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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1St Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324407
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Amy Atlas, dessert designer extraordinaire, shows you how to create your own stylish sugarscapes for any occasion. Whether baking, creating, or designing, it's inspiring the way she showcases sweets."
--Bakerella, author of Cake Pops

"I think I have met my match. Amy not only knows her candies, but she knows her cookies, cupcakes, sweets, and crafts too. She takes her sweets to a higher level where they take center stage."
--Karen Tack, author of Hello Cupcake!

"Amy Atlas is the dessert guru. She's taught me that the dessert table is the pinnacle of any event. She's an inspiration to all bakers!"
--Tori Spelling

"The celebrity event planner--best known for her decadent dessert tables--transforms a batch of sugar cookies into something special."
--People

"Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It. I say, Buy It! Amy was the first and true innovator of these amazing displays of deliciousness."
--Mindy Weiss, celebrity event planner

"I think I have met my match. Amy not only knows her candies, but she knows her cookies, cupcakes, sweets, and crafts too. She takes her sweets to a higher level where they take center stage."—Karen Tack, author of Hello, Cupcake!

"The celebrity event planner--best known for her decadent dessert tables--transforms a batch of sugar cookies into something special."—People

"Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It. I say, Buy It! Amy was the first and true innovator of these amazing displays of deliciousness."—Mindy Weiss, celebrity event planner

"Amy Atlas has revolutionized the dessert category, bringing style, sugar and innovation to everyone's favorite course."—Colin Cowie

"Amy Atlas, dessert designer extraordinaire, shares her secrets in Sweet Designs and shows you how to create your own stylish sugar scapes for any occasion. Whether baking, creating or designing, it's inspiring the way she showcases sweets."—Bakerella

"Amy Atlas is the dessert guru. She's taught me that the dessert table is the pinnacle of any event. She's an inspiration to all bakers!"—Tori Spelling

"Amy has transformed the way we all see desserts. No wedding (or event!) is complete anymore without a whimsically sweet and delicious dessert table to top off the night."—Carley Roney, Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Knot

"Amy's dessert displays are ALWAYS the talk of the party, returning every adult to a state of childhood glee while making every sugar fantasy come true for the little ones. Sweet Designs is the next best thing to having Amy at your own affair."—David Stark, President, David Stark Design and Production

About the Author

Formerly a lawyer, Amy Atlas left her job and started Amy Atlas Events, specializing in lavish dessert tables for all kinds of parties. Referred to as The Sweets Stylist, Goddess of Goodies, and Queen of Desserts, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

More About the Author

After gaining an international following for creating the very popular dessert table trend, Sweet Stylists and Party Planner Amy Atlas introduces her first book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It. Atlas has been featured on The Today Show, Anderson, and featured in magazines such as O Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, People, The New York Times, InStyle, Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, and many more. Atlas also runs the award winning blog, Sweet Designs. She has created sweets tables for Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa for Electrolux, Martha Stewart Weddings, O Magazine, and now she's sharing her styling secrets and her best sources.

Renowned for bringing fashion and a designer's flair to the dessert field, Atlas has created a guide that is both cookbook and craft-book in one, the first of its kind. With 15 chapters and over 270 never before seen photos, over 100 recipes, and 75 DIY crafts to give a party that elusive "wow" factor, SWEET DESIGNS lays out--from the candy aisle to the finishing touches--how to "bake it, craft it, and style it" to add designer touches to family celebrations and create a sweets centerpiece for an event people will be talking about for months to come.

Atlas shows how to find inspiration for breathtaking dessert tables almost anywhere--whether it's from Coco Chanel tweed, a checkerboard, a buzzing bee, or a preppy tie. The results are stunning layouts and decadent treats sure to please both children and adults. Readers can tackle an entire spread, or pull out select treats or crafts (like mini-apple pies that work fantastically as a hostess gift or signature candy boxes that add panache to family movie night). Atlas also includes ways to "grow it up" or "grow it down" depending on the formality of the event, a guide to all of her sources, as well as styling tips to get similar results when crunched for time. SWEET DESIGNS is the next best thing to having Amy Atlas in the kitchen with you!

PRAISE FOR SWEET DESIGNS
"Amy Atlas is the dessert guru. She's taught me that the dessert table is the pinnacle of any event. She's an inspiration to all bakers!" --Tori Spelling

"Coming from someone who not only loves candy, but collects it too, I think that I have met my match. Amy not only knows her candies, but she knows her cookies, cupcakes, sweets and crafts too. She takes her sweets to a higher level and puts them on a runway where they take center stage. Amy looks at candy the way I wish I could, in an organized color coordinated fashion. And if you look closely the end result is not only amazing, but very doable. Sweet Designs is chock full of great decorating ideas. You can go the whole nine yards or choose snippets for your next fete!"
-Karen Tack, Author of Hello Cupcake!

