Mini Strawberry Trifles {Amy Atlas Book Giveaway} [UPDATED]

A few weeks ago, I found these sweet mini trifle bowls at Pier 1 Imports (you can also get them on amazon). Resistance was futile, so I grabbed four of them, without any real plan as to what I would do with them yet (aside from making some sort of trifle…obvs).

Then, I got to take a peek inside of the new book Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It by Amy Atlas. Holy-oh-my-wow. I mean, it’s Amy Atlas, so you know you can expect great things from this book, but it is just wonderful! So wonderful, in fact, that I get to give one away to one of you!

Amy’s book isn’t just about styling, or cooking, or partying…it covers the whole enchilada. She has great tips for how to style an entire perfect dessert table, or just one of the desserts from her book. And talk about desserts galore! There’s so much to choose from!

You can plan an entire amazing party using Amy’s ideas, or whip up the perfect end to a yummy meal. The “Perfectly Preppy” is a particular favorite theme of mine.

Of course, the “Pastel Pretty” is, too. And there’s a honey bee theme that is so wonderful.

I was especially drawn to the “Picnic in the Park,” though. We have had so many warm, sunny days in Oregon recently, and I’ve been hoping to break out my brand new picnic blanket, that I bought almost a year ago and have yet to use. Hm. Let’s see…mini trifle bowls and a new picnic blanket? I’m pretty sure those two things wanna hang out together.

In Amy’s “Picnic” chapter, she has a beautiful Strawberry Trifle that I couldn’t resist. Strawberries covered in sugar and bathed in booze (or you can skip the booze and sub in OJ), fresh whipped cream, and pound cake? Yes, please.

Plus, just look at these big, beautiful organic strawberries that I was able to get ahold of. Obviously, these trifles wanted to be made.

Since you have all of those lovely strawberries, and they need to be hulled, take it from me, you need a fast, easy way to hull lots of strawberries in a little time. Enter the plain, old drinking straw. Make sure it’s a little on the wide side so that you get the whole stem of the strawberry. Just place the straw against the bottom of the strawberry, lining it up as best as possible with the stem on the other side. Then, push the straw gently through the strawberry to the base of the stem. Push the straw the rest of the way through the berry until the stem pops out.

When all is said and done, you’ll have perfectly cored berries, and it only takes a few minutes to get all of them done.

Next, slice the berries thin.

Toss the sliced strawberries with sugar, Grand Marnier (or orange juice), and lemon juice. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

About 30 minutes before removing the strawberry mixture from the refrigerator, cut your pound cake into squares and make some fresh whipped cream. For a full sized trifle, you’ll want to cut the cake into one-inch cubes, but for the minis, try to cut the cubes slightly smaller, so they’ll fit into the smaller bowls better.

Layer the bottom of each trifle bowl with a few tablespoons of whipped cream, top with a generous, but level, layer of pound cake pieces, and spoon the strawberry mixture and juice over the cake. Next add a few more tablespoons of whipped cream to the top, smoothing it slightly, and garnish with a pretty, whole strawberry.

Since the mini trifle bowls are so small, it’s difficult to add several layers to them, like you would in a full sized trifle bowl. You could cut your strawberries and pound cake pieces much smaller, but they don’t have as appealing of a texture that way, so I recommend making them as I have. They’re still beautiful and summery, and they taste absolutely wonderful.

You may not be able to get as many layers into these individual trifles, but you can really pile to goodies in there, so don’t hold back! This recipe is so incredibly fast and ultra easy, there’s no excuse for not making them today. And tomorrow. And probably the day after that, too. Enjoy!

Mini Strawberry Trifles
Makes 4 mini trifles

**To make a full 16-cup trifle, double all of the ingredients, but triple the pound cake (1 1/2 loaves).**

Ingredients

1 1/2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or orange juice)
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 loaf packaged pound cake

1 recipe Whipped Cream

In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries, sugar, Grand Marnier, and lemon juice together until combined. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 3 hours.

Thirty minutes before removing the strawberry mixture from the refrigerator, cut the pound cake into bite-sized squares. For a full sized trifle, cut the cake into one-inch cubes, but for the minis, try to cut the cubes slightly smaller, so they’ll fit into the smaller bowls better.

