Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thirst-Quenching Deliciousness

When my niece, Kjersti,  got married two summers ago,
my amazing sister-in-law, Susan,
cooked the ENTIRE wedding meal.
She even made  biscotti to go with the coffee.

In their honor,
I copycatted one of their ideas for Grace's graduation open house
and served Italian Sodas for the beverage.

They're fun, festive and since the syrups come in a huge variety of flavors,
 there's something to please everyone.

Because I knew it would be a bit fussy to serve,
I bought platsic cups and lids from Cash&Carry
and filled them with ice ahead of time.

This crate held 24 cups and went  right into the freezer.
If there had been room in the freezer, I would have filled more cups.
It was a great time saver!

We set up the display, using little cups from Beka's toy dishes
so each flavor had their own one ounce measuring cup.

The pumps were more expensive than the flavorings,
so we didn't buy them for the party.
We bought a strawberry, mango, blueberry, 
vanilla and my personal favorite,

The directions were printed out and displayed behind the bottles.

The recipe is
one ounce of flavoring,
one ounce of half-and-half,
then fill the cup with Club soda.

Others buy the domed lids and top off with whipping cream.

I toyed with the idea of making labels for the cups,
but never came up with any great ideas.
Am taking suggestions....

Of course, Grandpa Jim's vintage cooler held the Club soda
and half-and-half below.

Note for next function -
I was wishing I had asked someone to be the Soda Jerk for the party.
There are always friends who would love to help,
and it would have been great to have someone manning this station
and someone else to refill food trays.
If you are hosting, it's really important to be able to mingle with your guests.

An adorable guest enjoying a strawberry Italian soda.

I plan to keep my shelf stocked with cups, lids, straws and Club Soda
so all our summer get-togethers will feature our new favorite beverage,
Italian Sodas!


  1. That sounds really wonderful, Mindy. I would have a hard time selling the position of "soda jerk" to any of my minions, but it does sound like a fun job.

  2. Ooo! I'll come! :) Those sound and look yummy! We just might have to give them a try.

  3. I love Italian sodas! Never thought of making my own though. Great idea!

  4. Another neat idea! What a tasty alternative to regular sodas.

  5. What a great idea! I will keep that one in mind for our next back yard barbeque! I bet it was a hit with both kids and adults! Thanks for sharing! And congrats to the Grad!

  6. I love this idea! :) My favorite part is that you put the ice in before hand, ...being prepared is SUCH a great thing! :) I'll have to do this next BBQ we have!...hopefully it will be soon! :)
    Also, I wanted to send you a little note to thank you for all your support, and prayers. I don't think I've ever written anything that went unread by you! You are so sweet! This time, I kept checking back yesterday to see if you had commented! I was ecstatic to see your words this morning :) You are uplifting and I'm so thankful! :)


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