Archive for: August, 2011

August 23, 2011

Amy’s Small Business Tips – Part II

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Ask Amy
A few months ago, I shared some business tips with you when I was at the Dreamers into Doers event.  There was a q & a at the event and I have been remiss in getting those up to you.  I’m finally here with the q&a.  Scroll down to check the tips out and feel free to ask your own questions in the comment area below. (1) How do you deal when clients ask you
August 22, 2011

Lego Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Jacki of Blissfully Sweet transformed her home into Lego Headquarters for her son Liam’s birthday. Inspired by a Lego cake created by the talented Ron Ben-Israel, Jacki crafted her own magnificent version by covering blocks of Styrofoam and placing an edible Ninjago figure on top. Using the same bright color scheme, Jacki made several more Lego-themed sweet treats: cake pops, cookies, cupcakes, “Lego jello,” and personalized candy bars. We love the colorful display of…
August 22, 2011

Chevron Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We received this little gem from Daisy Kelvin who created this table for her husband’s 40th birthday. Daisy’s design inspiration was the classic Chevron pattern from the iconic Missoni textiles. We love the clean, graphic elegance of this classic zig zag, especially in Daisy’s orange and navy color palette. The chevron pattern was used to line vessels, printed on the tags and labels used throughout the table, and cleverly applied to cookies. Desserts included a…
August 22, 2011

Beautiful Ballet Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Ivy of Sweet Sorrella created this charming outdoor birthday party inspired by the Parisian ballet.  Isn’t this every little girl’s dream?  We love the sophisticated color palette. It reminds us of our pink and grey Valentine’s table.  Soft pink curtains frame a table covered in a beautiful grey plisse crinkled fabric, bedecked with pink bunting and a pair of satin ballet shoes. Sweets included candies in shades of pink and white: rock candy sticks,…
August 19, 2011

College Send Off Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
This featured submission comes from Jeannie of The Pastry Tip. Rather than schedule her son’s high school graduation party at the busy start of summer, Jeannie threw Conor a college send-off party at the end. The dessert table was set-up like someone preparing to pack up for college, with suitcases, books, and mementos integrated into the display. The fleur de lis, used to decorate many of the desserts, is the symbol of Conor’s high school.…
August 19, 2011

Wonderland Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
This week we’ve got tea parties on the mind at Amy Atlas HQ (did you see yesterday’s High Tea?). Renee and Alex of The Inspired Occasion sent us this Alice in Wonderland themed tea party they created for Jasmine’s 8th birthday party. To set the scene, guests received invitations in a white box topped with tissue paper flowers. Fun elements of Alice’s madcap world showed up in the divine teapot shaped cake, the teapot cookies…
August 19, 2011

Motorcross Madness Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Stephanie from Spaceships and Laserbeams is back with yet another creative dessert table for boys. As we’ve mentioned before, Stephanie’s Etsy Collective is a “No Princess Zone,” featuring DIY printables that show how much fun a boy’s party can be. This party highlights her new “Xtreme Awesomeness” collection—a table that makes dirt bikes affordable and simple, but still exciting for a little boy. What’s the first thing a dirt bike brings to mind? That’s right-…
August 18, 2011

Tiki Luau Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We are loving the vibrant colors of this feature.  We are going to keep this one in our pocket for when it is freezing in NYC and we want to dream of surfing in the sun.  This party was designed by Gwynn of Gywnn Wasson Designs for a little boy’s first birthday.  Gwynn’s client wanted a Luau theme so she brought in surfboards and tiki heads to give it boyish charm. Gwynn used blue fabric…
August 18, 2011

Back to School Roundup Part II

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Kids
Photo Credits: 1) Ruled Paper Table Decor 2)  Ruler Wreath 3) Apple Oreo Pops in Pencil Vase 4) School Supply Cupcakes We are back today with some more Back to School inspiration.  Each year, I try to do something special with my boys to get them excited for school.  Whether it is baking cupcakes or crafting something to put on their backpacks, we always do something together that is creative and collaborative.  I love the…
August 18, 2011

High Tea Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
There are so many things to love about this special party, sent to us by Bec and Tammi of RubyJu.  They threw a High Tea to celebrate the 9th birthday of Bec’s daughter Abi.  Our eyes were first drawn to that tall spearmint-colored cake in the center of the table. With its whimsical swirls of frosting and the surprise multi-colored layers inside, this cake is pure fun. We love the many appearances of the…
August 17, 2011

