Archive for: June, 2012

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June 29, 2012

Sneak Peek: Access Hollywood Live Segment with Fun 4th of July Ideas

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest
This morning we’re stopping by Access Hollywood Live for a Fourth of July segment with Arsenio Hall and Kit Hoover. Pretty fun, right? I’ll be sharing 4th of July desserts and crafts that you can make at home from Sweet Designs. Ideas will include  American flag sandwiches, Fruit Roll-Up Declaration of Independence Snacks with Quill Ribbon Ties, PB & J Cookie star sandwiches, American Flag favors, pinwheel cookies, and more!  Tune in to NBC today…
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June 28, 2012

Great Finds: Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook {& Contest!}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag
Have I mentioned to you all how much I love cookie dough?  It’s hard to not like, right?  Which is why I almost fainted when I first saw The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook by Lindsay Landis. This book has so many creative uses of cookie dough in its raw form. Best part?  Lindsay’s raw cookie dough does not include eggs so it isn’t a health concern eating it. Recipes include chocolate chip cookie dough fudge,…
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June 28, 2012

Chevron Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Chevron pattern was a big trend this year. So much so, that is one of the elements on the cover of my book. This party was sent to us by Helen from Kiss My Cakes in Australia. She styled this party for a little boy’s first birthday. We love the color palette. One of my sweet styling tips is to limit colors on the table to three or four (at most). Helen used four, but…
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June 27, 2012

Read This, Eat That! {Plus a Giveaway of up to 15 copies of Sweet Designs for your Book Club}

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Behind The Book, Swag
Ever wonder what to serve for your book club meetings?  Not to worry. We’ve paired some fun ideas from Sweet Designs so your food and desserts pair well with your book discussions. You can get really creative with all of the recipes in the book. For example, my cherries pies from my Picnic in the Park chapter are great if you are discussing The Life of Pi. Any honey dessert from my Beehive chapter would…
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June 27, 2012

Safari Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Karina and Daniela from Dainty Events in Australia sent us this safari party styled for Daniela’s jungle-lovin’ son’s 2nd birthday party. Upon arrival, the little safari rangers were given a personalized safari hat and animal print glasses. Sweet treats on the dessert table included reptile veggie sticks with dips, fruit kebabs, sugar cookies, pumpkin cake pops, chocolate doughnuts, and sweet & salty popcorn. Printables from Ham & Pea Designs gave the party a jungle vibe.…
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June 26, 2012

Dream Baby Shower Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This featured submission had us counting (cookie) sheep.  Vivian from Envy Anvi in Hong Kong sent us the baby shower that she styled in collaboration with Emmy and Liana from Beyond Dessert. Vivian’s client wanted to throw a surprise baby shower for her younger sister who was having a boy. The inspiration for the table came from an Ikea bed canopy that she used as the vertical element, which also gave the table a dreamy…
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June 26, 2012

Star Wars Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
The force was definitely with Kate from Kiss Me Kate when she created this Star Wars inspired party for her son’s 6th birthday. Kate made all of the sweet treats on the dessert table including Star Wars themed sugar cookies, chocolate pops, cupcakes, fruit snacks and candy light sabers. Custom printables by Anders Ruff brought Kate’s vision to life. All the children were given light sabers and were entertained by Captain Rex and a Star…
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June 25, 2012

Pool Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Nothing says summer like ice cream and pool parties. This Pool Party Collection from Bird’s Party makes any pool-side snack feel like a fun four star feast. For her vertical element, Bird created a DIY centerpiece cake stand by stacking cake drums with pool noodles {very clever!} that she cut to size. She then wrapped the noodles in printable scrapbook paper from her collection, and cut foam place mats to fit the diameter of the…
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June 25, 2012

Book Event at Michaels Stores in NYC

We were so excited when Michaels invited us to do an event for their VIP Rewards members in their Manhattan store. As many of you know, I use Michaels items often and the crafts in Sweet Designs were created with Michaels items. I’m a kid in a candy store when I’m in their store. In fact, one of the best parts of doing an event at Michaels is that everything that I could possibly need…
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June 21, 2012

Win A Consultation For Your Next Celebration!

