Berries & Bellinis
Favorite is a strong word, I know, but this is (hands down!) my favorite party (that I have designed so far!). It was an absolute blast – from one of my best friends helping me finish last minute touches the night before it was filmed for our local NBC affiliate to first coming up with the idea while brainstorming with the birthday girl in the Vanderbilt bookstore. Joy Beth, the party honoree, is quite the baker herself so I knew I wanted something fun and different. We decided on a “build your own berry cobbler bar“!
Fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and peaches were served with a brown sugar crumble, whipped topping, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean ice cream. My plan was to make the “pie pops” as seen on the fabulous Bakerella and recently seen on Eat Drink Pretty (her Raspberry party post from last week is unreal!) – but time ran out. They really are easy, but I did not quite perfect them in time. So I opted for mini cupcakes on a stick (skewer sticks). We also served Blueberry Pie instead of birthday cake. It was a fresh and fun way to celebrate her birthday and summer treats!
Vintage bicycles are popping up everywhere, and I am soaking up this trend! I now own a ridiculous amount of rustic, vintage bikes of varying sizes and shapes. They are so fun on a table as servingware and decor! They add such a neat charm to the look of the party!
We sipped on delicious Raspberry Bellinis, and I must say – they were super refreshing. In this humid Tennessee heat, it doesn’t matter how great your hair straightener is, 10 seconds after stepping outside, it will curl into a big mess and your icing will ooze down the sides of your cupcakes. Don’t you worry though, these bellinis will hit the spot!
1 bottle champagne
3/4 to 1 cup raspberries (or a berry of your choice!)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup club soda
Place raspberries or other berries in blender with sugar and club soda. Puree into a thick “smoothie-like” consistency. When ready to serve, mix with bottle of champagne! Add a drink stirrer (might I suggest a bamboo skewer with blueberries!). Enjoy!