Jul 06, 2010

Toppings Bar from Kelly Ripa/Electrolux Event!

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest

Image above by Dimitrios Kambouris via Us Weekly.

If you were here Wednesday and Thursday, then you already saw the sneak peeks of the banana split event we worked on with Kelly Ripa and Electrolux for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Above are pictures of the toppings bar we created for the event.

An ice cream/toppings bar is a really fun thing to do for summer entertaining. Since our ice cream story in InStyle, we’re seeing this trend everywhere! If you want to surprise your guests during 4th of July entertaining, this will really make a splash! Simply swap out the color palette for red, white and blue.

Here are a few tips for creating a toppings bar…
(1) Include lots of toppings (we included nutella, fluff, fruit, crushed cookies, granola, coconut, and sprinkles for this toppings bar);
(2) Decant your sauces (we used caramel, hot fudge, and butterscotch) into easily pourable vessels. Keep the sauces towards the front of your toppings bar so they don’t drip on other goodies on the table;
(3) Include some ice cream-inspired desserts (we used ice cream cupcake cones, ice cream brownies, banana split cookies, and ice cream marshmallows);
(4) Dress up your ice cream cones with decorative cone jackets;
(5) Include lots of napkins on the table!

For more ice cream tips, make sure you see our article in this month’s InStyle Magazine.

Just a couple of other notes…
Kelly was so incredibly sweet and cute. She is as bubbly and genuine in person as she is on tv. She totally “got” our work and she insisted that we take a picture to the side of the table because she didn’t want to block the table. How sweet is that?

Also, the last picture in the post finishes off the behind-the-scenes for this event. It is a picture of me tweeting and blogging at the same time and Eric captured it right after the event. It is what I usually do after every event so I thought you should see how all of the events end!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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  • Blog’s new layout is just beautiful and tasteful – but how could it be differente, right?;) The table is astonishing, too… Congrats!

  • The new blog looks lovely!

  • Shir

    I just LOVE your designs!! they’re sooo pretty!
    The pictures are a little too bright, but the table and the accesories are judt amasing!
    You don’t know how much inspiration you give a bake-obssesed-14-girl like me

  • This is amazing – the colors, the layout – I’m so in awe!!

  • By far one of my favorite events you’ve put together! I love all the pink and the ice cream cookies are so much fun. Great job 🙂

  • love the new blog! that spread is gorgeous + so fun.

  • LOVE these posts and LOVE the new blog design!!
    Have been browsing for a good while hehe

    Those mini ice cream toppings and cookies are looking goooood!

  • Lovely new blog design!

  • Love everything about your work! Thanks for being such a great inspiration – Wish I lived in NYC to possibly have the opportunity to see your work in person!

  • I just wanted to let you know that I included your blog on my blog that is about design inspiration for my retail store display.
    Your event came out beautiful!

  • Oh, in case you would like to see the blog, or if you have any concerns, please let me know, thanks again, Tammy

  • This is fantastic! It looks fun and delicious and is for charity, what could go wrong? Kelly Ripa never ceases to amaze me!

  • The blog is so nice!! The colors and the light!! Great!!
    About the event and the pictures:great!! Did you made all the staff on the picts???? So lovely!!!!!

  • This looks adorable and delicious – wow!

  • Sandy

    Love the new site, but miss all the blogs to visit. ACK! I should have bookmarked a few.

  • MissC

    How do you make the labels for your display?

  • Love your new layout!

    And your ice cream bar… I’m drooling. it’s out of this world. You are so talented!

    Thank you for creating & sharing!!

  • I got so excited seeing this post. The pink and white striped background is what I had in mind for my daughter’s first birthday party (Parisian theme) and I love that I can see what it would look actually look like! By the way, you are super talented and I love your new blog!

  • Appreciate you sharing, great blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  • Hello, thank you very much for this post, cheers

  • Looks Spectacular! Kelly Ripa is def. one of sweetest people on TV…I totally agree!

  • It looks amazing!

  • This was one of my FAVORITES…Loving the stripes & all that pink…great job Amy! OXOXO!


  • LOVE THIS. new to your blog and i love the cupcakes in the ice cream cones and the whole set up!

  • Looks amazing! I adore Kelly and that dress she is wearing is awesome!

  • Stephanie

    that party looks so beautiful…. i wanna do something like that on my daugther 1st birthday party, those things are really inspire me . love it, congrats!!!!!

  • I love the ice cream cone brownies!!! Will you be posting the recipe for the brownie and the decorating? So adorable & I love your site!!!!

  • Love, Love, Love this topping bar! Makes me want to have ice cream for breaky! See the affect you have on people!!!:)
    Completed a cute little post on my blog, love your work, such an inspiration!

  • banana split cookies, seriously?!? too cute!

  • I stumbled onto your website and am so glad I did. Love, love, love this display! Great fun and great idea’s!


  • Deirdre

    Any idea where to find the banana split cookie cutter?

  • Natalie

    Where can I find round hat boxes/storage containers to use as a riser for a 12 inch cake?

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