Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sugar Buzz and Sweet Designs

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Next week my friend Amy Atlas‘ new book, Sweet Designs hits the shelves. It’s a mega-manual of sugar and crafts that will help you create beautiful dessert tables like this one from the book called Honey, I love you.

Just looking at this photo has me buzzing with excitement. Dessert tables bring smiles and designing one is a great way to tap into your creativity. Plus, you’re playing with sugar so what’s not to like.

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When you work on one, it’s very easy to get caught up in the crafting and design behind each dessert. You’ll experience a constant flow of ideas and won’t want to stop. Or at least that’s how I feel. Here’s a Super Bowl dessert table I helped my friend Julie with a while ago and we had the best time watching it all come together. I think we could create dessert tables everyday and never get bored. They are so visually appealing and full of yummy treats – I wish I could keep one on display at all times – magically replenished with desserts. That would be sweet.

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Here’s a few extra shots from the full table. I zoomed in a little so you could see more of the detail.

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…because the website just isn’t wide enough to do this entire spread of sweets justice.

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Sweet Designs has more than 175 projects with tons of pictures throughout.

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That means it’s huge… 374 pages huge.

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Candy math… tools of the trade… candy index… the book is full of information to get you started on your own table designs.

And if dessert tables aren’t your thing, that’s okay too.

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The book makes it easy to find individual recipes and projects from each table to bake or craft if you just want to start out small.

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There’s also handy overviews in each chapter. Shop it. Display it. Switch it.

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But I think my favorite is Find it. Thank you Amy for a detailed listing of all the items you used. Your book makes me happy happy!

You can pre-order Sweet Designs right now from amazon or look for it in stores next week.

But, you can also win one here. Signed by Amy. Yay!

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs.

  • To enter, leave a comment on this website post and just answer the following question.
  • What theme do you think would make for a fun dessert table? (baby, owl, circus, safari, super hero? Nursery rhyme? Dinosaur? Dancing with the Stars? I don’t know – get creative…the possibilities are endless.
  • Deadline to enter is Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m. ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner Announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post sometime Friday evening.

Good luck – and now I need to go clear off my dining room table.

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We have a winner – and we have a lot of incredible dessert table ideas. Take a look at some of the comments for inspiration.

And the winner is:

Comment #1154 Michele M!  Congratulations. It sounds like you’ll get some good use out of the book. Send pics of your table after the party.

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sarapete said...

I want to do a camping theme for a birthday.

April 19, 2012 12:53 AM
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S. McLoughlin said...

I would love a graduation theme because I’m graduating next month!

April 19, 2012 12:53 AM
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Lexi said...

Hunger Games! :)

April 19, 2012 12:54 AM
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Leslie said...

I participated in an Alice in Wonderland cookie display once, and I think it would be fun to do a whole dessert table with that theme. You could do a lot with the mad tea party, the red roses, the playing cards, etc.

April 19, 2012 12:58 AM
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Olivia said...

A fairyland!

April 19, 2012 12:59 AM
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Amanda @ Becoming a Boulangère said...

I would love to do a masquerade themed party with a gorgeous dessert set up.

I love that Sweet Designs combines the crafting and design with recipes and ideas!

April 19, 2012 01:02 AM
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Michelle said...

A space theme for the upcoming Lyrids meteor shower and to commemorate the Discovery’s last flight!

April 19, 2012 01:03 AM
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Jess said...

I’m thinking a Cars (the movie) themed table would be great for my son’s 3rd birthday.

April 19, 2012 01:03 AM
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Jessica said...

Star Wars!

April 19, 2012 01:04 AM
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Sue said...

SWEET 16!!

April 19, 2012 01:06 AM
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L. Sharna Cpwlings said...

i would do a mickey and minnie mouse theme/ I have a boy and a girl, so this theme would be a perfect theme, and their birthdays are Nov and Dec.

April 19, 2012 01:07 AM
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sharona said...

glitter!

