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At this point, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of popsicles. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I have.
So to celebrate the fact that spring is right around the corner, along with warmer temperatures (yay), I thought it would be fun to throw a popsicle party. You game?
I’ve partnered with Simply Juice Drinks to put it all together. And I tried their new line of all-natural juices (made with real fruit juice) to incorporate into popsicle recipes, drinks, and other DIY party ideas.
Put on your sunglasses. It’s about to get colorful…
Since this is a popsicle party, it probably makes sense to start with the recipes. Up first is my fave new popsicle recipe…
Fruit Filled Punch Pops Recipe
These are so easy! All you need for these pops are slices of fresh fruit (I used strawberries, mango, and blueberries) and Simply Fruit Punch or Simply Tropical. You can find Simply Juice Drinks in the refrigerated juice section at the grocery store.
Add the slices of fruit to the popsicle molds, then pour in the juice of your choice. Place in the freezer for 45 minutes. Then add popsicle sticks and let the popsicles freeze 4-6 hours, or until hardened.
To create color blocked and striped versions, only fill the juice partially in the molds before freezing, then add a layer(s) of the another juice on top and let freeze.
As with all popsicles, run warm water over the underside of the tray for 20-30 seconds to remove the pops, when you’re ready to eat.
Works as a drink too…
You may want to mix up a drink version of this popsicle recipe for the table too. Just add Simply Tropical juice into a carafe, with some fruit slices for a decorative (edible) touch and put it into the fridge for several hours before serving. Add alcohol if desired.
Creamy Color Pops Recipe
The second popsicle recipe is great for anyone who like creamsicles, with a twist. You’ll need the following ingredients…Fruit Syrup Ingredients: 2 cups Simply Juice Drink // 5 tbsp sugar // 1 tbsp vanilla // 1/4 tsp salt // 1 tsp lemon juice Cream Base Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole milk // 3/4 cup heavy cream // 3 tbsp sugar // 1 tbsp corn starch
To make the syrup… Add the Simply Juice Drink (either Tropical or Fruit Punch), sugar, vanilla, and salt to the sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring the juice drink mixture to a boil. This should take about 10 minutes. Whisk occasionally and keep an eye on the pot to make sure the juice doesn’t boil over.
Then, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the mixture for another 35 to 40 minutes. Stir occasionally during the simmering step. The syrup will be ready once it has reduced in volume to about 2/3 cup. Remove the pot from the heat and prepare an ice bath for the pot. Move the pot to the ice bath and whisk the syrup until it cools completely. Whisk in the lemon juice.
To make the cream base… In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of whole milk with the corn starch. Set aside for later.
Add the remaining whole milk, heavy cream, and sugar to the sauce pan. Over medium heat, cook the milk mixture for about 10 minutes. Whisk continuously to avoid scalding the milk. Keep an eye on the pot to make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the corn starch slurry. Return the pot to the heat and reduce to medium low. Simmer for about 5 minutes while whisking continuously.
Remove the pot from the heat and prepare an ice bath for the pot. Move the pot to the ice bath and whisk the milk mixture until it cools completely.
Now it popsicle time! In a large bowl, whisk together the cooled juice drink syrup and cream base. Fill the popsicle molds and put in the freezer for 45 minutes. Then add popsicle sticks and let the popsicles freeze overnight. Or until hardened.
To create a color blocked look, split the cream base between two flavors of juice, and only partially fill the molds before freezing. Once frozen, add a layer of the second juice on top and let freeze.
Okay, so now that the popsicle recipes are taken care of, let’s talk DIY party ideas…
1. Fruit + Flower Centerpiece: This is a fun one, but also, super easy. Grab a whole pineapple and a few mangos from the grocery store and arrange them on a platter. Tuck fresh flowers into the arrangement (they can also be pinned to the fruit with straight pins if necessary) and you’re good to go. Add a glass cloche if you’re feeling extra fancy, for a ‘dinner is served’ moment, like we did.
2. DIY Popsicle Garland: With the number of popsicle recipes I dream up, I’m bound to have at least 100 popsicle sticks laying around at any given time. So, I figured I’d use the extras to create a super easy popsicle garland.
To create your own, you’ll just need a good string or twine, 50-100 popsicles sticks (depending on how long you want to make it) and a hot glue gun.
Add a small bead of glue to the middle of a popsicle stick and attach to a long piece of string. Leave 1-2 ft of empty string before starting with the popsicle sticks, so that you can tie each side of the string to something, while hanging. Repeat this process for all of the popsicle sticks, leaving 1/8 – 1/4 inch between each one. Then when it’s ready to hang, gently twist the popsicle garland after securing it on one side, to get more of a spinning / haphazard look, like the one in the photos, before securing the other end.
I love the wood against those colorful backdrops. And speaking of backdrops…
3. Colorful DIY Party Backdrops: Instead of adding artwork to a large empty space, try painting large pieces of wood instead. I picked up a couple of 4×4 pieces of floorboard for about $8 a piece. Then, all that was needed was a good priming and a couple of coats of paint. Rest them against a blank wall or even use them as a colorful tabletop surface.
