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.


Kimberly Marie said...

I would love to see a Nightmare Before Christmas dessert table. :)

April 20, 2012 07:26 AM
Isabelle said...

It depends on the ocassion, but I’ve always wanted to make a fairytale-inspired one :D

April 20, 2012 07:27 AM
Courtney said...

I’m throwing my best friend a Hunger Games-theme birthday party in a couple weeks with desserts and foods representing each District, so I think having a Hunger Games dessert table would add an epic touch to our already pretty monumental party planning.

April 20, 2012 07:28 AM
Kim Patterson said...

I think a fairland would be so sweet!

April 20, 2012 07:42 AM
Bryn said...

Twinkle twinkle little star

April 20, 2012 07:43 AM
taatt said...

i’d like a creamy theme.

April 20, 2012 07:45 AM
Char Miller said...

I would love to see a vintage/retro table filled with candies and goodies from the past..whether it be 50′s / 60′s themed with candy dots on paper and record shaped licorice…. or totally vintage/antique going to the Victorian Age for inspiration

April 20, 2012 07:48 AM
Emilie C said...

I think the classic ”Marie-Antoinette” (frenchy pastel colors and ribbons) always give the perfect touch to bakery !

April 20, 2012 07:51 AM
helen barratt said...

spring in the air!! butterflies, daisy chains, bunnies, daffodils bright colours. park kids playing and ducks on pond !!!!

April 20, 2012 07:53 AM
Jenny said...

Hey! i would love to see a dessert table inspired by The Beatles an London in the 1960s….you know with the Union Jack, some records and cake pops that look like the members of The Beatles :-)

April 20, 2012 07:54 AM
Dar said...

Ocean theme would be cool!

April 20, 2012 07:58 AM
Regan said...

I’m sure it has been done before, but I would do a Harry Potter dessert table with chocolate frogs, butterbeer, pumpkin things and a feature cake of the Whomping Willow!

April 20, 2012 08:05 AM
Chrissy said...

Green for Hope, Future and Past.

I am actually doing a green and pink dessert table for my parents Silver Wedding in June so this could really help for some good ideas.

April 20, 2012 08:06 AM
Nikki said...

I think a World theme would be fantastic- different sweets and treats from around the world

April 20, 2012 08:11 AM
Fatema said...

I would love a theme based on my favorite children’s book “goodnight moon”

April 20, 2012 08:12 AM
janell said...

I want to do a cupcake theme for an upcoming birthday, but now I want to do a honey& bee theme!

April 20, 2012 08:17 AM
adnan said...

I think a will love to make it a formula 1 theme!

April 20, 2012 08:19 AM
Sarah Weinreb said...

Monsters! In fact that’s the theme I have picked for my son’s (aka my little monster) 1st birthday party…5 months from now.

April 20, 2012 08:20 AM
Lindsey R said...

What better theme than a Candyland theme! I think bringing the game to life would be such an experience, especially if you thought the cardboard version was tasty. This time, you actually can eat the trees!

April 20, 2012 08:20 AM
Andi G said...

Saved by the Bell….duh!

April 20, 2012 08:22 AM
kooks said...

horton hears a who

April 20, 2012 08:27 AM
KellyK said...

Alice in Wonderland would be so amazing….
Crossing my fingers…

April 20, 2012 08:28 AM
Regina said...

Rock band!!!

April 20, 2012 08:32 AM
Vicky said...

Since I just made a Mario and Yoshi cake yesterday for a little boy’s birthday party, I think a full Super Mario themed dessert table would be adorable!

April 20, 2012 08:35 AM
Laura said...

I’d love a theme like old-fashioned soda shop!

April 20, 2012 08:35 AM
Rachel S said...

I am always the stark advocate of a Disney Princess theme, but I think a Jane Austen theme would be amazing!

April 20, 2012 08:36 AM
Debbie baker said...

Chocolate for sure!

April 20, 2012 08:40 AM
Debbie Brockman said...

Minkey mouse disney that would be cute for any party.

April 20, 2012 08:40 AM
Abby said...

I think a garden party theme would be fun, or since my sisters and I all play stringed instruments, a classical music theme would be fun too.

April 20, 2012 08:47 AM
amy beth said...

I’ve been compiling notes for my husbands upcoming 40th bday..he’s British so i’m trying to sort out an England theme…lots of options English candies, the Royals, Union Jacks, tea cups, etc..

April 20, 2012 08:53 AM
Kelly W. said...

I think a fun theme for any age would be The Wizard of Oz!

April 20, 2012 08:54 AM
Ligia De Santis said...

cinema theme.

April 20, 2012 08:55 AM
Sherry Turner said...

We are doing a PROM redo for all the adults at our church who either didn’t go to prom or just want to go with their spouse. It’s kinda a retro theme. I think that would be fun to see.

