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.


Nicole Ambata said...

Love a hunger games theme!

April 19, 2012 01:51 AM
Miss Overballe said...

chemistry… definately chemistry!

April 19, 2012 01:52 AM
Nicole said...

I would say Disney and Jack Skellington!

April 19, 2012 01:52 AM
Tammy said...

I have visions of making your super bowl table with Eagles colors instead of that Steelers theme… But it is not football season, it is baseball seasons, so a cute baseball table would go over big in our house!

April 19, 2012 01:54 AM
Jamie C. said...

Hello Kitty!!! :D

April 19, 2012 01:54 AM
Nicole said...

I say Disney and Jack Skellington

April 19, 2012 01:54 AM
Isabelle said...

i’ d love a ” alice in wonderland theme” card half painted rose, cheshire smile…what fun!

April 19, 2012 01:56 AM
Yaneri -Sweet Baker said...

I love to do a The Backyardigan’s theme. My little nephew will be 2 in September. I can see all fun colors being displayed!!

April 19, 2012 01:56 AM
Michelle said...

What a cool book!

April 19, 2012 01:57 AM
Melissa G said...

I would love to do a Woodland Fairy theme, or Fancy Nancy theme-all influenced by my 7 year old! Or if I was doing a grown up party. Maybe a cheese and wine table with some chocolate wine. Mmmmm! :)

April 19, 2012 01:58 AM
Charlotte Carr said...

I think a spring/summer combo would be beautiful. Brite colors, yellows, oranges, blues…to combine serenity & fun for all.

April 19, 2012 01:58 AM
Janice Gendel said...

How about Seven Wonders of the World.. Something different… Unique..

April 19, 2012 01:58 AM
Judith said...

Books! Just think of a wonderful Roald Dahl-themed table – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory alone would be awesome!

April 19, 2012 01:59 AM
Erica G. said...

it be really cool to make an ocean/aquarium themed table, but that’s probably ’cause I volunteer at the local one in my area and they host parties there on occasion which always gets me thinking haha :]

that or a zoo themed one ’cause I also work at the san diego zoo :]

April 19, 2012 01:59 AM
Sadee Albiar said...

It would be fun to see a Lion King theme!

April 19, 2012 01:59 AM
Deanne H. said...

I would love a daisy themed party with an awesome desert table.

April 19, 2012 02:00 AM
Melanie said...

I am loving Peacocks right now! You could do so much with all the colors.

April 19, 2012 02:00 AM
Vicky said...

I think a children’s literature theme would be so cute. Pick a classic author and feature treats based on his most well-known stories.

April 19, 2012 02:00 AM
Signe said...


I think it would be fun with a LEGO theme. Blocks i different sizes and colours would be colourfull and fun!

April 19, 2012 02:00 AM
Margaret said...


April 19, 2012 02:01 AM
Sabrina W. said...

My Little Pony, because I have one on storage from when I was a child.

April 19, 2012 02:01 AM
Debi Boz said...

Olivia the pig for my Grand daughter Olive

April 19, 2012 02:01 AM
Elizabeth said...

Goodnight moon! Doing this for my daughter’s first birthday because it’s her favorite book!

April 19, 2012 02:02 AM
Shelley H. said...

Since my son’s first birthday is coming up, I’d like to design a table with a “Bubble Guppies” theme. It’s his favorite cartoon. So, I’m picturing gumballs in various shades of blue, clear plastic balls filled with cotton candy, and of course goldfish cake pops!

April 19, 2012 02:02 AM
Pia said...

I’d go for a fashion theme! It would be really cute with all those dresses and accessories!

April 19, 2012 02:02 AM
Amy wood said...

Vintage Hollywood-roll out the red carpet, don the marabou boa and stilletos..and lights, camera, action!

April 19, 2012 02:02 AM
Arjan said...

An M.C Escher table would be very interesting! He is my favorite artist.

April 19, 2012 02:03 AM
Emily Brown said...

I’d love to do a coffee shop/cafe theme!

April 19, 2012 02:03 AM
Jen said...

We just did a Lorax themed dessert table for an 8 yr olds birthday. What a hit!!

April 19, 2012 02:03 AM
Cait said...

A princess theme! My girl wants a princess party for her next birthday. :)

April 19, 2012 02:04 AM
evelynn said...

I would do a pretty n pink theme!!

April 19, 2012 02:05 AM
Erin said...

Hobbit themed!!
i may be saying that because i am re-reading the hobbit and lord of the rings books at the moment, but i think it could be really cool =]

April 19, 2012 02:05 AM
Tiffany Austin said...

Safari Themed would be so cute!!! All earth tone colors with animal prints!

April 19, 2012 02:06 AM
Debby said...

<3 it! And I would love a Marie Antoinette themed dessert table! "Let Them Eat Cake!"

April 19, 2012 02:08 AM
Emily Brown said...

Cafe/coffee shop!

April 19, 2012 02:09 AM
Marije said...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme, or a Roald Dahl theme..

April 19, 2012 02:10 AM
Sandy said...

Charlie and the chocolate factory would be a great theme for my grandson, Charlie.

