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.


Rachel said...

My aesthetic is retro western. I would *love* a dessert table covered in rodeo, old-time western, 1950s children themed fun. I’m getting giddy just thinking about it!

April 20, 2012 11:14 AM
aishahias said...

I would love to make a pink and chocolate themed dessert table :D

April 20, 2012 11:14 AM
Brienne Frank said...

I would love to do a girly baby shower dessert table with a gold, lace, and pearls are only for the sweetest little girls!

April 20, 2012 11:15 AM
Mia said...

I want to do a roller derby themed dessert table. I haven’t quite figured out how that’s going to work yet :)

April 20, 2012 11:16 AM
sharla said...

laker theme! in honor of the upcoming nba playoffs. :)

April 20, 2012 11:27 AM
Lynn E said...

How much fun would a “The Voice: Finale” theme be? Or maybe even “Glee” or “So You Think You Can Dance”? I love to host viewing parties for season premiere’s and finales! I really need this book!

April 20, 2012 11:36 AM
Yvette Melvin said...

Butterflies!!! My daughter just loves them. And I do too. I would love to win a copy of this book!

April 20, 2012 11:36 AM
Kim said...

Butterflies and Dragonflies! Love them!

April 20, 2012 11:43 AM
Emily said...

something like a rustic vintage display with bunch of DIY decorations would be great!

April 20, 2012 11:45 AM
Heather said...

My daughter is in love with all things Disney Princess and her birthday is coming up, so I love to see a dessert table with that theme. Another great idea would be teacher appreciation.

Know what I would love even more? Winning that awesome book!

April 20, 2012 11:46 AM
Cecily said...

Sci-Fi would be so fun. Star Trek would be great.

April 20, 2012 11:48 AM
Kristin said...

Since it’s supposedly the end of the world this year, I’d think it would be hilarious to do a theme mocking this supposed disaster.

April 20, 2012 11:48 AM
Anna Z said...

Survivor / deserted island theme!

April 20, 2012 11:52 AM
Beth said...

Flowers – Flowers – All kinds of different flowers – with loads of colors!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to get started!!!!!!!!!

April 20, 2012 11:53 AM
Crystal V. said...

I think a Peacock theme would be so beautiful…you can make it fun and ellegant all at the same time.

April 20, 2012 11:53 AM
zlj said...

i would make a military-themed dessert table to welcome my brother home from his deployment! camo cookies, a cake shaped like an mre package, and beverages for hydration!!

April 20, 2012 11:54 AM
Nina said...

All Pink! Not the most creative but it is my favorite color. :-)

April 20, 2012 11:54 AM
Shannon said...

Lego Star Wars! It’s the ONLY theme that seems to be going on at my house lately!

April 20, 2012 11:56 AM
Barbara said...

my bug and biology voice wins out: a close-up of a rainforest floor–the soil, mushrooms [ok, meringue fungi], vines, understory, and trees all done in sugar. and of course the wildlife–take out your ancient “creepy crawlers” kits.

April 20, 2012 11:57 AM
candilily said...

Orchids! Mine are blooming beautifully and would be great for luncheon, wedding , shower etc.

April 20, 2012 11:57 AM
Lindsey said...

A doctor/med school themed one. My husband graduates next year and I already want to start planning a party!

April 20, 2012 11:57 AM
Jeanette G. said...

A board game theme would be great! Something like monopoly or Life would be very fun.

April 20, 2012 11:58 AM
Rachel said...

Great British picnic theme

April 20, 2012 11:59 AM
Megan C. said...

Something magical and colorful. A rainbow display with unicorns and fairies would be adorable!

April 20, 2012 12:04 PM
Kristina said...

This has sparked a family conversation. My nerdy-online game addicted husband to be (who, I should also mention that I love dearly) says: World of Warcraft. lol My 3 year old daughter says: Barney or Puppies. My 4 year old daughter says Barbie Fairytopia AND I say that Alice in Wonderland would be the most awesome display ever. So many nice colors and whimsical fantanty-ish things to play around with. AWESOME.

