Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blue Raspberry Italian Soda Party!

I was given an amazing opportunity to do a Birthday party for a dear friend Terry!  She asked me to make her some cupcakes and drinks in a modern soda shoppe theme, like my pervious party found HERE.  As I was walking through the isles of the grocery store, I came across the cute vintage gum and thought that it would be a fun color scheme, since its all the rage these days! Then as I was walking down the isle I saw the Blue Raspberry syrup and thought ITALIAN SODAS!!!
I decided to use the same recipe for the peach melba cupcakes for a raspberry bottom that you can find here, and make a butter cream frosting instead, dye it blue and add a raspberry on top.  Then for people who might not like Raspberry, I did my favorite Vanilla cupcake found here, but instead of Vanilla bean paste, I just used 1 more teaspoon of vanilla.  I tried to get the frosting color to turn the right red, but in the end it ended up being the light pink of the ballon.  Oh well, they turned out super cute, and delicious!
I used bright candies in the color scheme to match the colors for the candy jar.  I used some die cut out cupcakes to fill with berry candy just to give an added little punch to the table.  Then I placed the gum in mini parfait glasses with modern flowers attached to the top that I found at a craft store.



For the Italian sodas I used club soda bottles wrapped in fabric with a flower to make them fit into the color scheme,  Blue Raspberry syrup and heavy cream to stir in, and then topped it off with whip cream.  I'll post the recipe later.


All in all it the party turned out beautiful, it was enjoyable to do, and I was glad I was given the opportunity to do it from Terry!  Happy Birthday Terry!!!


Rachels Butter Cream Frosting

What you need:
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 1/2 T of Madagascar Vanilla
- Pinch of Salt
- 4 T Heavy Cream
- 4 Cups Powder Sugar

In a mixer add room temperature butter to mixer and blend until smooth.  Wipe down the sides of the bowl and add vanilla until mixed with butter.  Add salt and 2 cups of powder sugar blending on low just enough to incorporate the butter.  Next, add 2 T. of Heavy cream and blend IF its having a hard time incorporating, if not, add the rest of the powdered sugar and all the Heavy Cream.  This sounds crazy I know, and its also why its tricky.  Let the frosting come together and then put the mixer on high and whip it until it becomes nice and fluffy. The trick is you dont want to over mix it because otherwise it because hard and gross or curdles.  I like to swipe my finger in and check the consistency to see how spreadable it is.  If it feels like a hard butter you have whipped it too much, think of it as a fluffy buttery texture.  It should be a nice fluffy frosting thats easy to pipe and spread, and not hard.  If its too hard, try adding some milk and powder sugar and see if you can soften it up a bit.  This is only for frosting cakes/cupcakes.  If you are using it for a decorative frosting, use milk or water instead.  I've been making frostings since I was 18 and have played with this recipe a lot.  I found that the Cream adds this amazing flavor and consistency to the frosting.  Hope it works out!



Italian Soda Recipe found HERE!


I'll be linking this on TABLESCAPE THURSDAYS HERE!

16 comments:

  1. Yeah for Terry's Birthday! Cute, cute party Rach.

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  2. Terry is adorable! this was so fun!

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  3. This is so pretty! The colors are just great. I love all of the little touches. You are always so good to get all the little details. The gum is a great addition. I also love the straws coming out of the cupcakes. What a clever idea to cover the soda bottles with fabric. Terry is very lucky!

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  4. I love the colors and the attention to all the amazing details! It really is all about those details! I love it!

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  5. Also... I love your blog... I'm your newest follower!

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  6. Thanks Rainey! Im headed to your blog right now to become your newest follower, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a couple of comments!

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  7. Beautiful -- this looks great!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  8. Thank you to all the new visits to my blog, I've been looking at all of your websites and they are amazing! So fun to discover everyones talents!

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  9. Hi, love your party --- wish I were your friend :). I have a daughter's B-Day party coming up. Love the color combinations and the cupcakes lok and I bet are fabulous!. Love the big Happerbirthday sign too. Joni

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  10. What an adorable party! Everything is so clever and cute. Just super!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  11. TOO cute, and so wonderfully colorful!!! You put a LOT of work into this, and it shows!!!

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  12. Thanks everyone for all the comments, I really appreciate them!

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  13. What an amazing table. The colors are so vibrant. I love how you took your inspiration from the soda and gum wrappers. You never know where inspiration flies from. I'd love to have you link to my weekly meme, Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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