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Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

I'm loving this flag cupcake from Martha Stewart for a Memorial Day barbeque. If you don't have time to bake today, you can pick up vanilla {or any flavor cupcakes} from your local supermarket or bakery and dress up with licorice lace stripes and piped blue buttercream stars. Speaking of Martha Stewart, we're featured on Martha Stewart Weddings today so be sure to stop by. We'll be back on Martha Stewart Weddings on Friday to answer some of your questions. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Guest Dessert Table Feature from South Africa

This guest dessert table comes all the way from Durban, South Africa. Zalita of Cupcake D'Lights sent us pictures of a recent dessert table for a young girl's princess birthday party. Zalita makes cupcakes but was inspired by us to try out a dessert table. The wrapped lollipops are SUPER cute. Dressing up lollipops with tissue paper is an inexpensive and easy way to instantly dress up pops. The Zoe banner is also really sweet. Okay, some tips from the dessert table designer - next time dress up some of those jars with decorative ribbbon. You could use solids or a patterned, but I always think a princess table could use some bows! I also would have used more delicate {less bulky} vessels for the marshmallows since the overall princess feel is fanciful. Overall, great job Zalita!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Heart Madeline Weinrib

Have I ever told you all what a huge design crush I have on Madeline Weinrib? From chevron patterns to mandalas to brocades, Madeline Weinrib has rocked a variety of designs. She also nails interesting color palettes all the time. Madeline is widely known in the home design world, but her products can be easily used to decorate an event as well. We're designing a dinner party and we're using lots of Madeline Weinrib pillows to accessorize the space. She also has to-die-for rugs that can be used to cover unattractive floors or hang on a wall for a backdrop {these are pricey so bookmark this for a very special party}. Here's a peek at just a few of her gorgeous pillows. I can envision a party space with each and every design. Hope you're inspired as much as I am! Check out her full site Madeline Weinrib.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Circus Guest Dessert Table Feature

All photographs by Logan of Zuma Photo.

Culinary Crafts in Utah sent over some pictures of a circus themed dessert table they created for a recent birthday party. It looks like the buzz of our dessert bar trend has hit the beehive state!

Culinary Crafts took inspiration from our old fashioned candy bar here. I love how Culinary Crafts made a circus design still look fresh and not too commercial. Some of my favorite details include the asymmetrical layering of the fabric on the table, the striped linen, and the circus tent favors.

Okay, just a tip from the dessert table designer...stack up those gorgeous macarons higher so your guests can see them as they approach the table. I would have also cut down those lollipop sticks so the guests can fully appreciate the beautiful whimsical cake.

Also, for the diy'ers, take note that including pre-made cotton candy sticks on a dessert bar is NOT an easy feat. Culinary Crafts did a great job with this, but they had a staff person replenishing cotton candy sticks to keep them fresh. This is necessary! I've worked with cotton candy several times and often the cotton candy deflates and looks a little scary to put out. We once made lavender cotton candy floral topiaries and that was, well let's say, an interesting project to replenish throughout the night! I don't think I'm going to repeat that one!

Overall, great job Culinary Crafts!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

SplitCoastStampers Amy Atlas Challenge

I saw this over the weekend and immediately knew I had to share it with you. Splitcoaststampers held a card making contest based on our designs. For those who don't know, Splitcoaststampers is a web-based community for crafters who love card making, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking. Splitcoast Challenge Hostess Smilyn Stef challenged her fellow crafters to use any of our designs in a card making contest {I'm so flattered Stef!}

These were all created the day of the challenge so there wasn't a lot of time to create them. I'm so impressed with what these crafty ladies came up with. There were many wonderful cards {check to see all here}, but the following are some of my faves. You can click on the links below to see how each crafter was inspired and what materials/techniques were used for the cards. Amazing job ladies!

All dessert tables by Amy Atlas Events.

It was interesting to see this translated back into a card since this dessert table was inspired by the wonderful paperie company Snow and Graham.

Card created by Splitcoaststamper MaryR917

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Stampercamper

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Arty Stamper

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Snail

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Challenge Host SmilynStef

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Toy

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Hobbydujour

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Maxell

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Eggette

Card created by Splitcoaststamper Ardodd

Card created by Splitcoaststamper BFinlay

Photographs of dessert tables by Gemmas Comas and Karen Mordechai.

Friday, May 21, 2010

County Fair Guest Dessert Table Feature

I'm loving this "county fair" take on a dessert table from Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest. Anneliese created this party for her daughter and niece's 4th birthday party. This party is very sweet for a kids party, but can also be elevated to an adult party as well. My fave details are the bandana quilt tablecloth, the adorable coordinated outfits, and the orange preserve jars made with fabric from here. Check out the diy for the bandana quilt tablecloth on Anneliese's blog. I also love how Anneliese played up the county fair bake-off idea with a selection of red velvet, lemon bundt, and buttermilk chocolate birthday cakes. I'll bet everyone in the county wanted a ticket to this party! Great job, Anneliese!

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