WE SHIP WORLDWIDE   |     |   LIVE CHAT - OFFLINE  |  TOLL-FREE: 877-988-2328  |  INFO & FAQ  |  
 
Up to 25% Off Sitewide! Ends 8/21 See details
home > blog

The Beau-coup Wedding Blog

Fun Activities For Couples (You Should Definitely Do This On Your Honeymoon)

August 20th by Samantha Chan

Enjoying your honeymoon isn’t typically something that takes a lot of convincing. If you’re lucky enough, you’ve probably already got hot tickets to (fill in the blank of somewhere exotic/tropical/international/metropolitan/remote/etc.), and you’re already likely to have a great time.

But if you’re wondering just exactly how to fill a week or two long getaway with fun and adventure, well… we’ve got some activities for couples to help you make the most of your newlywed time together (some of them are even outside of the hotel room)!

 

Tandem Biking

(image credit: Wedding Chicks)

While we all know what a tandem bike is, not many of us can claim to have ever ridden one. Don’t you think it’s time to rectify that? Hopping on one of these contraptions is a cute and romantic activity that you and your partner can do together to explore your surroundings. It encourages teamwork, adventure, and closeness. That sure does sound honeymoon worthy to us!

 

 

Zip Lining

(image credit: Princeville)

If you’re traveling to a destination where zip lining is available, we recommend you hop on board. This activity is absolutely exhilarating and sharing an adventure like this is especially memorable for a couple on their honeymoon. Can’t you just see it now, gliding atop a vast forest with nothing but trees for as far as the eye can see, all with your honey by your side? Swoon.

 

 

Couples Massage

(image credit: Zenergy Wellness)

Cliché? Maybe. But fabulous? Definitely. Don’t knock this activity just because you’re too cool for school and think that couples massages are cheesy and/or unnecessary. Trust, after a full day of exploring and walking out in the sun, you’ll be grateful to come home (hotel room) to a decadently relaxing massage. By including your partner in this activity, this traditionally solo event just turned all sorts of romantical.

 

 

Order Room Service

(image credit: ABC)

Devote a night dedicated solely to vegging out in your hotel room. Take advantage of the plush robes, order a movie, and be sure to treat yourselves to room service. It’s your honeymoon, let the fine dining come to you!

 

 

Go For a Hike

(image credit: Shutterstock)

Hiking is a sneakily romantic activity if you think about it. You’re spending plenty of quality time with one another, you’re pumping up your endorphins (getting all hot and sweaty), and if you do it right, you can prepare a delicious picnic to enjoy at sunset. Who knew hiking was so romantic?! Well, we did actually.

 

 

Get A Little Weird

(image credit: Love This Pic)

While we highly suggest this activity, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what it means exactly. Take the opportunity to be adventurous and to try new things – for the both of you. You’re on vacation with one another, have fun and get a little weird. We promise not to tell!

How To Throw Your Kid A Rockin’ Rainbow Birthday Party

August 18th by Samantha Chan

If you’re hard-pressed for an awesome kid’s party theme, then we’re thinking a rockin’ rainbow birthday party is the way to go! A rainbow party is a fantastic birthday party idea because children tend to love color… LOTS of color and what has more color than rainbows?

Adults also love this theme because it’s easy to pull off and the end results are mind blowingly wild. You’re guaranteed to have some amazingly vivid pictures for the scrapbook.

Here’s how to get started:

 

Invitations

(image credit: from house to home)

Let guests know of your theme right away by handing out festive rainbow themed invites. We love this example from from house to home because it’s perfectly colorful, fun, and rainbow inspired.

 

Decorations

(image credit: Beau-coup)

When it comes to decorating for a rainbow birthday party, the key elements are bold, bright, and colorful. Achieve this with multi-color garlands/banners, bright gumballs in a ceramic dish, and rainbow inspired balloons floating around.

 

Food

(image credit: ivillage)

Organize food by color to acheive a fun rainbow effect. You can also use the aid of food coloring for food and drinks to give any plain edible a bright and colorful edge.

 

(image credit: Beau-coup)

Along with the colorful food and drink offerings, be sure to present brightly colored rainbow inspired plates, cups, straws, etc. to really drive the theme home.