April 20, 2012 12:04 PM
Rebecca Ednie said...

My sons name is Theodore aka Teddy and my BFF had a teddy bear baby shower for us. A dessert table themed with teddy bears would be awesome.

April 20, 2012 12:05 PM
Shannon said...

My male friend and his wife just announced their pregnancy. So I would love to see a non-girly coed baby shower party — with “cravings” as a theme.

April 20, 2012 12:07 PM
Michelle said...

I would love to make a picnic themed dessert table for a fun summer get together! What a good time that would be!

April 20, 2012 12:16 PM
Katie said...

Washington State University Cougars or Seattle Seahawks! We have a lot of get togethers revolving around these two football teams.

April 20, 2012 12:17 PM
Jessica said...

I would do a purple theme! For my wedding!

April 20, 2012 12:19 PM
Debbi B said...

I think a “springtime” theme would be fun.

April 20, 2012 12:21 PM
Lindsay said...

I think a Halloween theme would be so much fun!

April 20, 2012 12:23 PM
Stacy said...

Well recently there has been a lot of coworkers and friends who are expecting babies so I have baby showers on the mind. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

April 20, 2012 12:26 PM
Joe said...

Mario theme!

April 20, 2012 12:26 PM
Ninna Berries said...

Macarons + eclairs + cupcakes = Marie Antoinette dessert table!!!

April 20, 2012 12:29 PM
Lori Griffin said...

Watermelons! What could be better for summer fun? My daughter’s birthday is coming up in June and I am going to have a watermelon party for her! Think of the games: seed spitting contest, greased watermelon in the pool. The dessert could be heavenly incorporating watermelons in them and the colors great for boys or girls!

April 20, 2012 12:32 PM
Charli Campbell said...

I am doing a “cute as a button” baby shower next weekend and a Peter pan birthday in July. I love going all out for someone’s special day.

April 20, 2012 12:35 PM
Stephanie S said...

I think a Sugar Skull theme would be pretty awesome to do. There’s a lot of colors to work with.

April 20, 2012 12:36 PM
Haley said...

As a veterinary student I feel like an animal or puppy theme would be adorable, especially since we love having dinner parties with our classmates!

April 20, 2012 12:38 PM
Elizabeth said...

Four Seasons!

April 20, 2012 12:38 PM
Tawnya said...

I would love to see an April Fool’s Day spread, where all the desserts look like other non-dessert foods. What fun!

April 20, 2012 12:40 PM
Kristin said...

Candy Land – the board game.

April 20, 2012 12:45 PM
Brittany said...

Well Id have to say Minnie Mouse of course! Since I’m doing one for my daughters 2nd birthday! :)

April 20, 2012 12:46 PM
Andrea said...

I think a Candy Land theme would be fun, lots of old fashioned Candies and plenty of colors!

April 20, 2012 12:47 PM
Bernie Herran said...

for my girls, a Disney princess theme :)

April 20, 2012 12:49 PM
Miranda said...

I would love to see a Dallas Cowboys theme dessert table! My husband is a HUGE Cowboys fan and his birthday is coming up in June. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

April 20, 2012 12:52 PM
chantelle said...

I love kids themes so much play doh, light brite, easy bake-the good stuff from when we were kids!

April 20, 2012 12:52 PM
Jennifer W said...

I had a science birthday party for my daughter that was a hit. I think a dessert table in that theme would be fun to create!

April 20, 2012 12:55 PM
Monica said...

Just had my first daughter 7 weeks ago…in addition to 3 precious sons, we are complete!!! I had an idea to do a “Candy Land” theme for a first bday, since this will be the first time I do a bday for a “Princess” …or maybe a ” Sweet Shoppe” theme all in one color….desserts, goodies, treats and candies all in shades of pink and yellow…so sweet…literally!!!:)

April 20, 2012 12:57 PM
Pamela said...

