If you’ve ever dreamed of being paid for your love of parties and desserts, you’ll want to read Amy Atlas’s book Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It. Atlas is an award winning blogger (Sweet Designs), and an internationally renowned ‘Sweet Stylists’ and Party Planner, whose been 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. She has created sweets tables for Brooke Shields,Martha Stewart Weddings, O Magazine, and her book shares styling secrets.
Known for bringing a stylish 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. I caught up with her to ask a few questions about inspiration!
5-10 books your recommend for creative inspiration, cooking, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, or the like?
The Flavor Bible
The Domino Book of Decorating
The Last Course (Claudia Fleming)
Martha Stewart’s Cookies and Cupcakes Books
Dorie Greenspan Baking
Most fabulous thing you’ve ever created?
My book, Sweet Designs. While I love doing parties, my book is my bible and I’m very proud of it!
Most interesting thing you’ve learned while researching a book?
I think the most interesting thing I learned was what an enormous undertaking a book can be. It was a monster to create! There was the conceptualization of the ideas, creation of the recipes/crafts, testing the recipes/crafts, writing, execution of photo shoots, editing and then marketing. It gave me a new perspective of how much love goes into books.
Your idea of perfect happiness?
Healthy family, friends, beach, lots of green, sun, blue skies. Chocolate would’t hurt :)
Living person you most admire?
A few….Oprah, Bono, Bruce Springsteen. People who have used their notoriety for good causes and who remain humble.
Favorite place to be in your hometown/where you live?
Central Park. NYC can be very stimulating, but the second I see those beautiful green trees I feel serenity.
Your most prized possession?
Not really a possession, but my biggest gift is my children.
One piece of advice for a busy hostess?
Plan your menu and décor at least 5 days in advance. Make some dishes a few days in advance and freeze them. The last thing you want to be in stuck in the kitchen. There is nothing better than a relaxed hostess!
Check out Amy’s fabulous book on Riffle!