Articles in: Sweet Styling Tricks

December 20, 2012

Bringing in the Holidays: An Excerpt from Amy’s Book

A few weeks back we shared the recipe for our Spiked White Hot Chocolate.  Today we’re sharing the entire New Year’s table from Sweet Designs because we think that the ideas are perfect for the holiday season. With sweet treats like Pound Cake Ice Cubes, Coconut Crispy Rice Cereal Bars, Snowcapped Gingerbread Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream and Shortbread Snowballs, the recipes on this table are guaranteed to satisfy all of your guests’ holiday cravings.…
June 25, 2012

Book Event at Michaels Stores in NYC

We were so excited when Michaels invited us to do an event for their VIP Rewards members in their Manhattan store. As many of you know, I use Michaels items often and the crafts in Sweet Designs were created with Michaels items. I’m a kid in a candy store when I’m in their store. In fact, one of the best parts of doing an event at Michaels is that everything that I could possibly need…
May 11, 2012

Pattern Study: Beautifully Bamboo

  1. bracelet 2. china 3. flatware 4. napkins 5. butler tray 6. cake 7. chair 8. chaise card holder Today we are studying Bamboo from our design board. Bamboo is the Chinese symbol for longevity and we can understand why. You can never tire of the designs above. We love the strength of bamboo and how it is perfectly translated into everything from furniture to jewelry. My favorite is that Banda Chaise. How…
May 03, 2012

Pattern Study: Heavenly Honeycomb

1. Mirror 2. Cuff 3. Necklace 4. Cake 5. Vase 6. Glass 7. Chair 8. Candle 9. Clock I’m a sucker for a honeycomb pattern so today we’re studying it from our Design Board. It is even fun to include the design like I did here with desserts. The pattern is a mass of hexagonal shapes fit together like pieces in a puzzle. From the Waldman Van Lennep gold cuff to the fantastic acrylic honeycomb…
April 11, 2012

Pattern Study: Tastefully Toile

Today’s pick from our design study is the classic Toile print from our pattern glossary board.  What’s not to love about this beautiful pattern that depicts everything from a British battle scene to beautiful florals and birds. Typically, the Toile pattern is two colors making it perfect to use as a backdrop. Add some pretty florals on your dessert table to give it a feminine feel for a bridal shower or baby shower. Keep…
March 20, 2012

Turn Your Closet Into Confections: SPRING {& Giveaway!}

1 ) Outfit 2 ) Scarf 3 ) Cuff 4 ) Bag 5 ) Cake 6 ) Flower 7 ) Cake Stand 8 ) Ice Cream Cupcakes Today is the “official” first day of Spring and if the last week is any indication, this season is going to be fabulous. We are loving how bright {and even neon} colors are hot on the runway this season. These bold colors are also gorgeous for a spring…
March 13, 2012

Pattern Study: Marvelous Mandala!

1. Lamp 2. iPhone case 3. Necklaces 4. Cake 5. Tray 6. Charger 7. Sink 8. Knob 9. Pouf Today we’re studying the Mandala pattern from our pattern board. This ornate design found on embroidered tribal textiles of Central Asia is the darling of the interior design world.  It instantly conjures balmy nights on an exotic island. Notice how it looks chic when the design is carved on to your medium like the charger above.…
March 01, 2012

Gorgeously Green!

1. straw topper 2. straws 3. twine 4. ribbon 5. macaron 6. cupcake liner 7. cake stand 8. plate 9. pitcher + glass We are ending our day today with this gorgeously green inspiration board in honor of Leap Day. Since frogs are always what come to mind when we hear the word leap, green seems like the perfect color to showcase this special day. We put a gorgeously green {and white to break…
February 24, 2012

Pattern Study: Iconically Ikat

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for an Ikat print.  So today we’re studying the ethnic Ikat print from our pattern glossary board.  I have the impressionist print in lots of bold colors nestled in my home, like my Louis XVI armchair above.  Bright coral and hot pink Ikat prints from one of my favorite fabric shops adorn custom benches in my home as well. The print screams resort and…
February 08, 2012

Candy Couture Style Glossary {Sneak Peek Inside Book}

Feel free to Pin, Blog, or share with Facebook and Twitter, but please link back here. Tomorrow starts Fashion Week in NY and next week is Valentine’s Day so we felt like today was the perfect day to share this fun glossary from Sweet Designswhich brings both fashion and candy together.You all know how much I am inspired by fashion. Couple that with my love for sweets and you have the…
January 05, 2012

Haute Herringbone!