For more Simply Juice Drink themed inspirations, head over to the Simply Orange Juice Facebook page.
Photography by Heidi Geldhauser
Modeling by Shannon Cole
Craft production assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Art direction, styling, and concept by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you’ll give these popsicle recipes and DIY ideas a try? And more importantly, how ready are you for spring? Warm weather, I’m so ready for you!
This post is in partnership with Simply Beverages. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
We’re getting dangerously close to February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. AND that also means that Galentine’s Day is almost here too!
I’ve never thrown a G Day party before, but have always wanted to because my friends are kind of awesome…So to celebrate those friends this year, I put together a Galentine’s Day party shoot. The whole shindig is in partnership with Seven Daughters wine and is complete with easy DIY ideas for throwing a party of your own.
Bonus! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of today’s post, where you can score a $50 gift card to purchase wine for your own Galentine’s Day celebration.
This Galentine’s party has no shortage of drinks. So let’s start with a super easy cocktail recipe…
Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail
Make a sweet and fruity sangria blanca with Seven Daughter’s Moscato and fresh fruit, like white peaches and starfruit. Just slice up your fruit and add it to a pitcher, then pour in the wine and let it the flavors meld together overnight, before serving.
If you don’t have time to wait, you can always just add sliced fruit to a glass of wine, for decoration. Still tastes great and looks special for guests.
And once you’ve made the sangria, it’s time for a little floral embellishment…
DIY Floral Drink Stirrers
To make your own, you’ll need delphinium flowers, a glue gun, drink stirrer sticks, and a pair of scissors.
1. Start by cutting several blooms off of one long stem of delphinium. Leave roughly 2 inches of the stem on each flower, so you can wrap it around the drink stirrer later.
Note: If you’re not working with delphinium, you may not be able to wrap the stem around because it will be too rigid. So, you’ll want to cut the stem off completely in that case and skip step 4.
2. Next, add a bead of glue to the top of the drink stirrer.
3. Attach the base of one bloom, one at a a time, to the bead of glue.
4. Then, wrap the stem around the drink stirrer and attach with more glue.
5. Repeat this process with 1-2 more flowers, depending on how large you want each drink stirrer to be. Just be sure to keep the flowers toward the top of the drink stirrer, away from your drink.
6. Be sure to remove any hot glue strings, if applicable.
7. Place in a glass of wine and you’re good to go.
Then move on to table decor…
DIY Tablescape Decor
Bring together a centerpiece in a pinch, with some vases of varying heights, a few bowls, and a big bouquet from the local flower market. Split the bouquet amongst the vases you have on hand and leave a few small dishes empty for filling with snacks, around the center of the table.
Add interest with a patterned tablecloth and colorful table top objects. DIY Idea: I bought some colorful notepads from the Dollar Store and used them as place settings, by adding each guests name to the bottom. Bonus! The notebooks double as a party favor for guests to take home. Add a piece of fruit on top, to keep the paper from the notepads from flipping up in the wind, if you’re throwing an outdoor bash.
As a finishing touch, I added a clay beaded garland to the table, as decoration. You could also hang a garland above the table to save space,
Fun and Games
Create a ‘Love Notes’ station for guests to write down all of the things they love about the people in attendance. It is Galentine’s Day after all. Fold ‘em up and put them in a container, to be read later. And remind all of your friends how much they are loved.
And a few more photos from the shoot, to get you inspired…
Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Now that you have some party inspiration, it’s time for the giveaway. If you’re a wine lover, you are definitely going to want to enter this one!
One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to Uncorked.com, home to the world’s greatest wines, online. So you can stock your party with all the wine you’ll need. *Must be a US resident and at least 21 years old to enter.* Giveaway closes on February 4th at 11:59pm EST.
This post is in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.
If there is one (newish) craft supply that I am loving more than any other lately, it has to be Lumi Inkodye. I used it for these Thanksgiving napkins last year, and since then, have thought of a zillion other ways to use this stuff. Although I haven’t tried any of those ideas until now.
So…for Valentine’s Day, I made these fabric message gift bags with some help from the sun, some stickers, and (of course) Inkodye. You can create conversation heart messaging (Be Mine, Luv You, etc) or add names to create candy-filled place setting bags for V-day dinner guests instead.
Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…
- Lumi Inkodye (which you can get from Darby Smart)
- Cloth Favor Bags (again from Darby Smart)
- Sticker Letters (which are available on Amazon)
1. Start by shaking up the Lumi Inkodye for at least 30 seconds. Then snap open the package, according to instructions, and spread the dye all over the bag. Use the ends of the packaging to scrape the dye around, making sure it evenly coats the fabric.
2. Next, create a message on each bag with a pack of letter stickers.
3. Then, place the bags outside, in direct sunlight, for 15-30 minutes (depends on the time of day – peak sun hours will need less time).
4. Then bring back indoors and remove the stickers in a low light area. Wash the bags according to the Inkodye instructions and let them dry flat.
Stuff the finished gift bags with wrapped candy, macarons, candied blood oranges…whatever makes your heart (and stomach) go pitter patter, and enjoy.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? What kinds of holiday projects do you have up your sleeve for next month?
This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.