April 19, 2012 01:07 AM
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Jamie Harrison said...

Peter Pan because my son is obsessed with it right now. :D

April 19, 2012 01:07 AM
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Nina said...

We’re planning a huge birthday bash for my dad later this year. He’s really into photography, so a dessert table with that theme would be super cute!

April 19, 2012 01:08 AM
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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

I would love to see her take on a Mother Nature theme…

April 19, 2012 01:08 AM
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Marion said...

I think a science theme would be fun! I love that science is getting trendy among the elementary school set…

What a neat book, it just went on my amazon wishlist!

April 19, 2012 01:09 AM
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Stef said...

I’m intrigued by candy math! As an engineering student, my friends and I are all about being nerds… vintage arcade games like Tetris and Galaga could be amazing inspiration for a desserts table!

April 19, 2012 01:09 AM
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Barbara Reed said...

I’d love a sock monkey theme!!

April 19, 2012 01:10 AM
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Megan said...

I would love to see a Tropical Theme!

April 19, 2012 01:10 AM
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Mb said...

victorian

April 19, 2012 01:11 AM
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Kate D. said...

I love a color themed desert table.

April 19, 2012 01:12 AM
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Viry said...

I think a garden theme woulf be nice, lots of different flowers….think itd be a great way to welcome Springtime

April 19, 2012 01:12 AM
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Cynthia said...

A Warrior Princess Party for us grown up girls!

Thanks for providing this give-a-way!

April 19, 2012 01:12 AM
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Kristy said...

Super Hero theme(that’s what my son is into)

April 19, 2012 01:12 AM
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Arwen said...

I would love an geeky girl theme. Think adorable superhero minis, etc.

April 19, 2012 01:12 AM
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kelly w-y said...

would love to see a ’7 wonders of the world’ theme. =)

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Melissa Vang said...

It’s my birthday today! Literally!!! <3
I love giraffes, so of course SAFARI!!

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Ally said...

Harry Potter!

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Cheryl W. said...

The first thing that came to my mind was chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Erika said...

The very hungry caterpillar! That would lend itself to lots of treats and I would be so colorful. :)

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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sydney85 said...

I would like an Around the World sweets party where you could try lots of different sweets from other countries. I have done lots of parties with the color being the theme.

This is an amazing book by Amy Atlas!

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Jenni said...

I’d love to see a red-rock mountain themed one! In honor of Sedona and the Arizona centennial.

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Katy S said...

I think a horror theme would make for an interesting desert table. Perhaps vampires. I would love to see what Amy could do with that theme!

April 19, 2012 01:13 AM
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Marin D. said...

Ooh, I would love to do a picnic theme with ants, watermelon, red and white tablecloth, baskets, oh my.

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Tonya Stewart said...

Anything girly, pink, bows and ribbons. I have all boy’s and would love to do a girly party

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Jess said...

Roald Dahl!

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Tara said...

Star Wars Legos

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Rosslynn F said...

I would do an Umizoomi party because it is the theme for my Sons birthday and there are not many ideas out there. It is nice to be original and be forced to think myself. I love to apply myself to new projects.

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Patsy said...

Summer is coming up – a beach theme would be great

April 19, 2012 01:14 AM
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Jennifer said...

Garden!

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Lucy said...

I’d do a video game themed dessert table!

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Roselie said...

I ‘d love to have a mermaid theme!

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Tonya said...

I would love a John Deere farming theme. How cute would that be?

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Monica McGuire said...

I would love a Pinkalicious themed table. My daughter loves that book and I am thinking of doing that as the theme for her 4th birthday party in November.

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Beth said...

A Halloween thmed sweet table! A cauldron filled with treats! Apple-shaped cake pops set in a witch’s hat stand! Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing topped with a candy corn! Chocolate frogs and Bertie Bots Beans, with some sugar skulls added in…

Creepy, yet magical!

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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Amy Tong said...

