Guest Post: Cupcakes and Cocktails by the Bargain Blonde

Today we are excited to feature a guest post from one of our favorite bloggers, The Bargain Blonde!  She shares tons of fun tips about saving money (along with other hilarious shenanigans), and we recently posted our own money-saving ideas on her blog.  Today she's recapping her Cupcakes and Cocktails shower for us, and we're so excited to share it with you!

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Hello Sweet & Sour Shower fans!  I am Lindsey from The Bargain Blonde and I am thrilled to be guest posting today for Leah and Jac.  These two talented (hot) blondes definitely know how to throw a party, so I am humbled to know they approve enough of my latest shower to let me divulge all the deets for you. I'm 27 and it seems like my social calendar for the past five years has consisted of weddings, weddings and more weddings. But not my wedding.  You know the movie 27 dresses?  I could totally star in it.


Needless to say, if there was such a thing, I could be professional bridesmaid! And everybody knows a professional bridesmaid must know how to throw a proper shower. Here is how I (along with 2 other bridesmaids) recently threw a "Cupcakes and Cocktails" bridal shower on a budget for our friend Courtney: I bought paper from an invitation store, but designed and printed myself to save on costs:


Obviously our theme meant we needed cupcakes, so we ordered these lemon cupcakes (brides fave) using a Groupon:


Lucky for us, a little thing called "Cupcake wine" exists so we stocked up.  As an alternative to wine, I also made a raspberry champagne spritzer by adapting a Padma Lakshmi recipe I found online.  The cocktail table:


I bedazzled the "bride-to-be" wine glass (97 cents) using scrapbook stickers found at Wal-Mart. Total cost = $5.  The spritzer recipe was designed to individually serve in glasses, so I winged it to create a self-serve bowl of the spritzer.  Most guests opted for the spritzer and it was so easy to make!

What you need: 
3 bottles extra dry champagne
About 9 scoops of Raspberry sherbert (3 per bottle)
5 to 7 fresh mint leaves
Garnish with strawberries
Place mint leaves and sherbert in bottom of serving bowl.  Pour champagne over the top, mix and serve. 

To save money, host your shower in between typical meal times so guests don't expect a full-fledged meal.  We hosted ours from 3 to 6 and were able to get away with dips and "finger foods". Our menu consisted of these 3 ingredient sausage balls, dill dip and veggies, fruit kabobs, antipasto kabobs, Gouda dip w/ pita chips and spinach dip & chips (not pictured).Yumm-o.
 
 
A full shot of the food table:
 

The DIY floral centerpieces were made using recycled wine bottles.  Instructions here. I painted the "Eat, Drink and Be Married" sign for the food table using acrylic paint and wood ($2.99)  from Hobby Lobby. Personally I think details make a party.  Floating candles in large mason jars made for some easy DIY coffee table decor:
 


Instead of having guests write a generic message for the guest book, we had them fill out these cards for the bride that I found online as a free printable.


The shower was a success and I didn't have to break the bank.  Here is the happy bride-to-be opening her gifts:


See?  A little resourcefulness goes a long way.  If you like my bargain ideas, be sure to hop on over to my blog for bargain tips on beauty, fashion, decor and more! And before I go, I must give Leah and Jac one more big thank you for having me here today.  I hope I did you ladies proud.  XOXO