Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sugar Buzz and Sweet Designs


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.


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.


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


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


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


That means it’s huge… 374 pages huge.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Sharmeka stubblefield said...

Barbie themed!!! I still love her and collect her!! Pink and pretty = fun fun fun!!

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

I think Rustic Spring would be awesome :) Daisies, a lemonade stand, old wooden water pails, maybe little pots of grass all over…:)

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

80′s What could be more fun??

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

My first thought was a Hunger Games theme, but any Eric Carle book could become a great table.

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Precious said...

I would LOVE a neon theme! Everything in bright neon and black light colours :o

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Jolie said...

I’d go for a SUNSHINE theme!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Nancy F said...

My husband is getting ready to “Ride the Rockies” so we are big bicycle enthusiasts in our house…how about a Tour de France theme? After all, we cycle so we can eat!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Kimberly S. said...

We can do an Afternoon Tea (Garden) Party, inspired by Spring’s warm weather. Using pretty pastel colors and lacey things all around to decorate the sweets, and budding blooms to swoon over. These colors will will warm every guests’ hearts!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Kelsey said...

Fun on the farm!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Kerry said...

I would want to do an Alice in Wonderland theme!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Jennifer said...

A Muppets table would be fantastic!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Melina said...

Sock Monkey!!!

April 19, 2012 01:27 AM
Michelle llorin said...

Country picnic… With a cowgirl theme. Can you imagine the table scape?

April 19, 2012 01:27 AM
Chris S. said...

Being Canadian, I would have to say a Hockey theme…My five year old would love it, as he is hockey obsessed right now, and with it being playoff time, what better time than now?

April 19, 2012 01:27 AM
Mary said...

I think Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory theme would be fantastic! I mean it is the original sugar sweet childhood dream brought to the screen so can you imagine the excitement to see the everlasting gobstoppers, floating bubbles, chocolate river and lickable wallpapers on a dessert table?! Lets not forget the golden egg laying geese ;)

April 19, 2012 01:27 AM
Jennifer said...

I would like a Hollywood, walk the red carpet theme… The gold and silver… The glitzy Hollywood decor…works for some celebrating a birthday/success…anything featuring “The Star”

April 19, 2012 01:27 AM
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

I think awkward teenage owls would make an adorable dessert table. You know how owls go through that really embarrassing stage where they’re gangly and silly looking? How cute would that be when illustrated? There could be stray feathers strewn about like they were molting. LOL, I promise the vision I have in my head is cuter than it sounds!

April 19, 2012 01:28 AM
Lisa said...

I’d like to do a ballet theme for my daughters dance recital!

April 19, 2012 01:28 AM
Julia said...

Roses! I adore roses, especially English roses with delicious fragrance.

April 19, 2012 01:28 AM
Bobbie said...

Sweet Sixteen! This sweet theme is oh so much fun!

April 19, 2012 01:28 AM
Samantha said...

LEGO theme please! My son is obsessed and he’s turning 5 next month and we’re taking him to LegoLand! He can’t wait! I think I’m more excited than he is!!

April 19, 2012 01:28 AM
Yajayra Gonzalez said...

I can’t wait for this book! I would do a comic super hero theme.

April 19, 2012 01:29 AM
Shauna W. said...

A barnyard theme! Or an old-fashioned 4th of July! Or a soda fountain theme! … (This is kinda fun … !)

April 19, 2012 01:29 AM
Dawn said...

crystal glass and lots of yummy goodies

April 19, 2012 01:30 AM
Kristin said...

A soccer themed table would be nice to see

April 19, 2012 01:30 AM
Dawn :-) said...

I would like to see a teatime theme table. That would be so pretty!

(Best wishes, Amy, on your new book, and thank you, Bakerella, for an opportunity to win!) :-)

April 19, 2012 01:30 AM
Fiona W said...

I’ve always wanted to do a pirate themed one!! Arrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Michelle said...

Winter theme

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Sarahi said...

For some reason hello kitty always seems to put a smile on my face.

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Gena said...

I would love to do a Garden theme… how beautiful it would be with all the colors and ‘extras’…. you could put it together for days and still have stuff missing!

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Tamara said...

frogs! – the come in so many colors and they hide in flowers and under leaves and they have great eyes!

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Marie said...

My fiancé is a pilot so I would love to prepare an airplane themed dessert table for him!

April 19, 2012 01:31 AM
Kon said...

How about kitties!!

April 19, 2012 01:32 AM
CP said...

A nautical beach theme!

April 19, 2012 01:32 AM
shannon milik said...

I would love to do a tea party theme!

April 19, 2012 01:32 AM
Eva said...

I think a great theme would be deep sea done glamorous and sophisticated! Octopus, old fashioned dining helmets, anchors, whales! Kind of off beat but fun!!

April 19, 2012 01:32 AM
K said...

Crossfit theme to kick off the regionals starting in the next few weeks.

