Have you ever noticed that leprechauns are always so well-dressed? It’s funny because on St. Patty’s Day I’m the total opposite. I tend to keep things casual because I know, after a few green drinks, I get a bit sloppy. I like to think it’s not my fault, though. St. Patrick’s Day is a time to surround yourself with Irish-themed merriment. So much that it’s easy to get a little carried away. (Random side note: my drunken attempts at an Irish accent always sound more like a pirate impression.)
To make up for my lack of grace I made a set of dapper outfits for the occasion. One formal, one semi-formal, both very festive for St. Patty’s Day. My inspiration for these cookies stemmed from Sugarbelle’s Oscar Night minis and The Bearfoot Baker’s Don’t Pinch Me cookies.
I used this present cutter to make both cookies.
Here’s how I made each one…
- With white piping and flood icing, outline and fill the base shirt area. Let this dry overnight.
- The next day, with green 20-second icing, first pipe the outer bow parts of the bow tie. Let it set for at least 30 minutes, then pipe the center knot.
- With piping icing in the colors of the rainbow, pipe a straight line where you would want the placement of the suspenders to be. I started with red and worked my way from left to right in rainbow order.
- After the suspenders had time to set, pipe the metal details with grey icing and the shirt details with white icing.
- With white piping and flood icing, outline and fill the arrow-shape shirt center. Let it set for about 30 minutes before moving on.
- With green piping and flood icing, outline and fill the outer coat and pants area. Let it set for about 30 minutes.
- With dark green flood icing, fill the remaining middle vest area. Let everything set for a couple of hours.
- After the base had time to set, pipe and fill the coat lapel areas with green icing. Add the front pocket details. Let this dry overnight.
- The next day, with orange 20-second icing, first pipe the outer bow parts of the bow tie. Let it set for at least 30 minutes, then pipe the center knot.
- Add the button details with black and yellow piping icing. Also, pipe the edge detail of the vest with dark green.
For the tuxedo bow tie, I chose orange because it reminded me of the colors of the Irish flag– green, white, and orange. You could use the dark green vest color for the tie instead and it would still look great. Sláinte!
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