Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today is an exciting day! Amy Atlas’s book,  Sweet Designs, hits the book shelves. I got my book last week and I am in love! Amy’s book is filled with over 175 recipes and dessert displays that are easy to create at home. There are so many fun and creative ideas in Sweet Designs, I want to have a party every day! Amy’s dessert tables are fabulous! I didn’t have time to create an entire table yet, but soon! I couldn’t wait to try one of Amy’s recipes though-the book is filled with lots and lots of sugary sweets. My kind of book:) I made Amy’s Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, one of the recipes included in the Pastel Pretty party. I love all things pastel and Amy’s Pastel Pretty Party is perfection…and so are the Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The banana cupcakes are simple to make, which makes them perfect party food. The banana cupcakes are super moist thanks to the bananas and sour cream and are topped with cream cheese frosting. These classic cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any party. Amy jazzes the cupcakes up with licorice pastel candies. Since I still have multiple bags of Easter M&M’s lying around the house, I used Easter M&M’s. I knew loading up on the after Easter candy sales would come in handy:)

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recip

The Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are a reason to have a party on their own, but Amy’s Pastel Pretty table is filled with pretty pastel treats. A few of the sweets include: vanilla cake, pound cake bites, sugar cookies, eclairs, and cotton candy sticks. Oh, and did I mention Amy created a tablecloth made with Necco Wafers? Genius! I can’t wait to have my own Pastel Pretty party!

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Sweet Designs is filled with lots of party planning ideas, crafts,  recipes, and tips. All of the dessert tables are spectacular! And don’t worry if you are not crafty or creative, Amy makes party planning easy! So before you plan your next party, pick up a copy of Sweet Designs. Amy will help make your party a smashing success!

We loved these Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and we think you will too! They are perfect for any party or just because! Enjoy!

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting-perfect for parties or an every day treat!
Servings
12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the banana cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 ripe medium bananas roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Pastel candy or sprinkles for decorating optional ( I used Easter M&M's)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and continue to beat, adding one egg at a time until thoroughly combined. Add the sour cream and bananas and mix until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to the mixer and beat until just smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until just combined.
  3. Β Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way full with the batter and bake, rotating halfway through, until the cupcakes are golden and a cake tester inserted int he middle comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  4. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the frosting onto each cupcake. Using an offset spatula and holding the cupcake in your hand, spread the frosting on in swirls by turning the cupcake in your hand. Ring each cupcake with pastel candies or sprinkles, if using. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. We all eat and get together for Birthdays. We are planning my mom’s 80th birthday now. The book would come in handy,

  2. I don’t throw much parties, but I love having friends come over for wine night! I’m getting married in June, which will be my first big party. In August I’ll be having a house warming party, which would benefit from a cute cake table just as much as my reception would!

  3. I like the coziness of a family gathering event for the Christmas holidays. I have done these a few times and they are always great.

  4. I love planning birthday parties — for myself and others! I baked all of the sweets for the birthdays of my immediately family members last year.

  5. I just LOVE birthday parties — such a fun, celebratory atmosphere and you can really tailor things to the person whose birthday it is! Academy Awards parties are a close second πŸ™‚

  6. I follow you on Pinterest… (my other comment was wrong.. sorry!! I put facebook, meaning Pinterest.. don’t know if you can delete that comment??)

  7. I have a history of throwing parties that nobody attends. However, I do coordinate regular potlucks at work, and one of my favorites is the one for opening day of baseball season. Ballpark treats all day. (And a bellyache by the end of the day.)

  8. Tie between birthday and Halloween parties…or maybe our annual non-holiday “Ugly Shirt Party,” which is always a blast!

  9. I love throwing any kind of party, but I think Baby Showers are so much fun. There are many ways to get creative so each party is always different!

  10. Do I really have to pick just one kind of party that is my favorite to throw? I love ALL parties. But, I suppose if I had to pick one it would be Halloween! I have one for my daughter and her friends every year!

  11. birthday parties are the best – you’re never nailed down to one theme and you get to spend time with your closest friends and family instead of a large group you don’t know!

  12. I love birthday parties because you have a different theme each time and run with it! I’d love to win this book! πŸ™‚

  13. I love having small dinner parties. A few good friends and or fam and loads of good food, music and keep the vino flowing πŸ˜‰

  14. My favorite party to throw has to be Halloween! Costumes, color scheme, so many different food/sweet possibilities and funny music, you can’t go wrong with all that!

