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CEL­E­BRATE FRIENDS­GIV­ING IN TECH­NI­COLOR WITH BAKER AMI­RAH KASSEM, HER SIG­NA­TURE SWEETS, AND HER NYC #SQUAD.

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Baker Ami­rah Kassem, owner of New York City’s Flour Shop, throws a sweet-in-all-senses Friends­giv­ing bash.

fFor Ami­rah Kassem, owner of the Flour Shop bak­ery in New York City and cre­ator of the In­sta-fa­mous sprin­kle-ex­plo­sion cake, Thanks­giv­ing pre­sents an op­por­tu­nity to com­bine two of her fa­vorite things: food and friends. Raised in Mex­ico, Ami­rah cel­e­brated the hol­i­day but not in her way un­til she moved to Los An­ge­les for col­lege. In the years since, Turkey Day has be­come her fa­vorite time to host be­cause, well, Girl likes to bake up a storm! Her ideal ta­ble? A sugar-high-in­duc­ing spread of mul­ti­col­ored desserts shared with her hus­band, Ross Har­row, and their crew.

Luck­ily the cou­ple’s apart­ment in New York City’s Soho neigh­bor­hood is made for en­ter­tain­ing. Two white din­ing ta­bles, placed end-to-end be­hind the liv­ing room sofa, can seat 12, while the kitchen, right off the en­try­way, is a nat­u­ral place for guests to gather while Ami­rah bakes. The home’s pal­ette, “rain­bow with black, white, and gold ac­cents” (as Ami­rah de­scribes it), seems to be a life phi­los­o­phy as much as it is a color scheme. And in­stead of the stan­dard pies or ta­ble run­ner, Ami­rah does her own thing: trays teem­ing with sprin­kle-dusted cakes, set off by a spec­trum of painted mini pump­kins. “I grew up sur­rounded by color,” says Ami­rah. “So it’s part of ev­ery­thing I do, from what I bake to how I dec­o­rate.”

I LOVE BRIGHT, GLITTERY THINGS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SERV­ING PIECES AND PLATES, KEEP IT SIM­PLE,” SAYS AMI­RAH. “WHITE OR CLEAR GLASS GOES WITH EV­ERY­THING AND PUTS THE FO­CUS ON THE FOOD.”

FRIENDSGIVINGS ARE USU­ALLY POTLUCKS, BUT I WANTED TO TREAT MY FRIENDS AND TEAM TO SWEETS,” SAYS AMI­RAH. “TH­ESE MAG­I­CAL PEO­PLE ARE MY NEW YORK FAM­ILY.”

Ami­rah, founder of the Flour Shop bak­ery in New York City, puts the fin­ish­ing touches on a dessert ta­ble that fea­tures her frosted, non­pareil­cov­ered Rain­bow Ex­plo­sion Cake, a mixed-berry pie cake, and rain­bow cake balls.

Early-bird guests, in­clud­ing pal (and Rach’s stylist) Cara Jam­met (far left, on the right), hang out in the kitchen. Fun fact: Ami­rah named her Cara the Uni­corn Cake af­ter Cara, who loves uni­corns. That cake, as well as Ami­rah’s clas­sic six-layer Rain­bow Ex­plo­sion Cake (near left), spills sprin­kles, non­pareils, and col­ored choco­lates from its cen­ter like a piñata when sliced. (Youtube it— you won’t re­gret it.) Why not have a post-dessert dance party? Here, Ami­rah gives Lacey Watts (be­low), her friend and Flour Shop right hand, a twirl. A shelfie (bot­tom left) cap­tures Ami­rah’s style per­fectly: clean lines, bold hues, and shiny fin­ishes.

High-con­trast is the name of the decor game in the liv­ing room (above), from the striped cur­tains to the col­or­ful couch-and­pil­lows combo. Ami­rah is all about de­tails: Candy skew­ers dress up rosé Cham­pagne, and cus­tom hot-pink nap­kins from Fo­ry­our­party.com have her motto, Sprin­kles and Smiles, printed on them (above right). Ami­rah tops off drinks for her hubby, Ross (left, at the head of the ta­ble), and guests with a bot­tle of La Car­avelle Cham­pagne, which hap­pens to be made by the mother of Ami­rah’s friend Pat Jam­met (far right).

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