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.


Debbi said...


April 20, 2012 02:20 PM
jenb said...

an alphabet theme, either for a baby shower or birthday. The sweets could be shaped like the letters or shaped after things that start with the letters.

April 20, 2012 02:21 PM
wenders said...

Oh, I have that Beehive cake pan and would love to get ideas on how to use it more. But, my daughter LOVES OWLS, so that would be an awesome dessert table idea.

April 20, 2012 02:21 PM
Libby Bone said...

Here’s an idea that could be fun and challenging – Science Fiction, a la “The Big Bang Theory” TV show. Sparkles, and numbers, and test tubes… oh my!

April 20, 2012 02:24 PM
Stevie said...

Dr. Suess would be an awesome tablescape with desserts. Oh Say Can You Say comes to mind as a favorite…tons of different ideas!!

April 20, 2012 02:37 PM
Connie said...

I love the Dancing With The Stars idea. Think of all the bling. But I would love to do a Winnie the Pooh theme. My old childhood friend. Emphasizing Tigger of course my bestie!

April 20, 2012 02:37 PM
JulieC said...

I LOVE chocolate so…Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

April 20, 2012 02:39 PM
Katie B. said...


April 20, 2012 02:39 PM
Michelle said...

I think the Mexican Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos – would make a very cool table. Like halloween, but much more colorful!

April 20, 2012 02:41 PM
lesa j said...

Carnival would be fun!

April 20, 2012 02:44 PM
Luxmy said...

rockin’ chick. :D

April 20, 2012 02:47 PM
Lori said...

Old world bavarian theme.

April 20, 2012 02:50 PM
Cat said...

I would make a frog/ pond themed table!

April 20, 2012 02:53 PM
miriam said...

Nautical- so neat & crisp

April 20, 2012 02:58 PM
Badette Pacheco said...

Avengers-inspired dessert table… Like cupcakes topped with captain america’s shield made with fondant.. ;)

April 20, 2012 03:00 PM
Katie Munson said...

Harry Potter please!!

April 20, 2012 03:00 PM
Maria said...

I’m obsessed with Alice In Wonderland, so that would totally be my theme.

April 20, 2012 03:10 PM
Amy Woolace said...

I Love this Book! I think that a fun and educational dessert table would be geology themed. Thanks for the inspiration!

April 20, 2012 03:12 PM
debbie a said...

Fun at the Beach!!

April 20, 2012 03:16 PM
Emily said...

I think a ‘Starting School’ or ‘Back to School’ theme would be great to kick off a school year, especially for new or nervous kids!

April 20, 2012 03:17 PM
misa said...

Eco positive theme. Happy green colours, plants, flowers

April 20, 2012 03:17 PM
Keshet Starr said...

I’d love to read this!

April 20, 2012 03:25 PM
Christine said...

Heaven theme…with clouds and angels and rainbows!

April 20, 2012 03:27 PM
Gabriela said...

Love this book!!!!! Can’t wait to have it.

wow i would like to do so many thingssss!!!!

Princess Land, as my niece would love!

April 20, 2012 03:35 PM
Karen A said...

I would spring for a classics books related theme!
I love reading and thinking about bringing colorful covers to life in sweets sounds tantalizing :)

April 20, 2012 03:35 PM
Corynn L said...

Horses or rodeo, so much i could think to do their. Cupcakes with fondant cowboy hats on top, chocolate rope cookies, and who knows what eslse!

April 20, 2012 03:36 PM
Kelly said...

I did a Royal Wedding Tea last year and had so much fun working on the table display.

April 20, 2012 03:38 PM
Brendag said...

I think a Fairy theme party would be so cool, so many fairies to choose from Woodland, snow fairies etc

April 20, 2012 03:39 PM
Nicole said...

I don’t think that Wall-E gets enough love! I love Wall-E and think it would make a very interesting dessert spread.

April 20, 2012 03:40 PM
mona said...

I think a persian theme would be cool!!!

April 20, 2012 03:40 PM
Carrie said...

Stripes, Polka-Dot and Plaid, patterns are the best :)!

April 20, 2012 03:42 PM
Kat D.R. said...

Green Bay Packers!

April 20, 2012 03:46 PM
Selena L said...

I would hands-down, make a Harry Potter themed dessert tables. Just think of the fun, creative, unique desserts you could have!

April 20, 2012 03:50 PM
Michelle said...

I would go with a hawaiian theme!

April 20, 2012 03:50 PM
Laura said...

