Archive for: November, 2012

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November 30, 2012

Great Finds: Cake Pops Holidays + Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
My friend Bakerella has done it again. Just in time for the holidays, she came out with a Cake Pops Holidays book. Remember her first book?  This holiday edition is equally creative and the perfect dose of inspiration, especially when we have all seen just about everything over and over again on the web. That’s what I love about her. Her Bakerella mind is constantly spinning with creative ideas to turn cake, frosting and a…
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November 28, 2012

Meeting Oprah + OWN + O Magazine + IKEA Life Improvement Project + Behind Scenes + IKEA Commercial + An Aha! Moment

What a title to this post, right?  Enough to make one’s head spin with excitement. That’s what last month was like for me and I’m here to tell you all about it. I recently signed on to a program with IKEA, OWN and O Magazine called The Life Improvement Project. The Life Improvement Project is a site designed for people to be inspired about ways to live in their home. It’s a place to share…
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November 28, 2012

Circus Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Every time I see the harlequin pattern, it makes us think of clowns and the circus. How about you? We love how this variation of the harlequin pattern on the cake in this party from Jayme of Jayme Marie Designs. She styled this party for her son’s third birthday. She was inspired to create a fun circus theme by the color in the bow ties she purchased for her sons to wear. The oversized balloons…
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November 27, 2012

Peppermint, please!

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
1) Peppermint Macarons 2) White chocolate covered peppermint sticks 3) Peppermint Cream Bites 4) Peppermint Cake 5) Chocolate covered peppermint bark Nothing says winter quite like peppermint, right?  Just the thought of it can make your tongue tingle. When I was very young, my dad used to take me to a magical place called Peppermint Park in NYC. We would go there in the winters and order peppermint ice cream with crushed peppermint candy on…
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November 27, 2012

Pastel Princess Rainbow Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This enchanted fairy pastel rainbow party that Natalie of Events by Nat created for her daughter’s party is so pretty. Natalie used the cake and backdrop to capture the scene of an enchanted forest. Sweet treats on the dessert table included buttercream swirl pastel cupcakes, butterfly cake pops, macarons, pixie dust cake pops, fairy floss tarts, pastel rainbow cakes, pastel layered jelly, a flower cookie tree, cookie wands, topiary tree cake pops and mushroom marshmallows.…
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November 26, 2012

Perfectly Plaid Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are starting the week off with this beautiful dessert table from Kirsten at A Little Polkadot in Australia that she styled for a little boy’s christening. We love the backdrop that Kirsten created using wallpaper and picture frames. The white frames and white vessels popped against the charcoal gray backdrop. Bountiful Hydrangea and custom covered plaid riser boxes were also great touches for this party. Sweet…
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November 26, 2012

Falling for Autumn Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a wonderful time with our families and we’re already counting down the days until Thanksgiving next year. Even though we started sharing winter inspiration, we’re still not quite over the fall. We think this fall dessert table from Marie at Sweets Indeed is perfect to bookmark for next Thanksgiving. We LOVE how Marie used baking tins as vessels for the desserts.  Clever, right?  We also…
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November 23, 2012

The Mitten Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I’m spending time with my husband, kids, mom, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephews and it just wonderful.  I always find that Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect and I just wanted to tell you that the whole Amy Atlas team is so very thankful for you all. It means so much that you check in here every day to see what we’re sharing. A big warm…
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November 21, 2012

Great Finds: Decorating Cookies

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
Thanksgiving is finally here tomorrow.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday (except for the all of the sweets on Halloween, of course).  It is a time when my whole family comes together to eat, share stories, reconnect.  We talk into the very late hours of the night, while re-warming stuffing and sweet potato pie leftovers. I look forward to it more than any single day…
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November 20, 2012

Recipe – Warm Up Your Holiday with Spiked White Hot Chocolate

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Recipes
We did a winter wonderland party for Anthropologie last week so we thought we’d share with you a spiked white hot chocolate.  How good does that sound?  Trust us…it is good!  This recipe is from our holiday chapter in Sweet Designs. Scroll down to see the ingredients and the recipe.  This is a great drink to warm up your guests throughout the winter season. Enjoy:) Copyright Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, Hyperion…
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November 20, 2012

