In lieu of Elliott’s 25th birthday, we hosted a
n indoor cookout shindig. When getting into party planner mode, I of course consulted my fabulous Pinterest boards (if you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon!). I found a delicious recipe for funfetti cake and tweaked it for cupcakes (of course). We had a yellow theme (in support of App State), so I added some yellow food coloring to my buttercream frosting…I’m not gonna lie, I licked the bowl. 🙂
I also found a yummy recipe for cake batter jello shots…believe me, they were even more smackyourlips delicious than they sound. The liquor store was out of cake batter vodka so I substituted Pinnacle whipped cream vodka. It was such an easy recipe! I had mini cupcake liners and a mini cupcake pan so I used that as the molds. I added yellow food coloring to the jello to make them look like legit mini cupcakes. I think the cream soda really adds to the cake flavor. I added some Reddi-Wip and sprinkles and all 60 of them were gone by the end of the party. I still have tons of the ingredients left, so I have no doubt that these will make another appearance very soon…
Because of the non-stop rain, we pitched a pop up tent and moved the grill under to keep all the guys from getting soaked as they flipped the burgers and hot dogs. There were lots of guests – Elliott’s dad and sister and her bf, my parents and sis and precious Mason, and lots of friends from out of town. The girls talked Pinterest and decorating and baking before playing a very entertaining few rounds of the Game of Things. Most of the time I don’t give honest answers. I prefer adding to the humor of the game with awkward or dirty responses…all in fun, of course. It’s even funnier when no one expects it from you. Sneaky, I know. After chowing down, visiting, board games and a little thirst quenching, we headed to Charlotte to a country western bar. Now, before you judge you must know that we are not die-hard country westerners or many of us even true southerners. It is a fun place to go for many reasons: 1) people watching, especially when someone rides the bull, 2) cheap drinks, 3) it’s super close to the house, 4) it’s a fun place to dance if you don’t like to dance, and 5) out of towners have so much fun! It was so crowded that there wasn’t a lot of dancing going on, but we did get many laughs out of people catapulting from the bull. There is always an eclectic mix of folks, which is very revealing about Charlotte’s melting pot of people.
All in all, it was a successful birthday party – food, drinks, fun and all!