Articles in: Sweet Styling Tricks

September 28, 2010

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Yes, I know Halloween is still a month away, but I’m a sweets and styling gal, so I get pretty excited about Halloween!   I’m working on some Halloween projects and stumbled upon these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.  Truthfully, pumpkin carving was never one of my favorite holiday activities.  Yes, I admitted it.  I tackle pumpkin carving every year with my sons and even do a kid’s version with their kid-friendly carving kit, but I start…
September 27, 2010

Ikea’s Brilliant Styling + Baking Book

I’m sure many of you have seen these incredible images from Ikea’s new baking book, Homemade is Best, but the images by Carl Kleiner and styling by Evalina Bratell are too brilliant not to post.   I saw Smitten Kitchen’s tweet about it and have been drooling ever since.  I love out-of-the-box styling ideas and this clever way of showcasing a recipe’s ingredients is nothing short of genius.  The deconstructed recipes make me want to…
September 23, 2010

Pink-O-Ween! Guest Dessert Feature

Scroll down for fun Halloween news from us! It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is around the corner already.  We’ve been getting some cute Halloween submissions and I love this glammed up PINK Halloween dessert table from Courtney of Pizzazzerie. I’m always a believer of surprising your guests with an unexpected color palette.  I think this is especially fun for holidays when your guests will expect to see the traditional color palette.  Courtney added a…
September 16, 2010

Shopping for Dessert Platters with The New York Times

It’s definitely a pinch-me-moment kind of day.  Unless there are styling tips included in the article, I normally don’t bore you all with my press.  But indulge me for today, because I’m a little over the moon to be featured in The New York Times today. I shopped around town with the New York Times a few weeks ago and picked out some of my favorite vessels for dessert entertaining.  We trekked around New York…
September 15, 2010

Back to School – Our Bake Sale Ideas for Parents Magazine

Rock the Bake Sale, From the October 2010 issue of Parents® magazine, by Karen Cicero. Photography by Monica Buck.  Prop and Food Styling by Amy Atlas. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM PARENTS® MAGAZINE.  © 2010 MEREDITH CORPORATION.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  If you are re-printing this article, you must have permission from Parents Magazine. I’m here today with our back-to-school bake sale ideas we created for Parents Magazine.  If you were here yesterday, then you were…
September 07, 2010

Back-to-School Goody Bags

It’s back-to-school week for many kids across the country in the US and I’ll be sharing some great back-to-school baking and crafting ideas that we created for a magazine this week.  In the meantime, here is a fun and easy crafty diy project that you can do with your kids, nieces, nephews, etc.  These are colored paper sacks that are simply stamped with school stamps that we found here.  Simply fold over the bags, hole…
August 31, 2010

Jewelry Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

Finally, the fifth and last guest feature of the day…Melissa and Kellie of Icing Designs sent over this fanciful dessert bar that they created for a Stella and Dot jewelry party.  I’m a girly-girl gal who loves both jewelry and desserts so this jewelry dessert combo is pure bliss for me.  This reminds me a little bit of the jewelry dessert feature I worked on for Town and Country Magazine.  I’m smitten with how those…
August 31, 2010

Airplane Guest Dessert Feature

Wow, there have been some great features up today, right?  This kid-friendly dessert feature from Jordan of Polka Dot Prints in Australia is another adorable take on a fly away party.  Jordan said she was inspired by my own son’s birthday party here.  I adore the white chocolate cloud “fly” lollipop sticks, the airplane cake {notice – simple waffle cones and m & m’s are used to decorate the cake}, the milk cartons, and the…
August 31, 2010

Damask Guest Dessert Feature

This elegant guest feature is from Sandra of Sandra Downie Events.  Sandra emailed me to tell me that she was inspired by our work when she created this beautiful black, white and green damask dessert bar for a recent wedding. What I really love about this table is the bold color palette.  The lime and chartreuse against the black and white damask makes a big statement.  I also love the damask curtains, which anchor the…
August 31, 2010

Floral Guest Dessert Feature

I’m up to the second guest feature of the day.  This drop dead gorgeous display is from Allyson and Sarah of Bobbette and Belle from Canada.  Bobbette and Belle first came on my radar last year when the owners Allyson and Sarah sent me pictures of their gorgeous macaron towers.  This display was created for a fundraiser for the NICU and the Avery Goldman Fund at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  This stunning home provided…
August 31, 2010