April 20, 2012 08:55 AM
MaryMW in the MN said...

I’m a huge Futurama fan so I think that would make a fantastic dessert table!

April 20, 2012 09:00 AM
Vontresa said...

I would do a table themed after candy favorites…I love candy!!

April 20, 2012 09:02 AM
Raquel Olivo said...

Cinco de Mayo!!!

April 20, 2012 09:03 AM
jess said...

Safari theme

April 20, 2012 09:07 AM
Aggie said...

Star Wars! :)

April 20, 2012 09:10 AM
Sarah L said...

I would probably do a garden party theme for some great girl friends – maybe tea and biscuits style.

April 20, 2012 09:16 AM
Sheila said...

Black, white & Pink Zebra theme. My daughter wants a cake like that and think you could come up with some neat idea’s.

April 20, 2012 09:19 AM
Brandy said...

Rainbows….on a rainbow striped tablecloth and in each color on the tablecloth would be sweets that color…I think that would look really neat…. :)

April 20, 2012 09:19 AM
DebbieD said...

I’ve got three graduations to do so I thought Graduation theme would be a great way to do it. I could use the help from this book. If not, I will definitely get one.

April 20, 2012 09:20 AM
LaceyNB said...

Polkadots would be fun and all the food could be circular in shape.

April 20, 2012 09:21 AM
Bettina said...

Would love to do a flower theme, can just imagine all the colors and different varieties :)

April 20, 2012 09:22 AM
Ruth Allmart said...

I’d love to see a tulips/two lips engagement party. That would be fun!

April 20, 2012 09:22 AM
Margot said...

I would have trouble just making one table… My first thought would be to make a circus themed table!

April 20, 2012 09:23 AM
Laura said...

It would be jungle, with a few Jungle Book or Lion King items :)

April 20, 2012 09:24 AM
Kate said...

I would do a Harry Potter theme and make all the desserts that they mention in the book! Cake pops decorated as Snitches? I think so.

April 20, 2012 09:26 AM
Kristin E in Washington said...

I would love to see a movie night/concession stand type table! Such a beautiful, beautiful book!

April 20, 2012 09:26 AM
Dixie Lee said...

I am planning a bridal shower for my niece in August. This book would be a great resource!! i am thinking Neopolitan – like the ice cream. Sweetapolita has a cake on her blog that inspired me.

April 20, 2012 09:27 AM
Madeline S. said...

OK, so I know it has been done a million times, but my favorite theme would be a candy store. Too old to like candy as much as I do :)!

April 20, 2012 09:28 AM
Jennifer said...

Biology! or Anatomy! (total bio nerd right here) :) Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate the end of finals/college with a nerdy themed party?!?

April 20, 2012 09:34 AM
Lola said...

Boy, good question! I would have to go with a tropical theme for me. But if it was left up to my 3 yo, I’m sure he would pick something like pirates or Cars. haha!

April 20, 2012 09:38 AM
Linda K. said...

Oh there are so many options! I’d have to say a camping theme! Tents, fires, s’mores, ect… There would be so much to work with!

April 20, 2012 09:42 AM
Linda Schoenfeld said...


April 20, 2012 09:42 AM
Michele said...

I think “For the love of Chocolate” would be a great heme. Oh, think of all you could do with that!

April 20, 2012 09:43 AM
Sherri Osborne said...

How about a military theme to honor all of those in the armed forces??

LOVE Amy Atlas!!!

April 20, 2012 09:45 AM
Kaitlyn D said...

Spring! Flowers, bunnies, birds and bees. What a beautiful table it would create!

April 20, 2012 09:46 AM
Jamie said...

I would make Alice in Wonderland!

April 20, 2012 09:49 AM
Alyssa H said...


April 20, 2012 09:49 AM
Carrie Williams said...

Under the Sea theme with the focus on sea turtles. For my daughter who loves turtles so it has to have some pink worked in.

April 20, 2012 09:51 AM
Lizbeth said...

I think a floral theme, with insects included.

April 20, 2012 09:53 AM
Francesca said...

With Earth Day upon us–The Lorax would be sweet…

April 20, 2012 10:01 AM
shannon said...

I think a diorama of jurassic park would be ammmaaaaazing. maybe even throw in a volcano. cinnamon could coat the outside with crushed gramcrackers as pathways or dirt roads.

April 20, 2012 10:02 AM
Alicia said...

I’d love to see one for Relay for Life! I’m a committee member and team captain and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see one that celebrates our fight against cancer and our survivors. Also honoring those who have lost their battle.

April 20, 2012 10:02 AM
Kelly said...

I’d have to go with Star Wars. My youngest son is all about Star Wars. All. The. Time.

April 20, 2012 10:03 AM
Christine Dahlman said...

