Archive for: December, 2010

December 24, 2010

Behind the Scenes at The Today Show

View my entertaining tips on The Today Show segment here!We have a special treat for you today.  We stopped by The Today Show this morning for a live segment for their 9am hour.  I was on air to share with anchor Tamron Hall {and lots of viewers} how to create sweets tables for both Christmas and New Year’s.  Click above to see both the behind-the-scenes vlog and the actual segment.  Scroll down to get…
December 21, 2010

Gingerbread House Cookie Pops + Winner of Williams Sonoma Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids, Recipes
Is there anything that The Decorated Cookie makes that we don’t love?  Check out these adorable mini gingerbread pops and the how-to here.  They look so fun for holiday entertaining or holiday gifts! PS – Congratulations to Kerissa who won the Williams Sonoma gingerbread cake pan giveaway from yesterday’s post. Happy Holidays!…
December 21, 2010

Holiday Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
How sweet is this white winter wonderland guest dessert feature created by Becca and Tammy of Ruby Ju?  I love all the snow-like billowy white desserts like the meringue, white truffles, and white chocolate Christmas trees.  Becca and Tammy created nice focal points with the stacked Rosanna vessels, the cookie tree centerpiece, and the hanging candy-filled ornaments.  Really pretty job, ladies!…
December 20, 2010

Santa Guest Dessert Feature + Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Swag
Jenny and Peggy of The Sweet Parlour sent over this fun and festive Christmas guest dessert feature with lots of inspiration for the upcoming holiday.  With just five days until Christmas, there are lots of fun baking ideas on this table to give you inspiration to jump into the kitchen. I think the upside Santa cupcakes are so cute!  I also love the peppermint lollipop cookiepops, mini-brownie wrapped presents, striped cakepops, and candy cane milk.  …
December 17, 2010

Christmas Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are loving this Christmas guest dessert feature from Christina Nease of Celebrations at Home.  Christina created a fun, kid-friendly sweets table that would make any kid or adult feel like a kid in a candy store.  The milk doughnut snowman were inspired by this article from Better Homes and Gardens.  We’re totally smitten with them.  We also love the candy Christmas tree topiaries, the ice cream cone trees at the place settings, and the…
December 15, 2010

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway Winner!

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag
Thank you to every single one of you for participating the KitchenAid stand mixer contest.  Almost 1,300 people entered! We wish that everyone could win this special gift, but the winner of this special gift is Kumquat Designs. Congratulations and we’ll be in touch.  Thanks all!…
December 15, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Amy Atlas – Holiday Prep

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes
Creating an ornament tree We’ve been very busy with client holiday parties, upcoming tv segments, and preparation for our book photo shoot.  I thought I’d show you a little peek of some of the things we’re working on. I’ll show you the completed looks soon, but below is a glimpse of us finding the right props, our color stories, and a peek at beautiful tissue ornament arrangements. Enjoy! Propping for the right ornaments….Mercury glass…
December 13, 2010

Jacques Torres Giveaway Winner

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag
Happy Monday everyone!  We have the winner of the Jacques Torres giveaway today.  Janelle guessed correctly the Jacques Torres trivia question. The first dessert that Jacques created as a pastry chef was french meringue with ice cream.  Janelle – we will be in touch so you can get your holiday chocolate from Mr. Chocolate!  Come back later for the KitchenAid stand mixer giveaway winner!…
December 10, 2010

New Year’s Eve Glam Printables

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
It is hard to believe that 2010 will end in a few weeks.  Just in time to ring in the New Year, the ladies from Anders Ruff Custom Designs have come out with a “Vintage Hollywood Glam” New Year’s Printable Design Collection.  I love the colorway of silver and Tiffany blue and magenta because it brings in the expected black, white, and metallic holiday colors, but also hints that spring is around the corner with…
December 10, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Amy Atlas – Holiday Party in Colin Cowie’s Home

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes
From left: Myself, Colin Cowie, Lisa Hauptman of AAE.  No, Lisa and I did not coordinate the chartreuse palette.  Yes, Colin has fresh green chrysanthemum on his beautiful Christmas tree. We were at a very special holiday party last night.  Colin Cowie hosted an intimate holiday party at his home in New York City for The B-List and a couple of other close friends.  You can only imagine what a joy it was…
December 09, 2010

KitchenAid Giveaway Part II

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag
Wow, we had an amazing response to the KitchenAid giveaway yesterday!  So much so, that our blog wouldn’t allow anyone to comment today!  Over 760 people entered yesterday and apparently there is a limit and we can’t quite fix the glitch yet.  We apologize for any inconvenience to you.  We want everyone to be able to enter before Monday so if you haven’t been able to post, then do so in this post.  Again, all…
December 08, 2010

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Giveaway!!!!!!