Layer the bottom of each trifle bowl with a few tablespoons of whipped cream, top with a generous, but level, layer of pound cake pieces, and spoon the strawberry mixture and juice over the cake. Next add a few more tablespoons of whipped cream to the top, smoothing it slightly, and garnish with a pretty, whole strawberry.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

{Whipped cream recipe by Darla, otherwise, recipe adapted from Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas}

 

**Now… who wants their very own copy of Amy’s beautiful new book?!**

It’s easy! Just answer the following question in the comment section below:

“What’s your dream party theme?” It could be for you, your parents’ anniversary, or your baby’s first birthday…there is no wrong answer. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Contest ends Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 9pm PST, and you’re automatically entered to win!

Want an extra chance to win? Just follow @Bakingdom on twitter and tweet, “I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book, Sweet Designs, from @bakingdom! t.co/KmdbUHCM #sweetdesigns” Once you’ve tweeted, return here and leave a comment saying you shared the tweet. Be sure to leave this as a separate comment; each comment is an entry.

Sorry, this giveaway is open to US readers only.

The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section!

 

**Comments are moderated, so if you’ve never commented before, it will take some time for your comment to appear!**

Good luck with the giveaway!

xo,
Darla

P.S. For even more chances to win, visit any or all of my friends listed below, check out they’re gorgeous treats, and enter with them:

i am baker | Chocolate Cupcakes {Amy Atlas Giveaway}

The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle | Amy Atlas Book Giveaway

TidyMom | Honey Panna Cotta

Sweetapolita | Pink Eclairs

Bake at 350 | Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Two Peas and Their Pod | Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

My Baking Addiction | Banana Whoopie Pies

Sweetopia | Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes

 

Congratulations to…

…comment #470, Megan!

Yay, Megan! You have won the amazing new book Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It by Amy Atlas! I think a vintage Disney party would be amazing!! Let us know if you throw this party, I’m sure we’d all love to see photos! I will be emailing you shortly about your prize.

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  1. says

    I’m thinking of having a travel + map theme at my wedding since my fiance and I met overseas and he’s from England :-) This book will come in handy planning the dessert bar.

  2. Suburban prep says

    Because I love the holidays I would have to say any thing that dealt with the Christmas theme would be my favorite theme.

  3. says

    I have always wanted to have a masquerade party set in the styles of 18th century France! It would have to be full of delightfully decant desserts and tons of rich foods.

  4. Jey says

    I would love to do a birthday party for my little nieces. A cute wonderland theme would be awesome with tea cakes/cupcakes and other goodies! :D

  5. says

    i love these pictures. especially the animated one and the empty bowl. so creative.
    my dream party would be to throw my sister a bridal shower (who knows when that will be). i want to make all her favorite desserts from scratch. something that involves coffee. and pearls.

  6. says

    Summer Concert Kick-Off Party with all our favorite tailgating foods and drinks and tickets to my favorite concerts including my all time wish-lists concerts DMB Weekend at the Rocks and The Gorge.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  7. Jodie Smith says

    I would love to do an adult Halloween party! I’ve always wanted to do one but never have. I love Amy’s new book!!

  8. says

    I olove the little triffle bowls you have. I often buy things and have no idea what to use them for. It’s a weakness I have, I just like shiny things! *.*

    As for my dream party? Gosh I have no idea. There are just too many things that I like. Maybe a Harry Potter party. I bet the wizarding world would have amazing treats (hello chocolate frogs and pumpkin pasties!) or maybe a seasons/holiday party. Yes That would be awesome! Grab all of the best treats to eat during each season. That would be my dream party :)

  9. Rosa says

    I want to have a Cupcake party theme for my soon-to-be 2 year old’s birthday. I’ve always wanted to try baking that gigantic cake that looks like a cupcake and have a tower of “regular-sized” cupcakes. Then I can put whatever colors for frosting!

  10. Dena Hamlin says

    How about a This Is Your Life party theme. With all kinds of your favorite things from different times in your life. That way you can get Alice in wonderland AND Harry Potter AND Willy Wonka all thrown into one crazy party?!?? LOL
    with some good 80’s stuff in there too ;)

  11. Kate says

    My dream party theme would be based on the state I live in, with all the food and beverages from the state or made with ingredients produced in the state.

  12. gwen says

    My dream party theme would be a vintage/ British tea with my friend Ruth who just moved several states away and had a beautiful new baby girl. I would love to throw a special tea party to welcome her and baby girl when they come visit this fall!

