Springtime Desserts

March 22, 2012

Hello everyone! I’m Emilie Guelpa from Paris and I’m one of Holly’s brand new columnists on decor8. I work as a freelance stylist, photographer and cookbook author and maintain a blog called Griottes. I love food so it was only natural that I met up with Holly recently at a cafe in Paris. We became fast friends and it was decided then that I would write once monthly on decor8. Today is my debut and I hope what I’m about to share makes you smile big. But first, a bit about my column…

Springtime Desserts

Once a month, around the third week, I’ll be popping in to share my column: Playing With Food. I won’t be providing recipes or step-by-step instructions on how to make anything because my column isn’t about holding your hand and telling you how to do stuff, rather this column is meant to inspire you, to build your color confidence and to show you alternate ways to look at things and how to think of ways to translate the things you see around you into the kitchen or next dinner party and to have some fun while doing it, careful not to take yourself toooooo seriously. I love to laugh and so I wish to inject some of my more quirky thoughts into the mix, too.

Springtime Desserts

Spring has Sprung! In the streets of Paris all of the cherry trees are in bloom and the days have begun to lengthen. I felt inspired by the color of cherry blossoms so I took that inspiration into the kitchen and thought to pull together a quick trio of desserts meant to invite you to embrace spring’s arrival. With March being the third month, three seemed like a good number to work from.

Springtime Desserts

First, I made a small pink Bavarian torte with a light meringue on top, as fragile as the petals of flowers.

Springtime Desserts

To invite spring to the table I brought in a few Persian buttercups along with ranunculus, pretty pastel ceramic cups, fresh pink, mint green, and a bit of Liberty fabric which is always inspirational to me. Then I decided to add some element of fun to the table, something with a little humor because this comes each and every Spring – rain! But…

Springtime Desserts
These cloud shaped cookies twirl around the table and the rain is much prettier with blossoms and tiny pompoms.

Springtime Desserts

These cookies landed gracefully upon a soft minty green plate…
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then chewed and enjoyed. :)

Springtime Desserts

The final dessert in my trio is this grapefruit sherbet which gives a soft and happy ending to this tabletop and adds something refreshing and cool. Cake has a completely different texture than a cookie and sherbet is an entirely different sensation from there.

Springtime Desserts

Springtime Desserts

You can serve sherbet (or sorbet, ice cream, frozen yogurt – whatever makes you happy) in a cone or in a cup topped with pretty sprinkles and mini flower-shaped cookies or serve both ways (in a cone and in a cup) to vary the height of your tabletop arrangement of pretty desserts and to suit the desires of your guests as some prefer being offered a choice.

Springtime Desserts

Have you heard of the poem, Spring has sprung? It is a short English poem that my friend Judikaela sent me. I find it perfectly sums up the return of spring, “Spring has sprung, the grass has ris (risen), I wonder where the birdies is. Some say the bird is on the wing, But that’s absurd, from what I’ve heard…The wing is on the bird.” So cute!

Springtime Desserts

Note: If this is all a bit too pastel for you, don’t be afraid to work in brighter pinks and greens as shown above! Play with color and play with your food, always!

See you next month! – Emilie.

(photos: Emilie Guelpa text: Holly Becker & Emilie Griottes)


  • Reply Mandy March 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been waiting for this collaboration since you both mentioned it on twitter :)

    The photos are perfection and completely inspiring. Thank you for brightening my morning with such a lovely post.

    Mandy @ Little Maison

  • Reply Patti Trostle March 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I will look forward to reading your posts! Great photos and ideas!

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore March 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Dear Emilie

    Wow, what a lovely inspiring post, and a super reminder not to take ourselves too seriously!

    Have a lovely sunny day,


  • Reply tinajo March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Lovely post, I’ll look forward to your next! :-)

  • Reply Michelle March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am so excited about this new column. Looks like it’s going to be very inspiring.

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani March 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Emily,
    Love your blog and excited about this new column on Decor8! Thanks for sharing, your pictures are wonderful!

  • Reply Foley March 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This looks just like you Emilie :) Fun and pretty!

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street March 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve been dying to see her post….finally!!!!! And I am not disappointed, it’s just beautiful as expected!!!!

  • Reply Laura March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Emilie this is very inspiring! Thanks you.

  • Reply Samira March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm


  • Reply Clemence March 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is so beautiful and inspiring! I bet the cherry blossom cake tastes like heaven.

  • Reply Juliette March 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I’m really liking this post and am looking forward to future Emilie posts!

    It would also be kind of fun to have some resource links to some of the things we see featured in these posts from time to time -although they are lovely inspiration even without the links!

  • Reply Rebecca March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Emile, what a fab collaboration! I love your blog with it’s beautifuly stlyed food so it’s great to see you here at decor8 too! Hope to see more great posts like this in the future…x

  • Reply Candi March 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    AH! So beautiful…this post fills me with happy thoughts.

  • Reply Eleni March 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Such cute cookies!
    Love the pink hues, actually love all the soft, pastel hues of the photos! Makes the sweets look even sweeter!

  • Reply Inés March 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve put on it in my favorite blogs, how wonderful.

  • Reply La Tulipe March 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Bravo Emilie pour ce premier billet. C’est splendide … tes photos, ton texte. Je suis heureuse de te retrouver sur ce magnifique blog.

  • Reply Chedva March 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful and poetic. Makes me long for spring although I’m a winter lover at heart.

  • Reply Barbara C March 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Love it! It definitely has inspired me to try something new for Spring!