 

Activities

(image credit: ivillage)

Set up a fun paint station at the party and invite the birthday guests to create rainbow inspired masterpieces. They can either gift these pieces of work to the birthday boy or girl, or take home as a fun souvenir.

Another fun rainbow themed activity is to offer a rainbow photo booth. Easily create a rainbow backdrop by horizontally draping colorful pieces of material next to one another.

 

Favors

(image credit: Beau-coup)

Give your little birthday guests a cute memento to go home with. Rainbow lollipops or a colorful watercolor kit are both exceptionally fun and on-theme favor options.

 

 

5 Ways To Have a Sustainable Green Wedding That Rocks (and Plants & Trees Too)!

August 15th by Samantha Chan

What is a green wedding? If you answered kelly green, just… no. We’re talking about the eco-friendly and sustainable kind of green.

Going green for your wedding is easier than ever since it’s a widely acceptable and popular theme. With its environmental and economic benefits, brides far and wide are whole-heartedly embracing this theme.

Interested in hosting your own sustainable green wedding? Get started now with these five ideas.

 

1) Attire:

(image credit: Simply Wood Rings)

An easy way to access this theme is byway of wedding attire. Consider a used wedding dress  *gasps*! We know… “used dress?”, but really, why not?! You can find a great wedding dress that’s likely only been used once – if at all – at a very budget friendly price. From the environmental perspective, think of the excess waste that you’ll be reducing. It’s a win win!

If you’re super committed to the idea of sustainability, then consider environmentally conscious rings.  Rather than dropping some serious dough on diamonds and platinum, opt for an eco-conscious jeweler that uses recycled stones, wood, and metal to create beautiful pieces of jewelry. Family heirlooms and antique finds can be equally as gorgeous while yielding a high sentimental value as well.

 

2) Stationery:

(image credit: Offbeat Bride)

When talking about sustainability, paper has to make the cut. A typical wedding will use paper goods for save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards, seating programs, menu cards, seating cards, thank you cards, the list goes on and on. So take this opportunity to introduce recycled paper material into the mix.

With green weddings as commonplace as they are these days, finding pretty and well-designed recycled paper products is simpler than ever.

 

3) Food and Flowers:

(image credit: Fab You Bliss)

Food and flowers are both are seasonal, harvest items – they also happen to be two of the biggest wedding expenses. The best way to go green in this area is to source locally. When working with local vendors, you’re more likely to achieve fresher and tastier results.

When choosing your caterer, ask for as much local, organic, and seasonal food offerings as possible. This way you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating shipping pollution and pesticide use.

Many flowers that are shipped in for a wedding aren’t as fresh and are laden with pesticides. By going the local route, you’ll rest easier knowing that your flowers are fresh and amazing smelling.

 

4) Décor:

(image credit: Style Me Pretty)

When going the green wedding route, decorate accordingly with sustainable and nature inspired accessories. Try serving up a wood/nature decorated cake, hand out plantable favors, and use plant-based centerpieces.

When it comes to décor, definitely try to have as much fun as possible with this theme. With so many recyclable products, nature inspirations, and rustic trends available, your creativity is going to have a sustainable heyday.

 

5) Transportation:

(image credit: Green Wedding Shoes)

A huge component of being green is to reduce pollution. When it comes to your wedding, you too can offer a pollution reducing option to guests.

For example, when choosing a venue, opt for a convenient, middle ground location. The less travel required of guests, the less the combined carbon footprint.

Another fun idea is to offer bikes and shuttles for guests to get from point A to point B. Not only are these options more environmentally friendly, they also reduce drunk driving worries.

 

 

Best Hangover Cures – Tried and True Ways To Beat Drinking Woes

August 13th by Samantha Chan

We’ve all been there… achy, dehydrated, and looking to be put out of our misery.

(image credit: Examiner)

If you’ve ever partied just a little bit too hard, then this post is for you.

You’re probably thinking “But hangovers are totally avoidable, if you just stop drinking, right?”, well yes. But in all honesty, sometimes it just can’t be helped.