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag
We’re all in the baking mood now that holidays are around the corner, right?  Well, get out your baking tins because Santa’s coming early!  Just in time for the holidays, we’ve partnered with KitchenAid to give one of you a VERY special gift.  KitchenAid is giving away their popular Artisan stand mixer here to one lucky reader!  Have you just dropped your whisk while reading this?  Because I did when I first learned of this…
December 07, 2010

Christmas Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
It seems as though those women down under really have an eye for beautiful things. I love the fresh color palette used for this guest dessert table by Suzanna of Mon Tresor.  We’re using this palette for a holiday project we’re working because it adds a modern flair to the expected red and green palette.  For Suzanna, the color palette was inspired by the beautiful hanging hand painted wooden birds which Suzanna purchased from a…
December 06, 2010

Sweets and Treats Holiday Collection

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds
Just in time for the holidays, Catherine of Design Editor sent us her newest collection on holiday Etsy collection.  The Sweets and Treats Holiday Collection is festive and fun.  The DIY Party Kit includes cookie swaps, party circles, cupcake/cookie wrappers and much more.  The designs can be used for anything from a kid’s party to a holiday brunch. We love things that make party planning simple and this kit does just that.  Thanks Catherine!…
December 03, 2010

“Cute as a Button” Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
“Cute as a Button” is the perfect description for this guest dessert feature sent to us by Lauren of Crave Indulge Satisfy. This was a homemade dessert table that Lauren created for a baby shower.  This approachable dessert table can easily be recreated by home bakers/crafters.  The cute button cookie tree was created with a jewelry holder from TJ Maxx.  I love those button cupcake lollipops, the hanging cookie buttons, and the onesie cookies! Very…
December 03, 2010

“She’s About to Pop” Bubbles Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
How cute is this “She’s About to Pop” guest dessert feature from Jessica of Pen n Paper Flowers?  Jessica centered the design completely on “bubbles” and played off the word “pop.”  I love the backdrop that was made to look like floating bubbles, created entirely out of plastic plates!  Jessica was inspired by our lollipop trees from our cherry blossom table for her lolliPOP trees.  She also used bubble oreos, bubble cupcake POPs, POP ’ems,…
December 03, 2010

Over the Moon Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We’re over the moon at Amy Atlas today with this celestial guest dessert table that was sent to us by Jessica at Pen N’ Paperflowers.  This is the first of two tables that we are featuring today by Jessica.  This table was created for a baby shower and the “love you to the moon and back” theme was inspired by something sweet that the future parents say to one another.  A plaid design was used…
December 03, 2010

Campout Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
It’s another guest feature Friday marathon here.  We’ve had a lot of great features come in and I thought I’d share some of the non-holiday guest features today.  Not to worry…next week I’ll be sharing some great holiday guest features that have been coming in.  This adorable camp-out guest feature is from Ruby Ju in Australia.  How cute is that teepee cake?  I also love the hedgehog cookies, favor boxes, the bakerella-inspired cake pops, and…
December 02, 2010

Vlog # 7 – Sweet Talk With Chocolatier Jacques Torres {+ Chocolate Giveaway}

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes, Swag, Videos
If you were here this yesterday, then you were able to see a sneak peek of Master Chocolatier Jacques Torres’ amazing chocolate shop in NYC.  In preparation for the holidays, I had a chance to have a “sweet talk” with Jacques and make chocolate Christmas trees with him.  Check out the vlog to see Jacques teaching me a little of his craft. Jacques has also graciously offered up a delicious chocolate gift to one lucky…
December 01, 2010

Sneak Peek – Making Chocolate with Jacques Torres

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes
With Master Chocolatier Jacques Torres Holidays are around the corner and I had the privilege of getting to make chocolate Christmas trees with the one and only Jacques Torres aka “Mr. Chocolate.” For the very few who may not know of Jacques Torres, he is a world renown pastry chef and chocolate aficionado.  No one turns chocolate into edible art masterpieces like Jacques Torres.  His list of accolades is very impressive.  He was the head…