Friday, August 5, 2011

"Cocktails and Cupcakes"

"Sweetin"up your next summer shin-dig by adding a chic and fabulous theme! It can be something so simple like "Cocktails and Cupcakes," but I guarantee you- your guests will rave about it! 

A few simple tips for planning your next themed event:
- Think fun, simple & sleek
- Implement your theme from the very beginning! (yes- that even means the invitations!)
- Don't get "too" creative! Sometimes we can loose meaning in the message when we get carried away!
- Serve food & drinks that are appropriate to your theme.
- Make sure every guest leaves with some little "take-away" that will remind them of your smashing soiree!

Since it is Friday and we all deserve a little are a couple of "low-cal" and yes I am serious- "low-cal" recipes for YOUR next "Cocktails and Cupcakes" gathering! Enjoy!

Kickin' Key Lime Pie Martini
PER SERVING (entire recipe, 1 martini): 129 calories, 0g fat, 21mg sodium, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g sugars, 0g protein
1-1/2 ounces lime vodka
1 ounce sugar-free calorie-free vanilla-flavored syrup
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice
1 tablespoon Cool Whip Free, thawed
Optional garnish: lime slice
Combine ingredients in a glass and stir until smooth. Transfer to a shaker filled with ice.
Shake thoroughly and then strain into a large martini glass. If you like, finish it off with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass. Enjoy!

Sassy Strawberry Cupcakes
PER SERVING (1 cupcake): 104.9 calories, 1.8 g fat, 201.9 mg sodium, 18.5 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 0.5 g protein
1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme, Strawberry flavor
12 oz. Sierra Mist Free
1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip Free
1 1 oz. pkg of Jello SF/FF Instant Pudding Mix
Pre heat oven to 350. 
In medium bowl, add cake mix and soda. Wisk for 2 minutes.
Place mixture into 24 cupcake liners @ 2/3 full. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
While baking mix the pudding into the cool whip and refrigerate for at least an hour. 
Once cupcakes have completely cooled you can spread approx 1 tbsp. of icing onto each cupcake, or ice individually.
 Refrigerate if icing all cupcakes at once.