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One thing I don’t do nearly enough is schedule time with my girlfriends. Even though we usually get together a few times a month, it’s usually at picnics of parties with our families. It’s been awhile since we just had a night for just us girls. So last weekend I rounded up some of my friends for just that – a fun night in. I picked up a few movies, whipped up some snacks and planned a fun night for all of us to just catch up. I can’t be happy with just some drinks and snacks, I wanted to celebrate us and make it a special night so I created with fun Sparkle Bar to celebrate the occasion.
I wanted a pretty table setting but something that was easy too. I didn’t want to be spending days preparing a fancy party. I just wanted cute and easy. I prepared everything the night before so everything was ready to go when they arrived. The best part is how easy everything was to put together. You can easily re-create these recipes and crafts for any occasion.
For the Sparkle Bar, I wanted a few drink options, an appetizer and dessert for us to snack on before we settled in for movies. This way we could talk and catch up while we ate.
For the drinks, I went with a Sparkling Fruit Infused Water and a Sparkling Mandarin Lemonade. Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water has a new flavor – Mandarin Orange and since I love orange I knew it would be perfect to create my drinks around this new flavor. Orange just reminds me of summer and is so refreshing. With no calories, sodium or artificial flavors, these sparkling seltzer waters were the perfect choice. I even made the cupcakes with it.
I just loved how easy it was to throw this little party together and I’m going to share all the fun with you so you can plan your own little girls night for you and your friends!
- One box white cake mix
- 1 can Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water
- 1 mandarin orange
That’s it. Super easy and no need for any oil or eggs that typically go in a box mix. For the whipped cream just mix one pint of heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer on medium until it starts to thicken (2-3) minutes. Turn mixer off and add 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Mix on med/high for another 2-3 minutes or just until it thickens.
Pipe whipped cream on cupcakes and top with a mandarin orange slice.
Now I’m sure you want to know all about the drinks. Both were simple to make and equally delicious. For the fruit infused sparkling water I added 4 cans of the sparkling water to a pitcher with fresh pineapple and mandarin orange slices and a big scoop of cherries.
Serve over ice for a refreshing and fruity drink.
Next I made this Sparkling Mandarin Lemonade which was my favorite drink of the night. Mix equal parts lemonade and mandarin flavored sparkling water. Slice a mandarin orange in half and juice into each glass.
By the end of the night, we we actually making this by the pitcher instead of by the glass. It was that good.
To round out the food I served my Balsamic Chicken Bites.
To really make the party sparkle, I made these glitter stemmed glasses for each of my guests to take home. This is such an easy project to make, expect to see a lot of more these at future parties. They really made the drinks pop and are so pretty in person. Glitter can be messy so make sure you cover the surface you’re working on.
I went with orange and hot pink since that is the theme I went with for the party and these two colors really look fabulous together.
First tape off the stems of the glasses.
Apply layer of Modge Podge to stem and base. Sprinkle glitter covering all areas. Tap bottom of glass to shake off excess glitter.
Allow to dry for about an hour and apply a second coat. Follow steps above. Let dry and decide if you need a third coat. If so, apply now. I went with two coats and it was fine.
Once dry, seal with a thin layer of Modge Podge over the top and allow to dry overnight.
So sparkly and pretty.
I picked up everything I needed at Walmart (love one-stop shopping!) and if you’re looking to make some of these delicious cupcakes or drinks, swing by the water aisle to find Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water in Mandarin and a variety of other flavors too.
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