Brave Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Disney’s Brave was a huge hit this year. This dessert table by DatNhan of Whisk Paper Scissors Studio was inspired by the movie. DatNhan called upon her friend Jill of The Uncommon Cake to create all of the sweets for the table. DatNhan created  a natural and woodsy vibe by using wood platters, fake foliage, burlap and moss. Key elements from the movie like Merida’s love of archery were incorporated into the table by way…
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November 19, 2012

Rustic Wedding Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We love this rustic barn wedding dessert table from Peta of Pure Bliss Creations in Australia. The bride made rosettes from old music sheets and Peta incorporated wooden hearts covered in music sheets and cupcake toppers made out dictionary sheets. Aren’t they pretty? Sweet treats on the dessert table included vanilla and chocolate mud cupcakes, gold dipped chocolate cake pops, macarons, quilted heart cookies, caramels and chocolate covered raspberries. So pretty.  Scroll down for the…
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November 16, 2012

Five Ways to Get Your Twinkie Fix

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
Today, Hostess Brands announced that they are closing down their operations. It is sad to see an 82 year old company close their business. Their beloved Twinkie has received its share of criticism, but we think many will agree that the oblong yellow cake filled with sweet cream will be missed.  If you don’t have time to run out and get Twinkies at your local grocery and you don’t want to wait to see who…
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November 16, 2012

Gingham And Bunting Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Nicky from Sweet Details styled this sweet party for her son’s 2nd birthday. We love the composition of all the props on the table. Isn’t that oversized wagon holding the candy fab?  Sweet treats on the dessert table included sugar cookies made by Cookie Beans, as well as candy apples, cupcakes and cake pops made by Nicky. Great job!…
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November 15, 2012

Lalaloopsy Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Lalaloopsy  are a line of American rag dolls that hit the shelves a couple of years ago. This Lalaloopsy party was styled by Erica from Scrapaper by Erica for her daughter’s 5th birthday. Her daughter loves the Lalaoopsy dolls. We love how Erica creatively made trees and clouds out of baking cups. Sweet treats on the dessert table included sugar cookies, cake pops, cupcakes made by the Baking Girl and healthy lalafruitsy. So cute.  …
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November 15, 2012

Paper Dolls Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
For anyone that used to play with paper dolls as a kid, this party will hit a soft spot. This party was styled by Gretchen from Three Little Monkeys Studio for her mother’s birthday. Gretchen used vintage paper dolls from the 30′s as her inspiration and mixed in gingham and floral prints. Sweet treats on the dessert table included yogurt parfaits, breakfast cupcakes, sour cream donuts, a cake, paper doll cookies and cinnamon rolls pops.  …
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November 14, 2012

Rainbow Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This rainbow lollipop themed party, which was styled by Jodi from Jo Studio for her daughter’s birthday, is so colorful and happy! We love the rainbow shaped paper poms used for the backdrop.  Sweet treats on the dessert table included sugar cookie lollipops, cupcakes, macarons and a rainbow polka dot cake. Great job!  Scroll down for the vendor credits. Photography by Jess Parker for White Spark Photography. VENDOR CREDITS: Party Stationery, Concept and Styling: Jo…
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November 14, 2012

Circus of Sweets Guest Dessert Table

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
The Big Apple Circus is in town which is always a fun thing to do with kids. Stephanie from Spaceships and Laser Beams sent us her version of a circus….A Circus of Sweets (sign us up!). Stephanie styled this party for an annual party she has with some of her mom friends. She used her monster collection since it is gender neutral and full of fun colors. Stephanie created the backdrop by using a bristol…
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November 13, 2012

Skippyjons Jones Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We love seeing our readers bring literature into their parties. This party was styled by Shannon from Parties & Potty Training for her two boys. Her older son loves reading the adventures of Skippyjon Jones so she used the book as her inspiration for a Mexican fiesta birthday. Guests built their own fajitas at a fajita bar and played piñata games. Sweet treats on the dessert table included cactus treats, jelly bean cookies, sombrero and…
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November 09, 2012

Very Hungry Caterpillar Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Do you all remember Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar?  I must have read this book to my boys at least 500 times when they were little. For those not familiar, it is about a caterpillar who eats its way through food in all different shapes and colors until it eventually emerges into a brightly colored butterfly. We love how Helen from Kiss My Cakes brought the story to life with this dessert table for…