  15. Halloween for sure. It’s one of my favorite holidays! Although Christmas would be a cute idea, too! I usually do the desserts in our home.

  16. My favorite party to throw is a holiday dessert party. I did it for years and love planning for weeks to Wow 100+ people…I could use some new ideas!

  17. Favorite kind of party to throw would be birthday…for the kiddo and nieces! Not so much for the adults in my life. But it’s so fun to bake and create fun, sweet treats for the kids.

  18. I love throwing office parties – I am the unofficial “treat-bringer” for our department meetings (I’m a teacher) and my girls would just FLIP for some of the things I have seen out of this book – your cupcakes included!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. My favorite party to host is our annual Happy Birthanksmas party, held every year on the first Saturday of December! My husband and I created this party four and a half years ago to celebrate Thanksgiving, my birthday, and Christmas! Everyone looks forward to it and it is so much fun to have all of the different decorations out and enjoy time with all of our friends. Not to mention the food….yum!! :o)

  20. I love throwing birthday parties!! You get to make it all about that one special person. πŸ™‚ Christmas parties are pretty spectacular too. Actually, you know what? I love throwing any party – it doesn’t matter what kind!

  21. Ooo! I love birthday parties! They’re such a special time…and you can theme them whatever you want – classy, superhero, masquerade, cookouts, whatever!

  22. My favorite party to throw is Halloween!!! It is my absolute favorite holiday, so I love celebrating it. Especially since you get to dress up in costume! I also LOVE all things associated with Halloween… the decorations, the “creepy” food, etc. so those parties are hands down my favorite πŸ™‚

  23. I love to throw any party that brings friends and family together with great food… But if I had to choose my fav, it would probably be a birthday bbq (a lot of summer birthdays in our family).

  24. Being that my husband, brother, dad and grandpa are all military veterans….I love throwing 4th of July parties to celebrate the sacrifices these strong, important men in my life have made to protect me and my freedom.

  25. I like throwing birthday parties because you can design each party specifically for the guest of honor. Creating a unique celebration is so much fun!

  26. I love throwing girls night in parties! The perfect excuse to get my nearest and dearest together, eat, catch up and have a care free night!

  27. Cinco de Mayo as of now, but we’ll start hosting birthday parties for my dauther at her next bday (3) and sure that will become my favorite!

  28. i love throwing random themed parties – like just having a dinner party and making it mexican themed with all meixcan food, music, dessert, drinks, etc. themes make everything more fun!

  29. My favorite party to throw is a no occasion party, just a gathering for friends that are too busy to hang out when hang times are not scheduled for months in advance. These cupcakes look lovely!

  30. birthday parties are always fun! heck, any party is fun to throw..especially when it comes to the desserts! it is exhausting though, but the outcome and impressions on people’s faces are all worth it. (:

  31. i love birthday parties! heck any party is fun to have..especially when it comes to desserts. it’s a lot of work, but the outcome and impressions on people’s faces are all worth it!! (:

  32. I love throwing a Friendsgiving around Thanksgiving time. Its great to be able to celebrate the holiday with your friends too since many people scatter across the map to see their families for the real holiday!

  33. My favorite kind of parties to throw are definitely birthday parties!!! You can do so many different themes and places. And of course there is always cake, so that’s a bonus πŸ™‚

  34. Birthdays are SO important to me, they need to be special, so that would probably be my favorite! Love, love, love to run with a theme for someone I love, love, love!

  35. One thing my husband and I like to do is throw movie-themed parties. Guests have to dress up is something that is somehow related to the movie and we cookie things that tie into the movie theme. When everyone arrives we eat, drink, and watch the movie together.

  36. This book looks fantastic! My favorite kind of party to throw is probably a birthday party. I love coming up with various themes and bringing the whole design and concept together.

  37. I love to plan birthday parties for my son. It is always to get together things for the theme of the party to make it special.

  38. My very favorite kind of party is a “just because” party! So much fun to just celebrate friendships. Next in line would be anniversary parties.

  39. Tacky Christmas party, every year, that serves as a reunion of all my college friends who are living in or visiting the area. It’s wonderful πŸ™‚

  40. I love having all kinds of parties…..Christmas parties, birthday parties, 50’s parties, Hawaiian parties, and especially surprise parties!!