  13. ShannonD says

    I would love to throw a legit barbeque. Not just any old runofthemill neighborhood pot-luck (even though those are great too) but a real live-pig in a pit-bacce ball tournament – party. Good beer, wine and friends. And of course desserts :o)

    Thanks for the giveaway and your mini-trifles are adorable!

  14. Melissa says

    A future baby shower! Very in the future, but I come up with so many ideas just walking past the baby section in stores!

  15. Soronia says

    I would love to have a black & red party: gentlemen in black suits, women in red dresses, red velvet cupcakes with chocolate icing, chocolate flourless cake with raspberry glaze…

  16. says

    I am new to the industry & in the early stages of my startup :) . I’d love to do an icecream theme for my launch party but in a sophisticated & fun way. Summer is just around the corner and this incorporates 3 things I love all in one… Celebrations, Summer & Ice-cream!

  17. Lisa L. says

    MY dream party theme is would be something that could combine all of the books my kiddos love and yet seem cohesive somehow!! :) Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  18. Jacqui says

    My dream party theme would be a dessert/cupcake them!! I am obsessed with any and all sweets, so a whimsical sweet theme would be ideal for me :-)

  19. victoria says

    any party! i love entertaining and i often look for reasons to celebrate with themed foods and decorations and such! i’d love to win this book!

  20. Betsy H says

    My dream party…a masquerade with a bunch of my friends…dancing until the wee hours of the morning and delicious food that never stops coming :)

  21. annabelle says

    I still have my oldest daughter birthday to plan this year, she is turning 13. I want to do a bking party, where everyone can turn into a little chef. so cute.

  22. sydney85 says

    I enjoy hosting children’s parties very much. I have grandchildren in Australia but we skype each weekend and I have helped in their birthday parties over the years. I am helping to plan an iceskating party for Isabelle seeing as it will be winter soon in Australia.

  23. says

    OMG! Not only do these look so adorable and delicious but the strawberry hulling technique is just so amazingly simple, never again am I going to the bother of fiddling about with a knife and almost severing fingers… definitely gonna try the drinking straw next time. Thanks so much for the recipe and amazing tip ^_^ can’t wait to try this out.
    Steph
    xxx

  24. Kari says

    I would love to have an owl theme for my daughter’s next birthday. I’ll have to start thinking of good ways to execute that.

  25. Mary Caitlin W says

    I would love to create a Lego themed party. My husband was obsessed when he was little and he turns 30 in a few years!

  26. says

    I’ve been itchy to have a circus party. I had planned on doing one for my son’s 2nd birthday last year but changed it at the last minute to a fireman theme, which suited him much better. But now I have all of this cute circus stuff and I need to have a party to use it! LOL

  27. Maddy says

    My dream party would be a perfect tea party! I have always wanted to have one with a bunch of people where we have petit fours and cucumber sandwiches :)

  28. Liz says

    Ooooohhhh! I love themes! Some of my past faves are Dr. Seuss baby shower, Mexican Fiesta Bridal Shower, and Luau! I love doing book themes…a Twilight party, or maybe Hunger Games would be lots of fun! Even just for a girls night or family get together! :)

  29. Kristin says

    For my 13th birthday, we had a huge winter wonderland themed bash…it was so great…fake snow and everything. I’d love to have another winter wonderland bash for my 30th! Haha!

  30. Caron says

    A party that I have had “galloping” through my head, would be for my two year old daughter who loves horses (like her mama). I would like to give her a “Pocketful of Ponies” birthday party. I imagine a ranch setting with lots of blue jeans (pockets), hay bales, and sunflowers. The strawberry trifles would be a great dessert for this theme.

  31. says

    I would LOVE to throw my mom a secret retirement party–I know it sounds kind of lame, but my mother has worked so hard her entire life and has had a lot of tough breaks. She has survived (only at the age of 57) her mother, father, and only sibling. My father and I are all she has left. She is the one person I can always count on and she is the most self-less person I know. She deserves the biggest, most amazing party, and I am beginning to get some ideas, even though it is two years away. :)

  32. says

    Ever since I was little I have been enthralled with Alice and Wonderland. I would love to throw an Alice in Wonderland themed party for adults (for no reason in particular!) I imagine the bright, dramatic colors I could use and I would love to make desserts that look like one thing but taste like something else!

  33. says

    What a cute blog page you have! This is my first visit – thanks to Callye – I’ll be back for sure. Those strawberries you found are amazing and the trifles are beautiful. I can hardly wait for the local berries to start coming on. Hmmm dream party? A wine and cheese tasting party, laid back & casual, preferably outdoors on a balmy, summer evening.

