One of the most important parts of a party is the food. Our Sail Away Graduation party didn’t start until 7:00 p.m. so we didn’t do dinner but instead did snacks and sweets.
I’ve already shared you with the fun Italian Soda Bar we put together. We also found little bottles of water at Trader Joe’s which we also had available. They were just the right size. I find with the bigger bottles I usually find most of them still half full after the party is over.
We had a nice selection of cupcakes.
Tessa chose her favorite flavor – Red Velvet. The perfect choice for a nautical party. We added a cute little blue sail and some red sprinkles and they were ready to sail away!
My friend Lizzy, cupcake decorator extraordinaire, had just rolled into town on Friday and she came over to help me decorate all the cupcakes on Saturday. I was a little overwhelmed with all the last minute party details and she just took over the decorating which helped so much! I had baked them all the day before with some help from Scarlet, the other graduate’s mom.
We also had my personal favorite - Perfect Lemon Cupcakes. We gave them a nautical flair too with some little stars and pennants on toothpicks that I picked up in the cake decorating department of Joann Fabrics.
I think the most popular cupcakes was the Snickerdoodle.
I tried two new cupcake recipes which I’ll share next week. I couldn’t wait to try this first one – Orange Creamsicle. One of my favorite flavors. Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint and these cupcakes are worth eating for the frosting alone! The second new one was chocolate peanut butter. They disappeared so fast I didn’t even have a chance to eat one but I did sample the frosting and it was wonderful. Lizzy showed me a fun technique for swirling the two frostings together so pretty. I’ll share her tips along with the recipe.
There was also some red, white and blue candy that I just couldn’t resist buying.
Later in the evening when it cooled off we built a fire in the fire pit and had a S’more Bar which is always a hit. I had a variety of chocolate and different marshmallows including a new coconut marshmallow I just found! For more details on how to put together a S’more Bar check out this older post of mine.
We didn’t want the kids have a total sugar high so we did provide some savory treats too. I went the easy route with this though and did the “Costco thing.”
We had hummus, mango salsa, guacamole, artichoke/spinach dip that I heated up (so good!) There was also a variety of chips. I did make one dip but then went and forgot about it and left it in the refrigerator!
All in all I’d say it was a pretty nice spread!