  41. My favorite kind of party to plan is definitely a birthday party, because everyone has a birthday and deserves to have a day that’s all about them! Birthdays come so much more frequently than New Years or the Super Bowl, so I use it as another excuse to throw a celebration full of food and fun for my friends and family! πŸ™‚

  42. Christmas. There’s something about the season that just begs for homey yet sophisticated gatherings. I love that.

  43. I love Christmas although I don’t know that a Christmas dinner is necessarily a “party” event. I have a 7-month-old though and look forward to getting into the birthday party thing as she grows up!

  44. My friends and I always try to find silly, ordinary events to throw parties about. Once we had a “first cold front of the year” party, and another time, we had “Raisins [my friend’s cat] got his rabies shot” party. The most fun one was definitely “Laurie bought a kitchenaid mixer/final exams are over” party where we made a TON of desserts with the new mixer and served them to friends to celebrate the end of the semester.

  45. My favorite kind of party to throw would probably be a birthday party for my kids. Nothing is better than having a fun theme, great treats and kids who appreciate it and really enjoy it!

  46. My favorite kind of themed party is a girls night out at someone’s house. Drinks, great food and definitely great company!!!

  47. I love doing New Years parties with friends. Getting all dressed up and making a huge, fancy dinner…that’s bringing in the New Year right! πŸ™‚

  48. Superbowl Party. Duh! I get to make lots of yummy treats AND its totally okay to ask people to bring even more yummy treats. Win win WIN!

  49. I love a birthday party. My little girl’s 3rd birthday is coming up and tis book would be perfect for party planning.

  50. I haven’t gotten to throw to many parties myself, but parties in the summertime are the best kind……BBQ and all kinds of yummy sides and salads to go with it!

  51. I had the priviledge of throwing a housewarming party & it was the best! Everyone is excited to see the new home & old friends. Plus, great food! πŸ™‚ Also, I just started following Two Peas on Pinterest!

  52. I love throwing a Super Bowl party mainly because my husband loves to join in a cook along with me. It’s great fun!

  53. Every year my friends and I have a secret santa party at christmas and I have never had the chance to host but would love to plan it one year!

  54. Birthday parties, because you can be pretty flexible with the theme… especially with kids you can be really fun and creative.

    These look amazing! Now, I’m debating between them and the whoopie pies as a treat for my daughter this weekend.

  55. Birthday party! Who doesn’t love a birthday party. Especially kids parties – everyone gets to be a kid again : )

  56. i love bridal showers…the excitement of the upcoming wedding and you don’t have to decide on colors…the bride does that!!!

  57. I don’t really throw parties anymore, but Super Bowl or Halloween would definitely be it. I love Super Bowl and Halloween-themed foods!

  58. I know that it’s April, but the cold weather in my area has me craving Christmas!! I want to make comforting baked goods and be cozy and celebrate togetherness! Sounds like my kind of party πŸ™‚

  59. I love planning and throwing birthday parties for my daughter and son! I get a taste of both worlds which is so much fun!

  60. I love throwing themed birthday parties–Hawaiian, Pink Pony, Princess, Wii, Wizard of Oz, Gross-Out, and more. Coming up with a fun cake or cupcake idea to match the theme is so much fun. Thanks!

  61. I like to do green things for St. Patty’s Day. I find it to be the most fun since it comes with little stress.

  62. I love throwing parties for football games. College, playoffs, Superbowl, whatever! Boys always give the best compliments, and I don’t mind missing some of the game while I’m in the kitchen getting everything ready πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. I love throwing birthday parties for my two little girls. They are young enough that I get to have a say in the them, decor, and food. I am living my childhood again through them.

  64. My favorite kind of party to throw is any kind of party outside and in the summer, maybe I’ll throw a 4th of July party this year!!

  65. I love throwing “girls’ night” parties – I don’t have kids to throw birthday parties for and I work a lot of holidays so I usually don’t have time to plan and throw a holiday party. But a random “girls’ night” is so much fun!

  66. My favorite kind of parties to throw are definitely birthday parties. I love celebrating my family and friends as individuals and what makes that person unique. I always make a big deal out of birthdays. I especially love surprise parties!

  67. The only party I’ve thrown is a birthday party for my son. Since money is tight for us a birthday party is about all we can handle but I do love planning for a party!

  68. Not sure if it will be favorite but the next party is an Eagle Court of Honor for Boy Scouts. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  69. I love, love , love throwing CHristmas parties,……such a beautiful, happy and festive season. People’s spirits are high and they are ready to be entertained!!