Since I’m graduating college tomorrow, I think graduation would be a great theme. I’ve seen cupcakes made to look like caps and cookies to look like tassels.

April 20, 2012 03:52 PM
Brandy said...

We are having a 80′s Prom themed party this summer. I would love to have dessert themed table for everyone. Neon colors, 80′s candy, etc.

April 20, 2012 03:55 PM
Miss Rachel P. said...

My younger brother graduates this year and I want to throw him a Sherlock Holmes themed party! {We are both fanatics about these stories! Lol!}. So I am planning an entire table of desserts and other foodie things that are all mysterious and fun and “Sherlock Holmes” like. :D It’s going to be a blast! :D

April 20, 2012 03:55 PM
Bethany said...

Kay Thompson’s “Eloise”! I want to throw it at the Plaza!!

April 20, 2012 03:56 PM
Laurie said...

A summer watermelon dessert table would be super cute. I’m planning my daughter’s 4th birthday right now, so a Max & Ruby table would be fun too.

April 20, 2012 03:59 PM
laura said...

I’d have to say a dog theme!

April 20, 2012 04:01 PM
Rho said...

A cat theme would be fun. Or a beach theme for summer.

April 20, 2012 04:07 PM
jenn said...

I was thinking that a “technology” theme would be fun.. maybe a cake in the shape of an iPad, iPhone themed cupcakes… I work at a tech company and could see this being really cute for an office party!

April 20, 2012 04:16 PM
Keely said...

Hedgehog, just because I don’t think it’s been done before and they really are cute.

April 20, 2012 04:17 PM
alyssa said...

Rustic French countryside!

April 20, 2012 04:21 PM
Anonymous said...

Games! Candy land, monopoly, clue…

April 20, 2012 04:21 PM
Serenity said...

Lady Bug!

April 20, 2012 04:22 PM
Olivia J. said...

oooh so cool! I would make a pastel theme! I loooove pastel colors so this would be cute and pretty for spring!

April 20, 2012 04:25 PM
Teresa said...

Love it! I can’t wait to see the book! I would like to do a beginning of summer theme.

April 20, 2012 04:25 PM
Olivia J. said...


April 20, 2012 04:26 PM
Tanya G said...

I think a circus theme would be fun and super cute!

April 20, 2012 04:26 PM
Grace said...

A color wheel dessert table!

April 20, 2012 04:29 PM

I think a Vintage Sweets/Old Time Candy Shop/Soda Fountain theme could be REALLY cute….

April 20, 2012 04:29 PM
Carey said...

A construction site. I did that for a boy baby shower once! (The daddy is an engineer). Fun!

April 20, 2012 04:29 PM
Theresa said...

I would have a themed dessert table of animals or maybe a zoo theme. You could decorate with animal patterns and even make cute little figures out of candy too!

April 20, 2012 04:31 PM
Charice said...

A “favorite children’s book” theme ……. Very Hungry catepillar with fruit and cake pops to make the catepillar, “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” and have cookies, “If you Give a Cat a Cupcake” and have cupcakes. “One Fish, Two Fish (Dr Seuss book) and serve goldfish, “Peter Rabbit & Friends” and serve a vegetable tray, “Kisses” and serve Hershey Kisses, etc. You get the idea :)

April 20, 2012 04:37 PM
Nicole said...

I would love to see a comic book themed table!

April 20, 2012 04:37 PM
John said...

An ocean themed dessert table would be cool!

April 20, 2012 04:38 PM
larissa said...

I would like a chocolate&peper theme :)

April 20, 2012 04:39 PM
larissa said...

I would like a zoo theme :)

April 20, 2012 04:41 PM
Meredith Griffin said...

A picnic theme! How fun would that be?! Make ants and bugs out of cookies and chocolate (yum!). Use the super cute red checkered tablecloth, cupcake burgers, sugar cookie fries (wonder where I got THAT idea from? haha). Possibilities are endless!

April 20, 2012 04:46 PM
Lisa said...

I would make a pirate theme!

April 20, 2012 04:53 PM
Stacy said...

I would do Wizard of Oz!

April 20, 2012 04:55 PM
Riley Hammond said...

Shades of coral

April 20, 2012 04:58 PM
Mai said...

cirque du soleil theme – any from their shows; it’s quite amazing…

April 20, 2012 04:58 PM
Kristen said...

i would love to do a breakfast at tiffany’s themed party!!!

April 20, 2012 04:58 PM
Mary Beth Walsh said...

I’ll pick an Art Nouveau theme

April 20, 2012 04:58 PM
Anonymous said...

