Archive for: January, 2013

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January 31, 2013

A Dog’s Day Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This party was styled by Erica from ezontho in Sweden for a dog loving little boy who just turned 7. The birthday boy chipped in with decorating by fetching his stuffed animal dogs and placing them in baskets around the apartment for ambiance. Sweet treats on the dessert table included a raspberry paw cake, chocolate bars, puppy shaped cake pops, cereal reminiscent of dog food, panna cotta, paw cookies, rice krispie dog bones and chocolate…
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January 30, 2013

Great Finds: Valentine’s Day by Shop Sweet Lulu {Giveaway}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so we’re sharing some fun products from Shop Sweet Lulu so you can put together crafty sweets for your loved one. Shop Sweet Lulu is also offering a 15% discount to all of our readers. Just use the code AMYATLAS at checkout. Now for a sweet giveaway.…one lucky reader will win a $100 gift certificate to the online store. All you need to do is tell us…
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January 30, 2013

Ad-Bowl Scorecard Game for 2013 SuperBowl

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, DIY and Templates
Yesterday, we showed our version of the ANTI-SUPERBOWL party. For many, the Superbowl is ALL about the commercial breaks. We loved the Honda Matthew “Bueller” Broderick ad last year. What will the winner ad be this year? So we came up with a fun AdBowl activity for you all to do with your guests… Here is a fun activity for those who are looking forward to the commercial breaks. Add this AdBowl game to your…
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January 29, 2013

SuperBowl Soiree…The Chic Way

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
1) Coasters 2) Crab Cakes 3) Chocolate 4) Bowl 5) Pitcher  6) Ikat Chipper Pillow 7) Yellow Throw 8) Orange Candle 9) Beer Float Popsicles The Superbowl is this Sunday. Yes, my husband and sons will be yelling for Ray Rice or Frank Gore to run for touchdowns, but like always during the Superbowl, I’ll be focused on the commercials and the food. C’mon, I know I’m not alone in this. This year, instead of…
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January 28, 2013

Vintage Candy Table Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We are starting this week off on a sweet note with this darling vintage candy table styled by Katie from Candy by Katie for a bride and groom at their wedding. An old fashioned scale and cash register along with a myriad of candy in apothecary jars transported guests to their childhood so they felt they were shopping for sweets in their local candy shop. Scroll down for all of the pretty details and the…
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January 25, 2013

Little Rascals Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This party was definitely a nod to nostalgia for me. I LOVED the Little Rascals. I remember sitting in my living room and laughing at Stymie, Alfalfa, Spanky and Buckwheat and all of the the trouble they got themselves into. And then there was Darla. How great was Darla? This party was styled by one of our readers, Michelle, for her 4 year old son! Michelle was inspired by the original “Our Gang” of the…
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January 24, 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes with Heart Shape Cutouts {Recipe}

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
Earlier this morning, we featured this pretty Valentine’s Day party that was styled by Sofia from BistrotChic. We are back with the DIY on how to make the great chocolate heart shaped cutout cupcakes above from bake4u. Enjoy! Items Needed - Cupcake cup - Red Food Coloring - Silk Ribbons - Heart cookie cutter  Ingredients for the chocolate cupcake          1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder          1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water          1 1/3…
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January 24, 2013

Courtly Love Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Valentine’s Day is approaching us quickly and we are loving this sweet Valentine’s Day party that was styled by Sofia from BistrotChic in Portugal for her daughter and friends. The style of this party was a throw back to the original spirit of Valentine – l’amour courtois – a European expression of pure love and admiration that flourished in medieval times. The expression of love was offered by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and writing greeting…
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January 23, 2013

Sugary Delight Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This sugary delight was styled by Kris from Exquisite Motifs for a little girl’s birthday. Pastel pinks with shades of green provided a sweet feminine display to ring in the girl’s birthday. Guests lunched on star shaped sandwiches and drank iced tea. Sweet treats on the dessert table included chocolate and vanilla cakes, cheesecake jelly cups, as well as a white chocolate ganache cake surrounded by white chocolate biscuits and topped with nonpareils. Beautiful. Photography…
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January 22, 2013

Loving Lavender Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We are loving this lavender & gray dessert table that was styled by Dawn from Dawn’s Bella Via & C for a Northern California wedding show. We love how anemone flowers were a main player in the design from the paper pom backdrop to the cake decoration. Sweet treats on the dessert table included lollipops with edible flowers, mini cupcakes, organic chocolate bars, lavender marshmallow squares and cake truffles topped with edible pansies. So pretty!…
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January 18, 2013

