Watermelon Lemonade

My absolute favorite homemade bevy to make as the warmer months approach is fresh lemonade. I’ve made many variations in the past and my daughter’s 2nd birthday was the perfect time to test out a new flavor. This time I switched things up by adding fresh watermelon puree, for a sweet spring-time twist!

The watermelon not only colors the lemonade a beautiful shade of pink (how posh) but it also balances the tart lemony notes, which are smoothed out by the homemade simple syrup. Such a delight! If you have yet to try this kind of lemonade, I highly recommend that you do! It’s fairly simple to make and no store bought brand can compare! It was an instant favorite at our Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration a few weeks back, enjoyed by everyone that attended!

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Watermelon Lemonade

Delish for afternoon barbeques and perfect for parties and backyard sipping on sunny filled days. Add a splash of sparkling water, or quickly transform into a refreshing adult beverage by adding fav spirits.

Ingredients:

1 large Pitcher.

6-7 Large lemons juiced. 1 extra lemon for garnish

4 cups of watermelon, cubed puréed and strained

1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar boiled for 1-2 minutes to make a simple syrup

2-3 quarts of purified water. (8-12 cups)

Mint leaves, lemon slices, raspberries and fresh watermelon for garnish

Instructions:

Boil sugar and water over high heat for 1-2 minutes to create a simple syrup. Allow to fully cool and set aside.

While sugar and water are boiling, cut lemons in half and juice them.

Pour lemon juice into a pitcher, using a strainer to the catch seeds.

Measure out 4 cups of cut watermelon and purée using a blender or magic bullet.

Pour puréed watermelon through a strainer to remove pulp and then into the pitcher of lemon juice.

Pour cooled simple syrup into lemon and watermelon mixture and stir.

Top the watermelon, lemon and sugar mixture already  with purified water, 2 cups at a time. Stir, and then taste before you add additional cups of water until the desired flavor is achieved!

I like to serve mine in fancy glasses with a few of my favorite garnishes!

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Enjoy!!

Here’s how we served the watermelon lemonade at my daughter’s birthday a few weeks back.

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Happy weekend and thanks as always for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Watermelon Lemonade was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

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Cupcakes for Kylie

In June I will be donating some specialty items from the Posh Etsy shop to an Instagram auction held by @cupcakesforkylie for a little beauty. Kylie’s from San Diego, just turned 2 and was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in December.  As a mama to my little girl’s I was immediately touched by this story and am eager to get involved. I can’t begin to imagine what this family is going through.
Please help spread the word and keep this little angel and her family in prayer. What a fighter and miracle she is!!
20140529-122558.jpgIf you’re on Instagram you can follow @cupcakesforkylie for additional information about the upcoming auction. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to Kylie and her family.

You can also learn more about Kylie’s story on cupcakesforkylie.com and on her family’s Instagram and Facebook pages: @prayersforkylie and “Prayers For Kylie.”

Find me on Instagram: @poshlittledesigns

Thanks for reading and for spreading the word!

xoxo

Real Parties – Ombre Minnie Mouse

On Mother’s Day weekend we celebrated my baby girl’s 2nd birthday! Ah…I can’t believe she’s officially two now! I’m still amazed at how fast she’s grown. It’s difficult to grasp and most certainly bittersweet, but I’ve loved every moment of watching her blossom and reach new milestones. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Her actual birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year (such a special gift), so we planned the Minnie Mouse festivities for the day prior. It was a quaint little party, with tons of pink, and ombre accents, but not too over the top in terms of character details. Definitely more subtle and understated, but just perfect for our sweet mimi.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Decorations included everything from hand-made tassel garland, made with white tissue paper and minnie inspired letter prints in different shades of pink. A simple DIY pink ombre glittered #2, a banner of bows to capture the bowtique feel, glittered mouse and bow confetti, a dress up station with headbands and jewelry and plenty of balloons.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

I made the floral arrangements using roses in 3 shades of pink and white from Trader Joes, carnations also in 3 shades of pink, and all white hydrangea. I finished each arrangement with Minnie prints, which I attached to wood skewers.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

All of our lunch plates were adorned with the most adorable minnie mouse ears, which I was delighted to find via a free printable from Chickabug! Visit Heather’s shop for fabulous prints and paper designs for your upcoming celebrations. Seriously…how cute are these?! Just cut them out, attach with tape and you’ve got ears! I would recommend printing them on a thicker quality paper.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

We kept the menu simple, serving barbecue, teriyaki wings, a fresh quinoa salad, my mom’s famous potato salad and many of my daughter’s favorite things…chicken sausage, olives and fresh fruit and veggies cut into mouse shapes, using a minnie mouse cookie cutter.

