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Dessert Mash-Ups Book Launch Party

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Happy Saturday! Remember how I wrote a cookbook? Well, I decided to throw myself a party earlier this month and I’m finally posting about it!

{BTW, throwing yourself a party after you’re a teenager is…weird. It felt very “look at me” and I’m so not that person.}

Note: all photos not with my watermark were taken by Kirkpatrick Photography.

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (5 of 5)

The star of the party were the desserts, obviously. I made 6 from the book: Lemon Bar Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Toffee Bark (that inspired this recipe since Mel didn’t get any), Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies, Truffle Brownies, Cake Batter Blondies, and Apple Pie Cookies.

I made double batches of everything…and hardly anything was left!


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

It was strange to see my book…everywhere. I can’t believe I actually wrote (and photographed) a book. Pinch me.


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

The only two people at the party more excited than me were Mel and Jordan. Jordan even picked out a new dress (color appropriate, of course).

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (3 of 5)

I designed and decorated the whole party by myself. The banners and most of the party decorations came from You can make personalize banners on their site, including ones with photos. I used the “Vintage Milk” party theme to make the banner (above) and the closure stickers (below).

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (1 of 5)

The favor bags were also from They held my thank you card as well as two chocolate chip cookies for “s’more dessert” later. (Recipe in the book!)

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (4 of 5)

When my editor told me that blue and teal would be the book colors I was beyond ecstatic. If you could see my house, you’d know I didn’t need to buy much decor for the party. I live for the red/teal combination.

My sister-in-law is a local florist (Ambience Floral Design) and she provided all the gorgeous flowers for the party. (The water container is from World Market, isn’t it fabulous?)


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

The Sips and Snacks signs were also from, their “Birthday Plane” party theme.


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

I went light on the appetizers for the party (thank you so much to my mom for making them!) and they were all gone. I didn’t even get to try the hummus or the salami skewers!

Dessert Mashups Book Launch Party (2 of 5)

The party enjoyed wine from Mirassou. Have you ever had their wine? It’s really, really good and they sell it at some grocery stores and wine stores. The chardonnay is my favorite but I even love the moscato, and I’m not a sweet wine drinker, so that’s saying a lot!


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

She was so excited for the whole party. Some day, I bet I’ll be the one at her book party (or Oscar party…).


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

I’m sorry, but signing books? SO WEIRD.


Photos by Kirckpatrick Photography

I was so excited so many of my local blogger friends could come to the party. If you’re not reading these ladies, you’re missing out!

Top (left to right): Heather from Heather’s French Press, Glory from Glorious Treats, Amy from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Bottom (left to right): Amy from Very Culinary and Karen from The Food Charlatan


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

And on the left? That’s my BFF Hayley from The Domestic Rebel and my girls Trish from Mom on Timeout and Ashley from Domestic Fashionista on the right.

I love all you ladies! Thank you for celebrating my day with me!


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

My mom and dad. <3


Photo by Kirckpatrick Photography

Some of my girls, being silly. 🙂


And me, looking like a dork.

I want to thank everyone for all their help before, at, and after the party. I couldn’t have done it without any of you. 🙂

Are you interested in the book? Well, it’s on sale now!

And if you hurry, you can enter to WIN a copy from my friend Amy at Very Culinary. Enter here!

Thanks for reading!!

And wait…before you go. I have two new posts on and I’d love for you to check them out!

Chili Lasagna Crescent Bake


Lemon Doughnut Hole Dip

Doughnut holes


Thank you to, Ambience Floral Design, and Mirassou for the supplies I needed to make my party a huge success!

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  1. Well done!!! You and your family must be so proud of you and your amazing effort to write a amazing cookbook AND your excellent blog at the same time! Your book is definitely going to be No.1 on everyone’s Thanksgiving or Christmas lists, no doubt! Well done again and loving the pictures! 😀 x 

  2. OMG HOW FUN!!!! I cannot believe you found time to make a double batch of 6 desserts…in all your spare time, but clearly, a very!! worthwhile cause! I am so ecstatic for you that you did this (and of course wrote the book) because with both of my books now, I’ve done precisely..nothing special. I should have. Or still should! Can you be my party planner b/c everything looks PERFECT! You’re glowing, so are Jordan and Mel, gosh, so many shiny happy people…love it 🙂

  3. awwwwww so sweet!!!!!! The party looks FAB (almost as amazing as the book itself!) You did an amazing job and I can’t wait to get my hands on your book!