"Amy Atlas, dessert designer extraordinaire, shares her secrets in SWEET DESIGNS and shows you how to create your own stylish sugar scapes for any occasion. Whether baking, creating or designing, it's inspiring the way she showcases sweets."--Bakerella

"Amy has transformed the way we all see desserts. No wedding (or event!) is complete anymore without a whimsically sweet and delicious dessert table to top off the night."
--Carley Roney, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Knot

"Personalized dessert tables have become such a big part of weddings and celebrations. Amy Atlas is known for creating fun and colorful tablescapes of sweets. This book is full of inspiration and amazing DIY tips and tricks to help couples make memorable candy/dessert bars on their special day."
-Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings and Celebrations Expert

Sweet Designs: Bake it, Craft it, Style it. I say "BUY IT!" There is no one sweeter than Amy Atlas except for her Fabulous dessert tables! Amy was the first and true innovator of these amazing displays of deliciousness! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! - Mindy Weiss, Celebrity Event Planner

"Amy Atlas has revolutionized the dessert category, bringing style, sugar and innovation to everyone's favorite course." --Colin Cowie

"Amy's dessert displays are always the talk of the party, returning every adult to a state of childhood glee while making every sugar fantasy come true for the little ones. SWEET DESIGNS is the next best thing to having Amy at your own affair."
--David Stark, President, David Stark Design and Production

Customer Reviews

Cant wait for the next book!!
Amanda Rettke
Whether you're a mom looking for fun ideas for your kids' parties, an event professional or someone who just loves to bake and craft, you'll love this book.
thinksplendid
The book was great and had a lot of useful ideas.
S_Baron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Stone on May 2, 2012
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Amazing. That one word is the only one you need to describe this book. I got this Amy Atlas book in anticipation of my May 2012 wedding (we're doing a dessert bar in lieu of the traditional wedding cake) and was floored when it arrived. First, IT'S HUUUUGE! Page after page of full colored images and instructions - it's a tome! Second, there's so much more infomration than I had expected - TONS of recipes, resource guides, and DIYs. Three, it's not just rehashs from Atlas's blog - there are lots of mew ideas and projects. Last, the instructions and DIYs are so simple and easy to follow. Wonderful book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cris on April 24, 2012
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This book is full of "eye candy", it will definitely get your creative juices flowing! A must have for anyone who loves to host parties...so many ideas you can use for any style party from children to adult themes. Full of recipes, DIY crafts, uses for candy, backdrops...etc,

Pictures galore (we all love beautiful picture in books.)

If you don't know Amy Atlas, she will become your favorite chic to follow- [...]

Thank you Amy for creating this book, so much inspiration for this party planning beginner!
And thank you Amazon.com (for a great price and super fast shipping)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Mechanic on April 25, 2012
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As an admiring and long time follower of Amy Atlas' work, her first book "Sweet Designs: Bake It, Style It, Craft It" was all that I imaged it to be and more. The book features displays of never before seen sweet tables with detailed deconstructions of how to bake her treats, display them, and create your own crafts according to theme. The book is organized into dessert themed chapters which makes it easy and fun to read through! With all of her tips, craft patters, and extensive resource index you don't need to look much further to create a one-of a-kind masterpiece!

For anyone who loves to entertain and host unique and delicious parties this book is for you! It's also inspirational to anyone wishing to follow in Amy Atlas's footsteps in becoming an event planner/sweet stylist and it has certainly helped me figure out how to execute and pursue my passion for event planning and sweet table design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By California Mom on April 24, 2012
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Oh my, this book is like hostess porn, the photos are AMAZING. There are so many ideas, and best of all the information is there for you to replicate these tables at home! The book includes recipes, and sources for the things you need to make your table amazing. I'm an event planner, and I always tell people the details are what makes a party special. Amy takes this to a new level. You don't have to be a professional to enjoy this book, you can pick and choose elements, even the non-crafty can find inspiration in this book. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Pires Kahn on April 24, 2012
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Want a fabulous party? Fabulous ideas? Amy Atlas book covers it all with fabulous ideas for baking , styling, crafting !! It's a must in your library!! I'm so happy that I have my copy!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katrin Yaghoubi on April 24, 2012
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i just got the book finally! and am devouring it. Bought 6 copies to give away over mothers day. The recipes are simple to follow and the images are beautiful. Will be going through it tonight with the kids and pick a special recipe to make together with them. There is also a wonderful appendix that lists all the places you can purchase the tools/ingredients at and even sample templates to download. Amazing book, great purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Treats Blog on April 24, 2012
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After 4 months of waiting I can't tell you how excited I was when my book was delivered this morning. The wait was definitely worth it!!! I discovered Amy a few years ago when I was looking for ideas to plan my friend's baby shower. Her dessert tables were so inspirational and I spent countless hours admiring them. I was totally channeling Amy when I created a dessert table for the baby's christening...it was definitely one of the highlights of that memorable day. I was ecstatic when Amy featured pictures from the party on her blog...it literally made my year! [...]
With Sweet Designs not only do you get beautiful pictures of Amy's amazing dessert tables, she includes the inspirations, recipes, crafts and set-up behind them...we're talking the total package! You better believe this book is going to be my #1 reference for future party planning.

Bravo Amy! Well done and I anxiously await your next book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Esparza on April 27, 2012
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I've been eager to buy this book ever since she announced on her blog that she was writing one! It certainly lives up to all that Amy promised it would be. Every dessert table in this book is broken down in terms of baked goods (including recipes), design elements, craft instructions and tips for changing it to make it work for your event, budget, etc. She also includes lists of tools and products that she uses, provides templates for craft items, and gives contact info for all the resources she uses to buy the items for her tables. The photographs are beautiful and the book is substantial. What you get for the price of this book is definitely worth it! I'm actually very surprised it isn't more expensive! Amy is obviously very thorough in the planning and execution of her dessert tables, and that has translated beautifully into this book! I HIGHLY recommend it!
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