April 19, 2012 02:11 AM
Joyce said...

How about a night in paris theme? (: It’d be gorgeous! Le Tour Eiffel, l’Arc de Triomphe, le Champs-Elysees, and so much more! What a sight it will be!

April 19, 2012 02:11 AM
Kelsey said...

I think a gidget/50s beach culture theme would be fun

April 19, 2012 02:12 AM
Rachel said...

I would love to do a school theme for Teacher Appreciation Week!

April 19, 2012 02:12 AM
Caressa said...

Alphabet theme…maybe for a younger kids birthday.

April 19, 2012 02:13 AM
elena said...

Retro theme or Marine theme!! These would be super duper!!!

April 19, 2012 02:14 AM
Suner said...

1980′s arcade games, pacman, pong, and space invaders. I saw fondant cupcakes cake of pacman, it was awesome and I have wanted to do that theme ever since!!

April 19, 2012 02:14 AM
Holly said...

I would do a chocolate themed dessert table. Who wouldn’t want that?

April 19, 2012 02:14 AM
Patricia Shea said...

Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee – a street party like the one’s they’ll be having all over Blighty this summer – Union Jack’s, bunting, Victoria Sponge Cakes, Summer Puddings, red, white and blue, British Flapjacks, bulldogs – British icons to the nth degree :) Thank you!

April 19, 2012 02:16 AM
Shelby Songy said...

Since are a military family and have traveled the world I think an “Around the World” party table with desserts from different countries with their flags would be too cute! Shoot, now I might do that, ha ha!

April 19, 2012 02:16 AM
Linda said...

Beach theme for summer!

April 19, 2012 02:16 AM
Marcia said...

A Tim Burton theme!

April 19, 2012 02:17 AM
Ashley said...

Ok, so I know this is going to sound pretty weird, but I would love to have a dessert table with a “crime/forensics” theme. Maybe CSI, or something along those lines. I can just see some candy or cookies made to look like DNA strands, test tube dessert shots and cotton swab cake pops. I think the possibilities for that theme would be almost as endless as anything else, and I would love a forensics themed table for my bday!!!

April 19, 2012 02:18 AM
cecily ruvalcaba said...

i LOVE theme parties! i have done theme so many. I have done wizard of oz, only watermelon stuff party, pink n green party (everything was pink n green, clothes too), cupcake wars (my family has domes this for two years now), Hawaiian, chocolate bar/pop making party, candy land… list goes on!

the theme i am dying to do is Disney’s Up! and alice in wonderland un-birthday party!

April 19, 2012 02:19 AM
Jari said...

Ooo! A tropic island! Sea shells and starfish in different candy melt colors on a candy glitter ‘sand’ for a start..,

April 19, 2012 02:19 AM
Nikki said...

I definitely want to do an Ice Cream Shoppe themed party. All pretty with pastel colors. Cake pop cones, ice cream cone cookies, cupcakes decorated like sundaes…oh and so much more lol

April 19, 2012 02:20 AM
od-kuchni said...

Shrek theme :)

April 19, 2012 02:20 AM
Geni Mermoud said...

I’d love a photography themed dessert table.
What a fab book, btw!

April 19, 2012 02:21 AM
Amanda F said...

Cherry Blossoms! :)

April 19, 2012 02:22 AM
Jayne said...

I’d do a lemon theme. I love lemons so much that I want everything smelling and tasting like lemons.

April 19, 2012 02:23 AM
Amanda said...

I have done a boardwalk themed table before that was so much fun, and also an old fashioned garden party themed dessert table that turned out so pretty.

April 19, 2012 02:25 AM
Frances said...

A Moroccan themed dessert table, filled with vibrant colors and patterns!

April 19, 2012 02:25 AM
Patty Jensen said...

Shoes………beautiful high heeled shoes. I can’t wear them, but I love the looks of them.

April 19, 2012 02:25 AM
Veronica said...

I think a robot theme would be fun hehe

April 19, 2012 02:26 AM
Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

It’ sure is living up to it’s name :D

April 19, 2012 02:26 AM
daphne said...

a Garden theme!~ Cupcakes with piped roses and grass + cookies piped as bees and ladybirds, cake pops with fondant flowers, crumbled chocolate mud cake as soil~

April 19, 2012 02:26 AM
Amanda said...

Vintage garden party or boardwalk!

April 19, 2012 02:27 AM
kate said...

little kid birthday party theme!!! pinata, cute hats, goodie bags, pin the tail on the donkey!

April 19, 2012 02:27 AM
Bruinbr said...

I think an underwater theme would be great or an art/paint by numbers type theme would be awesome too! Thanks for the giveaway!

April 19, 2012 02:27 AM
Connie said...

Lego Ninjago theme. My son’s birthday is next month and he loves Legos.

April 19, 2012 02:28 AM
Melanie said...

I would love to win a copy off this loveley book. I hope it’s not a problem that I live in the Netherland?

Love, Melanie

April 19, 2012 02:29 AM
Ashley said...

I would just absolutely love to have a “crime/forensiics” themed table for my birthday. I love shows like CSI, and I could definitely see candy or cookies made to look like DNA strands, test tube shots and some cotton swan cake pops. Anything forensics related would work for me and I think that possibilities are almost as endless as anything else these days with this theme.