Here at Beau-coup, we understand that celebrating life – be it through a birthday party, wedding celebration, or even… Thursday – can sometimes turn into quite a rager. So when these fun events happen in life, you’re likely having such a great time that the imminent threat of hangover suffering is the furthest thing from your mind. That is of course, until you wake up in the morning wishing for the sweet release of death.

But before you continue on the downward spiral of self-loathing, arm yourself with some sweet hangover cures that WORK. You’ll be up and at ‘em in no time with these best hangover cures.

 

Liquid Hangover Cures

A major culprit to feeling bad after a night of drinking is due to dehydration. So it only makes sense that plenty turn to hydration as a means to feel better. But what’s better advice than just drinking water? How about drinking some less commonly expected beverages like Pedialyte, Gatorade, coconut milk, and wheatgrass? Not only do all these liquids provide hydration, they aid in putting back what drinking took out – electrolytes and sugar. A shot of wheatgrass in particular is said to detoxify the liver. So what the heck, go ahead and give it a shot (sorry)!

Other beverage options that are good for temporary relief include soda, Bloody Marys, and coffee. These beverages – unlike the previous – do not provide nutritional content, but are quick fixes if you’re in a pinch.

 

Actionable Hangover Cures

For those of you who refuse to accept hangover defeat, then taking action as a means to a cure may be right up your alley. What might said action be? Activities like sleep, light exercise, and taking a bath are all doable actions to relieve hangovers.

Stealing a few more zzz’s is important because alcohol interrupts a good night’s sleep. So if possible, try to grab a few more minutes/hours to make up for the lost time. Your body also tends to repair itself during sleep so this way, you’re truly maximizing your hangover cure.

Working out is also a good action item as it detoxifies your body by sweating out the alcohol. Also, as you exercise, your body is metabolizing the remaining alcohol at a much quicker rate than if you were sedentary – leading to a shorter hangover time (bonus)!

When it comes to taking a bath, think hot… hot mustard that is. Yeah, that’s right, plenty of people out there in hangover land swear by mustard and wasabi soaks to cure a night of drinking indulgence. Both forms are said to increase blood circulation and help to detoxify the body. If trying out this method, turn to the powdered versions. Just a couple of tablespoons and a 20 minute soak ought to do it.

 

Food Hangover Cures

Depending on your hangover symptoms, finding the right food can be a HUGE hangover helper. If you’re feeling nauseous, then reach to starchy and bland foods like crackers and toast to calm the stomach.

If you’re feeling ravenous then greasy foods can assist as it helps the alcohol to absorb. But in general, these go-to foods are hugely popular for curing a nasty hangover: Pho, menudo, seafood, pickle juice, green chile, and bananas all seem to top the charts.

 

OTC Drug Hangover Cures

If you subscribe to the belief that a pill will take care of all the suffering, then this section is for you. While it isn’t advisable to consistently be reaching for pain relievers – as they can thin the blood – there are other over the counter products that help.

Over the counter products like Alka Seltzer, charcoal pills, and vitamins can help cure a hangover big time. Alka Seltzer and charcoal pills help to tame an angry tummy while taking a multivitamin the night before, can lessen hangover symptoms like headaches and body pain by replacing the vitamins and nutrients lost during the night of drinking.

 

Get The Hangover Kit

 

(image credit: Beau-coup)

Looking for even more hangover cures? Head on over to our Hangover Cure Collection now for fun (and helpful) hangover cure products. They’re perfect as a gift set for wedding guests that may have celebrated a bit too much on your big day!

 

 

Scotch and Cigar Pairing 101: Get The Basics Now

August 11th by Samantha Chan

 

(image credit: Beau-coup)

If you’ve ever felt a bit intimidated by the idea of scotch and cigars, you’re not alone. This wildly popular pairing gives off a very elite feeling of “members only”. But as its popularity begins to grow, so will the general population’s knowledge of its key characteristics.

Join us now as we dip our toes in the water. Let’s learn some basic knowledge of scotch and cigar 101 to help get you through a bonafide scotch and cigar party without looking like a total novice.

