Wednesday, June 19, 2013

School Is Out For The Summer Party

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. :-)
Buttercream Icing
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. 

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