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Happy day before summer, y’all!! I don’t know about you, but summer is hands down, with a doubt, my favorite season of all time. Long, warm days, catching fireflies, ice cream and hanging out on the porch with good company make the next few months magical. Y’all know us. If we love something, we must find an excuse to celebrate it!

All the gorgeous styling of Amy Atlas!

When Amy Atlas, sweets designer extraordinaire, released her book, Sweet Designs just two months ago, we were dying to share it with y’all! The bright colors, yummy recipes and fun tips were just what we needed to ring in the summer.

We’re thrilled that we can giveaway one of Amy’s books to two lucky winners! It’s a fabulous resource for planning the epic sweets spread at your wedding, but you’re also going to find so many ideas in there that you’ll start styling desserts at all of your parties. (Wait until you see her chapter on picnic spreads! I die.)

To Enter: Leave us a comment below telling us what you love most about summer.

Win: TWO winners will each receive one copy of Amy Atlas’s book, Sweet Designs!

This giveaway closes on June 27. Good luck!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Liz reply

    Oh my word I have heard great things about that book! fingers crossed. =)

  2. avatar megan reply

    summer is the heart of baseball season!

  3. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I love the warm summer early evenings when the fireflies start to appear and running around with my nieces trying to catch them! (They are so good at it! Must be something about being young because I used to be much better at it than I am now!)

  4. avatar Megan P. reply

    I love the carefree attitude of summer!

  5. avatar Desiree reply

    I love summer beers!!! mmm

  6. avatar Kelly reply

    I love being able to open all the windows in our home when the weather is nice! We have a ton of trees surrounding our house, so from the vantage point of my bedroom upstairs, it feels like I’m in a treehouse!

  7. avatar Peyton Marie reply

    My favorite thing about summer is the watermelon, ice cream and backyard cookouts with family and friends. Everyone is more relaxed in the summer and the whole atmosphere is happy happy happy :)

  8. avatar Linden reply

    I love going to the lake! Waterskiing, being on the boat, and just relaxing by the water is the best! I’ve heard great things about this book.

  9. avatar Katie W. reply

    I love the longer days of summer!

  10. avatar Rachael reply

    Love being able to get outside and have picnics by the lake.

  11. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite thing about summer is going on vacation!!! I live in NC, so I visit the beach AND the mountains during the summer!

  12. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite thing about summer is summer cookouts!! Complete with dessert, of course :) Hope I win!

  13. avatar Kati W reply

    My favorite thing about summer is going to the lake on the weekends. It’s only an hour away from where we live, and we always have fun summer traditions — like making homemade ice cream and playing charades!

  14. avatar Nicole reply

    Oh, where to start. Summer is just the best! I love unwinding with the fiance on the back patio with a glass of wine, enjoying the fireflies, and watching our pups run around the yard. Perfect summer night!

  15. avatar Elizabeth reply

    My favorite thing about summer is making homemade ice cream!!

  16. avatar Kaitlin Boles reply

    Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to enter this giveaway, so sweet of you! Good luck to everyone who has entered this giveaway! I love summer vacations, a break from nursing school and finishing up my psychology degree as well! I love being able to plan my wedding this summer eventhough it isn’t until October of 2013. I am also happy to spend time with my fiance, family, and friend this summer! I love summer time!

  17. avatar Jessica reply

    What I love most about summer is coming home from college and being able to get back into the swing of doing things with my family. I love weekly Sunday bagels with Grandpa, nightly family dinners that are homemade by a combination of my parents and me, and just hanging out with everyone at night in our living room or on our back porch if the weather is nice!

  18. avatar Kristy reply

    Late night swinging : )

  19. avatar Liz @ Hobby Lobbyist reply

    I love the green grass and beautiful flowers of summer.

  20. avatar Annie reply

    I love drinking sweet iced tea on our patio while watching the fireflies!

  21. avatar Meghan reply

    Cicadas makin’ noise on a lazy hot summer afternoon after having pulled a few crab pots earlier in the day. Having a crab feast outside right on the picnic table complete with Old Bay, Firefly with limeade, and laughter!