PINK! Just a pink, sparkly explosion of confections! That would be an incredible sight :o)

April 20, 2012 10:08 AM
jan S said...

bring on summer party!

April 20, 2012 10:08 AM
Areej said...

I would like to do a graduation theme!!!
One of the very nice moments in person’s life

April 20, 2012 10:09 AM
Virginia said...

As I plan a trip to San Francisco, I would want to make a city with bridges and line them up with edible cars, bicyclists and pedestrians !

Thanks for the opportunity ! :)

April 20, 2012 10:10 AM
Robin Butzke said...

My theme would be a picnic. How cool would that be with red check gingham tblecloth and napkins, ants made of licorice…strawberry shortcake…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

April 20, 2012 10:15 AM
Rosie said...

I have three boys that play baseball, so I would love to make a Yankees theme dessert table for them. :)

April 20, 2012 10:15 AM
Laska said...

I think a ladybug themed dessert table would be so cute!

April 20, 2012 10:20 AM
Carrie said...

surf safari!

April 20, 2012 10:20 AM
Shannon K. said...

I’d love to see an Olympic themed dessert table for this summer’s Olympic Games!

April 20, 2012 10:23 AM
Crystal A said...

I think owls would look lovely.

April 20, 2012 10:24 AM
Amira said...

we raise honey bees and I have always wanted those pans and that book it great I would love it!!!

April 20, 2012 10:24 AM
Allison said...

Parisian tea party! =)

April 20, 2012 10:25 AM
Jessica said...

A Hunger Games table because I am a huge fan!! Or a beach party inspired table because this great weather we are having in Cali is making me excited for summer!

April 20, 2012 10:26 AM
Jessica C. said...

Winnie the Pooh & the Hundred Acre Woods. I’d not heard of Amy’s blog before coming to your site & I love it. So many great ideas, thanks!!

April 20, 2012 10:27 AM
Rachel said...

Rainbow!! Or glitter or something equally sparkly

April 20, 2012 10:30 AM
Christa said...

I’m doing a construction vehicles theme for my sons 2nd birthday. Dirt cake and creatively styled cake pops (attempting bulldozers!) are on the menu. :)

April 20, 2012 10:31 AM
Toni said...

I love dessert tables – they are so much fun and Amy Atlas is amazing. Since the Kentucky Derby is coming up, I think a Derby Dessert Table would be fun!

April 20, 2012 10:41 AM
Marisa said...

Oh my gosh the possibilities could be endless! But I think that a Christmas theme would probably be the cutest. There are sooo many possible things you could make and get creative with. Christmas is also one of the most jolly times of the year!

April 20, 2012 10:42 AM
Kaaren M said...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

April 20, 2012 10:43 AM
Jennifer said...

I think an English tea or High tea themed dessert table would be yummy and very shabby chic!

April 20, 2012 10:44 AM
Paige B. said...

I love to travel, so maybe some international themed dessert tray

April 20, 2012 10:44 AM
Liz A said...

I think it could be fun to do a zombie-themed table for a Halloween party. With brains, and open graves, maybe chainsaws some how?

April 20, 2012 10:46 AM
Erika Reed said...

I love a beach or swimming pool party theme!

April 20, 2012 10:46 AM
Rosemarie said...

I adore her work! I’m a super-fan of her recipes and decorations, her ideas are very very lovely!
I would like any work with romantics ideas, flowers, hearts, I adore flowers…..
I’d like to get his book! Ohhh my Good. It’s fantastic!
Thank you!

April 20, 2012 10:48 AM
Fatima Hamdan said...

I would do a floral theme (spring blossom) for my sister’s surprise party!

April 20, 2012 10:52 AM
Susan said...

My son wants a Skylander birthday party so I would love some great ideas for that!

April 20, 2012 10:55 AM
Janayna said...

Watermelons….to celebrate summer!

April 20, 2012 10:55 AM
lynnie said...

charlie and the chocolate factory!

April 20, 2012 11:02 AM
Janet said...

A carnival theme

April 20, 2012 11:03 AM
Beth said...


April 20, 2012 11:03 AM
Kristy :: Make Life Cute said...

“Frost Yourself” dessert table – glamour, diamonds, sparkle, bling. Yep, totally got the idea from How to Lose a Guys in 10 Days.. bahaha :)

April 20, 2012 11:07 AM
mary norman said...

well, i have a son that loves super heros….. so super hero it is.
thank for the chance,

April 20, 2012 11:08 AM
Mona said...

This book looks great….I’d love to have a copy! I once did an Asian themed dinner party for my daughter’s birthday and it was a huge hit.

April 20, 2012 11:10 AM
Marisa said...

Oh my gosh i just saw the comment for Charlie and the Chocolate factory and that would be the BEST!

April 20, 2012 11:10 AM
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