A fun dessert table? I love the petting zoo theme. My kids love animals and zoo, it’s going to be super fun! I hope there’s an animal/zoo theme in her book. :)

amy [at] utry [dot] it

April 19, 2012 01:15 AM
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tammy said...

a sushi themed table!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2012 01:16 AM
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Ximena Rossell said...

Twins!!!! i have twin girls

April 19, 2012 01:16 AM
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Leeana said...

What theme do you think would make for a fun dessert table?
-Neon hearts!

April 19, 2012 01:16 AM
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Nicole J said...

Lego. Under water/fishy. Bugs. Things that are fun themes for parties! =)

April 19, 2012 01:16 AM
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Bridget said...

I think a Hunger Games theme would be really cool!

April 19, 2012 01:17 AM
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Terry said...

Lego Ninjago, well not necessarily what i would pick, but my godson turns 5 next month… so… i will be needing americolor red & black… <3 him!!

April 19, 2012 01:17 AM
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Allyson Sneed said...

Apple or Cherry Blossom theme. We went to an apple blossom festival this past weekend. I kept thinking how cute a cherry blossom theme party would be, especially for my 9 year old.

April 19, 2012 01:17 AM
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Magdalena Vargas said...

I would LOVE a Grease theme. Ya know poodle skirts, records, jukeboxes, pink cadillacs, icecream shakes, hamburgers anything from the 50′s.

April 19, 2012 01:18 AM
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Joyce del Rosario said...

A fun dessert table for me would be Alice in Wonderland tea party since you can have all sorts of bite size “eat me” desserts and appetizers and everything will be so colorful.

April 19, 2012 01:18 AM
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Eunice Lee said...

I would definitely do a Tangled dessert table!!! I fell in love with the movie :) I think the little tower she was staying in would make the PERFECT centerpiece!!

April 19, 2012 01:18 AM
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erica said...

mickey mouse will be fun

April 19, 2012 01:18 AM
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Rhonda C. said...

I think an UFO theme would be a really fun idea.

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Hillary said...

I think a rainbow theme would be cute!

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Amber said...

Ladybugs;)

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Lauralee said...

My grandkids are all into JUNGLE things these days, so that would be a great and colorful theme.

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Shae said...

Since my family gets together every Sunday night for tea, I would make a dessert table around an English tea. Petite treats, tea shaped cookies, etc.

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Erin said...

I would love to do a knitting themed one , those colourful balls of yarn, funky needles, jars of sparkly stitch markers and buttons, fabulous!

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Claire said...

alice in wonderland would be adorable. ?

April 19, 2012 01:19 AM
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Alicia said...

I think Icons of the 50′s!

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Jenny said...

I get do excited when I get an e-mail telling me you posted! I’m always so eager to see what you’re sharing with us & this post is a great example to why I love your site! My husbands cousin loves bee themed anything & this makes me want to be able to throw her a bee themed baby shower when that day comes =P

As to the contest, I do like the bee theme, but right now I would choose a Cookie Monster theme. My sons first birthday is next Satirday & that’s the theme I picked, I’m already planning a good amount, but if I could afford it I’d do go over the top! :-D

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Lisa said...

A super mario brothers dessert table would be awesome. With turtle shells, goombas, and of course little 1 up mushrooms. So awesome!

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Kirsten said...

a pink and green theme. I’m really loving pink & green together these days.

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Susan M said...

Star Wars :-)

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Jamie said...

I’d like to say I’d do a Wizard Of Oz theme because I’m a huge fan and collector and who could resist an edible yellow brick road?! But right now I’m in nursing school and I have all things medical on the brain so I think it would be fun to do a tablescape of nurses/doctors/hospital…or maybe a med cart table with beakers, test tubes, vials, pills…but all candy and edible and small and adorable!

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Holly said...

I would love to do an Alice in Wonderland/Madhatters dessert table or for a healthy twist, I would love to do the Hungry hungry Catapillar :)

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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Stephanie said...

