A while back, a friend of a friend asked me to make a Hello Kitty cake for a bridal shower she was throwing. It turned out that I went to highschool with her! Then it turned out that she has another friend, who I went to highschool with, who was interested in having me make cookie favors for her son's first birthday party! What a small world!
The party was going to have a whale theme, with the colors of light blue and light green. So I ended up making light blue whale cookies, as well as light green "M" cookies (for the birthday boy who's name is Maxwell). I used my favorite sugar cookie and royal icing recipes from "Pretty Party Cakes" by Peggy Porschen. And for the shapes, I used the whale cookie cutter from this animal set, and the "M" cookie cutter from this alphabet set.
To decorate the whales, I first outlined them with stiff blue royal icing, and then filled them in with runny blue royal icing. After letting them dry overnight, I outlined them again with stuff blue royal icing, and then added an eye with stuff black royal icing. At that point I thought that I was done with the whales, but still something seemed to be missing. Ah, the fin! So I also piped on a little fin on each whale.
For the "M" cookies, I first outlined them with stiff pale green royal icing, filled them in with runny icing, and then let them dry overnight. She had liked the way I had decorated my flower and letter bridal shower cookies, so I decorated the Ms the same way by piping the small white dots around the perimeters.
After all of the cookies were completely dry, I packaged each one in a cellophane bag tied with raffia and a custom favor tag.
Happy (belated) birthday Max! Hope you had a wonderful party and enjoyed the cookies!