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Friday, July 2, 2010

Toppings Bar from Kelly Ripa/Electrolux Event!




Image above by Dimitrios Kambouris via Us Weekly.

































If you were here Wednesday and Thursday, then you already saw the sneak peeks of the banana split event we worked on with Kelly Ripa and Electrolux for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Above are pictures of the toppings bar we created for the event.

An ice cream/toppings bar is a really fun thing to do for summer entertaining. Since our ice cream story in InStyle, we're seeing this trend everywhere! If you want to surprise your guests during 4th of July entertaining, this will really make a splash! Simply swap out the color palette for red, white and blue.

Here are a few tips for creating a toppings bar...
(1) Include lots of toppings (we included nutella, fluff, fruit, crushed cookies, granola, coconut, and sprinkles for this toppings bar);
(2) Decant your sauces (we used caramel, hot fudge, and butterscotch) into easily pourable vessels. Keep the sauces towards the front of your toppings bar so they don't drip on other goodies on the table;
(3) Include some ice cream-inspired desserts (we used ice cream cupcake cones, ice cream brownies, banana split cookies, and ice cream marshmallows);
(4) Dress up your ice cream cones with decorative cone jackets;
(5) Include lots of napkins on the table!

For more ice cream tips, make sure you see our article in this month's InStyle Magazine.

Just a couple of other notes...
Kelly was so incredibly sweet and cute. She is as bubbly and genuine in person as she is on tv. She totally "got" our work and she insisted that we take a picture to the side of the table because she didn't want to block the table. How sweet is that?

Also, the last picture in the post finishes off the behind-the-scenes for this event. It is a picture of me tweeting and blogging at the same time and Eric captured it right after the event. It is what I usually do after every event so I thought you should see how all of the events end!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
xoxo-a

19 comments:

Not Just A Mommy! said...

Fabulous as always Miss Amy! We have our annual ice-cream party this summer and there are some amazing ideas I can't wait to try out.

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

turned out great! sucks she was blocking all the great work you put into it! lol

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Stephanie in Pittsburgh said...

Really beautiful! I cannot wait to host a party like this for my 2 year old and her friends!

my spatula said...

just brilliant and so inspiring. this would be such a treat for this holiday weekend. happy 4th! xo.

Chere T. said...

I love the brownie "ice cream cones"! So cute!

VK said...

Ice cream is always a favorite, and your old fashioned color scheme is so joyful.
A good cause too.
Thanks for the great ideas.

Emily said...

Everything looks so great! I love the idea of ice cream inspired treats. :)

Bea @ CancunCookies said...

Amazing ideas as always, Amy! This Toppings Bar reminds my of Ice Cream Parlours in the 50's... love the iced sugar COOKIES ;)

Janina Lear said...

Amazing and now my mind is whirring away with birthday party ideas.

Any chance of sharing your recipes for cupcake ice cream cones and brownie ice creams?

janinastoolbox@gmail.com

citygirl - Stacey said...

Everything looks great! I especially loved the ice cream cone brownies (have to try that!) and the sundae cookies. So creative!

Susan Crabtree said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE-everything is so happy & fun!

Lia said...

Just wanna ask a really stupid question :P
When you make a dessert table you never overload the table with stuff, so when things start to finish who is responsible during the party to fill it up again? Tks. Love y'a!

Shannon and Mark Talbott said...

Willing to share your source for that too-cute whipped cream dispenser?

star said...

Fabulous! I love it! The colors are amazing! Would you share with us how you make the backdrop to your dessert tables? I would love to make one! I love the pink and one white one used here!

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts said...

It looks wonderful as always!!!

pinkstilettos said...

Of Course, Gorgeous....like always!
Daisy~

Claire said...

Everything looks great and yummy too. :) I love that you included some other inspired desserts like the banana split cookies. What a great idea for guests who may be unable to eat the ice cream.

Evie said...

Wow! It's awesome! All the little things make it wonderful! I adore the candy decorating the base of the cones. Really pretty!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

i'm totally in love with the "behind the scenes" posts you've been doing lately. it brings EVERYTHING to life...right before our eyes. LOVE it! you are brilliant and always full of inspiration!!

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