  34. Emily says

    My dream party theme is probably what I did for my wedding… rustic vintage. Antique finds with DIY touches. I loved how it turned out!

  35. Carly says

    Definitely a nerd theme! I’d love to get some Farscape and Stargate stuff going!

    Also, I LOVE these trifles. My boyfriend is a trifle maniac, so he’d go crazy for these!

    • Amy W says

      Forgot to put what type of theme I would do, so excited about the book. :) I loved the beehive theme party, too cute for words, but I would probably do some kind of candy theme part just because I love candy.

  36. says

    My dream party theme would either be a vintage themed party for a bridal shower or a pantone color of the year themed summer party. I would have Tangerine Tango Everywhere! It’s such a fun color.

  37. says

    My dream party theme would be to host a 50th anniversary party for my parents (just over 10 years away!) that featured revamped Brooklyn and Coney Island favorite foods. We’d have a full display of photographed back drops of Coney Island games and rides. Also, some black and white street shots of Brooklyn from the 70’s, glittered with white lights. I want it to be glamorous, yet invoke memories of them dating in the early 70’s!

  38. lizabeth says

    the mini strawberrie short cakes look really cute be the perfect compliment for mothers day not to smalll not to big just right and easy to make , and the perfect desert after grilling out too the book looks great as well love to win a copy and try making a few of those yummmy looking deserts

  39. kesha says

    My dream party would be ALL THINGS PINK and GIRLY. I love pink, ruffles, bling, and zebra print! I would also like a pretty dessert bar and chocolate fountain!

  40. says

    I have always wanted to throw an elaborate bridal shower with an old-timey theme. Finger sandwiches and champagne punch and petit fours… the whole nine yards. :)

  41. says

    My dream party theme would be a petting zoo party with all kinds of animals for my baby’s first birthday. It’s going to be fun…and wild. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  42. Juliana says

    I’d love to win this! I’m only 15, but a HUGE baker at heart. I think it runs in the family.
    ANYWAYS! My “dream theme,” being somewhat of a nerd and all, would probably have to do with computer programming. I’ve wanted to try making a display of cupcakes or something with Python or C++ programming code.

  43. Sarah G says

    I dream about the day that I can have a fairy tea party for my daughters.

    Actually, I think my sister-in-law would love that as a bridal shower theme, too!

  44. Whitnie T says

    My dream party theme would be a Tangled Princess party for my little princess!! Lanterns, Real Princesses, purple dresses for all the little girls, and Castle cupcakes!! And I would LOVE to win this book!!

  45. Ash says

    Maybe a masquerade/costume theme, or a bakery shop party. Or a mardi gras party would be great, with beignets and other delicious southern desserts. Oh, so many ideas!

  46. Dianna Belle says

    OMG! I have those! I have not made anything in them- and my new hubby LOVES strawberries..
    Time for a trifle! Thanks! those look awesome.
    Let’s see? favorite party theme- is going to have to be…(just did this for my new sister-in-law) is the ‘red carpet’. it was a blast!
    Thanks for the chance to win the book! A very talented lady there..

  47. Lindsey W.B says

    The bee theme in this book is TOO ADORABLE! But if I was throwing any sort of party, it would be a Princess Peach Party! Nintendo themed with my absolute favorite princess of all time would be perfection!

  48. says

    I actually used my daughters first birthday to execute a dream party theme of mine. Pink Lemonade, everything strawberry and lemons, soft pinks and yellows and it was sweet without being too themey. I’m hoping when shes a little older she’ll let me do a tea party theme a la Enid Blyton and the Faraway Tree series.

  49. Katy Kelley says

    My dream party theme… hmmm- I know! One of my friends from high school (we’re no longer in high school, or even college for that matter) is pregnant with twin boys. She is having a baby shower and I have thought the theme – Boy, oh Boy would be so cute. I have had a million ideas already. And, no, I’m not planning her shower. :) I’ll just put it on pinterest for the next time one of my friends is pregnant with twin boys.

  50. Audra Bell says

    I would love to have a Party theme all about style icons through out time celebrating your favorite fashion inspiration from Eve in the bible to Lady Gaga. I’d be a combination of Betty boop, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. The colors would be light pink with dak pink accents and all the food would be jewelry themed.