April 19, 2012 02:29 AM
Laura said...

Shoes theme!! Yes, a table full of shoes!

April 19, 2012 02:30 AM
Fern said...

cherry blossoms or angry birds :-) or princess or color themed….the possibilities are ENDLESS!

April 19, 2012 02:30 AM
Jessica Dunstan said...

I would love a vintage circus theme. Lots of circus inspired treats.

April 19, 2012 02:31 AM
Stephanie said...

a “once upon a time” theme would be fun.

April 19, 2012 02:32 AM
Samantha said...

I believe a very cute dessert table theme for a baby shower would be a birds and the bees theme. Not only is it unisex, but it is also a pun! : )

April 19, 2012 02:34 AM
Samantha C said...

I would really love to see a Disney themed table. I think that would be intense but so reminiscent of childhood memories.

April 19, 2012 02:34 AM
Susan O'Brien said...

My baby girl celebrates her first birthday on summer solstice, so a sunshiny theme!

April 19, 2012 02:37 AM
Sara said...

I’m thinking a vintage racecar theme for my little mans second birthday <3 this book look awesome I love love love dessert tables

April 19, 2012 02:37 AM
MB said...

I would make a treasure hunter theme for my boys. Think about all the fun with luster powder, poured sugar, foils, etc…

April 19, 2012 02:38 AM
Lorie said...

I would do a Two Peas In A Pod dessert table for my good friend who’s having twins!

April 19, 2012 02:38 AM
Porsche A. said...

Superheroes theme! Not limited to just one hero, but them all! Superman, Spiderman, The Hulk, Batman, Wolverine, Ironman, X-Men, Thor, Conan…so many options :)

April 19, 2012 02:39 AM
benedicta said...

toy shop theme!

April 19, 2012 02:41 AM
Arlene said...

I think Alice In Wonderland would be a nice theme, specially for kids and kid at heart.

More power, i really love your site.

April 19, 2012 02:41 AM
Sara said...

I was thinking a vintage racecar theme for my little mans second birthday <3

April 19, 2012 02:41 AM
Sara said...

I would do an underwater themed one. Complete with shipwrecks!

April 19, 2012 02:41 AM
Kelly S. said...

I’m working on a Fairies table combined with a Dinosaur table for my kids birthday party in a few months. This book would be really helpful!!

April 19, 2012 02:42 AM
anne said...

Childhood. Pinwheels, kites, jacks, jumprope, bubbles, playdoh bright colors and creativity

April 19, 2012 02:42 AM
HJ said...

The Giving Tree

April 19, 2012 02:42 AM
karolina {confetti+cookies} said...

Endless possibilities of dessert table- I’m having in my head now peas themed baby shower dessert table :)

April 19, 2012 02:44 AM
Eva said...

Wow this book sounds amazing, I hope it will be published in Europe as well!

I have so many ideas for themes. Super hero’s, Alice in Wonderland, Super Mario (for boyfriends birthday), the Dutch Queensday (basically: orange), Italy, French chic, cute animals (in childish cartoon style), Dior or Chanel, Hogwarts or Hogsmeade, Venetian carnival, Rock and roll, nautical, aliens, fairies, circus, the English royalties, Neverland, Winter wonderland, New Years, Christmas (of course)… etc, etc,

But first, in two weeks is my birthday, and the theme will be pink and orange :)

April 19, 2012 02:45 AM
Linda Lowry said...

I think a garden theme. Flowers, vegetables, and butterflies….and bugs!

April 19, 2012 02:45 AM
Audrey said...

A gymnastics theme for my 8-year old super fanatic gymnast daughter!

April 19, 2012 02:45 AM
Jake the Girl said...

Steampunk! Elegant intricate Victorian sweets and strange mechanical gadgets. You can’t go wrong haha.

April 19, 2012 02:47 AM
Janice Gendel said...


April 19, 2012 02:48 AM
Kate Ricketts said...

I’d love to do an Asian Fusion theme – orange carp, golden dragons, chow mein cupcakes – all edible and all dessert!

April 19, 2012 02:48 AM
Jessica H said...

id use sky and ballons theme.

April 19, 2012 02:50 AM
Jane Smith said...

I would love to see a purple theme for a bridal shower.

April 19, 2012 02:51 AM
Hermione said...

I would do a Harry Potter or Lego Harry Potter theme because Harry Potter is my life<3 :)

April 19, 2012 02:52 AM
Heidi said...

I think I would choose Secret Garden….or, oooooo, I changed my mind. The Princess Bride! That would be an awesome dessert table theme!

April 19, 2012 02:52 AM
Julia said...

old school nintendo games: Super mario, donkey kong, kirby, zelda, prince of persia and tetris. Tasty and nostalgic!

April 19, 2012 02:53 AM
Janet said...

I’d love to do a Broadway theme!

April 19, 2012 02:54 AM
Tracy said...

I think a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would make an amazing theme! So many possibilities to create your own sweets :)

April 19, 2012 02:55 AM
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