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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Carrie said...

Treats inspired by great books.

April 20, 2012 08:01 PM
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Erika said...

Wouldent it be fun to do a disney or muppet theme. By the way i love your work or anything you show me! I am also waiting to get a cake pop book!

April 20, 2012 08:04 PM
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Erika said...

Wouldent it be fun to do a disney or muppet theme.

April 20, 2012 08:05 PM
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Shanti said...

Umbrellas!

April 20, 2012 08:06 PM
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Kim said...

Time Travel! Each section could represent a different era. Could start at one end with dinosaur cupcakes and the other end have little spaceship cookies!

April 20, 2012 08:25 PM
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Mckenzie said...

Clovers! Or, better yet, the sunset!

April 20, 2012 08:26 PM
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Mary Smith said...

Family and the celebrations in their Circle of life.

April 20, 2012 08:37 PM
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Susan said...

the Olympics coming up in less than 100 days!

April 20, 2012 08:57 PM
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Missty said...

how about a doll workshop with tutu’s and lots of girly stuff…candy necklaces….

April 20, 2012 09:18 PM
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Kelly said...

Pool Party

April 20, 2012 09:20 PM
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Ellie W. said...

Interactive Angry Birds table. Edible structure. Angry Birds Cake pops. Good fun.

April 20, 2012 09:33 PM
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Stacy said...

I’d love to create an Alice in Wonderland dessert table.

April 20, 2012 09:37 PM
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Cristine Hayes said...

4th of July themed…my daughter was born near July 4, and this year is turning 2 so our theme is Red, White, and 2.

April 20, 2012 09:58 PM
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Titia said...

Old West? I’m surprised that nobody has put that down yet…the cake pops could be cowboy hats, make cupcakes look like horses and make lassos with pull apart twizzlers!:)

April 20, 2012 10:04 PM
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Titia said...

Paris on a starry night!

April 20, 2012 10:10 PM
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Titia said...

Faux food!

April 20, 2012 10:10 PM
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Kaylee Gill said...

This would be perfect for me! I’m going to be planning my graduation soon, and I need a cute theme for my dessert table. I think something in pastels, with lots of fresh flowers, reminiscent of the Marie Antoinette era. And a ton of french macarons and pastries. :)

April 20, 2012 10:11 PM
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Titia said...

Old time candy

April 20, 2012 10:11 PM
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Titia said...

Fairy tales

April 20, 2012 10:11 PM
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Titia said...

Spring

April 20, 2012 10:12 PM
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Titia said...

Well known books

April 20, 2012 10:13 PM
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Titia said...

BBQ

April 20, 2012 10:16 PM
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Titia said...

Penny candy store!

April 20, 2012 10:29 PM
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Titia said...

Hunger Games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 20, 2012 10:30 PM
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Titia said...

Unicorns

April 20, 2012 10:31 PM
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Titia said...

Mythical creatures

April 20, 2012 10:32 PM
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Titia said...

Old hollywood

April 20, 2012 10:33 PM
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Titia said...

The sea

April 20, 2012 10:35 PM
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Michelle F said...

Alice and Wonderland or Candyland, they would be so bright and colorful!

April 20, 2012 10:35 PM
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Titia said...

Sparkly stuff

April 20, 2012 10:37 PM
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Titia said...

The theatre

April 20, 2012 10:38 PM
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Eileen said...

A table of all different types of chocolate that looks like an abundance of fresh fruit.

April 20, 2012 10:45 PM
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Nicole said...

I have 3 boys, so the Superhero Theme is what they are really into right now. Along with Star Wars, Lego Ninjago and Power Rangers Samurai!

April 20, 2012 10:50 PM
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Stacey said...

Lalaloopsy, my daughter is sooooo in love with those dolls!!

April 20, 2012 10:51 PM
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Joyce Stambaugh said...

An alligator theme for a Swamp People watching party!

April 20, 2012 10:51 PM
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Jo said...

Murder/Mystery for a who done it party!… maybe a little gruesome but still fun!

April 20, 2012 10:51 PM
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Meri D. said...

Tea Party with Tea Cup Pigs!

April 20, 2012 11:06 PM
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GB said...

hello kitty!

April 20, 2012 11:25 PM
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Laura said...

Oh, with my 5 year old sons birthday coming up, it would have to be a star wars theme. :)

April 21, 2012 12:01 AM
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Marlene said...

My daughter would love purple zebra.

April 21, 2012 12:16 AM
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rhonda said...

diamonds are a girls best friend

April 21, 2012 12:32 AM
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Caroline said...

Hmm good question! Maybe a batman theme :D

April 21, 2012 12:32 AM
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Kristen H. said...

May Day! I remember celebrating “May day is lei day in Hawaii” when I was a kid growing up. What a fun theme that would be and so colorful!