Pool Party Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Before we bid adieu to summer, we just had to post this party from photographer Kelly Anderson. Inspired by Loralee Lewis’ Sweetie Swim Cap paper collection, Kelly threw an outrageously fun pool party for her pre-school aged daughters and their families. Seriously, is there a better way to beat the summer heat than in the pool? With genius details like the basket of water balloons, squirt guns and a bubble dispenser for refilling bubble-blowers, this…
August 17, 2011

Back to School Roundup Part I – Our Faves

Above:  We loved everything about this table from the chalkboard backdrop and linen, to the school inspired snacks. This party was created by Leoni from Just Call Me Martha for her daughter’s 4th birthday. Yesterday was the last day of camp for my boys.  Whenever camp ends for them, I get a little nostalgic about my kids starting a new year of school.  During the summer, they are completely carefree.  While school is not serious…
August 17, 2011

Amy Atlas Moment: Lemonade Ladies Luncheon

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions
We received this “Amy Atlas Moment” from Mindy and Crystal at Creative Juice. Inspired by the orange and lemon trees in their backyard, they created a very cheerful Lemon Ladies Luncheon. Using rustic elements, such as mason jars wrapped in burlap and gingham, freshly picked flowers from the garden, and chubby pitchers of ice-cold lemonade, the ladies created a party that perfectly matched its simple outdoor setting. Free DIY printables for the placecards and menus…
August 16, 2011

Cute As A Button Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Today’s cute-as-a-button submission was created by Dawn for her daughter Ruby’s fifth birthday. Sometimes the simplest ideas yield the prettiest results, as you see here with buttons and bows. Dawn chose demure shades of pale pink and baby blue to make dozens of sugar buttons. The buttons cascaded down the side of Ruby’s two-tiered birthday cake and were also used to top cupcakes. Dawn also used the buttons to adorn a plate of cookies that…
August 16, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Remember that vintage milk & cookies table we went nuts over?  Kate and Yolanda, the ladies from Kiss Me Kate, went above and beyond with a third party:  a vintage hot air balloon party. This theme is perfect for a girl or boys party.  Once again, we are wowed by their attention to detail. The sky blue panel painted with wispy white clouds is a beautiful backdrop for this table. Balloons wrapped in netting and…
August 16, 2011

Firetruck Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Tiffany of Spotted Ink created this fun firetruck party for her son Tyler’s third birthday, using her own firetruck printable set. The design included firetrucks, dalmatians, and firefighter hats.  Tiffany had a real, retired fire engine stop by and take the little firemen on a ride around the neighborhood.  How fun!  The kids played with faux waterhoses and had a chance to ask the firefighters about their job.  In lieu of presents, Tiffany asked party…
August 15, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Travel + Balance

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy, Behind The Scenes
Lisa and I at the Guthrie in Minneapolis with the Mississippi River in the background…. We were in Minnesota this past week for some meetings.  It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, even if it was just for two days.  Seeing lush greenery and smelling crisp clean air definitely helps me clear my mind.  When Lisa and I weren’t in meetings, we jam packed some activities to…
August 15, 2011

Vintage Barn Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
Last week, we featured this adorable barn feature.  Today, we’re back with a feature from Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies. We have featured Jenny’s tables here and here.  Jenny created this party for her son Hudson’s 3rd birthday.  From the use of hay barrels as vessels for the cake pops to the cupcakes in the egg crates, the props on this table were perfect for a barn party. Invitations were sent out in burlap bags…
August 15, 2011

Baking With Julia Giveaway + Berry Galette Recipe!

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Swag
Way before Rachael and Giada, there was Julia Child. What is there to say about her that hasn’t already been said? Julia, so funny and so very tall, shook up America’s culinary repertoire with her two-volume series Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We haven’t been the same since. Today Julia would have been 99 years old. To honor her birthday, we are giving away a copy of Baking with Julia, a collection of recipes…
August 12, 2011

Playful Puppy Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids
We received this submission from Michelle at Intrigue Design Studio (her blog is Crazy for Design) and thought it was too cute to pass up.  You may remember Michelle and her creative designs from the Sweet (Now ‘n Later) post that we featured at the beginning of the year.  Her new line is the Playful Puppy line.  We loved the creative sweets that Michelle made.  Expanding on the puppy theme, the treats were all puppy…