  22. avatar amanda reply

    my favorite thing about summer is the peaches, honeysuckles and fireflies! you can just smell it right now… ahh summer..

  23. avatar Erin reply

    My favorite thing about summer? The sunshine! Sunset isn’t until late (like 8:30 pm!) which means more time to drive around with the windows down, more time to sit on the deck and take in the day, more time to spend time with those we love <3

  24. avatar Shea Heimbach reply

    I love eating corn on the cob and ripe watermelon with family on our back porch as the sun sets!

  25. avatar Angela- The Southern Fried Bride reply

    Love the warm breeze in the air!

  26. avatar Tiffany Freeman reply

    What I love about summer is weekends spent camping at the lake and boating all weekend long. The longer days mean more time to enjoy the evenings cooking out and being with family and friends!

  27. avatar Jessica of My Baking Heart reply

    My favorite part of Summer is sitting by the pool sipping Pina Coladas! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  28. avatar Sandryte reply

    Good weather – that’s why I love summer! And then comes my balcony with flowers, outdoor furniture, afternoon tea and icecream, watermelons. A camping trip and a few picnics are a must for the year!

  29. avatar Afton reply

    The thing I love most about summer are picnics and summer nights around a bonfire roasting marshmallows!

  30. avatar Kimberly reply

    I love summertime because I can spend precious moments with my closest friends and family! Picnics at the park, hiking by the creek, and enjoying time at Bible study are some of my favorite things to do in the summer =)

  31. avatar Theresa reply

    Spending time with family outdoors for cookouts!

  32. avatar Megan reply

    I LOVE that it stays daylight so late, so we can enjoy a great summer evening with a glass of wine while doing some front porch sittin’! :)

  33. avatar Megan reply

    I LOVE that it stays daylight so late, so we can enjoy a great summer evening with a glass of wine while doing some front porch sittin’! :)

  34. avatar Katie O’Keefe reply

    What I love about summertime? Fireflies, lake weekends, frozen lemon pie, bright (neon) clothes, watermelon, grilling, roasting s’mores at night, freshly cut grass, the smell of sun tan lotion, pistachio ice cream, spending time with family outside and never needing a sweater! Thanks for doing this giveaway – I love Amy Atlas.

  35. avatar Lindsey D reply

    I love long, lazy days at the beach!

  36. avatar Kori reply

    I love the lake in the summertime with my family!

  37. avatar Brittney Perryman reply

    My favorite thing about summer is the way it brings Southern families together. Whether we’re attending concerts in our small town, hanging out at my aunt’s pool, or just sitting on the porch making homemade ice cream, my huge Southern family always spends the summer together and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  38. avatar Anne M reply

    Picnics…fireflies…homemade ice cream…the warmth of the sun and the comfort of spending time with family and friends!

  39. avatar Susan Trexler reply

    Oooh, sitting in the backyard under the trees with a sweet breeze cooling the end of the day at sunset, while sipping a glass of wine. It’s so peaceful and quiet!

  40. avatar Whitney reply

    What isn’t there to love about summer?! I would have to say my favorite thing about summer are the lazy days spent on the beach that turn into lazy nights grilling out. Oh and of course homemade Cheerwine icecream!

  41. avatar Brittany reply

    My favorite part of summer is there’s always a reason for good food and yummy desserts! Whether it’s grilling hamburgers on the porch with friends, or trying a new Popsicle recipe by the pool.

  42. avatar Samantha Jones reply

    What’s not to love about summer? Any Southern girl knows that summer is a time to break out cute sundresses and heels (or wedges!), fun jewelry, and spend time outdoors with loved ones. My personal favorite is to a host a family BBQ with home cooking and drinks in mason jars.

  43. avatar Emma reply

    My favorite thing about summer is 4th of July! I always spend the day with my family and friends soaking up the sunshine and cooling off in the pool then eating lots of delicious food (and drinking ice cold sweet tea, of course!) and lighting fireworks.