  51. Jackie says

    I don’t know if it counts as my “dream party,” but my geeky side is taking over and I suddenly can’t get the image of a Final Fantasy themed party out of my head. Chocobos and moogles and characters with too many buckles on their clothes, airships and giant swords… It would be fun.

  52. Meghan says

    My dream party theme? A question with so many possible answers! Right now, I’d have to say I’d love to have a party that celebrated a “return to child”. I know that sounds simple, but I think so many of us have lost touch with our inner child that we deserve a party to bring out and celebrate that inner child! Things like cupcakes, Twister, Spice Girls (I’m a 90’s baby!), and other fun memories and ideas that my guests cherish about their childhoods.

  53. Dani says

    HARRY POTTER!!! Every year I tell my friends and family that’s the party I want and every year they go with the same old “It’s spring! Let’s do blue and green and leave it at that!” NO NO NO! I want Bertie Botts and a Chocolate Frog Cake (would love to see THAT on here!!) and music from the movies blasting through the house. Is that too much to ask? No? I didn’t think so.

  54. Terry Metayer says

    My dream party would be a jewel of India decorated/themed party on the beach (on a beautiful warm evening as the sun is setting and a gorgeous moon is rising) with all of our family and all the great friends who have been there to support us through our journeys. The food would be a mix of delicious Indian, Mexican & Italian since those are my favorite types of food….besides dessert that is! The sun is shining brightly as I type this and I can almost feel the warm breeze and smell the ocean air! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to step out of my world for a few minutes!

  55. says

    My dream party theme would have to be something with lots of color to just make me happy. My anniversary would be the perfect time because it will be 10 years with my honey.

  56. sara says

    I am throwing a baby shower this summer and am going to do a stock the baby library theme where everyone brings their favorite childrens book. I cant wait.

  57. Jennifer W says

    My dream party theme is a sparkly winter wonderland for my daughter’s first birthday. She was born on New Year’s Eve so a sparkly theme is perfect.

  58. says

    i would love to do a 50’s theme! i bought a black and white polka dot dress recently that reminds me of the 50’s. just that vintage feel with guys wearing bow ties and suspenders and girls wearing the tea length dresses with pearls :)

  59. says

    I want some mini trifle bowls like those!! They give points to a dessert, I’m sure!!!
    And trifles as yours are so delicious, and so simple!! I love them!

    I enjoy the way you show us how to hull strawberrys, have to try it!! I always use the knife, and it’s not pretty, but this mantain the strawberry cute ;)

  60. says

    I would love to do a cherry themed birthday party for my little girl when she turns two. The combination of red and turquoise is my favorite with a bit of a bright green is my favorite. And cherries are such a fun base to summer.

  61. Angela Karst says

    My dream party is a Cocktail Murder Mystery Birthday party that I’ve been planning for years for my husband’s 40th birthday. I would love to have a Murder Mystery Dinner with everyone dressed in cocktail attire. That would be so much fun, I still have six more years before he’s 40 but I’ve been planning it since his 30th birthday.

    • Mae says

      oh yah! my dream party would be a kids party! Dr. Suess theme with muli-colored cotton candy as decorations, stripes…Dr. Suess dessert theme dessert table/bar..bright yellows/oranges/blues for cupcakes, pink chocolate milk in glass bottle with multi-colored striped straws, cotton candy party hats, oh, pin the hair on that “Thing” and the list goes on!!

  62. Carla says

    My dream party would feature children’s literature. We love to read and there are so many great children’s books as well as illustrators.

  63. Brianne Goetzinger says

    Birthdays! Not my own, of course, but everyone elses! My daughter’s always includes the invitation and the decorations, even though it’s only family of 10 people. Lately it’s been surprise birthday parties for my girlfriends turning 30!

  64. says

    My dream party theme would have to be all about everything fall…cozy corners, warm blankets, comfort foods, lots of desserts, earthy colors, and all my friends and family.

  65. Stephanie says

    I would absoultely love to throw a Buffy the Vampire Slayer party. I’m not entirely sure what I would do for it or what I would bake (probably a lot of punny baked goods, like Buffy Toffee and Spike’d Spiced Cupcakes), but I would still just love to do one.

  66. Cathy W-S says

    I would love to do an Outdoor Movie party, complete with barrels of hay for guests to sit on, popcorn machine, candy bar, soda fountain, etc. It would be so much fun for all ages!