  • Reply Emily March 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This is so very beautiful and inspiring. I’m quite blown away and just keep going back for another little look. The colours are so delicate and sweet and fun at the same time.
    Thank you x

  • Reply Emma March 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    What I can I say, but wow, much more inspiring than a recipe, beautiful styling, and gorgeous looking food. Looking forward to your next post.

  • Reply Clémentine March 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Bonne chance pour cette nouvelle rubrique qui commence très joliement! Bravo Emilie!

  • Reply Sandrine March 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Merci Emily and Holly!C’est magnifique…. Ah tout a fait inspirée pour préparer de jolies choses ce weekend! :)x

  • Reply Ashley March 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m so glad to see to see your column on decor8! I’ve been excited about it since Holly mentioned it at the BYW Road Trip! Such an inspiring spring table and trio of desserts! Beautifully crafted and styled as always!

  • Reply Jessica @shimmerkai March 23, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Those cloud cookies are delightful!

  • Reply Paola March 23, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Ha ha! I wish we could just eat the clouds round here sometimes!

    Gorgeous post, Emilie, I’ve been looking forward to seeing you here ever since Holly announced it. Your food styling is AMAZING.

  • Reply Punctuation Mark March 23, 2012 at 4:49 am

    i feel like i’m in heaven looking at these images!

  • Reply fenny setiawan March 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I instantly in love with your column Emilie. This is so inspiring images and your encouragement to don’t hesitate to play with food is fabulous. I especially love the cloud cookies, such a cutie. And also love your style, the pastel color and the ceramic glass. Lovely!

  • Reply andriana March 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    the colours, the styling, the atmopshere… so beautiful and serene! congratulations Emilie :-)

  • Reply Polly March 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Love love love those cloud cookies! So dreamy and cute x

  • Reply the cupcake lady March 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I love the cloud cookies. Whimsical, fun and quirky. I get a lot of inspiration from food for my ceramic cupcake and ice cream cone money boxes.

  • Reply Marcela March 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    I recently bought your books, Emily, and what a true delight they are!
    I look forward to your next collaborations already.

  • Reply Micala March 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Bonjour Emilie and thank you for your gorgeous and inspiring first decor8 post. I live near Geneva where the cherry blossom isn’t out yet, but I’m waiting patiently. I love what you’ve done with the theme, and it’s inspired me to get out in the garden and take photos of the yellow daffodils and fushia pink tulips next to them and see what I come up with!

    Bon weekend!

  • Reply Lucille March 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Emily, you are one of a kind!

  • Reply Pink Ronnie March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, I have no words. Your work is amazing.
    So excited about your new monthly column! This debut rocked.
    Ronnie xo

  • Reply Fiona Humberstone March 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Very excited to see your column here. I loved your Pantone tarts so I’m looking forward to seeing more of you!

  • Reply Valérie I?Cakes March 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Colourful, fresh and creative as always ! It’s a really nice first column here, keep going ;-)

  • Reply Flanelle March 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Hummmmm… C’est canon !!

  • Reply Chloe - 24 hours of sunshine March 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Yay ! Félicitations Emilie pour ce premier et délicieux billet sur Decor8 !!! J’aime retrouver ta petite touche de poésie partout où tu passes :)
    Congrats, clap clap clap !!!

  • Reply Ría March 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Very cute pictures! I love the colors.

  • Reply sécia March 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I love those little, cloud cookies!


  • Reply March 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I love the little cherry blossom cake. It’s amazing what you can come up with if you use some imagination and creativity. Sometimes we get caught up copying other people’s ideas and never finish our own.

  • Reply AmyPunky Photography March 26, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Oh my goodness the colors are so beautiful! And this looks so yummy!
    These little cloud cookies are the cutest!

  • Reply Rachel March 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    WoW! Fabulous photos and the food looks delish! Very excited to see more posts!

  • Reply Dagný Björg March 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    this all looks so beautiful and yummy!

  • Reply Helen March 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Gracious, these pictures are so beautiful and inspiring.

  • Reply Rodinia March 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Reallyyyy beautiful !!! As usual ^^
    The poem is so nice ! Thank youuuu !

  • Reply Monica Lee March 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Oh I need a cloud cookie with my tea today!!

  • Reply Claudia March 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I love your blog, it’s so inspirational!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Claudia March 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Also, how can I subscribe to your blog? thank you

  • Reply Emily Crawford March 29, 2012 at 2:23 am

    LOVE!!!!!! So inspired. Looking forward to your next post. :)

  • Reply Gosia April 5, 2012 at 5:24 am

    So inspiring! Love how the food and kitchen seamlessly merges with colour study, creativity, humour, and food for thought.

  • Reply Jen Laceda April 6, 2012 at 3:07 am

    hi, i love the table accessories you used here. Can you please tell me where to buy these cute pastel ice cream cups? my girls will totally love them!!!

  • Reply amelia April 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    muy bonito, so divine!

  • Reply Griottes April 21, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful great enthusiasm! It’s really adorable and inspiring!
    Merci beaucoup tout le monde, je suis contente de voir quelques phrases françaises ici !! :)

    @Marcela : oh thank you for my books! It’s very nice! I’m glad you like them :)
    @Micala : Is the cherry blossoms have arrived in Geneva?
    @Jen Laceda : I bought them at Habitat, i dont know if you have a store near you ?

  • Reply Esther July 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Oh, this looks lovely! Thanx for sharing.

  • Reply Mary Lawson March 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    The grapefruit sherbet totally makes me want to make cantaloupe sorbet again. I made it once in High School and haven’t forgotten about it since.

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