The beverage station featured my homemade watermelon lemonade, and sparkling berry lemonade from Trader Joes. Mix-ins included: Perrier, fresh lemons, mint and raspberries.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

For dessert I made gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes with vegan icing so they were suitable for my daughter who has a dairy and soy intolerance. I actually bought the cake mix (Bobs Redmill) but made one batch of cupcakes and the vegan buttercream homemade, using freeze dried raspberries and strawberries to color and flavor the icing. I topped the cupcakes with royal iced sugar cookie rounds that I cut using a shot glass to mimic the mouse ears, and used a shaped mold to make colored bows out of white chocolate with a little gel food coloring in two different shades to finish each cupcake. The white chocolate bows were the only component that weren’t dairy free.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

On the dessert table were the Minnie Mouse cupcakes, as well as colored jelly bellys, 3 shades of sixlets, pink ribbon candy and strawberry popcorn. I also made sugar cookies with royal icing which were decorated with the help of my dear sister and good friend the night before! Thanks so much fabulous ladies!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

The birthday girl’s mini cake was made using the same technique as the cupcakes. I baked 1 cake and cut out 4 rounds using a water-glass. Stacked them, and then my hubby iced them with two different colors of vegan buttercream for the ombre effect. I topped the mini cake with homemade bunting made from minnie inspired prints, ribbon and paper straws, which can be found in the Etsy shop!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs
Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

A little help from dada to blow out her candles.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the gift opening and adorable minnie mouse blankie from auntie, other highlights included the little ones sneaking their way over towards the desserts and dessert table. Caught them in the act! How cute are they?!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

and here’s beautiful big sis! Always ready for the camera.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

As the afternoon came to a close, guests were sent off and thanked with Trader Joes brand white Oreo cookies, dipped and white chocolate and topped with sugar pearls aka posh sprinkle mix. So delish! Find the toppings in the Etsy shop with more coming soon!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

It absolutely made our day to celebrate with our loved ones and close friends. Our sweet girl couldn’t have had a better time! She’ll thoroughly enjoy looking back on these moments in the years to come!

All of the details from this special party were handmade with love by yours truly. 5.11.14. We love you to the moon and back sunshine!

Lastly, a mama-daughter shot to celebrate both me and her on Mother’s Day!

Ombre Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

What a wonderful gift she is!

One party down, now one to go! My oldest will be 5 this summer and has her heart set on a Hello Kitty celebration. Check back soon for more relating to that, as well as the recipe for the homemade delish watermelon lemonade seen in this post. Instant summer favorite!

Thanks for reading and Happy weekend!

xo

This specific Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Friday Delights

Yesterday my hubby surprised me with a box of French macarons and my Friday was instantly made!

Of course it would be even better if I was eating some authentic ones from Ladurée, but until I can make it to New York or Paris, the freezer section of Costco will have to suffice!

Ah…I still can’t believe there’s not one bakery in my hometown that makes macarons from scratch, but the Cocola brand from Costco was pretty decent. I tried the rose flavor yesterday and look forward to tasting the others soon! I do prefer the jam filled cookies since I avoid dairy for the most part, but how does the saying go? Everything in moderation right?!

Before I sampled one yesterday I snapped a photo for Instagram. I paired the sweet cookies with fresh hydrangea left over from my daughter’s party last Saturday! More on that soon!

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I have learned to keep a stash of macarons on hand in the freezer when I need a pick me up, or have company coming by. They keep so well and are an anytime fix and an easy dessert option for entertaining. I prefer mine with a mug of hot tea in the morning hours, or a brut (less sweet) sparkling wine after dinner.

You can find me on instagram @poshlittledesigns. Lets be friends!