  67. Julia Haston says

    This book looks great! I have 2 baby showers to plan in the next few months and I think this would really help! As for the dream party theme, I’ve always really wanted to go to a masquerade party, fancy dresses and all! :)

  68. Kirsten T says

    I would love a beach/ocean themed party with tiki drinks, sand, and blue ocean! Or maybe I’m just pining for a warm summer beach vacation, I’d take either right now!

  69. Baker-in-Training says

    Well, I have had a cupcake themed party, which was pretty awesome! But I would love to try a simple pastel-themed party. Or a sparkle themed one!

  70. Jessica W. says

    I would love to have a Derby party (I live in Louisville, KY). I would have rose bud cupcakes, horseshoe cookies and of course mint juleps!

  71. Kim says

    I’d like to have an Italian theme party. I asked for this for my b-day April 12 and didn’t get it. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  72. Amy Jo says

    I would love help planning my daughter’s College Graduation Party! She is the first in all of our family to go all of the way thru College and we are SOooooo Proud!

  73. says

    i would love to do a really precious baby shower at some point… with a little tea party theme or something, just really simple and sweet colors and lots of pastels! i would love more original ideas though and i’ve been dying to see what Amy’s got in store!

  74. says

    My daughter’s high school graduation party is the only party theme I’m thinking of right now. I’m so excited to throw this party in her honor! Love Amy Atlas and would love this book!!

  75. Laura says

    Oh my goodness, I looooove strawberries! Tonight, I had an odd, but satisfyingly delicious combination of cheese ball, strawberry preserves and strawberry. It was delightful!

    My ideal party would be a chocolate party! I would have to have a chocolate fountain, make that three–one sporting dark chocolate, another for milk and the third for white. Then there would be brownies, cookies, truffles… I could go until my fingers fell off! Mmm, now I want to go bake.

    Best wishes to everyone, and thanks for all the yumminess!!

  76. Tara C says

    I just tweeted- I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book, Sweet Designs, from @bakingdom! t.co/KmdbUHCM #sweetdesigns

  77. says

    My dream party. For a wedding shower, I would love a garden/flower themed party. I don’t want white and boring. I want greens, pinks, blues, and oranges. would love a spring wedding, so the flowers would go with the wedding theme/season.

  78. says

    I love your trifles! We are lucky enough to have fresh strawberries year-round, so I will definitely try this!

    I’m planning an Elton John party for my 50th birthday! I’ve found some great decorations, but 70s food was funky! LOL!

    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book!

  79. Ashlie Kerr says

    Hmmm… my dream party theme would be… that’s tough! Something patriotic and thankful- so maybe a thanksgiving celebration honoring the soldiers. Weird, I know!

  80. says

    This book sounds fantastic! I have so many ideas for a dream theme, but the one that takes the cake right now would have to be an outdoor garden-party style event, complete with white paper lanterns hung throughout the area, some chicken and veggie kebabs on the grill, and, of course, a table full of cupcakes right in the middle of it all. I’ll be graduating with my Master’s in about two weeks, and we’re looking to create a similar theme. :)

  81. says

    My dream party theme would be a “Welcome Home baby shower”. My husband and I are in the process of adopting, so being able to have a baby shower would mark the end of our journey…and the ultimate party for us!! :)

  82. says

    My DREAM party would be to have all those I love that are no longer here today to celebrate Thanksgiving together again. Where they could meet my children, some for the first time, and see how beautifully they’ve grown up and what wonderful people they are. That would be a DREAM COME TRUE!

  83. Sara says

    My dream party theme, at the moment, would either be a Harry Potter themed one (yay for college classes on Harry Potter), a huge black/white dessert party, a neon colored dessert party or with my college graduation coming up – a college graduation party!

  84. jennie says

    my perfect party which i hope happens really soon………..would be playing a baby shower for my daughter in law. i did the dessert table at her bridal shower which her mom threw and it was a huge success. i can’t wait to do it again and would love the book to inspire me. have a great day.

  85. Teresa says

    I would love to have a colorful 40th birthday party this year. Full of candies and cakes, all in bright cheerful colors! What a better way to start the 40’s?

  86. Jeri says

    My wished for theme/party would be an awesome 25th anniversary party for my dh and I. I’ve got 3 years to plan it…and 3 years to lose weight!

  87. Vishanna Jaimungal says

    My dream theme…. I love the colour orange and white together. If I could I would love to theme my birthday party in an authentic Indian style party with lots of flowers …with everything being orange and white!!..

    my wedding deco was totally orange and white ONLY… i can send pics if you like.