We just arrived in Austin, Texas in time for our signing at Williams-Sonoma at The Arboretum Market. We are in love with the capital of live music!  If you’re in town, please come by at 5pm to our event for my sweet styling tricks and yummy dessert! On another note, we’re excited to partner with Williams-Sonoma for a sweet giveaway. Come to one of my signings and you can enter to win a 30 minute…
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June 21, 2012

Around the Atlas: Valencia, Spain

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We love this sweet enchanted fairy party that was sent to us by Nina from Designs by Nina of Valencia, Spain.  Nina styled this party for her daughter’s first birthday. We love the flower technique on the buttercream cupcakes and the cherry blossom and bird treats.  Other sweet treats on the dessert table included magic wand cookies, marshmallow pops, and strawberry jello. Favor bags included a cookie to match the party theme.  Great job! Photography…
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June 20, 2012

Puppy Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This cute canine party was created by Lori from Lajari Graphic Design. She styled this party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. White, chocolate and pink were the color palette used which kept the table girly without overdoing it. Little guests were ushered off to a grooming salon where they took off their shoes and popped on their puppy ears and collar. Personalized dog tags located in a dog bowl were waiting for them at the…
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June 20, 2012

Howdy Pardner Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Giddy up and mosey on down to the cutest western party in the south. This party was sent to us by Ana from Yes Its My Party in Spain.  She styled this party for her son’s 4th birthday.  Like most four year olds, her son loves cowboys and Indians right now. Held in her backyard, Ana used adorable printables to bring personality to the table. We love the paper cowboy hat. Sweet treats on the…
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June 19, 2012

Time Flies Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This “Time Flies” first birthday party was sent to us by Lilliani, Paula and Filipa from Lima Limão from Portugual. We love all of the pinwheel details like the pinwheel cake, cookies, and paper pinwheels. Other sweet treats on the dessert table included cupcakes, cake pops, and an apple tart. Great job.  …
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June 19, 2012

Fab Four Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This party made us want to TWIST & SHOUT!!! Flavia from Alecrim Atelie de Festa in Rio de Janiero created this party for her son’s birthday party. Her son is a huge fan of  The Beatles and knows everything about them from their names to their guitars and lyrics. Giving a nod to their nationality, Flavia used the British flag as inspiration for the color palette. John, Paul, George, and Ringo appeared on desserts and…
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June 18, 2012

The Big 4-0 Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
This party was styled by Seri and Michelle from Little Miss Party Planner for their client who was turning the big 4-0. Since their client is a baseball, fan, they  subtly incorporated baseball snacks like concession-stand popcorn, pretzels and peanuts. Sweet treats on the dessert table included cupcakes with the client’s picture as a child playing ball, “40” brownie pops, cookies, a birthday cake, and mini cheesecakes. Seri created popcorn boxes using templates from Sweet…
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June 18, 2012

Great Finds: The TomKat Studio Shop (& Giveaway)

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag
One of the things I love to do during the summer is have picnics with my boys in Central Park. We gather our blankets, balls, and lots of oozy, summery stone fruits and pick a spot under one of our favorite trees in the park. Since we’re in picnic season, we thought we’d give you a reason to ooze right into this manic Monday with a fantastic summer giveaway.  Our good friend, Kim from The…
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June 18, 2012

Picnic Perfect Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are all about picnics this summer and we are starting this Monday off with picnic inspiration from Alexandra at Enchanted Events & Designs. She styled this picnic birthday party for her two little girls. The dessert table featured a picnic table cake stand surrounded by “Fire Ants” with cookiepop heads and cakepop bodies. Other sweet treats on the dessert table included apple pies adorned with bees, berry pies, watermelon cookies, strawberry macarons, lollipops, sugar…
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June 15, 2012

Behind the Book Tour: The First Week!

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Behind The Book
Whew, it has been a busy couple of weeks for us. Two weeks ago, we ventured out on our national book tour with Williams-Sonoma. The first week had three stops. We started with the Windy City and then we moved on to Philly and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. I have to say…it has been pretty cool. Not only because I’ve been shopping Williams-Sonoma products since as long as I can remember. Although that does make…
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June 15, 2012

Little Birdie Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
The color palette of this next guest dessert feature just screamed SUMMER! This party was sent to us by Emily from Emmy’s Events. She designed the table around her new Sweet Little Yellow Birdie printable collection. This party could translate to everything from a bridal or baby shower to a first birthday or summer soiree. Sweet treats on the dessert table included cupcakes, chocolate covered marshmallows, sweetie pies and cake pops. A whitewashed fence was…