Pirate Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This pirate party was styled by Jennifer of Sweet Affairs Event Design for a little boy’s fifth birthday. Jennifer’s goal was to create a fun party that was age appropriate without all of the skulls and crossbones. Sweet treats on the dessert table included cupcakes, pirate cake pops, parrot cookies, macarons and chocolate Oreos. How great is that cake? Props included burlap bags filled with candy.  Tiny guests walked away with lots of loot from…
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January 17, 2013

Great Find: Elisa Strauss on Craftsy.com {+ Giveaway!}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag
This is one animal print that I would be willing to get. I had lunch the other day with my sweet friend Elisa from Confetti Cakes who made the incredible Alligator Bag cake above. I mean seriously….can you believe that is a cake?  The craftsmanship is unbelievable. Elisa was telling me about the new cake decorating tutorials she just launched with Craftsy.com. For those of you who are aspiring cake decorators, crocheters or jewelry…
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January 17, 2013

Girl Scouts Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This Girl Scouts party was styled by Cris from Crissy’s Crafts for the Investiture and Re-Dedication ceremony party for her daughter and friends. We love the fair, helpful and friendship signage. Light refreshments were served along with sweet treats that included cake pops, trail mix, cake balls, brigadeiros and popcorn. Each girl received a butterfly charm to take home with them and a day full of memories. Scroll down for the vendor credits. Who here
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January 16, 2013

Recipe {Golden Caramel Corn}

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids, Recipes
With the Golden Globes now behind us and the Oscars around the corner, it seems everyone is running to the theater to see the latest blockbusters. What’s a movie without popcorn?  This Saturday is National Popcorn Day so we thought we’d share our Golden Caramel Corn recipe from Sweet Designs, just in case you are feeling like you want to elevate the salty little kernel. This recipe works great for a Superbowl party, every day…
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January 15, 2013

Lots of Legos Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Amanda from Red Wagon Events “built” this great party for her son’s 5th birthday. We love how Amanda lined the platters with Legos. Sarah of Style Me Gorgeous joined in by constructing the backdrop, invitation and coordinating papery. Sweet treats on the dessert table included Lego block cupcakes, Lego head cake pops, salted caramel macarons, color block jelly and the Lego man cake. Photography by Cassandra Stubbs. VENDOR CREDITS: Styling: Red Wagon Events  Paperie: Style…
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January 15, 2013

Purple & Cream Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This purple & cream birthday party was styled by Seri from Little Miss Party Planner for a little girl’s first birthday party. We love how Seri chose a feminine color palette and beautiful anemones, yet balanced the softness with rustic burlap linens and tree bark vessels. Sweet treats on the dessert table included ice cream cone cupcakes, cake pops, caramel corn and a pretty buttercream cake. This table would work for an engagement party or…
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January 14, 2013

Japanese Sushi Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We talked a little bit about Kakiemon this morning so it is fitting that we are featuring a Japanese style sushi party this afternoon. This party was styled by Melissa from The Sweet Society for a little girl’s 10th birthday. Each child was presented with their own Kimono and took party in a Sushi making workshop. The placemats doubled up as coloring sheets for the children to take home. Props included sushi mats and bamboo…
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January 14, 2013

Bird Watching

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds
Photography credits:  1)  Dress  2) Ornaments 3) Cake  4) Pitcher 5)  Glasses   6) Pillow  7) Tray While Lucy Liu’s floral Caroline Herrerra dress at the Golden Globes last night may have taken it a step too far, I STILL love how bird and floral motifs have been prominently showcased in design and fashion recently. The Japanese scenics that were first used on Kakiemon porcelain in the 17th century adds a touch of whimsy and elegance,…
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January 11, 2013

Mexican Papel Picado Crafternoon Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Leanne from Sweet Style in Australia styled this fun papel picado themed Crafternoon to celebrate the birthday of her daughter’s friend. The party began with the everyone creating their very own…
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January 11, 2013

Quiet Please! Spa Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are swooning over this Spa party that was styled by Vania from Canadian Hostess for her daughter’s 9th birthday. Manicures, facials, sweets, and laughs were all on the menu for this spa-themed party. Vania chose a turquoise, honeydew green and orange color palette which we LOVE! Upon arrival, each girl received her own cozy bathrobe and was invited to the Relaxation Lounge, where the girls sipped on drinks from a Tropical Smoothie Bar. The…