  70. I like birthday parties because you get the chance to make someone feel super special! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  71. Birthday parties- especially for little ones because they think it is THE most important holiday of the year!

  72. I love having brunch for any occasion. It’s a great opportunity to throw my favorite breakfast items, lunch items, and sweets…and get away with it in one meal!

  73. My favorite type of party to throw is a cookie party for Christmas! It is so great to get the whole family together to make cookies and swap them as well.

  74. I host a Christmas Eve party every year for my (very) large extended family – it’s usually 40+ people and I just thrive on it all! I actually start planning in September…. obsessive, I know. It’s really my favorite time of year and I hope to add an Open House this year too! This book would be such a help with planning.

  75. It would have to be birthday party. I love taking all I know about the birthday girl/boy and making it a party celebrating all things special to them.

  76. I have 2 baby showers to plan for this fall, so those are my current faves! I bet this book would help in that planning! )

  77. My favorite kind of party to throw is a birthday party! There’s something special about surprising a loved one on their special day by catering an event to celebrate how special and important they are! Nothing beats seeing them showered with love!

  78. I tweeted about the contest! (@ItyBtyBalebusta) My birthday is next week and this would be such an awesome gift!!! Very excited! Thanks for the opportunity and congrats to Amy on her new book!! Wishing you both only continued success!! πŸ™‚

  79. LOVE planning birthday parties and showers! Getting ready to do a pirate party for my daughter’s 4th b’day!

  80. Birthday parties & I would love to win this because I’m throwing a birthday party for my little boy in a few weeks!

  81. I always wish I were more artistic in this way, but maybe I just need to get this book! The banana cupcakes sound delicious…they make me want to have a pastel party in my future also!

  82. My favorite party each year is our huge Thanksgiving get together. Our immediate family is a blend after each spouse had been widowed. Our extended families (both former and current) have widened their circles to support us and join in the celebration of thankfulness each year! We rent a banquet hall and spend the whole day together eating too much of everything!

  83. I don’t really throw parties, but I’m looking forward to my twins 1st birthday party….although I’m not ready for them to be that old yet πŸ™‚

  84. My most favorite party to host, which I do often, is a baby shower. All my friends are having babies, so I need lots of ideas for fun tablescapes and themes!

  85. My favorite party is Halloween for my grandkids. HOWEVER I’m getting ready to plan a joint party for both daughter and daughter-in-law who turn the 40 this summer. I would love Amy’s book to help make it “one to remember”. Thanks!

  86. My favorite kind of party to throw is a birthday party, especially for the kiddos! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  87. My favorite kind of party would be a board game or wii game party. something that gets everyone to have fun, ad enjoy some time off.

  88. I Love throwing Birthday parties no doubt. I had a hankering for something banana last week and I could of so used your recipe for banana cupcakes. found one on the internet they were good but yours look and sound so much better can’t wait to try them.

  89. I love throwing birthday parties. I especially like surprise birthday parties, although those are very difficult to plan since my kids take the family calendar at the beginning of each year and circle, highlight and underline their birth dates so that we don’t forget them!

  90. Favorite party to throw is Thanksgiving–don’t have to think (too much) about the menu, not much decorating, and no gifts–just family!

  91. My favorite kind of party to throw will now be my son’s birthday parties! We’re already planning his first birthday party, and he’s only 7 months old.

  92. I really like 4th of July parties – mostly because it’s almost always involves warm weather with sunshine, grilling, and beer! What could be better?!

  93. I love brunches. I have given numerous wedding or baby showers brunches. So many yummy coffee cake and egg casserole ideas.

  94. I love having a party where I can bake lots of treats and sweets. Right now I am baking away for my daughters college graduation party!!

  95. I love doing birthday parties. My kids are so young that they still get that look of awe when they see their cake and balloons. I can’t pass up that smile and hug!!!

  96. I think that birthday parties are my favorite…we really make it a big deal at our house and there is lots of excitement tied to them!!

  97. I love throwing birthday parties for my 6 (soon to be 7) neices and nephews… making them a cake that they absolutely go crazy over is the best πŸ™‚

  98. Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I think it is probably a toss up between Super Bowl and 4th of July at the lake. πŸ™‚

  99. My husband and I LOVE Halloween! We throw a large party every year. We usually have between 50-75 people show up, in costume of course. Halloween themed food is the best. You can get so creative with it! This book looks like it has some amazing ideas!

