to put pressure on the cookies. Tie the top with ribbon.
In the past, I have spray painted flower pots from the dollar store to use as containers. (See the example shown below. The pot was an ugly orange colour and I spray painted it white.) At Easter, I have used dollar store Easter baskets.
Place your bouquet in an area you will pass by frequently before gifting your cookies, so you can admire your work for a bit!! And don’t forget to take a picture by which to remember and admire all your hard work!