April 19, 2012 01:32 AM
Carly P said...

Rainbow birthday or baby shower. The colors are amazing and the options are endless! This book looks amazing! Congrats to you both

April 19, 2012 01:33 AM
Christina K. said...

I would love to do a rainbow themed party!

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
Lindsey said...

I’m doing a beard themed dessert table for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. That’s right I said BEARD

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
Luffy said...

I saw a STAR themed one in a Martha Stewart magazine once, and have been in love with it ever since. Dying to try that one out.

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
Lizeth said...

Haute Couture!!! Sewing machines, manequins, patterns, beautiful clothes…..

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
Ayana said...

My first thought was mustache for my son. And owls for my girls. But I rarely do anything for mommy. So Cupcakes & Cocktails would be what I picked. Or something with wine. :)

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
jiggaye said...

what about a stunning spice theme, using and showcasing all the amazing spices that can be used in sweets.

April 19, 2012 01:34 AM
Isabel T. said...

I would love to make a baby minnie/mickey theme for a baby shower, & a summer ice cream theme would be nice too. =0 )

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Apryl said...

My idea is pink zebra print. My sister-in-law just did this theme for my neice’s first birthday party and it was adorable!

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Jacqui Fry said...

Hungry Caterpillar theme for my son.

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Tarisa said...

I’m a pink kinda gal, so it would be pink wiith butterflies!

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Chesela said...

I’m DYING to do a fun, frou frou girly table for a baby shower or something!

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Rhiannon said...

I love Harry Potter and think it would make an awesome dessert table. The foods and sweets are so intricately described in the books, recreating them would be such fun!

April 19, 2012 01:35 AM
Bridal Zen said...

Something lovely for a bridal shower? Peonies!! Or maybe a French chic?

April 19, 2012 01:36 AM
Noga said...

I would do an Olympics theme. Only 100 days ’til the 2012 London Olympics!

April 19, 2012 01:36 AM
Arielle said...

I think a Star Trek themed dessert table would be incredibly fun! Just think of all the series, planets, and pastries you’d have to choose from!
Thanks for this awesome giveaway, Bakerella!

April 19, 2012 01:36 AM
Julie said...

Mother’s Day!

April 19, 2012 01:36 AM
Jane said...

A Star Wars theme would be amazing! Can’t wait for Amy’s book to come out — it looks so exciting!

April 19, 2012 01:37 AM
Ali said...

I’m a fan of the off-beat. I think a zombie/halloween theme (cute but gross) would be super fun!

April 19, 2012 01:37 AM
Julie said...

Duct Tape and Father’s Day too!

April 19, 2012 01:37 AM
Sara said...

Sakura blossoms! They are feminine, elegant, and so classy! Plus they look amazing with gold-accented items.

April 19, 2012 01:37 AM
Kim said...

I’ve always wanted to do a RAINBOW theme!!

April 19, 2012 01:38 AM
Julie said...

Monet’s Garden

April 19, 2012 01:38 AM
Shabnam said...

Under the sea!

April 19, 2012 01:38 AM
Julie said...

Honoring Thomas Kincade.

April 19, 2012 01:39 AM
Susan Lyons said...

Sunshine sounds so happy.

April 19, 2012 01:39 AM
Mandi said...

A Dexter theme would be awesome!

April 19, 2012 01:39 AM
Jenny said...

A superhero theme would be fun, especially for the kids.

April 19, 2012 01:40 AM
Camille said...

I just finished reading “Charlotte’s Web” with my students. That would be really fun to theme up on a dessert table!

April 19, 2012 01:40 AM
kourt said...

I think a parisian baby shower would be adorable! I can just picture all the pink, purple and white treats on the table :)

April 19, 2012 01:41 AM
Deea said...


April 19, 2012 01:41 AM
Brandie said...

We did a dessert buffet for my son’s 3rd birthday which was a WIllie Wonka themed party. It was SO much fun! Also did one for a Dr. Seuss baby shower.

April 19, 2012 01:41 AM
Jeannie said...

I think an adult dessert table that caters for the inner child that still loves chocolate and lots of it!

April 19, 2012 01:41 AM
Kristin said...

I did an adorable display of “Star Wars Lego’s” for my son’s 4th birthday party…it was a huge hit w/all!!!

April 19, 2012 01:41 AM
Adi T said...

What an amazing book! I am thinking of a nautical table, yacht style…
Hope to win :)

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Tonja said...

I would do a tropical summer theme! Think of the colors and the flavors that could be used…. yummmmm.

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Dani said...

i think yellow could be a really interesting theme, especially to see how many different variations there could be. bananas, sunshine, peanut m&ms, sunflowers…

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Julie said...

Dandelions – yellow and puffy ones too! Might have to get clever on how to keep the puffy ones from blowing away. Bet there’s someone who could make cake pops look like dandelions!!!

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Brooke E said...

A Mad Hatter/Wonderland theme!