    Suc a book though would provide inspiration. I hope to win one!!

  88. Sara says

    My dream party would be a 40th anniversary party for my parents, enabling them to cherish all of their memories together over the years!

  89. Ashley says

    I would love to have a crime scene/CSI/forensics lab themed dessert table. I am in to all that type of stuff so much and I think that it would be fun to see what I or someone else could come up with for this theme.

  90. Elaina B. says

    I am dreaming of a lovely garden tea party for my beautiful daughters first birthday. She’s only three months but Im already thinking about it!

  91. Michelle says

    I would love to throw a baby shower. I have so many cute ideas I want to use. I am waiting for my sister to have one so I can plan her shower.

  92. Linda says

    Those are the cutest dishes! And I live in the winter strawberry capital of the world-Plant City,Fl. My parents 60th wedding anniversary is this summer and there will definitely be strawberry trifle!

  93. Lisa M. says

    I love planning parties of any kind, but my daughter will be graduating from college in December so that will be my next big party probably!

  94. Cynthia Brooks says

    A fourth of July holiday party the beach with all of the beautiful fireworks lighting up the night sky for miles and miles would be my theme of choice.

  95. Denise says

    An old fashioned garden party where everyone wears white, we play croquet and badminton, and sip tea and eat strawberry trifle under the shade of big old trees.

  96. Sharee says

    My dream these right now is my daughters Octonauts party… Living in the moment I guess. That is my current project. Then my son’s Winnie The Pooh party…

  97. Linda M says

    Oh how I would love to have a party that focused on an endless buffet of all things chocolate – cake, pies, puddings, cookies, drinks, candy, fountains, white, dark, milk, sweet, savory……..sorry, I’m guessing you get my all encompassing chocolate theme……

  98. Adrienne says

    my dream party is an anniversary party 40s inspired/vintage. Everyone dressed in beautiful dresses and WWII inspired clothing, big band music and lot of fun food!

  99. says

    My ideal party theme, hmm, that’s a tough one. When my family & friends have parties, we often play video or board games, so I guess a gaming-themed dessert table & party for all of us would be pretty awesome! Scrabble-inspired cookies, perhaps? A Wii-shaped cake? Oh, now I’m getting ideas!

  100. says

    My dream party theme would be anything for boys!!! They’re so hard to do something for. I’m not talking toddlers, I mean more in the 9-10 year old range. HELP!

  101. Kim J. says

    My dream party theme would be something grown-up and girly. I am surrounded by boys…big and little….I don’t get girly…ever.

  102. Amy F. says

    I would love have a Halloween glam-girlie themed 1st birthday party for my daughter: skulls, glitter, cupcakes, candy, black/white/silver/hot pink…I’m sure I can get tons of ideas from Amy Atlas’ book!

  103. Monica says

    Hmm….right now I guess I’ve been thinking about my 40th birthday. Yikes! 40 already? I would like it to be sparkly, pretty and all themed ouy with my favorite things.

  104. Theresa T says

    Halloween slash horror/slasher movie themed wedding. Love the colors, the creepy music and decorations, the general juxtaposition of sweet/scary…oh my, I can just imagine it now…

  105. Jessica says

    My dream party theme? That’s easy. Doctor Who- all the way. Complete with your fish fingers and custard, and some kind of bow tie pasta. Although I do have this reoccurring dream about a Psych party- jerk chicken, blueberries and of course, pineapple everything.

  106. Becky S says

    We’ve been house shopping a bit and the idea of hosting a little welcome to our new home get together in our makes it even more appealing.

  107. Christina says

    I would love to do a dia de los muertos party with the all the colorful calvaderas. Last year I had fun with an itsy bitsy spider theme. I am currently planning a pink lemonade party and a mothers day brunch which needs a theme (I am loving iambaker’s “you are” cookies for that).

  108. llaney says

    Ohhh, my dream party would have a Paris theme, and we’d all be enjoying French pastries (savory ones like mushroom and onion tarts; sweet ones like eclairs) and drinking shampagne!

  109. Mary B. says

    Hard to choose…since I have a 4 y.o. boy and 2.5 y.o. girl, it would be something that both of them would like…maybe Mickey Mouse or Little Einsteins! :)

  110. Asia says

    I would live to see a Victorian French/Parisian theme. It was the theme for my wedding and would love to see it sort of “tamed” down to an every day party!