 

You Like What You Like

Let’s start with the most important factor. The pairing of scotches and cigars is highly dependent of the consumer’s preference. It’s the taste that matters. While many have suggestions, tips, and advice, never let opinions supersede your own personal preference. But if you have no idea what your preference is, here’s a good starting point.

 

Taste Breakdown

Cigars will vary drastically in taste depending on its size, shape, costs, etc. For example, a shorter but average diameter cigar tends to have a stronger flavor with a shorter smoking session, while a thinner and longer cigar may have a lighter flavor profile. Lastly, larger cigars tend to be smoother with fuller flavors.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re new to cigar smoking, opt for a milder and/or sweeter cigar. You can complement this cigar taste by pairing it with a similar flavor profile scotch with mild and sweet notes. Or, you can go the other route and opt for a stronger tasting scotch. This latter combination is similar to a sweet and savory taste profile mix – opposites attract. As we previously mentioned, it’s all about your personal taste preference so give different combinations a shot to see what works best for you.

Another novice option is to try a medium bodied cigar. Medium bodied cigars are a great middle ground as they partner beautifully with most scotches. Sweet, spicy, light, strong, it’s your choice!

If you’re better versed and/or adventurous with your choice of cigar, then opt for a rich, full-bodied cigar. A stronger tasting cigar will pair perfectly with peaty (strong tasting), mature scotches. When it comes to a full-bodied cigar, lean towards a full-bodied scotch to complement.

 

Things To Keep In Mind

It’s also important to note that both scotch and cigar flavors open with time. So don’t be too hasty when deciding on your pairings. Let the scotch open up for the full flavor profile to develop. Let the cigar burn through its successive stages of flavor from beginning to end to fully understand the experience.

But we can’t reiterate this enough, pairing a cigar and a scotch is completely dependent on your personal taste preferences. The final results will come with time and experimentation. Sounds like a lot of work? Not at all! When it comes to fun “experimenting” like this, you’ll be a connoisseur in no time!

Top 15 Baby Shower Games: Part II

August 8th by Samantha Chan

What’s that you say? You want even MORE baby shower games?! Well, ask and ye shall receive.

Turns out you guys went pretty wild for our original Top 20 Best Baby Shower Games article so we decided to do another round-up of our best baby shower games. Here are 15 additional game options guaranteed to keep you and your guests entertained, laughing, and guessing throughout the entire shower.

 

(image credit: Beau-coup)

 

1) Celebrity Morphs

Ever wanted to see what your future baby with Brad Pitt would look like? With the aid of an image morphing application like Morph Thing, now you can! Print out multiple variations of you + a hot celeb, hubby + a hot celeb, and then a final version of just the two of you. Pin these images up for guests to take their best guesses as to which “baby” is actually the combination of the actual parents to be.

 

2) Name The Baby

Still haven’t decided on a name? Then let the people vote! If you already have several options that you’re mulling over, post these names up on a poster board and invite guests to vote for their favorite. Try using cute baby themed labels as vote markers.

If you’re completely open to suggestions, provide an empty acrylic bowl with paper slips and pencils nearby for guests to submit their ideas. It’s essentially a baby name suggestion box, but you get the ultimate veto power.

 

3) Balloon Diaper Game

The object of this game is to see who can diaper the most balloons using safety pins and cloth diapers. Blow up as many balloons as you can, and then set the timer for 5 minutes. During this time, have your players put on as many cloth diapers on balloons as possible using safety pins. Popped balloons and ill-fitting diapers will not count.

For added drama and excitement, use confetti balloons that explode with confetti when popped!

 

4) Celebrity Baby Name Match

Apple, Pilot Inspektor. Believe it or not, these are real celebrity baby names. Turn Hollywood’s creative baby name obsession into a fun shower game by creating a list of celebrities on one side of a sheet of paper and a list of their baby’s names on the other side – mixed at random. Instruct players to match the baby name to the correct celebrity parent. The first player to match all correctly wins.

 

5) Diaper Messages

Similar to a guest book, guests can write down their well wishes or advice on baby’s soon-to-be diapers. It’s a sweet activity that all guests can participate in and it will make diaper changing a much more pleasant experience for the parents!

