Friday, June 28, 2013

Party sneak peek, Limeade recipe, and a winner

By now, you all know that I'm a sucker for a party of any kind.  Ava and I planned to host a Noonday Collection trunk show next Monday evening.  Sadly, gobs of our friends are unavailable because I'm the worst when it comes to planning something with good timing.  We're throwing it anyway because Noonday rocks.  (Apparently people go on vacations and such during the week of July 4th.) We kinda forgot about that.

I dug around in my party drawer and came up with an unopened package of lime green polka-dotted napkins (Target) and gray stripey straws.  (Everyone knows these are party essentials.)  And then, don't laugh at me... I thought to myself, "Huh.  Guess we're going with a lime or mint theme."  (This my friends, is how my brains works. And also, how throwing a party on an itty bitty budget works.) Washi tape is such a fun, inexpensive, and easy way to transform a few things and make them festive.

Ava and I are going to try a recipe for some little key lime desserts in cups and if it turns out, I'll blog the recipe for ya next week.  In keeping with the theme of using what I had on hand, I dug out some bamboo skewers and washi tape in gray chevron and mint polka dot.  I couldn't believe I actually had washi tape in those exact colors.  No idea where I got them.  (Michaels maybe?) I made swizzle sticks and decided we needed a fun limey-minty drink to swizzle, so I whipped up some homemade limeade.  (I also plan on making a refreshing unsweetened version with club soda, thanks to the idea from my buddy, Betsy.  Think virgin mojito. It's super yummy!) 

Simple syrup (3 cups water, 2 cups sugar, heat until sugar dissolves.)
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 cups cold water
Stir together and chill until ready to serve.  Garnish with fresh mint if desired.
I taped off a plastic serving tray and sprayed it with primer, then chalkboard spray paint. It turned out really fun! (I got the straws locally, but you can find them here.  The cute tags were from Ballard Design last year, but I think they still sell them.)

Also.  If you want to be a part of Ava and my Noonday Collection trunk show, we would love to have you!  I just wish you could actually all pack my house and let me serve you yummy drinks and dessert.  You can however, participate by visiting this site and placing your order via email, to  (Just let Kelsey know you are ordering via Lemonade Makin Mama's trunk show, and she'll hook you up!)

The randomly drawn winner of this cute multi colored Noonday Collection necklace is... Melody Olson.  (Melody, please send your address to and I'll get your prize out!)


  1. I love the color scheme you came up with! And that drink recipe sounds so refreshing. Hope y'all have a fun party!

    1. Oh, and I meant to ask how you keep your party drawer stocked? Do you pick supplies up when they are on sale? Every time we have a birthday or celebration roll around it means a trip to the store to get supplies. It would be nice to already have stuff on hand. :)

    2. Great question. Yes I tend to buy a few different napkin packs, plates, straws, candles, etc when I see them on sale and then I always have some left over too, and I keep them for random parties. I have enough "extras" that mixing things together is often a snap. Also, when I see some reasonably priced party items that I know I will use down the road, I often get them and then have them ready when the occasion arises. :)

  2. ~laughing~ I just love how you can "whip" something up from stuff you just happen to have. You know that is an art and you should have classes on these kinds of thing.....LOVE IT! :-) Love the color theme of course since the greens are my color thingie..... Have a great time and I wish I was closer and could "stop by" for the party. :-)

  3. Sasha - You've done it again. The color scheme has a cooling effect which is perfect for an iced drink. Thanks for sharing.
    Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired

  4. oh my word. you are a washi genius. love this. and i SO would be at your party if 3,000 miles didn't separate us. shame!

  5. You are the CUTEST party thrower ever!!!

  6. Sasha, too cute!! AND, I have a tray just like that, and at the moment it is sitting in a pile to be donated. Guess I will go retrieve it! Thanks for such a cute idea!

  7. What fun, have a great time!

  8. Such a cool idea. The tray, the limeade and using the tape. SWEET idea!! But, really...I am overwhelmed and over the top excited that I won!!! THANK you from the bottom of my heart!!!!

  9. Is it to late to place a order ?