I’ve never been a maid of honor before (I’ve never actually been a real part of a wedding before) so I can just imagine how much work being maid of honor actually is. Therefore, I had to make it as difficult to say no as possible. Enter watercolor painted floral Maid of Honor cookies. Because who can say no to personalized desserts?!
SPOILER: She said yes.
This was actually the first time I had ever tried to watercolor anything in my adult life. I turned, yet again, to Sweet Ambs Cookies’ YouTube tutorials and gave it a shot. I have to say, I really had beginners’ luck here because I was (and still am) thrilled with how they turned out. I think these are my favorite cookies I’ve decorated to this date. Partially because I just love watercolor florals.
Watercolor Painted Floral Maid of Honor Cookies – The Presentation
These cookies were also fun to present. I was so excited to give them to my potential maid of honor and giddy about the surprise. I stacked them in a treat box so that when she opened the box, the first cookie read “WILL YOU”, the second cookie under the first read “BE MY”, etc. Since I stacked them, a bit of the crumbs came off of the bottom of the shortbread onto the lettering of the next cookie, but that didn’t bother me.
Watercolor Painted Floral Maid of Honor Cookies – The How
For the most part, I just followed the Sweet Ambs Cookies’ tutorial. I used shortbread cookies and white flood consistency royal icing for the base. I then used gel food coloring that was watered down with vodka to paint. I used two different shades of gray for the petals and two different shades of green for the leaves. I just kept painting half circles, starting with the lightest shade of gray first and layering the darker shade on top wherever needed in order to achieve the look I wanted. I made sure to start off light-handed since I could also add more.
For the lettering, I used stiff consistency royal icing in a complimentary green shade. Since I did everything completely freehanded, I achieved [mostly] even spacing by starting in the middle and working my way out. For example, for the “will you” cookie, I started piping the last “L” first, then the “Y”, etc.
Could the lettering have been better with by applying the “measure twice, cut once” mentality? I’m sure. But I can be pretty lazy and ain’t nobody got time for that. (But, I mean, I also didn’t have time to redo the entire cookie because I was too lazy to not screw up the first time… but that was a risk I decided to take because I’m a ridiculous person.)
See more of my custom cookies here!