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July 22, 2013

Great Finds: Sweet and Stout

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Great Finds
We hope you all had a great weekend. We have had some HOT days over the past couple of weeks. We love the idea of a frosty cold beer on a hot summer day. For St. Patty’s Day, we shared this Root & {Guinness} Beer Float recipe with you. It was only a matter of time before beer made its way into the sweets world with craft beers being all of the rage these days.…
June 01, 2013

Fourth of July Party Printables

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Swag
FREE Fourth of July Party PrintablesJuly_4th_SignJuly_4th_Printable_MenuJully_4th_InvitationJuly_4th_Bannerjuly-4th-banner—liberty-plaidJuly_4th_Dessert_LabelsJuly_4th_Party_Circles            …
April 25, 2013

Spring Showers Guest Dessert Feature {& DIY Paper Flower Tutorial}

This Spring baby shower was styled by Sasha, one of our readers in Atlanta for her friend. We adore this whole set up. How great is the backdrop that she made?  We also love the cupcake flower pots with the DIY paper flower toppers. {scroll down for Sasha’s how to}. Other sweet treats on the dessert table included lemon cookies, lemon cake pops, tangy lemon bars, dry pineapple, mini chocolate cupcakes and key lime…
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…
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…
October 12, 2012

Halloweekend Countdown: Witches Brew

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are sending you off this weekend with a little Halloween inspiration from Cris at Crissy’s Crafts. Crissy used store bought goodies and gave them a wicked makeover for this small party for her kids. The little witches snacked on witch brew-shaped sandwiches and cheese stick pretzel broomsticks. How great are those olives coming out of the brew? Sweet treats on the dessert table included cotton candy brew, cauldron cake pops, Hershey Kiss witch hats,…
October 05, 2012

Halloweekend Countdown: No Tricks, Just Treats

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We’re back for another Halloweekend Friday. Norene from Party Pinching sent us this kid-friendly Halloween party she styled with lots of DIY and budget friendly party ideas. For the vertical element, mini meringue cookies ghosts (with edible marker faces) filled spray painted branches. Some time saving desserts she created were gumball pumpkin toppers {instead of fondant}, store bought donuts turned scary spiders, Moon Pies with fondant black cats, chocolate graham marshmallows skeletons, rice krispie treat…
March 07, 2012

Train Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
A couple of days ago we gave you some party inspiration for your truck loving tot.  Today, we are moving on to trains. We received this submission from one of our readers down under, Julie. She created this party for her son’s birthday. We love the DIY aspects of this party including the railway crossing sign cupcake toppers and birthday party hats. Sweet treats included cupcakes, handmade cakepops and cookies. Great job.  Scroll down below…
February 09, 2012

Simply Sweet Valentine’s Day Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This Valentine’s Party that was sent to us by Alexis of Alexis Campbell Event Styling. She created this party for her son and all of his friends. She used the printables by Paper & Pigtails as her inspiration. The children ate heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which were the perfect size for the tiny tots. Sweet treats included pink and red vanilla cake pops, chocolate covered rice krispie treat pops, vanilla cupcakes, and…
January 30, 2012

Ray Of Sunshine Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
This table was sent to us by Heidi from Australia.  She created this little ray of sunshine for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. Heidi decided at the last minute to throw the party and with a week to plan, organized a morning tea party for her daughter and 14 of her friends. Sweet treats included a six layer cake, lemon cupcakes, biscuits and lemon tarts that Heidi baked herself. Heidi added some decadence to the table…
August 09, 2011

Cherry Blossom Branch Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds
A few weeks ago, we featured this table from Susana of citrusandorange.  We fell in love with the beautiful clay peony flowers that were created by Diane from DK Designs of Hawaii. Diane has shared her exquisite craft of creating clay florals on the Martha Stewart Show and today she is sharing her craft here with you.  Diane is going to give you all an exclusive tutorial on how to create her cherry blossoms.  …
August 01, 2011

Back To School Chalkboard Cookies – DIY Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Kids
It is hard to believe that it is almost time for the kids to go back to school.  This summer flew by for me.  My little one will be starting kindergarten while my oldest son will be a big shot entering 1st.  These chalkboard cookies from Kathryn at Sugarturntable are the perfect way to send your kids back to school with a smile on their face.  See the tutorial from Kathryn below. SUPPLIES: -Baked Sugar…
May 12, 2011

Attention Crafters: Amazing Giveaway!

