I was lucky enough to be gifted this insanely gorgeous punch bowl from my Aunt ‘Trell (thank you again and again, if you’re reading this!), and I try to use it every chance I get. This lemonade party punch recipe is a real winner that I fully intend to use for years to come at all sorts of parties. It just especially fit in with our color scheme for a little bridal shower some friends and I threw for our friend Rebecca a couple weekends ago. I’m so glad, because it was delicious! Here are a few more shots from the pretty little shower we threw at the Firehouse Art Gallery (we rented the Kirbo room).
I picked up the cupcakes from Smallcakes in Thomasville. Jessica and her sweet friend Michael did the balloons and tassels, which were adorable! We had a delicious spread of brunch nibbles.
And what brunch celebration is complete without mimosas?
Lemonade Party Punch Recipe
adapted via Savor Home
– 3 cups water
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 package frozen concentrated lemonade (thawed)
– 1 package frozen concentrated orange juice (thawed)
– 2 cups cranberry juice
– 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
– Freshly sliced lemons
In a large pitcher, add sugar to warm water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the lemonade, orange juice, and cranberry juice. Cover and chill the mixture for at least a couple of hours. When you’re ready to serve the punch, pour the mixture into a punch bowl, add the lemon-lime soda, ice, and sliced lemons. Stir and enjoy!
Might I add that this was delicious with a float of champagne on top? Yes, I might.
Oh my word. I can’t describe this holiday season without simply calling it Wedding Season.
I can’t complain – we celebrated with practically every friend we had this holiday/wedding season. A season that lasted one whirlwind of a week! We started out with Christmas. We celebrated early with all our Bainbridge family, then headed to Bristol to my parents’ house Wednesday evening after I closed up the Shop. We spent late nights and long days getting ready for my little sisters’ wedding on Saturday! Our family friend, Ben Walden, did all the flowers, and they were gorgeous!
We took a little break for Christmas. We had a light lunch and some delicious refreshments. Clearly.
Back to wedding fun. We worked hard, but at least we had plenty of those refreshments. ;)
The wedding was beautiful and sweet and perfect for the happy couple. For those of you who don’t know, my sister married Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture. :) We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Marc and Cullen and Maggie into our family this Christmas!
Have I mentioned I like to knit a lot? It was a hand knit Christmas this year, thanks to the Fuzzy Goat.
A blaze orange beanie for the good Doctor…
Pumpkin and purple wool beanies for the kiddos…
And a tweed beanie for Marc, which he promptly put right to work in his shop!
There was a Steel Magnolia’s-style groom’s cake… red velvet armadillo in all its glory:
A pretty bride…
A dapper groom (decked out in Gang Warily leather suspenders from Maiden South, natch)…
And lots of family!
So happy for Marc and Anna Jo. Congrats, loves!
Then we moved on to wedding number two in Ponte Vedra. The rehearsal dinner was on NYE, so we celebrated accordingly.
NYE bathroom selfie to show off my new hair, since you couldn’t really see it in AJ’s wedding pics. Thanks, Sister, for my new do! You can find her at Haute Headz in Tallahassee, if you want one fo yo own self.
Long time man friends, just taking a few pulls from a Fireball bottle in a parking lot… Just like old times, I’m sure. Or new times.
The festive groom:
Then on to the wedding.
And the newly married couple! Congrats Jon and Rachel!
And thennnnnn we went to wedding number three in Amelia Island! 1) It was gorgeous, 2) I want to live in the Amelia Island Ritz. Just sayin’.
Ready to see one of our very best girl friends walk down the aisle!
One stunner of a bride, if I do say so!
Super romantic wedding reception that we were sad to see end.
But we wrapped up with a late night fireside catching up. It was a wonderful end to a most wonderful week! SO glad we got to spend so much time with so many cherished friends.
See also though: I’m le tired.
I’ll be spending the foreseeable future nursing some wounds (some old, some new), chugging water, and detoxing. ;)
I hope everyone had just as merry of a holiday as we did!
While rum may conjure up images of pirates, coconuts, beaches, and daiquiris, I assure you, some rum drinks are meant for sipping fireside. So when Blue Chair Bay Rum (the premium blended rum collection of Kenny Chesney for you country fans), asked me to do some glass clinks to celebrate the Fall season, I was more than game.
As my loyal readers know, Wheat and I have two bee hives in our little apiary. We recently had our Fall honey harvest, so I’m fully stocked for the winter. Rum + honey = a boozy libation that is Fall perfection.
Pour honey and warm water into a mason jar (or cocktail shaker) and shake until thoroughly mixed. Add the remaining ingredients and a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously. Pour into cup of choice, or drink straight from the mason jar.
It wouldn’t be a proper ringing in of Fall if you didn’t have a cocktail too, now would it? Luckily, Blue Chair Bay is giving a bottle of rum away to one of you as well!
To enter to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum for your own Fall toddy, leave a comment below telling me your favorite rum drink! The winner will be announced on Monday, November 10th.
Note: Must be a U.S. citizen AND over the age of 21 to enter.