If your wedding is inspired by simpler times, fun, and the essence of summer, consider adding a fun wedding cocktail into the mix. These work particularly well if you are hosting a wedding with no children, otherwise, be sure to mark alcoholic and non-alcoholic items very clearly! Either way these summer wedding cocktails are great fun! Also great for outdoor weddings in the heat of summer.
Summer Wedding Cocktails
From Southern Living, this is one heck of a yummy treat. Bubbly frozen fruit popsicles with a splash of Presecco. Be sure to use fresh fruit (preferably local), and this is a sure winner. I am already dreaming of raspberries blackberries, cherries, and strawberries for all of you Oregon brides.
This is a great DIY wedding idea. Make your own otter pops as specialty cocktails inside or on the side. The sky is the limit with this one. Found from The Scent of Green Bananas.
Snow cones? Yes, please. Beer snow cones? Bigger yes. For all of those beer lovers in Oregon, try beer snow cones for your wedding reception. Use any beer. If you want to add a little more refreshment, try combining a lighter beer and lemonade to make the snow cones. be sure to test out the combo before you serve it to wedding guests! This is from Zank You Weddings.
Even though I am not getting married, I plan on trying all three of these fabulous summer wedding cocktails. My back patio is waiting.
I have mixed feelings on the idea of a juice bar at a wedding reception or bridal shower. Maybe it comes from one experience where I was working as an actress in a movie and had to consume almost an entire bottle of grape juice in a matter of an hour. It was the biggest sugar high I have ever had, which was followed with a HUGE sugar crash and some damage to my digestion system. So maybe, I am jaded. Truly, I love the idea of a fresh juice bar. In fact, I have a fresh smoothie every morning and think making new combos is great fun. I also love the look of all the clean, and fancy juice bars I have seen for weddings on Pinterest. But somehow, I keep going back to the idea that the entire party will be on a massive sugar high for an hour, and then you better get them leave…because the crash will be a party killer.
What do you think? Too much sugar? Here are some photos and other juice bar ideas to help you decide for yourself.
Bridal Shower or Reception Juice Bar Ideas
See! This looks so fun, and the colors are beautiful! I love the added touch with the mason jar lids on this one. From Cobblestone Rue.
The colors are still fabulous! I love orange for weddings. See my recent DIY Dried Fruit Wedding Garland post for proof. Another great example of a juice bar done right! Lots of details make this the perfect juice bar, if a juice bar is a good idea…the jury is still out. This inspiration from Vermont Vows.
Ummm…now we are talking! This is a wedding idea I can jump behind! An upgraded version of the juice bar idea. Still great colors, but somehow adding booze makes it not seem so sugary! I am aware I may be the only one who thinks that. Lol! Now that we’ve seen some juice bars done right…here is one done wrong. Could not find the source for this one.
This seems like an advertisement for Simply Orange and all its’ brothers and sisters. Neutral vases or pitchers are the way to go. This is a definite wedding don’t in my book.
Okay, with all this evidence…you be the judge and jury! Is a juice bar for a bridal shower or reception a wedding do or don’t? Taking responses on Facebook and in the comments. Go.
Alrighty! Here it comes, the best cupcake recipe for DIY wedding cupcakes. Thinking about making your own? Even if it is just for the bridal shower or engagement party and not the wedding day, here is how to create tasty vanilla cupcakes with orange buttercream icing. Kinda like a Creamsicle in cupcake form. Super yummy and perfect for an orange wedding! If orange isn’t in your wedding color scheme, no worries…just don’t add food coloring and they will be the same yumminess and perfectly acceptable wedding color, white!
All the ingredients plus some extra goodies you might want to use for decoration!
DIY Wedding Cupcakes – Recipe
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used vanilla infused sugar – post on that coming soon!)
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- Cupcake liners (I prefer white for weddings)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line cupcake pan with the liners.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, usually about 4 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time. Mix them in well.
- Beat in the vanilla extract.
- Add flour/baking powder/salt mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
- Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full.
- Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch. Usually between 18-24 minutes. It depends on how full the cups are.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
TIPS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
- Use the largest eggs.
- Make sure you fill the cups evenly with batter mixture. If you don’t, the cupcakes will cook unevenly and some will be overdone and some will be under done. I recommend using an ice cream scoop to make uniform scoops.
- Remove the cupcakes from the pan immediately and cool on a rack. If they stay in the pan they will continue to cook.
- Make sure they are COMPLETELY cool before you ice them. The icing will melt and be really ugly otherwise!
Orange Buttercream Icing Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 to 6 tablespoons orange juice
- yellow and red food coloring
- In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the powdered sugar, orange peel, and vanilla.
- Add enough orange juice to get the right consistency.
- Mix in two drops of red dye and enough yellow to get the color you want.
TIPS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
- Write down how many drops of each food coloring you used in case you need to make more icing.
- Use a whole orange for the peel and the juice. Fresh squeezed orange juice will taste better and not have added sugar.
To DIY Wedding Cupcakes or Not to DIY Wedding Cupcakes
Heed caution. If you are thinking about making all your own wedding cupcakes, with hand decorations, this could be very labor intensive, so gather a crew! This is also fun just for a bridesmaid get together, bridal shower, or engagement party. Are you a DIY bride? What DIY wedding projects are you planning? Share your stories with all the DIY brides out there in our comment section.
Recipes, Photos, and Ideas from Alyssa Roehrenbeck, Art of Weddings Contributor