 

6) Sculpt A Baby

Let your guests get creative with a game of baby sculpting. Have guests gather around a craft station supplied with nothing but Play-Doh. Using their fingers and imagination alone, instruct them to create their best version of what baby will look like. You might be pleasantly surprised by the hidden talents of your guests!

 

7) Baby Themed Musical Chairs

Organize a fun (and undoubtedly competitive) game of musical chairs at your shower. But give it a baby shower twist by using plastic kiddie chairs/stools and choosing a baby themed song like “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears for a raucous good time.

Expectant momma will probably want to stand back and watch as the competition heats up!

 

8) Onesie Cookie Decorating 

Decorating onesies is a tried and true baby shower activity, but how about onesie cookie decorating? Prior to the party, bake onesie shaped sugar cookies, cool, and lay out next to frosting and cookie decorations at the party. Have guests try their hand at cookie decorating by inviting them to creatively decorate a onesie cookie that’s good enough to eat – literally.

 

9) Baby Stroller Obstacle Course

If you’re hosting at a location with a big backyard or shared space, try setting up a baby stroller obstacle course. You can use cones, tape, or whatever “obstacle” of your choice. On “GO”, have 2 players race each other by pushing their strollers through the course. The first player to make it to the finish line wins the match!

 

10) Baby Due Date Pool

Betting on a baby due date pool is even more fun than an office Superbowl pool. For those that choose to participate, have them place bets on when mommy is going to deliver (you can suggest $5 per bet or whatever amount you’re comfortable with). They should be guessing the exact day, hour, and minute to be considered for the game.

Once baby is delivered, the guest with the closest bet wins the entire pool.

 

11) Name That (Baby) Tune

Prior to the shower, create a playlist of “baby” themed songs – any song with the word baby in it. Start the game by having two players play against one another and arm them with a buzzer or bell each. Begin the game by playing a snippet of a song, once the player figures out the song, have them buzz in and then correctly name the song and artist. The first player to correctly guess five songs wins!

You can increase/decrease the amount of songs guessed for a win consideration, depending on the amount of shower guests. If you’re hosting a large party, keep each match to only three correct songs so that everyone gets a turn.

 

12) Pregnant Twister

Have players strap on fake pregnant bellies to begin a game of pregnant twister! It’s a hilarious time for the players, expectant mommy, and guests as everyone watches how the players navigate through the game with their new belly bulges.

 

13) Baby Shower Word Scramble

Choose a list of words relating to pregnancy, baby, motherhood, etc., and then scramble each word on a sheet of paper. Make enough copies for the shower and have guests figure each word out by unscrambling and writing down the correct answer. The player to unscramble the most words in a fixed amount of time wins the game.

 

14) Break The Water

This game is best played outside as it gets wet! Choose at least five volunteers from your guests. One player will be the guesser while the others are “pregnant”. Have the guesser step out of the game room while the other players prepare by putting on an old tee-shirt, and stuffing the front with a filled balloon.

One balloon should be filled with water. Have the guesser come back out to guess which “pregnant” guest’s water is about the break by safely popping the balloon belly (through the tee-shirt) with the use of a pin. If water starts gushing out, the guesser wins! If not, then invite a new guesser and keep going until the water break is finally revealed.

As a treat for the “pregnant” player, prize them with a sweet towel gift for being such a good sport.

 

15) Baby Animal Game

Create a list of animals on a sheet of paper with enough copies for the shower. Have guests guess each animal’s correct baby name for a fun game of fill-in-the-blank. For example, next to “Dog”, guests should fill in “Puppy”. First guest to complete the sheet wins!

Try using more difficult animal names to keep the game exciting (e.g. – Swan: Cynet, Whale: Calf)

Find The Perfect Coffee Recipe (Food & Drink!) Guaranteed To Awaken Your Senses

August 6th by Samantha Chan

Here’s the deal – we pretty much want (need) coffee all.the.time. So dedicating a post entirely to finding the perfect coffee recipe seems like a pretty good idea all on its own. But with the introduction of our new personalized K-Cups, this “good” idea just got upgraded to flip-your-lid-fantastic.

