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Celebrating a special life milestone? Cheers the big event with this tart and tangy Blueberry Lime Mimosa! Plus check out my tutorial for a bow tie studded champagne glass perfect for an all boy baby shower!
Last month I mentioned one of my closest friends was pregnant with her first babe. When she announced she was expecting (which I knew she was pregnant WAY before she “officially” told us… because, well best friends can “sense” these things! 🙂 ), it was very emotional. This was one of those miraculous life events that her and her husband have been waiting for for quite some time.
Since I am over the moon for her, and because I love to throw a party, I am hosting a big baby shower in her honor! The shower (and her precious bundle of joy) will be here before we know it, so it is crunch time to get everything ready.
Since my friend is having a baby boy and since she is a big time crafter, I thought it would be cute to have a “buttons and bow ties” themed shower. Last month I shared the diaper wreath I made in preparation for the shower, and now I am giving you another behind the scenes peek into the fun I have planned.
If you know me, you know I love to fuss over all the little details about a party, but planning the food and drink menu makes me giddy! One of my best party tips when planning your menu, is to pick recipes that can be made ahead of time, and stick with what you know. I have an arsenal of recipes (*cough, cough* like those found here on this blog 😉 ) that I make all the time for different events or dinner parties; but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make a new recipe I discovered or that pops into my head; I just test the recipe well before the day of the event.
For most of the parties I plan, I love to serve a signature drink. Not only is this easier, since you don’t have to go to the added trouble of setting up an elaborate drink station, it is more affordable since you don’t have to worry about buying lots of ingredients or mixers. Plus, it is fun to have a special drink that goes with the party theme!
One of my biggest pet peeves is baby showers with an open bar or mimosa and/or bloody mary drink station. The shower is meant to honor the Mom-to-be and I don’t think it is fair to have drinks that she can’t have. But, I do realize that people like a fun or festive drink at a party to celebrate a special occasion. That is why I was happy to discover FRE Alcohol-Removed Wine. The FRE winemakers use a revolutionary spinning cone column to remove the alcohol from the wine. The end result is a is a refreshing beverage with all of the traditional aromas and flavors of premium wine, but with less than one half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol and half the calories of traditional wine. Thus making FRE Alcohol-Removed Wine a great alternative for people who cannot or choose not to (such as expectant Mothers and new Moms) consume alcohol. Since I discovered FRE Alcohol-Removed Wine, I knew it would be a great option to serve at my friend’s baby shower, so that everyone could share a toast in honor of the Mom-to-be!
To make the baby shower fun for all, even my pregnant friend, I’m planning on setting up a “mock” mimosa bar with a signature mock mimosa, these Blueberry Lime Mimosas (made with the FRE Alcohol-Removed Brut), and create custom champagne flutes that are decorated with a bow tie and two little buttons to look like a shirt! Oh boy, the cuteness overload!
Certainly, you can keep it simple (as I suggested above) and just serve one signature drink, or you can set out a few different juices (like cranberry juice, lemonade, orange juice, grapefruit juice, etc.) to pair with the FRE Alcohol-Removed Brut, if you want to get all fancy and give people more options. In addition to different juices, I recommend serving lemon and lime wedges, fresh mint and frozen fruit (to help keep the drinks cold) as part of the mimosa bar.
These Blueberry Lime “Mock” Mimosas are tart, tangy and bubbly; just like a mimosa should be! The natural blue color, from the blueberries, is absolutely PERFECT for a boy baby shower and to be honest, I am ecstatic that the bow tie champagne flutes came out even cuter than I imaged! I can’t wait to celebrate my friend and meet her baby boy here in the next few months!
What are your favorite baby shower tips, games, food and drinks? Please share in the comments below!
Blueberry Lime “Mock” Mimosas
by Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Wait Time: 2-3 hours Serves: 4
A tart, tangy and bubbly mimosa using fresh lime juice and blueberries.
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh or bottled lime juice
6 cups water, divided
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 (750ml) bottle FRE Alcohol-Removed Brut, chilled
Fresh limes, blueberries and mint for serving
To make the blueberry simple syrup, combine sugar, lime juice, 1 cup water and blueberries in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer until blueberries have broken down, about 3-4 minutes.
Strain blueberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Pour blueberry lime simple syrup into a large pitcher and stir in remaining 5 cups of water. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2-3 hours.
To serve, fill champagne glasses half full with blueberry lime juice and top off with chilled FRE Alcohol-Removed Brut. Garnish with frozen blueberries (to keep drink cold), lime wedges or fresh mint.
How To Make a Bow Tie Champagne Flute:
by Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Hosting a boy baby shower or black tie event? Create these easy bow tie studded champagne flutes to celebrate the special occasion.
1/3-1/2 yard fabric, in desired colors/patterns
Tape measure or ruler
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Small buttons, in desired colors
Cut 9×5-inch and 1.5×5-inch rectangles out of the fabric.
Starting with the 1.5×5-inch rectangle, fold both fabric ends into the middle, so that when it’s folded, the fabric strip is approximately ½ to ¾ inch in height. Place a few dots of hot glue on the backside (under the folded pieces) to help secure the folded edges. This is now the center piece of your bow tie. Set aside to use later.
Then, using the 9×5-inch piece of fabric, fold both fabric ends into the middle, so that when it’s folded it is approximately 1.5-inches in height. Run your finger nail or press fabric with an iron to help secure creases.
Next, fold the cut ends into the center to meet in the middle; the length of the folded fabric should now be approximately 4-inches long.
Flip over the folded fabric and pinch the center of the fabric to help pucker the fabric into the bow tie shape. On the backside of the bow tie, carefully dot some hot glue in the center and pinch together the pieces, to secure the shape.
Wrap the thin rectangle piece around the center of the bow tie, securing the end of the fabric with hot glue on the back of the bow tie. Trim away any excess fabric from the center bow tie strip. Repeat this bow tie making process until desired number of bow ties are made.
Once bow ties are made, hot glue bow ties on to the top middle part of the champagne flutes (or any desired glass or cup). Glue two buttons, approximately ½-inch below the bow tie. Repeat with remaining glasses.
Line up all your cute, custom made bow tie glasses and have yourself a party! 🙂
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