  100. Hi,
    I would love to win a book!!! My favorite parties are Halloween parties, I love the spooky decorations, making decorated sugar cookies for the kids and other spookalicious food =).

  101. I love throwing any kind of party, but esp NYE parties!!! Holidays are over (as much as I enjoy them, I love relaxing during the beginning of the year), new year is just around the corner. I love all the silver and gold sparkles. Champagne, to me, is the greatest drink ever invented!! Cocktails, cocktail dresses πŸ˜‰ , you can serve several different types of food. LOVE IT!

  102. I love planning birthday parties and bridal showers. There is just so much you can do with decorations and food to make everything come together.

  103. My favoriate party to throw is probably a birthday party because I pick any theme I want…next comes halloween.

  104. I’ve been hearing about this book – it looks amazing! I love hosting parties around Christmas. There are so many festive treats that can be made and it’s easy to make pretty decor with lights, pinecones, holly, etc…

  105. My favorite kind of party to throw is any occasion that brings my family together, especially their birthdays when they can pick their dinner and dessert to be made by me. I love being able to make beautiful things which my family loves to eat.

  106. I love planning and preparing for my daughters birthday every year. I try to make each year bigger and better. I’d love to win this book – it looks beautiful!

  107. I can’t wait to try these banana cupcakes!! I even have bananas in stock πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see what a necco tablecloth is either!!

  108. My favorite party to throw is a Birthday one. I am planning my 30th Birthday bash this year and would love a copy of this book!

  109. I am the party planner for both sides of our family! Doesn’t matter what kind of party or what holiday, I’m the go-to person! This would be an awesome tool! Great giveaway! And I’m SO making these cupcakes as soon as I get home this afternoon….you think I lie??? No way…I have 2 perfect bananas waiting on the counter just for this recipe! I’m so excited! πŸ˜€ Good luck, everyone!

  110. My favorite party to throw is birthday parties- cake, fun, and a happy birthday boy or girl, what more can you ask for? πŸ™‚

  111. My kids b-day parties…they always pick their own theme and they help w/ all the decorating and of course the coordinating craft to go w/ everything!

  112. The Fourth of July is my favorite party day! We have a parade that passes our street two blocks down then all day fun ending with fireworks!

  113. I don’t need an excuse to bake other than finding someone to eat it.

    My favorite party to give is not one in particular. I like to have a party so that we can come together with family and friends, some of whom we haven’t seen in forever. Or at least it seems. Good friends + good food = great times

  114. I think baby showers are great parties to have.
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  115. We have a huge invite the neighborhood and all relatives every 4th of July. We have a huge yard, so plenty of room for the kids to run wild with room left for the adults to sit in their lawn chairs. Everyone brings food and we have such a good time. I think everyone looks forward to it each year.

  116. My favorite type of parties are summer parties on the deck! we like to have a lot of summer parties so we can grill and eat fresh fruits and veggies that go with the season and its warm at night so we can stay outside for a long time!

  117. My favorite kind of party to throw are bridal showers! My cousin and I threw an afternoon tea themed bridal shower for our best friend– it was awesome. If i had this book- it would have been awesomer!

  118. Well, seeing as I have 5 kids…alll of them having a birthday once a year ;)…it would have to be birthday parties πŸ™‚

  119. My favorite party is a colorful baby shower. When you know if it will be a boy or a girl you can be creative with your baking and cooking. BLUEberry cake or PINK potato salad. My sister’s idea!

  120. I love birthday parties and I love making the cakes! My son just turned 5 and he had a Captain America birthday. It was so much fun.

  121. I would love to win this! My favorite party to throw is a Birthday Party! We threw a surprise party for my dad’s 80th Birthday this past Saturday. This book sure would have come in handy for my dessert table!

  122. My favorite parties are the random ones. A random Friday night when a friend just passed her boards to become a doctor, that deserves a party! A Saturday morning when you just find out a friend got engaged, PARTY TIME! Girls brunch, yes please! Although, now having a daughter, I think throwing her birthday parties is becoming a highlight!

  123. I love planning parties and although I haven’t done one yet I think my new favorite party to plan will be a Gender Revealing party! They look like so much fun. A fun little simple event for something so precious! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  124. I love planning and throwing any kind of birthday party. Kids to adults, I love it all. I’m wainting to be able to throw a party for a big corporate business birthday, I think that would be fun.