I think a cool theme would be “Space”. Like black holes, stars, UFOs, the milky way. etc.

April 20, 2012 12:58 PM
Melania said...

A lamb theme!

April 20, 2012 01:02 PM
Chari said...

I think a citrus theme would be fresh and springy.

April 20, 2012 01:03 PM
Martha Carr said...

Owls…my daughter just loves them. It’s the in thing currently.

April 20, 2012 01:03 PM
Aryen M.A. said...

I would love to throw a “Red Balloon” inspired birthday party!

April 20, 2012 01:05 PM
Jeanne Ostlund said...

I’d like to have a Mardi Gras theme, using King Cake as the base for purple, green and gold cake balls!

April 20, 2012 01:05 PM
andilu said...

Luau…gotta get in a summertime mood :)

April 20, 2012 01:06 PM
Rounice said...

Kids theme,playful theme, or candy, caribbean theme

April 20, 2012 01:07 PM
Ann Thompson said...

Nothing better than a wedding to do a dessert table. They are especially fun for an outdoor wedding. I have also seen them done at reharsal dinners (with a western theme) and it was really cute.

April 20, 2012 01:08 PM
Teresa S. said...

I would love to do a party with a giraffe theme!

April 20, 2012 01:11 PM
Lena Goodwin said...

I recently went through a craze of remaking desserts, like twinkies, and hostess cupcakes from scratch, using no chemicals and nothing premade. I would love to do a display that looks like the boxes in the stores, but has all my homemade goodies.

April 20, 2012 01:16 PM
Marianne said...

Candy land! :)

April 20, 2012 01:18 PM
jessica said...

mickey mouse! touch of turquoise colour!

April 20, 2012 01:19 PM
bobo said...


April 20, 2012 01:20 PM
jessica said...

mickey mouse!

April 20, 2012 01:20 PM
jessica said...

mickey mouse

April 20, 2012 01:22 PM
Stephanie said...

Peter Rabbit…I’d love to do one for a baby shower.

April 20, 2012 01:25 PM
Maribel said...

A whimsical mad hatter tea party!

April 20, 2012 01:25 PM
Esther Heavnzbrat said...

Dream Land theme – i envision something sweet and swirly.

btw: that initial photo made my jaw drop and heart beat excitedly!

April 20, 2012 01:29 PM
Wendy said...

Woodland creature theme or a mountain (skiing) theme!! Both of which I LOVE!!

April 20, 2012 01:31 PM
Jenn G said...

I’m inspired to do a “Vintage” themed table for my husband’s upcoming 50th birthday party! I would do different decades since his birth and theme the candies and desserts on what was in vogue at the time. Now i must get my hands on one of these books! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

April 20, 2012 01:34 PM
Angela said...

Wow, people are so creative! Being a mom of 2 little boys that love cars, I’d say Grand Prix racing!

April 20, 2012 01:34 PM
Jen said...

I agree with a few other people that a Wizard of Oz theme would be awesome – it’s one of my all time favorite movies and with all the color in Oz and the Emerald City I think the possibilities are endless :)

April 20, 2012 01:38 PM
Jonathan said...

World of Warcraft would make for a really awesome dessert table!

April 20, 2012 01:40 PM
Diana said...

Something with lots of bright neon colors would be fun.

April 20, 2012 01:40 PM
C.B. said...

Hmm…a fun theme for a dessert table? Well an old-fashioned circus theme, of course! Flying trapeze, circus banners, rhinestone costumes, tightrope walkers, cotton candy…!

April 20, 2012 01:44 PM
Candace said...

I’ve done a ladybug themed food/dessert table, Rock Star, and will be doing a Lego one soon for my son’s 6th birthday. I’d LOVE to have this book to give me more ideas and inspiration!

April 20, 2012 01:44 PM
Lisa P said...

