Having a wedding shower for a friend doesn't have to break the bank, especially if you make some of the goodies yourself. Decorated sugar cookies are a fun and affordable choice, with the added benefit that you can customize them to match the bride's colors or the wedding theme, or personalize them with the couple's initials. You can make or buy the sugar cookies, add a selection of icing and sprinkles and create a bridal shower treat your guests are sure to enjoy.
Divide the icing into separate small bowls, one for each color of frosting you need. Set one bowl of white frosting aside to use as an accent on iced cookies. Add a few drops of food coloring to each remaining bowl of frosting. Mix each one with a separate spoon until all the coloring is blended. For deeper colors, add a few more drops of food coloring. Cover each bowl of colored icing with a small piece of plastic wrap when not in use to keep it from drying out.
Start with wedding-shaped cookies. Use a small frosting spreader to carefully frost each cookie. Frost heart-shaped cookies in pink, red or purple. Decorate tiered wedding cake cookies with white or chocolate frosting; flower-shaped cookies using the colors the bride has chosen for her bouquet; and wedding dress cookies in white or ivory.
Put a decorator tip on the pastry bag and fill the bag with the remaining white icing. Gently squeeze the white icing around the edges of the heart cookies or to write the bride's initials in the center of each heart. Use a variety of pastry tips to create lines, dots or textured trims on the wedding cake cookies, then do the same with the wedding dress cookies.
Add a special touch to the decorated cookies by using colored sprinkles, tiny candies, silver dragees or edible gold or silver glitter. Use these to add a touch of sparkle to the dress cookies, make silver borders on the heart cookies and create colorful flowers on the wedding cake cookies.