DIY Summer Party

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Summer’s just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning a party! When asked by Skinnygirl Cocktails (so happy to announce I’m a Skinnygirl Cocktails Insider now) to sample their spring innovations, I threw together a “mix and mingle” to try out the products they gave me. It was a good excuse to get some friends together, eat good food, and sip on great cocktails. I used the inspiration of “modern,” “warm weather,” and “cocktails” to plan the afternoon event. Here’s the skinny on the party:

The cocktails

The new Skinnygirl Mojito is ready to serve, but also has endless possibilities. To customize my creation, I added some fresh, muddled raspberries for a light and refreshing cocktail – perfect for an afternoon by the pool or a girl’s night in!

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Skinny Raspberry Mojito

What you need:
Skinnygirl Mojito
Fresh raspberries
Crushed ice
Sparkling water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda
Fresh lime
Fresh mint leaves

How to make it:
Muddle 6 raspberries in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and 4 parts Skinnygirl Mojito.
Shake then pour into a glass.
Top with sparkling water, club soda, or a lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with a mint sprig, lime wedge, and fresh raspberries.Raspberry-Mojito-00Raspberry-Mojito-01 Raspberry-Mojito

The Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka is full of flavor and waiting to be made into your summer’s signature drink! I had fun playing around to find the perfect combination of cherry and lime to create a Cherry Limeade – a drink to make you feel like lying on the beach in a tropical paradise!

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Cherry Limeade

What you need:
Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka
Limeade
Lemon-lime soda
Grenadine
Maraschino cherries
Fresh lime
Crushed ice

How to make it:
Shake 2 parts Skinnygirl White Cherry Vodka, 3 parts Limeade, and ice in cocktail shaker.
Pour into glass.
Add 2 parts lemon-lime soda and grenadine.
Garnish with a cherry and lime.

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Chatting with friends over a glass of Skinnygirl Moscato is a great way to end the day. It’s sweet, light, and a bit fruity – an all around great Moscato.

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Crepe Bar

Setting up a Crepe bar was a fun and interactive way for my guests to create their own award winning combinations – and might I mention it was also super easy! Crepes are very light so by keeping the toppings light as well, they went perfectly with the cocktails. I made the crepes before the party so they were ready to serve when guests arrived.

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To give my friends options, I offered savory and sweet crepe fillings. The morning of the party I put chicken breasts and a jar of verde salsa (about 7 oz) in the crockpot to cook on low all day. Then, right before the party, all I had to do was shred the chicken and serve. In addition to the chicken I offered a vegetarian option – fresh mushrooms, green peppers, and onions sautéed in olive oil. Both savory options were a huge hit!

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For the sweet filling, I prepared white chocolate pudding and lemon pudding by adding a little less milk than it called for and about a cup of whipped cream. There’s no way you can go wrong with this recipe – add as much or as little whipped cream as you’d like to make the perfect mousse. The white chocolate has always been my favorite, but I have to admit the lemon filling stole the show this time around! It was the perfect combination with the raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.

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I used strawberries, blackberries, pineapples, raspberries, and kiwi as toppings for the crepes. Delicious, nutritious, and beautiful!

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To top off the sweet crepes, I had powdered sugar, raspberry sauce, homemade hot fudge, chopped pecans, and whipped cream on the table. Everyone had fun playing “chef” trying to make the perfect dessert!

Hot Fudge

½ cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch
dash salt
½ cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt together.
Add water.
Microwave for 2 minutes (until thick); stirring halfway through.
Add butter and vanilla.

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Decorations

The first thing your guests will see when walking in is the table, so make it pretty! I went to my local fabric store and found some fun fabrics to use as tablecloths. A large white tablecloth served as a background for the lovely yellow chevron fabric. For extra color I found colorful candy to display in tall cocktail glasses. The candy gave people a reason to keep coming back to the table for an extra bite!

I created food signs to label some of the dishes. I printed each sign out on card stock paper and cut around the ornamental boarder. To make them stand upright, I covered large binder clips with scrapbook paper and a handmade paper flower.

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This party only took me a few hours to plan and everyone left with a smile on their face. Find a time this summer to plan your own “mix and mingle” with some of the great Skinnygirl Cocktails I mentioned! Happy party planning!

© 2013 Skinnygirl Cocktails, Deerfield, IL; Avg. Analysis:  All Products:  Protein 0g, Fat 0g; Vodka with Natural Flavors (per 1.5 oz.):  Calories 75.6, Carbs 0g; Cocktails (per 1.5 oz.):  Calories 35.2, Carbs 2g; Sangria (per 5 oz.):  Calories 132, Carbs 22.5g; Wine (per 5 oz.):  Calories 100, Carbs 4.8g A LADY ALWAYS DRINKS RESPONSIBLY™

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Hello! I’m Camye. I’m a small town Iowa girl who runs Quad City Moms Blog, a site designed to support, encourage, and connect moms in this adventure called motherhood. (You are not alone!) I have transitioned from early childhood teacher to stay-at-home mom to work-at-home mom. I have an artsy, creative husband and three rambunctious children- especially the 1-year-old! Balancing family, life, and blogosphere is a daily challenge. I love making to-do lists and checking things off, searching for the world’s best chocolate-chip cookie recipe, and tackling DIY projects. When the kids are finally in bed, you’ll find me curled up on the couch watching prime time with a computer on my lap.

5 COMMENTS

  1. These pictures are making me SO ready for summer!! Party planning is my favorite! Nice work Camye, some great ideas!

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