I was hosting a Church Couples Connect Night (CCCN) at my house recently and we decided to go with a Valentine Theme since it was a couples event.
I wanted to make something fun and festive, so I supplied the Punch and a Sweet Bar.
I love making punch for parties and events.
One thing I always try to do, is incorporate the holiday or season into the recipe. Right now I am into cherry flavoring so I thought why not a cherry punch!
Of course I have to dabble a little here, and dabble a little there, to get the recipe just the way I want it!
And if I think I perfected the taste I was going for.
What you need:
2 quarts of Cherry Flavored Drink (example Koolaid)
1 quart of Pink Lemonade
1 liter of Ginger Ale
12 oz of 100% Pineapple Juice
6 oz of Maraschino Cherries and Juice
What to do:
1) Pour all ingredients together into a large drink dispenser.
2) Stir together.
*Works best if all ingredients are very cold or are slushy from the freezer.
I also wanted to do a really cute food idea for the CCCN.
I came up with the idea of a Sweet Bar from my Winter Cocoa Bar. I had decided to leave my Cocoa Bar up all Winter, but when I came up with the Sweet Bar idea, I just rearranged a few things, took away the cocoa supplies and added a lot of sweets and candy instead.
I added jars of gumdrops and jellybeans, chocolate covered pretzels, heart shaped bowls of assortment fun size candy bars, chicken feeders filled with M&M’s, and cute pink and red paper bowls to put our treats in.
It was a big hit and such a cute and simple way to decorate for Valentine’s.
I will leave it up through February and keep it stocked with sweets for any guests that might drop.