It’s an all out dash to the Memorial Day finish line this week! (Gosh I really love Memorial Day. Have I mentioned that in the last ten minutes?) Over at Momtastic I’m sharing this super cute and easy DIY American flag bunting to help you add a little patriotic flair to your Memorial Day festivities. Drap it along the front of a buffet table or swag it along the front porch! Made from dollar store flags and sequin trim it’s also really budget friendly, too. Hooray! So hop on over, get the tutorial at Momtastic and get your red, white and blue on!
[Design + photos by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]
Did you hear? Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away! Let’s get this party started, shall we? Today we’re talking Jello shots! Specifically these strawberry daiquiri Jello shots, because, well, they’re kind of awesome. Is anyone else noticing that Jello shots are kind of all the rage at the moment? I’m not even going to front and try to pass these off as some kind of original idea. I am, however, going to admit that amongst our group of friends in our neighborhood we’ve been loving some variation of these ever since the weather turned warm. So naturally, I’m sharing them with you, too. Cool? Cool.
Now, you’ve heard me preach time and time again that when mixing cocktails, buy the best quality spirits you can afford. Guess what? Today I’m getting all hypocritical on you, waving the white flag and begging you not to waste anything too high end on these Jello shots. Now I wouldn’t go totally bottom of the barrel instant-hangover-from-one-shot kind of cheap. But pick an affordable middle of the road option. When you’re trashing your booze up with things like strawberry Jello and whipped cream out of a can (which we’re totally going to do), something cheaper is absolutely ok.
- 24 – 30 whole, fresh strawberries
- (1) packet of strawberry Jello
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup silver rum
- Whipped cream for topping
Begin by giving all of your berries a good rinsing and allow them to dry most of the way. Then it’s time to get slicing! Lop off the tops and bottoms of the strawberries, so they can stand up without toppling over. Be sure not to cut too much off the bottom because you need to keep the berry “sealed” so it can hold the liquid Jello later.
Next up, use a small melon baller or a little measuring spoon (which is what I used and it worked great) to scoop out the center of each berry. Again, try to take care not to go too deep so the strawberry stays intact, forming a little bowl to hold the Jello. Also, if this sounds hard, it’s really not. Cross my heart, and all that jazz.
Over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add Jello mix and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat, add your rum and stir until well combined. Now fill up each of your berries with the liquid and chill at least three hours or overnight. I like to place the berries in a muffin tin for this part to keep them upright. If you have some berries that leak, no worries! Mix up another packet of Jello in a few hours and top them off and allow them set again. The initial Jello will act as a seal and then you’ll be able to get them filled up with boozy Jello goodness!
The final step? Bust out a can of whipped cream and get to topping each one with a big ‘ol dollop! Yes, if you’re curious, you could absolutely top these with sprinkles or any other kind of festive nonsense that strikes your fancy. Oh, and also? These are really super delicious and kind of make the crowd go wild. So make them already, would ya?
p.s. I know posting has been slightly more sporadic lately, but I’ve been working behind the scenes on a few new things to get unstuck. Namely, I want to take more time to develop recipes, projects and cocktail posts like this one to share with you. To that end I’m spending a lot of time trying to develop new content and taking my photography to the next level. So thanks for bearing with me! xoxo
[Recipe + photography by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Is anyone else kind of scratching their head wondering how Memorial Day weekend snuck up on us so fast? Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve?! I think we all say it every year, but I swear every year goes by faster and faster. That’s no matter to me though, because I love Memorial Day. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year, when finally summer unofficially makes it’s entrance and from there it’s all BBQs and ice cream cones through Labor Day. I love it! With that in mind, today over at Momtastic I’m sharing 20 red, white and blue DIY Memorial Day party ideas sure to help you celebrate in style. Pop on over for all the inspiration!
[Links + credits can be found at Momtastic.]
Coming to us today all the way from Valencia, Spain, we’ve got Little Red Riding Hood in the house! Or, more specifically, Claudia of My Little Bloom’s adorable daughter Cristy and her 5th birthday party all decked out in Little Red Riding Hood inspiration. Featuring pretty red capes for all of the little girls and wolf masks for all of the little gents, Claudia planned an amazing backyard picnic with loads of sweet treats and all the special little details like red and white balloons and striped paper straws. This is hands down one of the cutest kids birthday party ideas I’ve seen in a long time. (It’s those capes. They kill me!) Many thanks to Claudia for sharing!
Photography: Moi Marie | Event design + styling: My Little Bloom | Party supplies: My Little Bloom | Invitations + cupcake toppers: UO* Estudio Creativo | Baked goods: American Cupcakes Valencia | Little Red Riding Hood doll: Las Minimis
Uuugh. Can we start today by talking about Grey’s Anatomy? Has anyone else been watching since the beginning, a whopping 10 years ago? I’m not going to spoil anything but last night’s season finale crushed me. And also made me feel really old. I can’t believe I’ve watched every single episode over the last decade! Also I was a junior in college when the show started. Enough said. But I digress. Let’s talk about cocktails, ok? Because this week heated right up and the humidity machine went into overdrive and when it’s 90 and the air is thick, it’s light and crisp summery cocktails that I love best. So to kick off your weekend, I’m sharing three of my favorite summer cocktails. Oh and a bit of Friday Link Love! xoxo
[Citrus sangria | Honey plum smash | St. Germain gin and tonic.]