We are SO looking forward to Summer! Tomorrow is the last day of school so we are having some kids over to swim (and/or) play videogames. So, I set up the back porch for the party. The pool is 68 degrees, so I think the kids will probably be playing outside and playing videogames.
I used a needle and thread to string balloons and the banner. The close-up of the letters are below.
I took some card blanks that I found at Walmart and decorated the fronts with letters. I then put them over the string and stapled them to it.
I also made brownie cupcakes with a yummy buttercream icing to which I added extra salt. It is really good! The recipe for the buttercream is below! I also made some little pin wheels as toppers. I'm also serving some chips and such.
Here is the set-up for tomorrow.
The napkin wrappers are tied with Lifesavers. :-)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened... don't melt it though.
3-4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1-3 tbsp. milk
Beat the butter with the paddle attachment of your mixer. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar on low until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and add the vanilla, salt and 1 tbsp. milk. Beat for 3 minutes. If your icing is too stiff, add some more milk. If it is too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tbsp. at a time.