Full disclosure: Neither of these bottles are my work; I saw them at a gift shop in Baton Rouge (The Keeping Room on Perkins next to Trader Joe’s). But aren’t they a cute and easy idea for a gift? A bottle of champagne or prosecco, a little paint, perhaps some string and a charm, ten minutes (maybe), a gift bag, and a card. Voila! A perfect celebratory present for someone you love.
As one of the hostesses at a bridal shower (congratulations, Kelsey and Nate!), I volunteered to do the spiked punch. I wanted something without too much of an alcohol kick, and the challenge was to make a punch with one of the wedding colors — either navy or coral. Since the cupcakes were going to have coral-colored icing, I decided to search for a blue cocktail. A pitcher of tropical punch vodka and blue curacao later, I decided it was too boozy for my taste, and would knock some of the old ladies attending right on the floor. I decided next to experiment with some revisions to a punch I make often for showers. Usually I do equal parts champagne or prosecco, Sprite Zero, and cranberry juice. (I don’t really measure; you can’t go wrong!) This time, I substituted V-8 Splash Mango Peach juice for the cranberry. To get the color a little more on the coral side rather than orange, I added a splash of grenadine. Read the rest of this entry →