  125. My favorite kind of party to throw is a toss up…between an Oktoberfest party and a Cinco de Mayo party. Oktoberfest parties are still “rare” but Cinco de Mayo parties…well…who doesn’t love Mexican food and the fun colors and decorations (unfortunately I live in KY and not saying it’s a Derby party gets me in trouble).

  126. I love to make my own treats and this book will make a great book for birthdays and celebrations. Thank you

  127. 4th of July! All the icecream, popsicles, hamburgers, chips, swimsuits, sunscreen, smiles and the excitement for fireworks.. so.much.fun. Plus! everyone stays outside to play so your house doesnt get *totally* trashed. πŸ™‚

  128. My favorite kind of party to throw is a back to school party for the kids at church…they get so excited…love to make cupcakes and homemade ice cream…so a copy of this book would definitely be in order and would love to win it.

  129. I always liked to have the whole family over on New Years Day. It just seemed to get the new year off to a good start.

  130. My favorite kind of party is the insouciant one where I bring a group of friends together to celebrate something like the beginning of spring or a special happening in one of our lives. This is my favorite kind because I get to be creative and make both savory and sweet treats for people to enjoy. It isn’t a forced, expected thing so it’s always joyful.

  131. My favorite kind of party to throw is a birthday party or just a summer bbq party get together! πŸ™‚ This Pastel Party you mentioned looks perfect for a baby shower. πŸ™‚

  132. My favorite kind of party to throw is superbowl parties! I am a football fanatic and I have so much fun preparing for the big game!

  133. I love doing my kids birthday parties. As soon as it ends I am already planning the one for next year. I also love Halloween parties.

  134. I love doing birthday parties! There are just so many different themes to choose from! My husband and I used to love throwing Halloween parties, but now that we have two small children, we can’t throw those same spooky parties anymore.

  135. I love Christmas parties-the food, the lights, the tree-all so festive! And everyone seems to be in a good mood around this time of year!

  136. It sounds crazy, but my favorite party to throw is one no one else throws – Bastille Day one years, Arbor Day another and Oktoberfest is always a hit. The great things is that no one has any expectations of the party, so you can create a theme from scratch or do something really unusual, like dress up like famous French characters or serve only French food for Bastille Day. And it’s really unlikely anyone else will have a party that day, so everyone can come.

  137. I love having “get-togethers,” whether they’re for birthdays, New Year’s Eve, birthdays, cookouts, or a girls’ night….any excuse to get together with my nearest and dearest!!

  138. I love throwing SuperBowl Parties! I love using all the yummy recipes I find that are not healthy enough to feed my family! Everything goes out the door for the Super Bowl!

  139. I love throwing welcome parties–getting new students, new colleagues and new friends to get to know each other is the best!

  140. I love to have Halloween parties. My son has a birthday around that time, and it is always so much fun… costumes, scary movies, bon fires, pumpkin carving and so many spectaular ideas float around on the internet that focus around this time.

  141. I love to do little kid’s birthday parties. Always lots of color, and no kid will ever dislike a party with ‘too much’ sweet stuff πŸ˜€

  142. I just have to try these banana cupcakes, my husband just loves anything banana! This book looks great, can’t wait to check it out!

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  143. Christmas parties are my favorite since it’s my favorite holiday. It’s not a holiday but I also like to have brunch parties – just get your family or friends together for brunch. It’s a bit more casual and less demanding on the host, I think.

  144. Halloween. I HAVE SO much fun decorating, and creating creepy foods! AND having fun and sewing up those decorations and also sewing up wonderful costumes and JUST having a BLAST we go to as many parties as we can!

  145. I had to comment on your Mini smore cookies. They were absolutely amazing.
    I am not a big fan of cookies but I could not stop eating these. I just had to tell thanks for this great recipe.

  146. Birthday(…surprise are esp. fun) because the sky is the limit. And I love to make a theme cake and have lots of decorations!

  147. I think football parties are the best because the entertainment is already provided and the food can be casual, yet classy.

  148. I Love New Years Eve parties its something about the crisp cool air that gives everyone such a great optimism about the new yer, plus it doesn’t hurt that its my birthday πŸ™‚

  149. Not the typical answer, but I’m obsessed with planning weddings! Absolutely LOVE weddings and I help as many brides plan their weddings as possible. Now that I’m engaged, I’m having a blast!!

  150. I love doing Christmas parties and a mid-summer party. I should do something different this year and plan a Fall party. I love decorating for Fall.