Nyan cat!!! Which means rainbows and cat everywhere :D

April 20, 2012 05:03 PM
Lia Tumkus said...

Nyan cat!!! Which means rainbows and cat everywhere :D

April 20, 2012 05:04 PM
Shana said...

HORSES! I have a horse show coming up with a dessert potluck and wouldn’t it be fun to have a themed table?!

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

I would do a Skyrim theme: Sweet Rolls, cookies that have an arrow through the knee, horned helms.

April 20, 2012 05:14 PM
Katie Haysom said...

Yay for Amy!

And for a dessert themed table, I’d go all out with Tea Party desserts. There’s nothing more adorable than a little bite of sweet heaven!

April 20, 2012 05:19 PM
Nee Nee said...

Aggieland! (my alma mater!)

April 20, 2012 05:19 PM
sara said...

i love a Chocolate themed table!!!


April 20, 2012 05:22 PM
Jana Jackson said...

My daughter loves sports and my son will be graduating from high school next month so either one of those would be my pick.

April 20, 2012 05:39 PM
Brie said...

I think a Margaritaville-themed table would be super cute!

April 20, 2012 05:44 PM
Janine said...

I need to figure out one for a 2 year olds dinosaur themed birthday party. It’s 4 months away and it doesn’t feel like enough time.

April 20, 2012 05:48 PM
Hawley said...

I think a table and desserts designed with vintage toys and candies would be so cool!

April 20, 2012 05:53 PM
Jami said...

I would love to do a retro themed tea party!

April 20, 2012 05:57 PM
Jackie said...

I would like to do a girly underwater theme for my daughter’s first birthday.

April 20, 2012 05:58 PM
Meredyth said...

I would love to expand my knowledge of crafting with this book!

April 20, 2012 05:58 PM
Meredyth said...

Sorry. Didnt answer the question. i would do a noah’s ark theme!

April 20, 2012 05:59 PM
Caroline said...

Hello Kitty!

April 20, 2012 06:00 PM
carisma said...

My dessert table would be based on the books i fell in love with, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. :)

April 20, 2012 06:06 PM
lindsay g said...

I would love to do a Hunger Games table!!

April 20, 2012 06:10 PM
Courtney said...

Definitely Hunger Games! You could get really creative with what you put on it!

April 20, 2012 06:13 PM
Maggie said...

I’m doing a circus/carnival birthday party for my boys this summer, so I’d love to start brainstorming some of that :)

April 20, 2012 06:17 PM
Brenna said...

Muppet Theme!

April 20, 2012 06:20 PM
Danielle said...

Ocean themed. I love to decorate with fish!

April 20, 2012 06:25 PM
Jacqueline Vargas said...

I would pick a beach theme with beach balls, umbrellas, shovels and pails, sunglasses, flipflops, & to eat I would make “sand” dollars, hot dogs, hambuegers, fruity drinks, Colorful candy in lil pails with shovel scoops, & blue jello with whip cream in colorful cups.

April 20, 2012 06:27 PM
Chris Schlarbaum said...

I would think that a citrus theme would be great. I like how all the colors go well together and the refreshing scent from the fruit.

April 20, 2012 06:35 PM
Sandra said...

Would love to do a golf-themed table.

April 20, 2012 06:42 PM
Marina(the baker) said...

I would do a football table or any other sport. Me and my family LOVE sports! We get very competitive. Lol

April 20, 2012 06:46 PM
Linda S said...

Spring flower theme. So fresh, bright and beautiful!

April 20, 2012 07:01 PM
Pamela said...

I think it would be totally fun to do a bucket list kind of theme party, lol. You know, all the fun, exciting things to do before you…well you know. Skydiving, hang gliding, swimming with sharks…a light celebration of life.

April 20, 2012 07:10 PM
Anne Schroeder said...

I would love to see a nautical theme dessert table! I just love the water!

April 20, 2012 07:32 PM
Michael Ann said...

I think a sailboat theme would be fun!

April 20, 2012 07:36 PM
Rachel said...

Swamp theme, with a tree stump cake and a bowl of rootbeer gummy worms!

April 20, 2012 07:40 PM
Megan Elizabeth S. said...

I would absolutely love to see a summer or garden theme.

April 20, 2012 07:57 PM
Lexie said...

I would have to say fashion/jewelry! Every girl’s dream. :)

April 20, 2012 07:59 PM
Megan Elizabeth S. said...

I would absolutely die for a horse theme

April 20, 2012 08:00 PM
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