  44. avatar Brenda reply

    Summer reminds me of good times with friends near the water. The breeze off the water and the hot sun are an invigorating combination and give a great tan. Outdoor weddings are lovely and we recently enjoyed our daughters at a historic barn, tented tables and a rented dance floor and band. The patio lights around the dance floor were so romantic when the sun went low…tuxes, frills, and sweet memories with loved ones. The deserts were arranged for a southern belle at teatime.

  45. avatar JennaLea reply

    Traveling, going to the beach, and enjoying foods fresh from the garden.

  46. avatar Katie reply

    My favorite thing about summer is summer dresses. They are so cool, pretty, and easy.

    Also, the all white display is gorge.

  47. avatar Paula reply

    Summer in Australia means Christmas for us ! Christmas, and BBQ’s, beaches and holidays! Summer in Australia signals the end of one year and the beginning of another – how can we not love summer (our biggest celebration period of the year) !

  48. avatar Sara M. reply

    I love walks on the beach with the dog, ice-cream, sunglasses and margarita cookouts :)

  49. avatar Liz Rotz reply

    Summer means baseball games (Go STLCards!), hanging out on our back deck, and working in the garden!

  50. avatar Sarah H. reply

    Chicago comes alive in the summer. Late night dinners outside, running along Lake Michigan and sundresses.

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Are y’all ready for this? It’s going to be a giant winner round-up today because we’ve been going nuts over giveaways lately!

Weren’t you just dying when you heard about our huge One Ocean Resort and Spa giveaway? We were giddy just announcing it! We love the idea of using this trip as a honeymoon, second honeymoon or getaway with the girls.

Huge congratulations go out to the lucky winner Whitney Lewis who won the three-night weekday stay at One Ocean Resort and Spa!

Floral Cotton sent us a box full of our favorite fluffy white bolls to play with and we couldn’t resist sharing the love with a giveaway! We asked you how you’d incorporate cotton into your big day.

Yahoo! Our big winner Audrey S. who said “I’d love to use the cotton on a kraft paper backer for our escort cards!” will receive 50 cotton bolls! In addition, lucky ducks Maggie and Lauren Ashley will receive 25 cotton bolls, each!

In celebration of our fourth birthday, we loaded the blog up on sugar! We asked you which marshmallow flavor spoke to your tummy the most for the chance to win $50 to 240sweet!

Congratulations to Rachel G. who said, “Happy birthday!! I like the sound of peppermint chip the most! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!” Thanks for the birthday wishes!

We can’t think of candy without thinking of Hammond’s Candies! We asked you what your favorite nostalgia candy is for the chance to win $50 to Hammond’s.

We’re excited for our winner, Anne L. who said, “Do pop rocks count as nostalgic candy? They are for me!”

Sweeteeth’s chocolate bars, bon bons and sauces will put your sweet tooth in heaven! We asked you which chocolate bar was your favorite.

Winner Megan said “Call of the wild chocolate sounds delish!”

No wedding is complete with out dessert! We love Courtney Dial Whitmore’s Push-Up Pops book for inspiration! We asked you which dessert is your favorite for the chance to win it.

Our winner, Kristy said “I would try strawberry shortcake for a push pop.” Sounds delicious!

Last but not least, we ended our birthday week with a giveaway with Candy Warehouse! You told us your favorite candy for the chance to win a $50 shopping spree with them.

Yeehaw! Our winner, Holly said “I love anything chocolate, especially those Lindt truffles.”

Congratulations again to our winners! Be on the lookout for an email from me soon!

Didn’t win this time? It’s okay, we’ve got many more giveaways lined up!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lauren Ashley reply

    Thank you!

  2. avatar Maggie reply

    Thank you for the cotton!!!!! I am soo excited to design with it!

  3. avatar Audrey S. reply

    Oh that is such great news!! Thank you guys so much!!

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On our last day of birthday celebrations, how could we not go out with a bang? It’s often desserts-galore at Southern Weddings events and staff meetings, so we couldn’t resist supplying y’all with the best sweets out there.

