Archive for: August, 2012

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August 21, 2012

We’re Going On…..

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Behind The Scenes
We’re going on a blog-cation until Labor Day.  Hey, everyone needs a little rest, right?  Not to worry…we’ll be posting some  of our throwback favorites on Facebook and Twitter while we’re away. We’ll be back full swing after Labor Day with lots of inspiration {keep sending your submissions so we can get ‘em ready!} In the meantime, below is a peek of what I’m doing while on vacation. It has been a very busy year…
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August 20, 2012

Princess And The Pea Bed Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Recipes
On Tuesday, we featured this Princess And The Pea inspired dessert table from Jen at Jen Rayner Photography. The cake was a huge hit so we are back today with a step-by-step recipe/tutorial of the cake from Jen. INGREDIENTS: For the Cookie Headboard and Footboard: 500g softened butter 1.5 cups superfine sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 eggs 4.5 cups flour, sifted box of candy (color preference optional) For the Cake: 2 boxes of Betty…
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August 17, 2012

C Is for Cake Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We have been seeing some incredible cakes recently. From this Princess & The Pea cake to this Giggle & Hoot inspired cake, we love how cakes are becoming STARS. Lindsey from LOVEinc styled this party for her son’s birthday and made a  40 layer rainbow cake to be the headliner. Yes, 40 layers! To complement the cake, Lindsey made an Elmo Sundae bar.  Sweet treats included ice cream, waffle cones and bowls, Grover floats, Cookie…
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August 17, 2012

Dinosaur Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Alison from Alison Lawson cakes styled this party for her son’s 4th birthday. We love the dinosaur foot backdrop made from simple construction paper. It is such an easy and inexpensive way to make a splash on an ordinary white wall. The fantastic cake was inspired by the Ashlee Rae printables that she used. The menu for these prehistoric pee wees was divided into three sections; Carnivore Diet, Herbivore Diet and Dessertivore Diet {LOVE!}. Munchies…
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August 16, 2012

Back To School Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We know that many kids have started school already. Our kids don’t start school until after Labor Day, but this Back to School dessert table really got us geared up for the school year ahead. Dina from Deliciously Darling Events sent us this table that she styled for her kids. We met Dina at our Atlanta Williams Sonoma Book signing and she was just as cute as this table. Dina loved the rice krispie watermelon…
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August 16, 2012

Oceans Away Nautical Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Natalie from Events by Nat in Australia styled this nautical inspired dessert table for a little boy’s party. We love the fun creative life preserver buoy desserts like the ocean jelly with fondant life preservers, rock candy oars, macaron life preservers and nautical cupcakes and cookies. Scroll down for the vendor credits. What fun nautical parties have you created? Photography by Eternal Photography. VENDOR CREDITS: Styling, photography, cake pops and jelly: Events by Nat Cake,…
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August 15, 2012

Rainbows And Butterflies Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Rainbow parties were a big trend this year and it doesn’t seem like they are going away.  There is something about the cornucopia of colors that can make anyone feel good. Kelly from Kelly Allison Photography styled this party for her daughter’s 4th birthday. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were neatly packaged in rainbow striped bags for lunch with apple juice in mason jars to wash it down. Sweet treats on the dessert table included…
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August 15, 2012

Behind The Book Tour: The Final Leg

We finally had a chance to upload the photos of our last three book stops for our Sweet Designs book tour with Williams-Sonoma. Our last stops were the flagship store in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta.  We were starting to get really tired by the end of the tour, but the energy of the people we met at the events kept us going. Scroll down to see all of the pictures and get the…
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August 14, 2012

Great Finds: Glazed and Infused

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
I’ve been meaning to tell you guys about this doughnut shop for some time now. While Lisa and I were in Chicago on the book tour, we realized it was National Doughnut Day.  It just so happened that Glazed and Infused doughnuts was opening up on that very day. I love the play on the Dazed and Confused movie and felt like we needed to check out their shop. Lisa and I ventured to Wicker…
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August 14, 2012

Pretty In Purple Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
Leanne from Sweet Style in Australia sent us this beautiful dessert table that she styled for a 30th birthday party. Her client was holding the party in her home and wanted a fun but elegant candy table. The wall color in the house was a soft lilac, which happened to be the birthday girl’s favorite color, so Leanne tied it into the color scheme. The beautiful cake by Hello Naomi was the star of the…
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August 14, 2012