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Great Finds, Swag
We have a fantastic giveaway for you guys today!  Lifestyle Crafts is giving away an Epic Combo Kit (retail value $169.99) to one lucky winner!  If you are not familiar with this kit, it is an easy-to-use die cut and letterpress machine. For all of you crafters (even novice), this fun tool can help you make your own letterpress cards, invites and decor at home.  Check out the deets here to see all of its…
January 07, 2011

New Printables from The Celebration Shoppe

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Kids
Okay, it is not exactly camping weather in New York, but we’re going to be sharing a s’mores shoot very soon that we recently did and I thought I’d get you all in the camping mood.  Kim Byers, from The Celebration Shoppe, sent over these great pictures showcasing her new DIY Tree House Collection for us to debut.  These printables are perfect for a kid’s birthday party (or even a playdate).  I’m planning my son’s…
August 03, 2010

DIY Lemonade Cookies

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Recipes
{I’m really excited to have Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie as a guest blogger today! Meaghan regularly shares her adorable cookie how-to’s on The Decorated Cookie and is the editor behind Edible Crafts. Since it is the first week of August, I asked Meaghan if she could share a summer-inspired cookie how-to. For those of you on the other side of the globe, bookmark this for when your summer is here!} I was thrilled by…
July 27, 2010

DIY Project & Template from Twig & Thistle!

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
I’m thrilled to have Kathleen of Twig and Thistle here today as my first guest blogger! Kathleen is a gifted crafter/designer and since I’m busy getting ready for some entertaining today, Kathleen is here with a great summer entertaining diy tutorial and template!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the most adorable guest dessert table and the winner of the Meri Meri/NY Cake Giveaway. Later in the week will be behind-the-scenes of some parties we’re working
July 10, 2010

DIY Vintage Ribbon Backdrop

If you were here yesterday, then you saw the jaw-dropping vintage guest dessert table feature from Blair Britt Events. I’m back here today with Blair’s how-to of that beautiful ribbon backdrop. For this wedding, the bride wanted an eclectic ribbon, lace, and fabric backdrop, so Blair found lots of textures and colors that worked with their wedding style. However, you can use any kind of ribbon to make a stunning ribbon backdrop. Here is the…
March 26, 2010

DIY Easter Egg Decorating

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids
Easter is next weekend and many kids are getting excited for the fun tradition of dying eggs. More recently, some crafty divas have found creative ways to decorate eggs that will get adults excited for this widely celebrated tradition as well. Above are a few of my favorite easter egg decorating ideas. I adore the origami eggs with the egg nest made from origami scrap paper. I love the idea of these decorated eggs piled…
March 25, 2010

Crafty Yarn Egg Decor

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates
Holiday season is yet again around the corner. Yesterday, I blogged about Passover recipes. Today I’m here to share a fabulous craft idea that I saw on Family Fun for Easter. These crafty yarn eggs would be perfect for dressing up your Easter buffet spread. They can be hung from the ceiling like the picture below or they can be piled together to create a centerpiece for your Easter table. While it may take a…
November 30, 2009

Holiday Sweater-Inspired Kits

By: Amy Atlas, in Uncategorized
It has been a mere four days since we celebrated Thanksgiving and already I see Christmas and Chanukah decorations all over New York City. Yes, it is that time of the year and it is time to start thinking about how we will be decorating for the holidays! Melangerie NYC sent me this awesome (and very affordable) do-it-yourself holiday sweater-inspired party decoration kit that is perfect for an intimate holiday party. It is a pdf…