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10.22.2012

Fizzy Pumpkin Halloween Drink + Party Tips

Can you believe Halloween is next week!? Are you ready for it? In case you missed this quick little tutorial on these easy fizzy pumpkin drinks we made for Homes.com, I thought I'd share them here, along with a few party tips to get you in the Halloween mood!

These drinks are a bit on the sugary side, so the smaller jars or cups work better for each serving. And if you want to cut back on the sugar, you can also use club soda, instead of lemon-lime soda.

Here's what you'll need: 
Small canning jars (mine had texture, but I recommend smooth ones)
Vinyl pumpkin face decals or black paper cutouts w/ glue
Orange Juice
Lemon-lime Soda
Pineapple Juice
and Orange Sherbet

Step 1: Apply your vinyl stickers onto your jar to make whatever pumpkin face you choose. Textured jars are a bit trickier to work with, because there are bumps and grooves, so you might want to pick a jar with a smooth finish. (this is just what I had on hand). I've also seen simple black paper cutouts used for this project, with a bit of hot glue dabbed on the back to adhere them to the cups/glass.

Step 2: Mix 2 cups of orange juice and 1 cup of pineapple juice together in a pitcher.

Step 3: Scoop the orange sherbet into your jars, filling them up about 3/4ths of the way.

Step 4: Fill your jars halfway with the orange juice/pineapple mixture.

Step 5: Top the rest of your drink with lemon-lime soda, attach lids and add a green straw for the "stem" and you're done!

Halloween Party Tips:

Pre-Party Prep - Planning for a party can be a bit stressful. Take 20 minutes to sit and write down a few things that you want your party to have, and set a budget that will work for you.
Theme
Food
Decor
Activities
Once you've listed these things out, your party planing will move along much smoother, and you won't run into as many surprises or unexpected expenses.

Invitations - One of the best parts of a party, for the guests, is receiving a fun invitation in the mail! Whether you make the invitations yourself, find a small handmade vendor on Etsy, or search out free printables online... creative, colorful invites really set the whole tone for your party.

Greeting your Guests & Party Flow - When your guests arrive, make sure to greet them and let them know what to expect. If your party is formal, then you can print out a "party plan" card for them, or if it's more of a casual gathering, you can let your guests know how to move through the party once they arrive. (Ex: "Once everyone arrives we'll be playing a few games in the backyard, so please help yourself to the refreshments in the meantime; they're in the kitchen!")

Capturing the Fun - Now that you've got your party rolling, don't forget to capture the fun memories and people who are there. It's best to designate someone to take the photos for you; that way you don't miss out on any of the action. Simple candid photos are great, or if you want to go one step further, you can set up a photo booth with fun props!

Party Favors - One of the best ways to send your guests on their way. Even the simplest of party favors will have those party people remembering your event, long after the party is over!

Are you all ready for Halloween next week? or are you running around still trying to pull costumes together for your kiddos like I am? 
lol.
:)

14 comments:

  1. That is one of my favorite punch recipes ever! I love the sherbet part. ;) They look adorable in those pumpkin glasses. What a fun idea. Megan

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  2. Adorable, my girl's would love this, thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  3. Wow, these look great! Love the little lids with the cutouts!

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  4. Ohhh....I am SO excited to try this!!! What a fun idea! :)

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  5. Have you ever made this in a punch bowl? If so, how much would you use of each ingredient? I would love to make this for my daughter's upcoming birthday party. Thanks!

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  6. So cute! Brings back memories of my childhood -- we called those sherbert floats! Love them!

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  7. looks so yummy, can't wait to try it

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  8. These are SUPER CUTE Shelley! You totally rock as a Mom. :)

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  9. Those are so cute!!! I would love to know where you got those "Pumpkin Face" stickers!! I am making 22 cups of pudding and want to make the cups look like little pumpkins. And these stickers would make my life SO much easier. Could you tell me where you got them? Thanks:)

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  10. I love how you put them in little jars like that...fabulous.

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  11. Very simple and very elegant. These are a definite must for this years Halloween. There are many variations of drinks that would look amazing in these jars, but this sherbet float sounds divine. Wonderful job!

    Jason Franich
    JM Painting

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  12. Love this punch recipe and I really like how you used the jelly jars with the cutouts..so cute!

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  13. Love this punch recipe and I really like how you used the jelly jars with the cutouts..so cute!

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