Friday, August 18, 2017

Magic Lemonade Recipe

I've seen color changing drinks floating around the internet and thought it was pretty cool, but not something I would ever spend the time doing. But then I realized that our Eclipse party would be a great time to serve something magical to our guests! So I decided to create a recipe for something very simple, that still had that ooh ahh factor. So here it is- Magic Lemonade.
The concept is simple. Create two different liquids, one purple and one yellow, and pour together when serving. The purple liquid gets it's color from purple cabbage. And I know what you are thinking, cabbage lemonade gross! But you can't taste the cabbage AT ALL. It's weird and crazy, but it's true.
For our eclipse party, I wanted to name the liquids something fitting, so I settled on Moon Beams and Sunshine. The Moon Beams part is basically a purple simple syrup and the Sunshine is lemon water. Mix the two together and you get a very fun ombre situation like the picture above. Stir it up and it's all turns bright pink!
Magic Lemonade Recipe

For the Moon Beams
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 purple cabbage, cut in large slivers
- 1 cup sugar

For the Sunshine
- 1 cup cold water
- The juice of 6 lemons (or around 1 cup)

1. Bring the 2 cups of water and cabbage to a boil. Let boil for up to 3 minutes until desired color is reached. 2 minutes is plenty of time and 3 minutes will start to make the water taste like cabbage.
2. Strain the cabbage out of the water. Remember to use a bowl to catch the purple water.
3. Put the purple water back into the pot and add the sugar. Warm until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Juice the lemons and mix with cold water.
5. When ready to serve, let guests pour equal parts of each liquid into their glass over ice, and watch the magic happen!

Let us know if you serve this at your party! And we would love it if you would share this post with your friends because sharing is caring!

xo, Savannah

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DIY: Solar Eclipse Piñata

We are all about having a theme with every party we have, so as soon as I knew we were having a solar eclipse party, I knew we needed to have a piñata. With the solar eclipse happening, it's just already a built in party theme. And let's get one thing straight, this piñata is totally for adults. We will probably stuff it with a mix of candy and mini liquor bottles because adult piñatas should contain things adults want. We will see.
This piñata has got to be the easiest one to make. If you do any shopping on Amazon or have ever thrown a party, you probably already have the tools. You just need:
- Some cardboard
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Black and white streamers (Peach, Teal and Blue optional)
I'm going to try to organize my thoughts about this into some sort of instruction that makes sense. Let's do this!

1. Cut two cardboard circles in the size you want, just make sure they are the same.
2. Choose how wide you want the piñata to be and cut cardboard strips to be that wide. Ours is about 4 inches, which is how wide the flaps on a lot of our boxes already were.
3. Cut notches along the long edge of your strips and fold the edges down.
4. Tape the folded edges down facing inward to the edge of one of the circles.
5. Cut a flap into one of your strips so you will be able to put candy and things inside the piñata. You want the strip to be longer than the hole so it doesn't easily fall into the piñata.
6. Tape the second circle down on top of the other side of your edges and make sire everything is taped securely.
7. Cut streamers into a manageable length and fold in half.
8. Cut fringe into the streamers. I could cut through about 8 folded pieces at a time.
9. Hot glue the folded side of an individual streamer around the border and then repeat over and over again making your way inward. You will need to overlap the streamer a good bit. You just need to be able to see the underneath color a little. To get the solar eclipse effect, use colors that fade lighter to darker. You could use red, yellow and blue or even just one color between the black and white. 
10. Cut two slits near each other to thread a string through to be able to hang the piñata.
If you squint/blur your eyes a little this will look a little like what we will be looking at in the sky in a few days (minus the darkness).
Well, I don't know about you, but I can't wait to use this at our party on Monday. I even covered a little piece of wood with some streamers to match, but you could use a bat or dowel. Let us know if you decide to make one yourself. And if you like this post, please share with your friends on Facebook!

xo, Savannah

**This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

our favorite pool accessories

Now that you have built your stock tank pool, you'll need some pool accessories to go along with it. We have as much fun finding things for our pool as we do hanging by the pool. We are big fans of ambience, but also want to be mosquito-free in Tennessee, so there is definitely some variety in our selection above. If you don't live in Tennessee or a part of the world where mosquitoes ruin summers, let me tell you, they really suck. We have 10 tiki torches lining the pool area and I swear they really help. I personally get attacked the moment I step outside, so all anti-mosquito items are my best friends.
We got this donut float the second we had the pool and it's pretty tight. I also linked to a popsicle float because sometimes it's nicer to be able to lay down in the water, because let's be real, that's how you get the best tan. I also wanted to share that we will sometimes put the battery operated tea lights in the flamingo cup holders to light up the pool in the evening.
Anyway the links below are affiliate links, but they are all things we have bought or something verrrrry similar. Plus, they are all on Amazon, our favvvvvorite online shop. Anyone else love Amazon as much as we do? It's kind of a problem...

1. Pineapple Cups
2. Flamingo Cup Holders
3. Tiki Umbrellas
4. Beach Towels
5. Battery Operated Tea Lights
6. Umbrella Straws
7. Tiki Fuel
8. Donut Float or Popsicle Float
9. Globe Lights
10. Tiki Torches
Happy floating!

xo, Savannah (and Hazel the cockapoo)

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