April 21, 2012 12:34 AM
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Gretchen said...

I love Disney movies and think they would look awesome in a dessert table!

April 21, 2012 12:42 AM
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Brijitt said...

Lego Theme.

April 21, 2012 01:01 AM
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cupcake cutie said...

Bling with zebra stripes and hot pink!

April 21, 2012 01:40 AM
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Mel B said...

Science laboratory theme. Oh the endless possibilities!

April 21, 2012 02:32 AM
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Julia K. said...

“Under the Sea”

April 21, 2012 04:39 AM
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Aaliyah said...

A Hunger games, parisian chic, or harry potter dessert table. I mean, we all like to get our potter on.

April 21, 2012 05:28 AM
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Mel said...

My daughter is having her sixth birthday nex weekend and i am doing the table in hot pink, zebra and barbie silloquehette, i have made party hats, lolly bags, bunting, tissue pom poms, invites and thank yous, straw doodahs, cupcake toppers, placemats and cake edible images and cookie images. it wil have lolly kebabs and pink lollies as well….so my theme is BARBIE but modern barbie

April 21, 2012 06:41 AM
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Estebes said...

A south African one . Why? Because we have so many different treats from each culture it’s just so hard to choose …. From koeksisters to peppermint crisp tarts ‘Lala balle ‘ hard to say but yummy to eat!!!!! Omg I am terrified of bees but you made them look sweet there !

April 21, 2012 07:06 AM
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Titia said...

Winter wonderland

April 21, 2012 07:46 AM
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Titia said...

Spring garden

April 21, 2012 07:47 AM
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Titia said...

Fall harvest

April 21, 2012 07:48 AM
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Titia said...

Pop music

April 21, 2012 07:50 AM
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Titia said...

Candy, candy and more candy!

April 21, 2012 07:51 AM
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Emma Swanston said...

Mad Hatter tea party….

Death by chocolate….

Pretty in Pink…

Oh the possibilities!

If my little girl had her way it would be Dora the explorer or my little pony :)

April 21, 2012 08:04 AM
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katherine said...

my dad’s 70th birthday is coming up this summer and he is a radio broadcaster..would be fun to do a radio-themed table!

April 21, 2012 08:07 AM
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Linda said...

The Cat in the Hat

April 21, 2012 08:41 AM
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Kelsey said...

Baby themed for sure! Our little peanut is 2 months old already!

April 21, 2012 08:55 AM
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Katlyssa said...

i’m thinking of clowns… different kinds of clowns would be cute! a fat one, thin one… clowns with long hair, and a bald one.. a short and a tall one. it would make a fun dessert table!

April 21, 2012 09:02 AM
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Isabelle said...

I think a hunger games themed one would be amazing!

April 21, 2012 09:14 AM
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Nancy Conley said...

Oh my!!!! Oh my!!! This books is soooooo gorgeous. WOWIE! I cannot get over how gorgeous it is. I love to collect cookbooks that are MORE than just cookbooks ~ I like them to be works of art, so I NEED this one, too.

I would do an all “tea” theme. I love all things tea! I miss the “tea room” in my old house SO much. One day I will get to have a “tea room” in my house again . . .

April 21, 2012 09:32 AM
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paolo said...

i would make it like vintage or finding nemo

April 21, 2012 09:34 AM
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Melanie N said...

I would love to do a fun princess theme for my girls-we do their birthdays together. Then follow it up with an Avengers or lego theme for my little man’s big day!

April 21, 2012 09:36 AM
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Ami C said...

Either a Hunger Games Table for my son or a Gymnastics Themed table for my daughter. Also, the end of the school year is coming up and I am a teacher…anything with the colors of the rainbow, beach themed, or summer fun themed would be great for an end of the year party!

April 21, 2012 09:49 AM
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Melinda said...

Dinosaurs would be an awesome theme!

April 21, 2012 10:12 AM
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Lisa Benedict said...

I think a garden theme would be so cute!! You could have flowers, insects etc…

April 22, 2012 11:06 AM
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amy brown said...

elmo. think about it… all that red details, lots of white background and cake platters, and any other primary colors as accents. plus, the sweet red guy himself as the star! elmo!

April 22, 2012 10:02 PM
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Jana R said...

A Royal Birthday! – Princess or Knight inspired

April 23, 2012 09:41 AM
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Kimiko said...

I think a Japanese cherry blossom theme would be soo pretty!

April 24, 2012 03:25 PM
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beansylovescake said...

I think a cute theme would be apples!

April 25, 2012 10:47 PM
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Hege said...

You are amazing…great inspiration for us in little Norway <3

April 29, 2012 02:57 PM
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nihaia qaddura said...

any theme,I would love to know as much there is to learn ,thanks

April 16, 2013 08:50 AM
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Romain said...

Cute

February 4, 2014 05:36 PM
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