Dessert Mash-Ups Book Launch Party

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. 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!!!!

  2. 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! 

  3. 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. 

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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)