Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco De Mayo only a few short weeks away I’m already testing drink recipes and planning snacks. This watermelon lemonade drink recipe is perfect for the kiddos (or you could spike it and make it a margarita!).

Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon (will take most of a five pound watermelon), cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • garnish – watermelon cubes or small cookie cutter flowers (like me) plus lemon wheels

Yields 8 Servings

Directions

  1. Blend watermelon and lemon juice in food processor or blender until smooth. Strain the mixture through a wire sieve to remove any seeds, pulp or foam.
  2. Transfer to a glass pitcher.
  3. Bring 3 1/2 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  4. Add mixture to pitcher with watermelon and lemon juice.
  5. Refrigerate until cold.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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cinco de mayo party ideas

Hi Everyone, it’s Bridget again! Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Since my hubby’s birthday is the same day, it’s a fun annual fiesta filled with lots of great food, fun beverages and plenty of cheerful decor; not to mention that it’s a time-honored way to celebrate Mexican heritage.

It all starts with the perfect margarita! What better way to celebrate than with a toast-worthy beverage?! This year’s menu kicks off with some calorie-light watermelon margaritas from Cooking Light. The watermelon sounds refreshing! 

Of course, we must have scrumptious snacks to nosh on while dinner is cooking, so I’ll be pulling out some munchies. Pork and pinto bean nachos from My Recipes are a colorful and delicious start to any fiesta, and hearty enough to keep hungry mouths satisfied. 

All of my kiddos LOVE guacamole,  so we’re sure to have kid-friendly guacamole (from Kiboomu) too, care of little hands that delightedly mash any avocado in sight. My littlest is super sneaky as a helper; she’s been known to steal the bowl and lick it clean! {smirk}

No matter what you choose for your meal, you can’t forget the fabulous Cinco de Mayo desserts. Call me crazy, but I often make a dessert for the kids and one for the adults. {grin} After our spicy meal, I prefer to round things out with something light. A huge hit in our house is homemade popsicles, and I discovered this fabulous recipe for Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicles from bakersroyale on Endless Simmer (without the tequila and triple sec for the kids, of course!)

I still want to have something fabulous for the adults to celebrate, so I’ll serve something like these margarita lime cubes from Liv Life Too. They are quick and easy to make and the perfect way to cleanse our palette.

Hop over to all these great sites for the full recipes and as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, party and create!

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relax with a mocktail moms!

Have you seen these super fun mocktail mixes from Crystal Light?! My creative assistant, Bridget, and I sat down in the summer sun on my deck late last week to discuss upcoming projects and thought we would give the margarita version a try.

As usual in the summer, my kids were in tow (aka, running amuck in my backyard… you know the drill), and since I couldn’t have a real cocktail because I had to take care of my itty bitties that afternoon, it was the perfect treat. Plus, in true Crystal Light style, I had no calorie guilt! {wink}

And you can’t have margaritas without chips (or at least I can’t!) so Bridget whipped up this Black Bean Salsa! It’s as tasty as it is pretty. Oh, and super easy (my favorite part!). Here’s her recipe:

  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups diced tomatos (fresh is best, but you’ll want to drain and seed before mixing)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste

You can only find these yummy Crystal Light flavors for another 47 days so make sure you hop out to your grocery very soon and stock up! You’ll find margaritas, appletinis and mojitos and all for 5 calories a serving!

Oh, and if you’re not into the mocktails, you have to try my absolute favorite Crystal Light flavor of all time: Cherry Pomegranate. It’s super yummy and full of antioxidants. I picked it up once when we were going to be traveling thinking I could use every boost possible to keep me from getting sick and ruining my good time, and I’ve not stopped buying it since!

Happy Friday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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my Cinco de Mayo plan

Wow, what a week! It started with a heavy project workload, then there was the terrible tornado in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham where I still have tons of family (I spent hours staring at The Weather Channel and getting down on my knees. Thank God no one from my family was injured, just debris filled yards and mild roof damage), then there was the class field trip to the zoo (cold and terribly breezy) and now I’m sick… Ugh! Nevertheless, I couldn’t leave you all without a little inspiration for next week.

Although I’m not planning a full Cinco de Mayo party with guests, I am planning a fun family dinner. These are just a few of the things I’m considering:

  • Jalapeno poppers via Kraft Foods – my husband and my dad LOVE super hot foods, but I can even eat these since the cheese cools them down a bit.
  • Watermelon margaritas via Food Network – I thought these just sounded refreshing and very “summery.”
  • Sweet Pork Enchiladas with Roasted Green Chile Tomatillo from Cordon Pink – I’m really excited about these. They look so delicious plus she offers a fabulous “how to” pictorial and you know how I love a pictorial!
  • Cheese Flautas with Cilantro Pesto via Martha Stewart – I’m a sucker for pesto.
  • Churros via Cherry Patter NYC – And finally, the churro dessert. When I saw this picture it made me actually feel the cinnamon and sugar on my fingertips. YUM! Can’t wait!

By the way, thank you for all of your love and support in the Top 50 Mom Craft Blog List on Babble. I was up to #39 this afternoon. Thank you, thank you! And if you’ve not voted yet, and if you want to of course {big smile}, you can click here and scroll until you see ”The Celebration Shoppe” and then give us your thumbs up. Thanks!

 Happy weekend everyone! And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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