  4. Everything at your party was absolutely adorable! I am in love with everything!

  5. It’s beautiful and again, congrats!! I am so excited for you! 🙂

  6. I already have your book! I just love it; so creative, XOXO

  7. Congratulations on your book being published! That definitely is worthy of a celebration. Your family is beautiful, and obviously very proud of you.

  8. Aww, congrats on the book! I’m definitely going to buy it! Cannot wait to try out all the recipes! 😀

  9. This party looks delish!! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun & the food looks yummy too. I hope your having a great weekend!

  10. Congratulations, Dorothy! What a fun party to launch your new book. I purchased the book and can’t wait to try everything. Everything looks so creative and delicious!

  11. Wouldn’t have missed it! Love ya, lady!

  12. How exciting!! Congrats to you on this huge accomplishment! I can’t wait to get the book.

  13. Congratulations, Dorothy, on your cookbook! Your party looks fun, too.
    I have read your book, and plan to bake some of those delicious desserts soon, including your chocolate mint truffles.

  14. What a fun party.  Everything looked delicious.  No wonder there were no leftovers.  I cannot wait to try a few recipes.  

  15. I love the look of your whole party – I wish I could have come!!! Everything looks amazing – congrats!!

  16. So fun! You are one awesome party thrower! I particularly loved Jordan’s choreographed dance going on with some other girls in the backyard 🙂 And that lemon cheesecake?? BOOM.

  17. This is awesome! Congrats on your book! 

  18. Aww it looks like you had so much fun, Dorothy! I’m so excited for you and the success of your cookbook! I purchased a while back and have recipes marked off to make. I think I’m going to be having a Christmas Gift baking extravaganza soon and will be making some of the recipes from your book to give out!

  19. How exciting it must be to have written a cookbook and I love how you featured some of the desserts in the cookbook at the party. Loved all of the pictures. 

  20. Your family picture is just precious!  Congratulations on your book and success Dorothy!  You  SO deserve it!!  🙂

  21. Congrats Dorothy! The book is amazing! 

  22. Congrats, Dorothy! I bought your book a few weeks ago and I love it! When do you start working on the next one? 🙂

  23. It was a wonderful party; you did a great job! You’re the most wonderful kid on earth… 🙂


    your party was fabalicious with a touch of bling-a-ding ding love Jordan ( ps. you’re awesome)

  24. congrats

  25. Congrats on the book, Dorothy. I know I’ve said it 100 times now but I truly admire you and all of your hard work and success. The party looks like so much fun. It’s wonderful that you have the support of so many other wonderful blogger friends. By the way, it’s completely okay to be like, “look at me”. You deserve this!!

  26. Congrats, Dorothy! You look beautiful and so happy! I’ve loved your blog since the beginning and am so happy for you 🙂

  27. You are positively GLOWING in all those pictures! Congrats! Girl, you deserve it. And you are a lefty!!! I don’t know why I’m surprised, but I am. 

  28. Congrats Dorothy , I love your posts and recipes! Look forward to your book…which is on my Christmas list! Keep the sweets and treats coming! 

  29. Ha! You’re a Lefty too!

    It’s driving me nuts that I have to wait until Christmas to give my two daughters each a copy of the Dessert Mashups cookbooks that we got them….I gingerly glanced through them because I know if I start cooking out of them, I’ll smudge the pages. Once again….great recipes and awesome, bright graphics!
    PS: This year will mark the first Christmas that I will be home to celebrate with my family in 11 years! Yippie!!!!

  30. What a fun celebration of your hard work! Totally deserved! Congrats! 

  31. Aaw yay! Congrats Dorothy, the party looked like such a success and you look positively radiant and gorgeous in all the pictures 🙂  So so happy for you and LOVE your book so much!

  32. I’m SO proud of you Dorothy!! I know I’ve said that a million times, but it’s 200% true. You are so talented, dedicated, and inspirational with how much you do (both with your blog AND as a mom). It was so fun celebrating with you, and I can’t wait to see what else the future holds for you!

  33. where do i buy one?

  34. Congratulations on the book Dorothy! I am very happy for you and am loving the book! 

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