Princess And The Pea Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We have to start this blog post by talking about that fantastic cake. Jen from Jen Rayner Photography styled this table for her daughter’s birthday party. She wanted a Princess and the Pea party which inspired the cake. Jen made a Princess and the Pea bed out of biscuits for the head and footboard and layered strawberry and cream cake. It was covered in a fondant  bedspread with candy buttons and a little pea. Brilliant!…
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August 13, 2012

Chevron Patterned Lemonade Stand Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are giving the Chevron pattern some love today. This morning, we showed you this colorful chevron pattern dessert table. Melissa from The Flour Shoppe in Ontario styled this lemonade stand for her daughter’s first birthday. Melissa created a whimsical vibe by bustling her tablecloth, adding poms to her banner, and adding tall Craspedia. Sweet treats on the dessert table included pink lemonade cupcakes, pink lemonade sorbet push-up pops, mini lemon pies with blueberries, coconut…
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August 13, 2012

Giggle And Hoot Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
The mother/daughter team Geri and Carole of Little Birdie Events in Australia styled this birthday party for twin girls. The theme for the party was Giggle and Hoot based on the Australian television show for kids. We love the cake and the orange and blue color palette. For the backdrop, Geri and Carole kept it simple using pom poms to bring in the color theme and add that vertical element. We love how the graphic…
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August 13, 2012

Colorful Chevron Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Flavia from fete-a-fete created this colorful chevron patterned dessert table for her son’s first birthday. The theme was “Time Flies” playing with the numbers 1 through 12 representing her son’s age in months. Clocks were made a focal point on the wall and the chevron pattern created a happy atmosphere. We love the DIY crafts on the table from the balloon wreath to the food card holders. Our readers often ask about styling food and…
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August 10, 2012

Behind The Scenes: O Magazine/Ikea Photo Shoot for Life Improvement Campaign

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes
I know you all like a little behind the scenes action so I thought I’d share a recent shoot for a big campaign I’ll be working on for the next year.  I recently signed on as the Entertaining Expert for a program with O, The Oprah Magazine and Ikea.  I’ll be one of four women on a Life Improvement campaign inspiring women across the nation through this O/Ikea program. What is so great about the…
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August 10, 2012

Cat In The Hat Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Nadia and Paola from CutiePie Sweets in the Domincan Republic styled this party for a little boy’s first birthday party. Sweet treats on the dessert table included macarons, vanilla cupcakes with Nutella filling and buttercream frosting, marshmallow pops, caramel popcorn, meringue, and decorated cookies. We love the bright colors and how the polka dot and striped patterns created a whimsical feel. Guests took home a personalized Cat In The Hat coloring book and a lunchbox…
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August 09, 2012

Rustic Country Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
Stacey from Joy Foley Weddings in Canada styled this down-home country feel shoot after reading Sweet Designs and feeling inspired to create something beautiful and sweet. The beautiful location for the shoot was her parent’s farm. It doesn’t get more down home than that! Stacey and her mother created all of the sweet treats on the table including cherry pie pops, butter tarts, jam jams, apple muffins, homemade strawberry and raspberry preserves and coffee cakes.…
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August 09, 2012

Around The Atlas: The Netherlands

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This Around The Atlas came from The Netherlands. Sabine from De Keukenprinses styled this table to showcase her new printable collection. We love the pink and grey color palette and how the chevron pattern was brought in with the printables and desserts. Sweet treats on the dessert table included cakepops, cupcakes, smoothie shots, cookies and candy. Photography by  Ricon Fotografie.…
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August 09, 2012

We Love Chocolate Chips!: Great Finds

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
1) Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake 2) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devils Food Cheesecake 3) Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars 4) Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles 5) Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake A few weeks ago, we featured the Cookie Dough Lovers Cookbook. Our love affair with chocolate chips started a long time ago {I think it’s getting serious!}. I remember my mother putting a few chocolate chips on my waffles when I was…
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August 08, 2012

Red And White Birthday Bash Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Our friend Rachelle from Wiley Valentine sent over this sweet red and white birthday party that she created the invitations for. This party was for her friend Casey, from The Flouring Artisans, daughter’s 2nd birthday. Cherries, strawberries and apples were incorporated onto the red and white display. Sweet treats on the dessert table stand included strawberry cupcakes, strawberry and cherry jello and red velvet whoopie pies with strawberry marshmallow filling. The toadstool cake was a…