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Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

This is the time of year when I find myself wanting to soak up every last drop of summer… Does anyone else think the season is flying by way too fast?! It feels like a good time to take a deep breath and just chill out for a bit before the fall/holiday madness begins. (And that includes pretending that I don’t really see those Halloween items being stocked on the store shelves already too!)

Two things that really scream “summer!” to me are ice cream and fresh fruit. So, I thought it would be fun to pair them together as the inspiration for this project – which is the last of 3 milkshake bars that I recently created for California Milk Advisory Board. The first 2 milkshake bars had plenty of the more traditional ice cream toppings like hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles, etc.. If you’re feeling in a chocolate-y (or boozy!) mood you can check those out here (Cocktail Milkshakes) and here (Nautical Shakes & Sundaes).

This “Fresh & Fruity” Milkshakes Bar still features delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk, but the ingredients have taken a healthy twist… focusing on fresh fruit and lower fat or all-natural additions like agave nectar, low-fat granola, crushed pistachios, and Chia seeds.

Let’s start with a closer look at the fruity milkshakes on the menu:

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

The Watermelon Chill
Remember how I mentioned the need to chill out earlier? Well, here’s a great way to do it! (Preferably while lounging poolside on a sunny afternoon.)

This milkshake features: vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk, fresh watermelon, a splash of milk, and a bit of agave nectar. The amount of agave nectar necessary will vary based on the sweetness of your watermelon, so just add it to taste. The chia seeds can be mixed in or used as a garnish. I love how they give a little nod to the look of “watermelon seeds” when used as a garnish!

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

The Tropical Dream
Pineapple, bananas, milk, cinnamon, AND vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk… what’s not to love?! I chose to go heavier on the pineapple than the bananas here myself (about a 2-1 ratio), and really loved the result, but you can adjust the flavor ratio to your liking. Garnish with extra cinnamon and pineapple for a pretty presentation.

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Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar   Free Printables

Hello, friends! I designed these fruity ice cream inspired printables for a recent Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar project for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can put them to good use at a celebration of your own, too!

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize these printables over on the main post right here. Enjoy! :)

Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar   Free Printables

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Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

You won’t believe it, but this Sweet & Sparkly Mermaid Soiree, by Juliet and Lucinda of The COOP, was dreamed up & designed in just ONE WEEK! Primarily white with splashes of pink, purple and silver “Leticia’s Lagoon” featured glittery mermaid tail drinks, starfish ribbon wands, and bowls of candy “bubbles”! Their pretty under the sea party ideas don’t stop there, so be sure to *sea* all the fabulous fun in the pictures by Greg Fiore below!

P.S. Browse the archive to see more stylish inspiration from Juliet and Lucinda!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Drink cups embellished with sparkly lavender tulle + glittery mermaid tail straws
– Mermaid vase centerpiece with a creative honeycomb “bubble” runner!
– Paper rosette popcorn cups and fondant shell decorated cupcakes in brown sugar “sand”
– Starfish purple ribbon wands, white mermaid crowns & glitter mermaid silhouette favor bags
– Glitter dipped glass milk bottles & forks + wavy edged plates with pearl and shell necklaces
– “Fish scale” style drink dispensers accented with fishnets and starfish bowls with candy
– Handpainted teepee (see it used here too!) and jumbo pink tassel balloons

Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

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POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party

Did somebody call Super-Mom?! Jeannette Rivas of J. At Your Service came soaring in to the rescue with this POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party! Her son, Nate, loves these action figures, and since they’re fairly new, Jeannette had to come up with some clever crafting to really bring them to life. I just love all of the colorful, graphic elements — they really make this party POP! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Action figure photoshoot in custom painted frames + DIY decorated ‘N’ hero centerpieces
– Masked 6 topped cupcakes + jarred Green Lantern gummy worms
– Incredible POP Hero Flash & Superman sugar cookies by Auntie Bea’s Bakery
– Pop art style printables & party favors + bold black & white stripe accents
– Justice League decorated ‘NATE’ kid’s table centerpiece + fun games with the Flash

POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party

POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party

POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party

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