The aptly named Candy Warehouse is chock full of any candy you could desire. Searching through all the candy options could make your brain spin (yes, there are that many different colors of M&Ms!) which is why we love their option to shop by color or flavor. Extra bonus? They’ve incorporated a fun candy buffet builder into their site. (Confession: I may have built my own buffet a few times while working on this post.) We would love to see what pretty treats you put together, so read on to find out how to enter!

To Enter: There are three ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite candy is.
2. Tweet, “I just entered the @candywarehouse giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!
3. Like Candy Warehouse and Southern Weddings on Facebook. Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did that, too!

Win: A $50 gift certificate to!

This giveaway ends on April 13. Good luck!

Don’t forget to enter our other birthday giveaways!
Hammond’s Candies
Sweeteeth + Push-Up Pops book

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Lauren Linn reply

    Sweedish fish or white choc pretzels!

  2. avatar Rachel G. reply

    My favorite is a tie between sour worms and Andes mint chocolates! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

  3. avatar Meg S reply

    This is a new favorite, but I’m kind of obsessed with pretzel M&Ms right now. Oh my gosh, are they amazing.

  4. avatar Rachel G. reply

    I like Candy Wearhouse and SW on facebook!

  5. avatar Larissa reply

    I love Kit Kat Bars or Reese’s Pieces!

  6. avatar Rebecca reply

    Ooh…I love Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and swedish fish!

  7. avatar cami reply

    my favorite candy is snickers… love them!

  8. avatar cami reply

    I also like Candy Warehoues and SW Mag on facebook!

  9. avatar Jessica reply

    My favorite candy is bubble gum!!

  10. avatar Dana Cubbage reply

    My favorite candy is probably a tie between Skittles + Snickers. And Reese’s Pieces. And Reese’s PB Cups. Okay… I admit I have a sweet tooth!

  11. avatar Kelsey reply

    Peanut M&Ms, hands-down! I’m addicted!

  12. avatar megan reply

    i love good & plenty!

  13. avatar megan reply

    and i tweeted. thanks!

  14. avatar Ali reply

    I loooved blue whales as a kid! Now my tastes have grown much more sophisticated… I love rosebud chocolates!

  15. avatar Kassi reply

    those little pastel chocolate mint things always make me smile :-)

  16. avatar Oksana @ As Sweet As It Gets reply

    Love the M&Ms! Happy Birthday!

  17. avatar Oksana @ As Sweet As It Gets reply

    Already like you and Candy Warehouse on Facebook!

  18. avatar laura reply

    tootsie rolls. alltime fave!

  19. avatar Taylor J reply

    Ooooh!! I love the candy buffet option. We have lots of neat apothecary jars to put them in! My favorite candy is peanut M&Ms :)

  20. avatar Taylor J reply

    Tweeted! @taykatelyn

  21. avatar Taylor J reply

    and of course, I liked y’all on facebook :)

  22. avatar Megan D. reply

    Rock Candy Suckers are amazing!! Pure suger!

  23. avatar Megan D. reply

    I liked both on facebook as well.

  24. avatar Laura reply

    The fact that you can search their candy by color is A-mazing. I’m a sucker for the old fashioned rock candy.

  25. avatar Jennifer reply

    I LOVE Reese’s peanut butter cups!! Especially the Easter egg shaped ones, ooohh at all of the extra peanut butter!! :)

  26. avatar Olivia S reply

    Dark chocolate raisins or dark chocolate non-pareils….can you tell I have a dark chocolate addiction? I love how this site organizes candy by color, theme, flavor…many cute ideas :)

  27. avatar Holly reply

    This would be perfect! I’m having a candy station at my wedding.

    I loooooove sweedish fish :)

  28. avatar candace reply

    I love Reese’s pieces!

  29. avatar Bonnie reply

    As simple as it sounds, I can’t get enough of peanut butter M&M’s. I can’t get enough of that slightly salty and oh-so-sweet flavor combo!

  30. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh, definitely Swedish Fish :)

  31. avatar Megan reply

    Rock candy! LOVE how candy warehouse has rock candy to match your wedding colors! PERFECT! :)

  32. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I love anything sweet! My favorite is rock candy!

  33. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I tweeted about it! @Fireflycarolina

  34. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I like Candy Warehouse and Southern Weddings on facebook!

