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Eek. I can’t believe this is my first post for the month of February. Sam, Mike and I took an impromtu vacation to a much warmer climate last week (so awesome) and I am finishing off a large non-Spaceships and Laser Beams project. Something had to give and it was blog posts. I’m thrilled that my first post of the month is one of our own tables.

This Bug Bash birthday dessert table, which made its debut on Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas, features Andrew’s awesome Bug Bash Collection. I am in complete awe of his illustration skills. My go-to gal and fellow Spaceships and Laser Beams-er, Catherine of Goodness Bakeshop, provided the baked goods. And for the first time, I partnered with Edible Details who provided the fondant toppers for the cake and cupcakes. I just showed Brittany the collection and told her to do something great. She totally delivered in every way. (And I don’t say stuff I don’t mean). Lots more of Mike’s photos are after the jump.

I never understand when I hear party planners say that they don’t like doing boy’s parties. This is the most fun I have ever had planning and executing a dessert table. Ever. Without the constraints of having to make something beautiful, I think I actually ended up with something that was oddly and grossly beautiful. 

These “insect nests” are my favorite thing on the table. They’re flakey pie crusts that can be eaten on their own or dipped in the mousse. I asked Catherine to recreate this photo and she did an amazing job — particularly because she doesn’t have the tools they used in the original photo. They tasted pretty good too!

Here is a close up of the Edible Details cupcake toppers, and the cake topper below it. I think you’re supposed to lay them flat but I wanted to show them off!

For the mousse, I did a replica (or a really gross version) of this bumble bee dessert. The bugs are made out of dried mangoes, mulberries and raisins.

I promise this is not a typo below. I was trying to do a fun play on “dried fruit” with “died fruit”. But after I saw the photos, I realized how many people will probably think I just made an error. LOL Those are Catherine’s sugar cookies topped with dried fruit bugs. Andrew’s placemat illustrations inspired me to recreate this photo into a dessert.

I loved making these chocolate “hive pieces.” I found this photo and immediately knew I would do a version of the topper for a bug-themed table. I basically just melted chocolate wafers, added in a little oil to thin it and then poured it over bubble wrap. A couple of hours in the fridge and it was ready!

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.