  111. Melissa says

    Right now I am obsessing over my little girl’s first birthday party. It is a wonderland theme in July. I am already planning all kinds of fabulous and crazy wonderland things!

  112. tara says

    i think my dream party would be the wine/vineyard theme she has in the book. you cant go wrong with wine, cheese, and chocolate at least in my book.

  113. Jennifer Alexander says

    My parents 40th Anniversary is coming up. How awazing! Its a dream to be able to throw them this party, hopefully outdoors with all of their favorite people there!

  114. Shawna says

    My granddaughter and I are planning a beach themed party for her 13th birthday. We would love some ideas from Amy’s book, it looks amazing.

  115. mirtha says

    for my 40th birthday, I threw myself a dessert party and the theme was “Sweet 40″, with a table full of sweets, including a chocolate fountain, mini cheesecakes, cupcakes and a tres leches cake made by a sweet friend of mine, among other sweets, most home-made by me.

  116. says

    I have got to try making these. Strawberry shortcake is one of my fave things and this seems even better. My dream party theme would be a vintage 60s style party in the summer. Like a scene out of Beach Blanket Bingo.

  117. says

    it would be a surprise party for my husbands 62 birthday. We will be on vacation, with the kids and their families, so baking is out of the question. the day after my husband has heart surgery so I want this to be really special

  118. says

    my dream party theme would be like a fairytale in white and soft pink, lots of dreamy peony flowers and roses, little round lightbulbs like fire flies, long tables and lots of happy people enjoying each others company. This all happens in a beautiful peaceful garden, on a warm night and the sky, filled with twinkling stars. Well, I live in the Netherlands, so I don’t think this will ever happen, but I keep dreaming of a wedding party like this for one or all three of my daughters.

  119. Karen Ristau says

    I am working on my daughter’s bridal shower and would love to do a dessert bar. Amy’s book is beautiful and I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

  120. Carli says

    Chocolate theme! A whole table filled with everything made from chocolate and maybe a pink and brown color scheme to go with it!

  121. Elisha Stewart says

    This is such a cute idea. I’m already drooling over those pictures.
    I’m glad that you shared the steps as well.
    Thanks.

    -Elisha

  122. Anna Durbin says

    My dream party (which my boyfriend & I actually plan on doing this year or next) is a 1960’s themed Christmas party! I would love to have everyone dressed in 1960’s fashion. The house would be decorated with retro ornaments and even a white Christmas tree. The food would be vintage recipes… down to the classic jello-mold. That would be soooo much fun!

  123. Caroline says

    What’s your dream party theme?
    It would have to be a “Just because” Harry Potter/ Doctor Who party! My two favorite things with limitless party possibilities!

    Also I tweeted! (@Caroline_Bohan)

  124. Reine Birdsell says

    I would either like an outdoor shabby chic party, a very classy with a touch of 50’s party at the Casino on Catalina Island, or just a good old fashioned beach party! Thank you!

  125. Ashley says

    You know, asking about my dream party theme is like asking me what famous person I want to have dinner with. Impossible. But at the moment I think something sparkly, white and wintery sounds awesome. Even though it’s only just now getting warm. Call me crazy.

  126. Marcie says

    Hm… I think the theme of food is a great one, but I guess if I HAD to choose a theme theme, I’d go with something nerdy like a Mario theme. It could be fun to dress in overalls and wear fake mustaches, right?

  127. says

    My absolute DREAM party theme is a super fancy-shmancy masquerade–I’m talking full-on elaborate masks, gowns, & tuxes, the whole shebang! It’s on my list of things to do if I ever become rich enough! XD My more realistic dream party theme is a 1920s speakeasy! :)

  128. says

    For my son’s 2nd birthday we did a Wheel of Fortune themed party since he loved to watch that show. We dressed him like a little talk show host.

    For his 3rd party we threw a Dr. Seuss themed party… another favorite of his. Loved that too.

    Now with a new little girl on the way this book would be a big help for party ideas for her.

  129. says

    I’d do this one for just about anyone, but it was done for me for my bridal shower: Alice’s Tea Party! Miniature foods everywhere, lots of different teas, and even a rousing game of hedgehog croquet complete with inflatable flamingos! Best party ever!

  130. ashley digiovanni says

    Secret garden. I would like forrest getaway. Where u have sweet berry like desserts nature like desserts. Sit on tree stumps. Flowers everywher

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