Wedding in a Box

March 29, 2010

I’ve been to quite a few weddings in my lifetime and after a while they all start to look the same.  I think everyone buys the “Wedding in a Box” package.  You know how it goes.  There’s always a teary speech, first dance, glass clinking, cake smashing, a bouquet toss, a garter toss, and of course the dreaded chicken dance!

The last wedding I went to was fun because instead of your typical cake smashing, they had a table of pies!  Not just one pie, but lots and lots of pie!  And instead of the typical cake smashing, the guests counted down and both the bride and groom plummeted their faces into one of the pies with their hands behind their backs.  Now that’s a way to put your personality in your wedding!

When you start planning your wedding, think about what *you* want.  Put your personality into your wedding in more ways then just different color table linens and dresses.  Break the mold and do something different!

A few unique ideas to get you started:

  • A Cookie and Cupcake Buffet: Delicious treats for everyone young and old!
    Cookie and Cupcake Buffet

    Cookie and Cupcake Buffet

  • A Photo Booth: Your guests will not only be entertained, but they’ll also be able to give you a fun message on your specials day.
  • Plantable Invitations and Thank You Cards: A great way for your guests to plant a living memory of your fun event!

What are some of your unique ideas?

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Shop Local

March 2, 2010

I’ve recently come across The 3/50 Project.  Since starting The Cookie Drop, I’ve learned to appreciate the struggles that come with a small business, so this is an idea that I can really get on board with.

The idea is simple.  Support your local brick and mortars because those businesses are key to improving your community.  These are the folks that are funneling funds right back into the local community through property taxes, sales tax, salaries, and all of their volunteer efforts.  C’mon now, how many times have you gone into a local shop to ask for donations for the local school auctions, etc..  but you really have never shopped there?

Since we’ve started, we’ve been making a real effort to partner up with some of the local businesses in the Tri-Valley area. You’ll occasionally find our cookies at Thriving Ink and Roman Holiday Salon in Pleasanton. In addition, you’ll be able to sample, and pick up cookies at The Alamo Flower Company in Alamo.  Over time, we hope to create even more partnerships with the local brick and mortars!

What stores will you be supporting?

Happiness one Cookie at a Time

February 1, 2010

Thank you all for coming out on Friday.  It was a huge success.  It seems that cookies are the universal symbol of happiness.  I can’t tell you how many of you commented “Wow, this must be my lucky day!”  We had such a great time spreading the Yum, and we met some really great people out there.

Being out there chatting with folks really solidified my excitement about The Cookie Drop.  The key is, we can’t do it without you.  We need to hear from you about what you like or don’t like.  Where you want to find us.  And, whatever else might be on your mind!

Our goal is to spread happiness one cookie at a time.

What simple things make you happy?

Have Cookies, Will Travel

January 25, 2010

On Friday, January 29, we’re going to begin selecting a few locations within the Tri-Valley area where you can either pick-up a pre-ordered gift box of cookies, or you can purchase individual cookies from our on-board selection.  Our gift boxes will be $27/dozen and there will be no delivery fees.  Individual cookies will be priced at $2.50 each.

We won’t be sporting a fancy van or anything because we believe in starting small.  If you keep us busy, hopefully we’ll be able to afford a van in the future!  In the meantime, look for the silver SUV sporting the “The Cookie Drop” magnets and two women handing out free samples.

Follow us on twitter or facebook and we will keep you updated on our times and locations!  We hope to see you all out there!

Where would you like to find us?  And, what flavors do you hope are on board?

Change the World

January 18, 2010

Today, we remember Martin Luther King and the breakthroughs that he made in changing the way our society thinks.  He opened doors and broke down barriers.  So many of us are apathetic and think, “I’m only one person.”  Martin Luther King was also only one person, and yet his impact was great.

This video felt appropriate for today:

What will you do to inspire change?

Being Silly

January 11, 2010

There’s nothing like a good belly laugh in life.  One that has tears streaming down your face, your gut aches, and you may even begin snorting.

In case you missed it, this past weekend was the No Pants! Subway Ride.  Cities across the nation gather folks to hop on the local mass transit system sans pants.  The trick is, you have to do it with a straight face.  I have to admit, I could never partake in this because 1.  I get cold easily and 2. I’d probably be laughing hysterically, especially if someone went to stand up and their thighs stuck to the seat.

I had a good laugh this morning because as I was leaving the pool all the older ladies from the water aerobics class were also leaving.  The parking lot was full of middle aged women dressed in bathrobes, and I just couldn’t stop laughing at the site.