 

(image credit: Beau-coup)

 

Now, when you think of a coffee recipe, don’t do yourself the disservice of only assuming “beverage”. Coffee is extremely versatile and the flavor profile is perfect in drink, dessert, and even savory form. Get ready, cause your coffee fueled inspirations are here!

 

Coffee Affogato

(image credit: A Family Feast)

We love this affogato recipe because it’s easy to make and you likely already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

 

Coffee Short Ribs

(image credit: Epicurious)

This is a prime example of how delicious coffee can be when used as an ingredient in a savory dish.

 

Mint Iced Coffee

(image credit: Home Sweet Eats)

We’re Bay Area locals, so our interest was piqued by the idea of this mint iced cofffee. We wonder if this version parallels the uber-popular mint mojito iced coffee version from Philz Coffee?

 

Coffee Ice Cubes

(image credit: Simply Delicious)

Speaking of iced, we’re totally into the idea of using frozen ice cubes in iced coffee. Keeps your iced drink chill and undiluted!

 

Spicy Coffee Rubbed Steak

(image credit: Food Network)

This flavor combination seems so divinely obvious, we’re kicking ourselves for never having thought of it before!

 

Coffee Ice Cream

(image credit: Roti & Rice)

If you’ve been keeping up with Team Beau-coup, you might have noticed that we’re slightly (lots) obsessed with ice cream! So, it only makes sense to include a delicious coffee ice cream recipe in this round-up right?

 

Coffee Cake

(image credit: Lil’ Luna)

While coffee cake technically isn’t prepared with any coffee, it’s a classic coffee accompaniment. For that, it definitely makes the list.

 

Coffee Cupcakes

(image credit: Roxana’s)

But if you are looking for a coffee flavored pastry, might we divert your attention to this coffee cupcake recipe. Coffee batter AND coffee frosting… yum.

 

Coffee Frozen Popsicles

(image credit: the view from great island)

We saved these handsome little guys for last! They’re A) adorable and B) completely melt-your-mouth delicious!

Feeling buzzy from all this coffee talk? Shop our latest coffee favors here.

Bridal Shower Theme Ideas To Perfectly Match Her Personality

August 4th by Samantha Chan

Are you lucky enough to be hosting a bridal shower soon for a loved one? Hosting a bridal shower is such an honor and should not be taken lightly. This a gift of love from you to the bride, in honor of her momentous upcoming life event.

While the wedding is a celebration of two hearts joining, the bridal shower is a celebration of the bride, and the bride herself. Take advantage of this precious moment by hosting a beautiful event with these bridal shower theme ideas that perfectly matches her personality.

 

Her Style: Classic

(image credit: Beau-coup)

(image credit: Beau-coup)

This is the girl that values tradition. You might recognize her with her on-point holiday decorations, and her closet is probably filled to the brim with timeless, classic pieces. If this style sounds familiar, then you’re dealing with a “Classic” bride-to-be.

For this timeless gal, themes like “Something Blue” or “Nautical Love” are beautiful matches. They’re both classic, traditional, and timeless – just like her!

 

Her Style: Glamorous

(image credit: Beau-coup)

If your bride-to-be is easily confused for Beyonce and/or one of the many Kardashians, then it sounds like you’ve got a “Glamorous” girl on your hands. She’s not hard to spot as she’s always rockin’ some bling and sky-high heels.

Treat her to a decadently glamourous shower with a “Gold Glitter” theme. She’ll likely show up with coordinating clothes and accessories!

 

Her Style: Eclectic

(image credit: Beau-coup)

(image credit: Beau-coup)

For this bride, her style is vintage, shabby chic, and mix & match. Think Rachel Zoe carpooling with Nicole Richie, to head over to Mary Kate and Ashley’s house.

As a lover of pattern, prints, and florals, a theme like “Shabby Chic” and “Chalkboard Chic” is exactly what she’ll be wishing for.

 

Her Style: Foodie

(image credit: Beau-coup)

While we’re not sure if “foodie” constitutes a style (yet), we are certain that it defines a very specific subculture. You can find her at the local farmer’s market, a hot new restaurant, or at home trying out the latest recipe.

For this foodie bride-to-be, treat her to a delicious “Cooking” themed shower. Easily create this theme by inviting guests to all bring a recipe, and be certain to have delicious treats and snacks served throughout the event.