Noah’s Ark, with an ark to hold desserts and desserts that look like the different animals.

April 19, 2012 01:20 AM
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JustJaneM said...

Dessert theme . . . My daughter is getting married – wedding theme!

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Charlene said...

Leaves :)

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Joyce del Rosario said...

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party – selections of bite size “eat me’s” desserts and appetizers to colored bottles of drink me’s and colorful tea sets. Plus decorated with hats and vintage clocks

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Hallie W said...

Topical, just hoping the sun shows up in the PNW soon.

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Belinda said...

With summer coming, I think a beach theme would be fun!

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Donna said...

A beach theme…vintage of course!

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Sónia Pereira said...

How about an “OLYMPIC GAMES” theme? Colorful, several options for sweets, cupcakes, cake pops, etc…And most of all the kids will love to eat everything like an athlete

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Ashley said...

Midsummer Night’s Dream theme would be cool. Whimsical, fairies, and stars, and forest type thing :)

April 19, 2012 01:21 AM
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Sara said...

If I were to do one in the next month or so, I think I would choose a spring-themed dessert table, with all kinds of candy flowers. Cherry blossoms are my fave!

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Sara Pierrou said...

I would make a yellow theme because it’s my daughters’s favorite color.

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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casandra said...

i think a vintage summer theme would be sooo cute.

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Courtney said...

I would love a makeup and beauty themed table!

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Maree said...

Around the world! So many different things could be done with country designs and flags and national landmarks!

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Naomi said...

Cats! Since I love my kitties a whole bunch!

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Misty H. said...

Flowers- Roses, maybe daisies and especially, lilies..Lots of them. Stargazer, Calla, water lilies and incorporate chocolate in everything :)

April 19, 2012 01:22 AM
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Julie said...

Little girls and all their bling!

April 19, 2012 01:23 AM
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Krystal said...

I think a Cherry Blossom theme. They are beautiful!!

April 19, 2012 01:23 AM
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M Williams said...

Well I can only imagine that if I was doing a table, my daughter would influence my choice greatly and would tell me that it needed to be dance them (preferably ballet).

The book looks so inspiring. I am adding it to my wishlist now! :)

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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can said...

I would love to do a dessert table for my brother’s birthday in June. His into gaming (computer, Nintendo, etc). So a theme about (his favorite) Games would be awesome!

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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Jennie Posada said...

At the moment I’m working on ides for my daughters first bday. It’s going to be a girly farm theme. So I was thinking simple white cake pops and labeling fresh eggs, sheep cookies, piggies and so much more. Any Ideas?

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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Emily said...

Candy Land!!!

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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angela said...

My husband gives the shout-out of Batman!! Boy at heart. :)

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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Kristin B said...

I would love a soda fountain themed dessert table. That’s what we are doing for our son’s first birthday next month. Wish I was as talented and creative as Amy!!

April 19, 2012 01:24 AM
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Megan said...

it’s simple. Chocolate. All varieties:dark (should be featured), milk and white (even though it’s not really chocolate) Let there be cupcakes, cookies, candies, cake pops, mousse, and the list goes on and on. Mountains and fountains of chocolate. chocolate spreads. YUM!!

April 19, 2012 01:25 AM
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Maris said...

I think a butterfly theme would be pretty, because the color combinations are endless :)

April 19, 2012 01:25 AM
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Marie said...

My fiancé is a pilot so I would love to make an airplane themed one!

We’re gonna have a home made dessert table at our wedding, can’t wait to get started on it :) I’m sure the book would be a great help!

April 19, 2012 01:25 AM
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Linda L said...

How about Springtime in Paris?? That would be for me and I have been thinking of a mermaid/beachy theme for my DGD’s upcoming birhtday.

April 19, 2012 01:25 AM
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Christine said...

Harry Potter!

April 19, 2012 01:25 AM
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