I just started thinking how funny it is that one event was planned silliness and the other, well, was just people being silly unbeknownst to themselves.  Either way, I had a really good belly laugh, and that makes me happy.

What gives you a good belly laugh?

No More Monday Blues

January 4, 2010

Welcome back to Monday.  Not just any Monday, this is the momentous Monday that marks the end of the holiday season and begins a new year.  The one Monday that people seem to dread more then most.  I think for most people, Mondays are the jolt back into reality that reminds them that work is work.

I’ve noticed since I’ve started The Cookie Drop, all the days are the same for me.  I no longer fear Mondays because I no longer have Mondays.  Everyday is a workday, but everyday comes with new challenges and new learning.  I’m excited again.

Many of us sit and dream, but sometimes you have to just leap and make a change.  Granted, you have to leap when the time is right.  For me, 2009 was my time.  I’m finally doing something I truly enjoy, something that takes away the Mondays.

What would you do to take away the Mondays?

Looking Ahead to 2010

December 28, 2009

This week marks the end of yet another year.  In fact, it marks the end of another decade pass.  It’s funny how as you get older, the earth seems to spin faster.  I’m pretty sure a decade didn’t fly by like this when we were kids.

Heading into a new year is a great time to reflect on the past and to plan for the future.  It’s been a pretty wild year for me.  Had you asked me 6 months ago where would I be at the end of the year, baking cookies would not have been on my radar.  I have always been one to live for today and it was about 5 months ago that I decided to stop talking and start doing.

I was inspired to start this business because I wanted to make people happy.  I was tired of doing the 9 to 5 where everyone walks in everyday and grumbles about being at work.  Sure, you might think “it’s just a cookie”, but I’m telling you, cookies make people happy!  The smiles I get when I hand over a gift box of cookies is absolutely priceless.

So, for 2010, our New Year’s Resolution is to deliver deliciousness to as many of you out there as possible.  To grow this business into a phenom that will bring happiness and joy to the masses.  We can’t do this without you though.  We need our customers to tell us what we can improve on, what you love, what you want changed, and what you want more of.  We promise, we will listen!  We may not be able to do everything at the drop of the hat, but we are listening!  We want to create an awesome product that you will want to share with your friends and families so that everyone can savor the simple joy of a cookie.

Maybe, just maybe, if we all walk around with a little more happiness we can even achieve world peace.   😀

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010?

Giving and Getting for the Holidays

December 21, 2009

It seems like the white elephant is a popular way for people to exchange gifts on the cheap while getting folks into the holiday spirit.  My biggest issue with the white elephant is that it just seems to encourage the purchasing of more unneeded junk.  I mean really, how many of us have a junk drawer at home?  And, *gasp*, some of us may even have multiple junk drawers!

I have to admit, I opted out for a couple years, and I just felt so scroogey.  So, I’ve been working on getting smarter about the white elephant gifts.  This year we handed out an assorted dozen of cookies and a gift donation to heifer.org.  Both managed to stay out of a junk drawer.

While I secretly coveted a snuggie, I was dissapointed that there were none at the gift exchange this year.  I did however become the proud new owner of some bath soaps, a loofah, some weird gloves, a picture frame, and odd looking box.  It managed to stay out of my junk drawer though because I quietly shoved it back under the couch and just accidentally forgot it.

So, what did you give and get at your white elephant exchanges this year?

Have Yourself a Green Holiday

December 16, 2009

Here at The Cookie Drop, we do our best to be green.  Here are just a few of the steps we’ve taken to do our best to be good citizens of the planet:

  • Whenever possible, we work with green suppliers who also care about making a difference.
  • Our packaging boxes are recyclable, the ribbons are 100% cotton and compostable, and the bakery paper is also compostable.  And, of course, the cookies are edible!  We leave no trace behind!
  • We compost and recycle!  We haul out our egg shells, butter wrappers, and any other food scraps that we end up with.  We even compost the paper towels we use to clean the kitchen and our hands.  And of course, we recycle everything we can from the packaging that our supplies come in.
  • We thrift!  You can find us scouring the aisles at thrift stores in search of baking equipment ranging from spatulas to mixing bowls.  We believe in re-using whenever possible.
  • Our kitchen utilizes solar energy to help offset some of the energy we use to produce deliciousness.

While nobody is perfect, we do try our best to be green citizens.  So, of course, we were excited to see that folks in Portland, Oregon can rent a living Christmas tree for the holidays!  What a fantastic idea!  The trees are slightly more expensive then buying a tree from a lot, but it seems like the difference is worth it.  Hopefully we’ll see these shops popping up everywhere sooner then later!

What things do you do to be green?