 

Her Style: Cultured

(image credit: Beau-coup)

(image credit: Beau-coup)

You know the type, always jet-setting somewhere new and having an adventure. But when she is local-bound, she’s probably planning trips to the museum or hosting a high-tea under her gazebo.

Treat her to the shower of her dreams with themes like “Wanderlust” and/or “Tea Party“. Both are appreciated by a gal that lives for culture and adventure.

 

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

August 1st by Samantha Chan

With summer in full swing, it’s hard to avoid all the ice cream related social content out there in the interwebs. It feels like you can barely boot up your computer without a new ice cream recipe or “Best Ice Cream Spots” post staring back at you.

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably screaming back “I want to try that recipe/flavor like, yesterday. But boohoo… no ice cream machine!”.

Well, your ice cream prayers (ours) have been answered as we’ve discovered 4 easy ways to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream machine or maker. Learn how now and start eating as early as tonight.

 

How-To Make Homemade Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine:

 

2 Ingredient Wonder

 

(image credit: kevin & amanda)

Seriously, you can’t afford to not try this recipe/method found on kevin & amanda! It’s super simple with a super pure flavor profile. Sold.

 

Ice Cube Tray & Food Processor

(image credit: Serious Eats)

Got a blender or food processor but no ice cream maker? No problem! With this genius idea found on Serious Eats, making homemade ice cream is as easy as making frozen margaritas.

 

Ice Bath Stir Method

(image credit: david lebovitz)

This method is courtesy of popular food blogger, David Lebovitz. He details out how to make ice cream using ice cream mixture, an ice bath, and periodic stirring.

 

The Bag Method

(image credit: CNN)

To use this method by the kitchn, all you need is ice cream mix, rock salt, ice, and Ziplock bags. Much more economical than an ice cream machine right?!

 

Once you master homemade ice cream, try your hand at ice cream social hosting with our How to Host the Best Ice Cream Parties: All the Tips, Tricks, & Ideas You Need post and all the ice cream party supplies you could ever need!

 

 

10 Signature Summer Cocktail Recipes Guaranteed To Keep Things Cool

July 30th by Samantha Chan

It sure is a sticky hot summer ain’t it? Be sure to keep things cool and tasty with these 10 signature summer cocktail recipes.

These tantalizing recipes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any type of event this summer. BBQ’s, wedding cocktail hours, birthday parties… we’re pretty sure you’ll find the perfect reason (excuse) to be trying these out!

 

1) Watermelon Tequila Cocktails

(image credit: Food & Wine)

With watermelon being in-season, summer is the perfect opportunity to try this refreshing and sweet treat.

 

2) Frozen Mojito

(image credit: Food Network)

A classic mojito gets a summertime makeover with this recipe!

 

3) Lemony Spiked Sweet Tea

(image credit: Martha Stewart)

Sweet tea is a summertime fan favorite if you’re from the South. But this upgraded version is sure to be a national treasure.

 

4) Strawberry Thyme Cocktail

(image credit: All Day I Dream About Food)

It’s summer and it’s time for Strawberry Thyme – cocktail that is.

 

5) Pimm’s Cup

(image credit: Food Network)

Making your own version of this summer classic is easier than ever with this recipe.

 

6) Mint Julep

(image credit: Epicurious)

There’s no need to wait until the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a crisp Mint Julep when there’s an easy adaptation like this available.

 

7) Cucumber Lime Pops with Gin

(image credit: Food & Wine)

Everything about this “cocktail” screams summer. The lime, the ice-cool pops, the gin… it’s summer on a stick!

 

8) Thai Basil Sangria

(image credit: Food & Wine)

For an evening of sippin’ on the porch, we can’t think of a better recipe than this Thai Basil Sangria to share with friends and family on a hot summer night.

 

9) Cucumber Basil Lime Gimlet

(image credit: Liquor.com)

This classic cocktail gets a summer splash with the addition of cucumber, basil, and lime.

 

10) Limoncello Collins

(image credit: Food & Wine)

You’ll love this grown-up version of summertime lemonade.