Sep 30, 2011

Ask Amy: Trends

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy


How do you stay on top of the next trend in parties while focusing on the current trend?


When it comes to design and colors, I don’t usually look at trends unless a client really wants a particular design that is trendy.  Most clients will come to me because they want something innovative and it’s up to me and my team to come up with a color palette or design that will be different. Picking color palettes will involve me taking out pantone swatches, tablecloth swatches, ribbon, and picking out unexpected hues that work well together.  For design, I often take my cue from the client, but we look at fashion, textiles, and art for inspiration.  For dessert trends, we definitely listen to the client to find out what they are interested in, but we’re also always trying to come up with new ideas for desserts or decorating desserts.  We’re always trying to think out of the box because it pushes us as designers. I hope this is helpful, Sarah!


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  • Beth

    Thanks, Amy.

  • I just wish I had that creativity. I’m trying to create a candy buffet for my daughter’s upcoming 6th birthday, and although I have a theme and have found things I love, I’m having trouble putting it together. I’m embarrassed to say it’s keeping me awake at night! Thanks for the blog, it’s at least a source of tremendous inspiration.

  • Caroline

    Hi Amy,

    I have decided to start this as a new business and was wondering how you cost your sweet tables. I am really struggling with this area. I see that you did not cover this in your book, which arrive to day. i am so excited about this book as it gives me so many ideas. Also makes it much easier to put things together . Before now i was all over the place. I have done 3 tables for friends of mine which was difficult, this is def going to make it easier for sure.