A nursery ryhme theme would be fun for a baby shower.

April 20, 2012 01:44 PM
Ashley Larissa said...

I think an awesome dessert table theme would be Space Exploration. I made some super cute Saturn cupcakes not too long ago!

April 20, 2012 01:47 PM
jessica Goodwin said...

i think a garden theme would be cute! My soon to be 3 year old would love it!

April 20, 2012 01:48 PM
Shelby said...

Movie Night theme!


Gardening theme… lots of flowers and leaves and insects!

April 20, 2012 01:51 PM
kimsch said...

Cotton candy, airy, fluffy, light, pastelly.

April 20, 2012 01:53 PM
Erika said...

I’ve been dying to do a candyland themed birthday. the dessert table would take on the look of the board with the actual candies in place of the images on the board. Each “square” would be a cupcake…ah! my mind is all made up and now i just need an excuse to do it….!!!

April 20, 2012 01:54 PM
Laura P. said...

Children’s Literature theme would be fun! Since that’s such a broad category, maybe narrow it down by awards? Such as Newberry Winners, Coretta Scott King Awards & Honors, Caldecott Medlas, etc.

April 20, 2012 01:56 PM
Tara said...

Oh, me! Oh, my! I got caught up in Amy Altas’ designs a few weeks ago when she had the bloggger scavenger hunt! The Honey, I Love You table is so creative; my daughter had a Beehive cake brought to her by friends for her twelfth birthday, so fun! I think blossoms and flowers would make a great theme for a dessert table! Love that spring is in the air! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

April 20, 2012 01:59 PM
Jenn P said...

50′s sock hop, would be fun

April 20, 2012 02:02 PM
Jenn P said...

50′s sock hop would be fun!

April 20, 2012 02:03 PM
Tina said...

How about a Border Collie theme??

April 20, 2012 02:03 PM
Kayla C said...

Sea Life!

April 20, 2012 02:03 PM
Abby said...

I started pondering an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter’s Tea Party sort of vibe this morning while poking around pinterest …. I think that would be an amazing theme to work with!

April 20, 2012 02:06 PM
Deb said...

Halloween is my favorite holiday so I could go crazy with that theme! but also garden club, 50′s diner or movie nite would all make great themes too!

April 20, 2012 02:07 PM
Diana said...

I would do 50′s theme with Chantilly lace, pink bubble gum
45 records made into candy dishes and soda bottles!

April 20, 2012 02:08 PM
Pamela said...

I want to do a “Sprinkle” theme for a friends baby shower, and have little ducks and umbrellas, and rain hats and boots with lots of yellows and blues.

April 20, 2012 02:11 PM
Sara said...

I think a Captain Planet theme would be cool, especially if you’re doing something for earth day. Each treat could be related to the Planeteers powers =)

April 20, 2012 02:11 PM
Cristina said...

Moulin Rouge!

April 20, 2012 02:11 PM
Katie said...

I think it would be cute to do a Halloween table, and use a bunch of ghosts and witches! super cute!!

April 20, 2012 02:13 PM
amy b. said...

Circus, so many cute colors.

April 20, 2012 02:13 PM
Karen said...

Video game theme! or Disney/Pixar theme!

April 20, 2012 02:15 PM
Margo said...

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-That chocolate river could be a drink fountain, the edible teacups, the giant lollipops , the gumballs and gumdrops-OMG there would be so much you could do with that theme-Little edible oompa loompas! Adorable!

April 20, 2012 02:17 PM
Gretta said...

I think an owl table would be so cute…especially with all the cute little owl designs out there now!

April 20, 2012 02:18 PM
amber durazo said...

I like to see all different types of dessert tables.. One that I think would be really cute and fun… 50′s diner theme.. Or even like a all 80′s type of dessert table.. I haven’t seen 80′s theme yet..

@ #99 above^ the mermaid beach theme song very cute.. Great idea!!

April 20, 2012 02:19 PM
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