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Rosemarie said...

Hot Air Balloons! Bright, cheery and whimsy works for me

April 19, 2012 01:42 AM
Jennifer Trinidad said...

Steampunk! Lots of Victorian teas and sweets but decorated with an edgy twist

April 19, 2012 01:43 AM
Kate W. said...

I think a game table where all of the pieces are edible and look like the actual game bits. For instance Rubik Cubes made out of petite fours, and those knoted metal puzzle toys made out sugar, and maybe even a playable Candy-land or Life board game.

April 19, 2012 01:43 AM
Brittney said...

I would pick a cowgirl/western theme :o)

April 19, 2012 01:43 AM
Tamara said...

I would do a Netherlands vs america theme. MY sister is coming back from half a year in the US and we live in the netherlands… the colours match so I think it would totally work… licorice and american pancakes, dutch apple pie and cupcakes, need I say more?!

April 19, 2012 01:43 AM
Annina said...

I would go for a green spring themed one – just like I’m currently putting together for my wedding in June :)

April 19, 2012 01:44 AM
Lena said...

I think it would be fun to do a puppy theme!

April 19, 2012 01:44 AM
Rnae said...

A backyard BBQ theme. A round red Coleman grill shaped cake as a centerpiece. So many possibilities for the supporting players…. Like dessert skewers, appetizers, even drinks.

April 19, 2012 01:44 AM
Erin Maree said...

I think a Mr Men and Little Miss dessert table would be cute! You could do various things linked to each of the charcters, Gum balls for Mr Bounce, Sun shaped cookies for Little Miss Sunshine, Jelly cups for Mr Jelly, small cup cakes for Mr Small, Phone shaped cake pops for Little Miss Chatterbox ect it would turn out so cute!

April 19, 2012 01:44 AM
Simona said...

The book looks amazing!
It would be really stylish to do the “Black” dessert table. Or “Red” for a passionate evening:) “Green” would go for example, for a party against Earth enemies. “White” – for wedding (boring though) or baby shower. And so on… “Olive and cyklamen”, “Black and white (zebra)”, “Orange and turquoise” look always amazing together.

April 19, 2012 01:45 AM
Melissa @ Best Frends For Frosting said...

Definitely a 90′s dessert table! Saved by the bell, Full House, Urkel, etc. :). Even if I don’t win this book I absolutely plan on buying my own copy. Can’t wait!

April 19, 2012 01:45 AM
Yvonne said...

I would do a pastry chef table with like the main tools a pastry chef would use like whisk, spatulas, etc. and like a dessert buffet! that would be soo fun!!

April 19, 2012 01:46 AM
Robyn said...

Hmm..I guess a couple of my themes would be a Spongebob Squarepants theme for my 5 year old and a Mario theme for my 7 year old, since those seem to be the current loves at our house!

April 19, 2012 01:46 AM
Julie said...

I was thinking Legos, Twilight (I am a fan!) or Hunger Games. All three I may have to do in the next year or so!

April 19, 2012 01:46 AM
Elle said...

Tropical forest – a lot of lush green with bright, colorful accents like parrots and plates of tropical fruits & fruit based desserts & shakes/smoothies.

April 19, 2012 01:46 AM
Denise O said...

A pattriotic theme…red, white & blue with eagles, flags, military symbols & fireworks!! Like a good old block party with a potluck BBQ where the neighborhood enjoys a warm summer evening together.

April 19, 2012 01:47 AM
Simona said...

I love vintage themed (vintage-style candies and colour theme) dessert table idea.
I have tried a RUSTIC theme myself (just it went not only for desserts)

April 19, 2012 01:47 AM
Pam in Missouri said...

My kids would love the Super Hero theme you suggest. Some other ideas that come to mind: construction, art (I can see a chocolate bar version of “Starry Night”), ancient Egypt (shortbread in the shape of the sphinx). Sure would be fun to win this.

April 19, 2012 01:47 AM
Annie said...

Harry Potter!!

or a pink/green theme =)

April 19, 2012 01:47 AM
Kim Jeffrey said...

Blue’s Clues. Nobody does it anymore and my boys, ages 2 & 3, absolutely LOVE Blue’s Clues. They have both asked for BC bday parties, but it’s sooo hard to find anything.

April 19, 2012 01:48 AM
Megan Joy said...

I would do a Glee themed table, you could serve slushies and have the table decorated with pom poms and music notes, would be a great table to do for the season finale :)

April 19, 2012 01:48 AM
Caroline ong said...

Mothers day is coming up…so anything mothers-related :)

April 19, 2012 01:49 AM
Kristi Werschky said...

We are going to try to do The Avengers theme for my son’s birthday this year!!

April 19, 2012 01:50 AM
Marcela said...

I would love to do a Botticelli’s primavera inspired dessert table. It’s my favourite painting and it has so many wonderful details that would be really pretty recreated in desserts.

April 19, 2012 01:50 AM
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