Travel Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

Today is another guest feature marathon with exclusive  guest features today, folks!  Today’s guest features are so beautiful and I have to say I feel pretty honored and humbled that all of the guest feature peeps have told us their businesses were inspired by our work.  The first one up today is Jennifer and Marie of Sweets Indeed, who sent over a vintage “travel with me” inspired dessert bar that will make you want to…
August 26, 2010

Circus Guest Dessert Feature

How cute is this circus guest dessert table created by Leanne of Mrs. A in the Cove blog from Australia?  I get a lot of circus submissions, but this one was executed beautifully.  I love the circus tent cupcakes, the mini doughnuts, and the small jars of strawberry milk.  Leanne did a few things right here.  First, she created a nice balance of varying heights on her table.  She also left area on the table…
August 18, 2010

Sweet Guest Dessert Feature from Elizabeth Messina

My dear friend and famed photographer Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom and Elizabeth Messina shared with me these precious photos of her daughter Mykela’s birthday.  Elizabeth emailed me when she figuring out what to bake and told me she was wondering what I would do. Well, goodness, Elizabeth did not need my help at all!   Besides Elizabeth’s incredible photography and gorgeous styling, those desserts look just incredibly, well…sweet.  Sifting through all of Elizabeth’s photos…
August 12, 2010

Bunny Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

I’m back with the last of guest dessert features for the day.  Have no fear…the marathon continues tomorrow.  After that I’ll be caught up on getting some of my faves up here and I’ll be back to the regular blog post schedule with Ask Amy answers, giveaways, some great finds, and behind-the-scenes.  I’ve been meaning to get this adorable bunny dessert bar from Kristin of Bunny Cakes up on the blog. Kristin told us she…
August 12, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Guest Dessert Feature

I’m back with my 3rd guest feature of the day!  This one comes from Kasey Buick, who created a beautiful Alice in Wonderful dessert spread for her daughter’s 8th birthday. I get A LOT of Alice in Wonderland submissions, but this one stood out from the rest.  I love the layered vintage lace linens, the gorgeous chandelier and props, and the “eat me” printed bags.  The paper flower and butterfly garland, birdcage backdrop, and wonderland…
August 12, 2010

Bee Inspired Guest Dessert Feature

I’m back with the second guest dessert table feature of the day!  Mary of Very Merry Events in California sent me pictures of a bee inspired dessert bar that she created for her very own little honey’s baptism. There are so many cute details about this dessert bar..where do I start?  I think I would dive into this hive dessert bar if I was there.  I’m loving the use of craspedias, sunflowers, and large yellow…
August 12, 2010

Enchanted Garden Guest Dessert Feature

I’m way overdue on getting you some guest dessert table features.  There has been an influx of amazing dessert table submissions from all over the globe and I’m going to get a few of my faves up here today because many of you have been asking for feedback. I’ll be sharing sweet styling tips so keep checking in!  In the meantime, the first feature of the day is a fanciful enchanted garden feature from Janelle…
August 10, 2010

National S’mores Day

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Sweet Styling Tricks
I’ve been nibbling on graham crackers all morning. So it was no surprise to me when I saw a tweet from my blogging friend Thoughtfully Simple that today is National S’mores Day! Yes, I had it on my calendar and yes we just did a s’mores dessert bar for a client {sorry I can’t share that one}, but somehow I forgot it this morning. I guess it was a subliminal message when I felt myself…
July 29, 2010

Behind the Scenes – Nautical Design

We’re designing a nautical inspired party and have rope sailor’s knots, anchors, and lighthouses on our mind. I found these adorable mini buoys at an antique shop and had to snag them. Aren’t they cute? There are so many uses for them. They can be used to decorate a summer dinner tabletop, a dessert buffet, or for decorating a house out east. Don’t these cute props make you want to plan a summer fete? Feel…
July 20, 2010

Black Eyed Susan Inspired Guest Dessert Table

How lovely is this black-eyed susan set up from Amanda of I am Baker? It makes me want to set up a party outdoors right now. It is such a simple set up, yet it is so charming and beautiful. The gorgeous landscape certainly added to this picture perfect setting. If you are setting up a tablescape outdoors, let the landscape play a role in the design and keep it simple as Amanda did. I…