  1. Stationery 2. Toms 3. Cake 4. Blanket 5. Pillow 6. Tray 7. Tumblers 8. Vest 9. Chair The Amy Atlas crew loves herringbone. A close cousin to the wider chevron pattern, herringbone zigs and zags with its sharp jagged lines. As you can see above, this Savile Row-style pattern lends a traditional vibe to baking/party decor, fashion, or interiors.  Whether it’s in monochromatic shades or multiple colors, the small-scaled pattern also gives a…
December 16, 2011

How To Make a Gift Bow Cupcake Topper

I am pretty sure that, by now, you guys are starting to get tired of wrapping. I personally think that I keep Michael’s in business during the holidays.  I actually love wrapping presents for people (especially my kids). They are sometimes more excited to see the boxes than they are the gifts. We received this video from Binky over at Cakebot showing us how to create the perfect gift bow cupcake topper.  For everyone giving…
December 06, 2011

Outrageously Ombre!

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
We’re studying the Ombre trend today.  There is something about the monochromatic gradient of a single color that is outrageously chic. Ombre made a big comeback this year in fashion, especially after Prada launched its Ombre handbag collection.  We’ve seen the Ombre movement move to the dessert and party styling world as well, and our favorite spotting is that gorgeous Maggie Austin Ombre cake above!  If you can’t find Ombre party products out there, not…
November 08, 2011

Our Sugar Cookie Recipes for People Magazine

Hello everyone.  Even though I rarely put press on here, I thought you’d all be interested in this fun editorial piece we did for People Magazine. People asked us to come up with five versions of our basic sugar cookie recipe for their entertaining/holiday issue. Yes, it is a little early to think holiday, but you could bookmark it and come back to it after Thanksgiving. It’s amazing how much fun you can have by…
November 02, 2011

Amy Atlas’ Pattern Board for Design & Styling

  Did you ever walk into a store and see a pattern on a tunic, rug, or lamp shade, but didn’t know the name of the pattern? That used to happen to me all the time {and still does sometimes} and it would really frustrate me, especially when I wanted to incorporate a similar style onto a party or sweets table. What was the four-sided design that looked like a clove called?   Eventually I learned…
October 28, 2011

Halloweekend Countdown: Spooky Desserts

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
Credits: 1) Candy Corn Lollipop 2) Spooky cupcake topppers 3) Mummy Cupcakes 4) Ghost Cake 5) Caramel Pear Mice 6) Pumpkin Carrot Cake 7) Spider Cakes We’re finishing our Halloweekend inspiration with a round up of some spooky desserts that are easy to make and fun to look at.  If you’re looking for more Halloweekend inspiration, simply search Halloweekend or Halloween in the search bar. We hope everyone has a great and safe Halloweekend. XO…
October 19, 2011

Quintessentially Quatrefoil!

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
  1. necklace 2. lamp 3. bedding 4.pillow 5. plate 6. urn 7. table 8. table 9. tray 10. chair 11. rug 12. cookies 13. cake The Amy Atlas crew loves a quatrefoil pattern so we’re studying it today on Sweet Designs.  This curvy clove-like pattern looks gorgeous in bold colors like hot pink and orange. You can see that the pattern so often seen in interiors and fashion also looks beautiful on desserts. We…
October 13, 2011

Cake Roundup – Part II

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
1. Bobbette and Bell 2. Caketress 3. My Sweet and Saucy 4. Ron Ben Israel 5. jill adams 6. confetti cakes 7. Love Street Cakes for Amy Atlas We’re back with Part II of our favorite cakes roundup.  Yesterday, we featured Part I here. Do you have a favorite?  We’ll be sharing more of our favorites soon……
October 12, 2011

Cake Roundup – Part I

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
We’re rounding up some of our favorite cakes that we have featured over the years.  Aren’t these beautiful?  From the eyelet technique on Kate Sullivan’s cake to the hand crafted flowers on that Sylivia Weinstock beauty, these are all stunning edible centerpieces.  We’ll be back with a part II of this cake roundup this week.  In the meantime, we’re hungry for some cake! 1. Cake Inc. 2. Sweet Appetite 3 & 4. Lovin Sullivan 5.…
October 07, 2011

Gorgeously Gothic!

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Styling Tricks
It’s Halloweekend Countdown Friday and we have a different spin on Halloween this morning.  We’re starting with a Gorgeously Gothic inspiration board for all of you to get your “Goth On”. You can see how the Goth look is beautiful in fashion on that dramatic dress, in interiors on that luxurious Smoke Chair, and on dessert with that ruffled Maggie Austin Cake. Bring the Goth Look into party design with grey/black stationery and smoky black…