  35. avatar Jennifer reply

    My fav candy is the jelly bean. So many flavors:)

  36. avatar Danielle reply

    I love Rock Candy especially in the pink color which is my wedding color :-)

  37. avatar Charity S reply

    I love turtles candy.

  38. avatar Charity S reply!/ccboobooy/status/188109960574550016

  39. avatar Charity S reply

    Like Candy Warehouse and Southern Weddings on Facebook.

  40. avatar Anna A. reply

    I love the champagne bubbles candy!

  41. avatar Anna A. reply

    I liked both on fb!

  42. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    My favorite candy of all time is (are?) Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yum.

  43. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Liked you both on fb

  44. avatar Rebecca reply

    Swedish FISH!

  45. avatar Anne L reply

    Anything chocolate!

  46. avatar Anne L reply

    I also like Candy Warehouse and Southern Weddings on FB!

  47. avatar Karen reply

    This website is awesome! Check out the candy through the decades. So fun! I am a Heath bar lover!

  48. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    My favorite candy would have to be peanut m&m’s. I especially enjoy the seasonal/holiday colors. Fun and yummy!

  49. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I tweeted!!! @babyglitz

  50. avatar Annie reply

    My favorite candy is skittles! Colorful and delicious! :)

  51. avatar Jessica reply

    Reese’s peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite :)

  52. avatar Erin reply

    Sour patch kids are my favorite!!

  53. avatar Erin reply

    I like Southern Weddings and Candy Warehouse on facebook!

  54. avatar Brooke reply

    Absolutely addicted to miniature Reeses!

  55. avatar Sara reply

    Any candy that has chocolate and mint! :)

  56. avatar Holly reply

    I love anything chocolate, especially those Lindt trufflles

  57. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite candy is Reese’s cups…yum! Hope I win this giveaway!

  58. avatar Brittni reply

    My favorite candy is sour gummy worms im such a kid at heart!

  59. avatar Madeline reply

    I love all candy! Do I have to choose just one?? Anything chocolate!

  60. avatar Kate E reply

    I love Swedish Fish!!! I get them at least once a week :)

  61. avatar Kate E reply

    I “liked” both on Facebook.

  62. avatar Kate E reply

    I tweeted it!

  63. avatar Caitlin.Marie reply

    My favorite candy is miniature reese’s peanut butter cups. Chocolate and peanut butter never gets old!

  64. avatar Patricia Crowley reply

    My favorite candy are Andes mint chocolates!

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  66. avatar Dedorah Davis reply

    My FAVORITE candies are Jelly Beans~~~AND, it is my Birthday on April 10th. I WANT CANDY!

  67. avatar Ellen B reply

    Anything gummy! Especially chocolate covered gummy bears :)

  68. avatar Courtney Milburn reply

    My favorite candy is big old fashioned Lolly Pops. This is perfect! My girl will be 3 April 18th and my hubs will have a birthday April 20th, then in June I am actually throwing my (then) 2 year old a Candy Shoppe Birthday with a Candy Buffet. I would LOVE to win this for her party!

  69. avatar Elizabeth reply

    I liked both on facebook and sourpatch kids are our favorite!

  70. avatar franticfoodie reply

    I love Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

  71. avatar Cecilia reply

    Twix! Got to love that caramel and chocolate!

  72. avatar Debbie C reply

    My favorite candy is Lindt Chocolate Lindor Truffles – Milk Chocolate. I adore them.

  73. avatar Debbie C reply

    @chrisdeglen tweeted:!/chrisdeglen/status/190347360990269440


  74. avatar Tracy reply

    Twizzlers are my ultimate favorite!

  75. avatar Tracy reply

    I’ve liked Candy Warehouse and Southern Weddings on Facebook.

  76. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    What a hard question! If I had to pick, I would say M&MS … Any kind!! We are having a candy buffet at my reception and really need any help we can get. Our colors are light blue and white, so I need those light blue M&Ms!!! Please please please pick me!!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  77. avatar Jessica Williams reply

    I just tweeted about your giveaway… Please pick me!!!

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