Thanks for reading! Wishing you all a weekend just as sweet!

xoxo

Ombre Minnie Mouse – sneak peek

Hoping you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend! We celebrated our youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday on Saturday and had such a wonderful time with close friends and family! I had intended on posting and sharing some sneak peeks of the party prep sooner, but ran short on time. That seems to be the story of my life these days, but better late than never I suppose!

Here’s a quick look at the photos shared on Instagram from the days leading up to the party.

Ombre Minnie Mouse - Instagram| Posh Little Designs
All details in shades of ombre and pink, designed by yours truly. To see more you can follow me @poshlittledesigns on Instagram, or stay tuned to see more from the party coming to the blog later this week!

Margarita Ice Cubes

Hello Cinco de Mayo and hello margaritas with a fresh and fun twist!

The recipe is simple and features only a few components that quickly transform into a delightful delicious fresh lime margarita! Just freeze the ingredients into ice cube trays and then top with your favorite tequila. The ice melts and the flavors blend together to make this your go-to beverage for  breezy backyard and summer entertaining!

 A must try!

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Margarita Ice-Cubes

The pink himalaya salt adds a savory finish and the perfect touch of posh!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 Ice cube tray

6 large limes juiced + 1 lime sliced and halved for garnish

4 teaspoons orange liqueur – I use Cointreau

3/4 cup simple syrup (see instructions on how to make below)

pink himalaya salt for the rim

1-2 shots of your favorite tequila.

Simple Syrup

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

Stir sugar and water together and boil on the stove for one minute. Allow to fully chill.

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Pour fresh squeezed lime juice from 6 limes into a medium-sized bowl. Stir in orange liqueur, and chilled simple syrup until combined.

Place each of the halved lime slices into each individual section of the ice cube tray.

Pour the lime, liqueur and syrup mixture into the ice-cube trays, over the top of each lime.

Place in the freezer and allow to chill for 2-3 hours or until solid.

Rub each cocktail glass in fresh lime and rim in pink himalaya salt.

Once frozen, remove the Margarita Ice Cubes from the tray by using a small thin knife.

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Place 3 cubes in each glass, and pour 1-2 shots of tequila (depending on how strong you like it) over the ice-cubes.

Allow a few moments for the cubes to melt and blend with the tequila.

Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and enjoy!

This is such an easy and time-saving solution for entertaining guests! The cubes freeze well and can be made in advance.

This recipe makes about 6-8 cubes. You’ll want at least 3 cubes per glass. These can easily be made non-alcoholic as well!

Margarita Ice cubes | Posh Little Designs

Cheers! How are you celebrating? Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ll have more from the Minnie Mouse birthday to share later this week!

xo

This specific recipe for Margarita Ice cubes was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Two

Taking a bit of time to reminisce about the near 2 years that it’s been since my youngest daughter was born. I can hardly believe that in just 1 week’s time she’ll be two! Maybe it’s flown by because we’ve had so many great moments! Of course those great moments include with many rough ones too. Illness, food allergies, sleepless nights…basically typical mommy and not-so posh things, but I would do it all over again and again if I was given the chance!

I do my best to document all of the girl’s milestones because I love to have those moments to look back on. Just last week I followed her around the yard, with my camera in hand for a little impromptu photo session.  Since we’re having a minnie themed party, I used the minnie mouse ears that we got from our trip to disney land late last year as an accessory. They tied in perfectly with her darling pink dress found at target, silver saltwater sandals and a few beaded bracelets.

As you can see, she loves the camera and loves to smile even more!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Story | Posh Little Designs

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Two | Posh Little Designs

Two | Posh Little Designs

Two | Posh Little Designs

 Color to show of that darling dress and her stunning blue eyes!!

Two - Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

cute little top knot.

Two - Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

Mimi’s current favorite things: smiling, finding mischief, challenging mom and dad, being like big sis, singing and dancing and minnie mouse, her stuffed doggy, and soft blankets. Cuddle time with mom, the song you are my sunshine, reading books with dad, spending time with sis.

So grateful for this sweet girl! she’s forever our sunshine!

I’ll be sharing snippets from the planning process of Mimi’s Ombre Minnie Mouse birthday later this week, so check back again soon!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

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