  151. definitely Halloween. i LOVE costumes and i love seeing what other people think of to wear, plus i love making spooky fun desserts!

  152. right now I’m planning a garden/tea party for a friend’s bridal shower. I’m so excited about all of the possibilities, but a little overwhelmed at the same time!

  153. My favorite party to host is any kind of sports-watch party. I love to watch sports and eat, so I am in heaven at events such as Super Bowl parties. What a fun looking book!

  154. I love any party that calls for costumes/dressing up! Halloween parties, fru fru victorian tea parties, absolutely anything glamorous or fantastical.

  155. We throw a 4th of July party every year. It is a lot of fun (and hard work getting ready for it) and one year we had about 130 people.

  156. Oh my lord, Halloween! I just love fall, (non-tacky) decorations, food, and dressing up in general and Halloween parties are by far my favorite thing to do!

  157. I love to throw any kind of party, but my favorites are the ones that involve my family. We love to celebrate at the brunch showers we give before weddings and babies;, Christmas parties, Christmas breakfast and New Year’s Eve parties in my sister’s hospital rooms after two of her babies; a spontaneous July 4th party with homemade ice cream sandwiches (star-shaped, raspberry swirl ice cream between chocolate chip cookies); birthday parties. We can turn any gathering into a party because we love holidays and each other.

  158. I love throwing birthday parties!!! And this year we’re going to have a 4th of July birthday party since my daughter was born on July 6th!!!!

  159. I LOVE throwing birthday parties. The next big one will be my daughter’s 4th birthday. Everything will be Pink and Princess-y…

  160. I love, love, love throwing and baking for surprise parties of all kinds… when someone walks into a room with a three-layer cake waiting for them handmade by a friend, the love in the room is tangible. Thanks for the giveaway! xo, j

  161. I love throwing parties. sometimes for no reason… but i love to do baby showers and birthdays the most… This book will come in sooooo handy. Thanx for the giveaway.

  162. My favorite kind of party to throw is a tailgate party before a baseball game! Sunshine, good friends and surprising everyone with delicious food that is NOT hot dogs or hamburgers — once we did tri-tip fajitas for 50 people in the parking lot before an Oakland A’s game!

  163. I love to host holiday parties, Halloween, Valentines, Easter…. I just love to entertain period. I need a copy of this fabulous book! πŸ™‚

  164. I would also like to throw a “Toddlers & Tiaras” themed party for my daughter’s future birthday party and have all the little girls dress up like they’re going to a beauty pageant. It would be fun.

  165. My favorite party is forHalloween! I love making all the goolie treats and decorations and all the delighted faces of my guests!

  166. Hmmmm i am not a great party thrower but do love to cook. I love superbowl parties cuz the food and prep is pretty easy but i also love christmas eve for a chance to try new appetizers and of course…all the cookies !

  167. My favorite party’s to plan are kids birhtday parties. You can let your imagination run and everyone enjoys the results.

  168. my favorite party to throw are suprise birthday parties. i love seeing the look on my friend’s and family member’s faces when they have no idea. πŸ™‚

  169. favorite kind of party to throw is a saturday night summer BBQ, for not particular reason except to celebrate summer, nice weather and good friends!

  170. We throw a great Super Bowl party every year with homemade pizza and hot wings. It’s lots of fun! I would love a copy of Amy’s book…..so amazing!

  171. I know this sounds crazy but i love planning bridal showers. you can do so much and get so creative. i am planning my best friends bridal shower for this June and i’m using a few of Amy Atlas’s ideas for inspiration to create a dessert table. i can’t wait to create it and see how it comes out!!!

  172. I love to make new years eve parties because everyone is happy and willing to the receive the upcoming year with the best energies! Its a lot of fun and you feel the positive vibe in the air ! Thats what gives you the inspiration to prepare everything and cook for this night

  173. My favorite kind of party to throw is a Halloween party because people get so into dressing up. It’s like a kid party again filled with candy. The banana cupcakes seem a lot like banana bread that was frosted which of course would be delicious.

  174. Birthday Parties! I want to make it special for my kids so they can pass the trend on to there kids. To make there day special just for them. I want them to say Mom always made me feel special on my Birthday with her special recipe for cakes, cookies or cupcakes. I think this book would help me do a great job of this.

  175. Babyshowers have always been a favorite party to throw. Love making mini sized portions. Mini cupcakes are the best!!