Bubble-Themed Cocktail Parties, Because Why Not?
Your plans for the evening are up in the air, in the best kind of way: a bubble-themed party. Shimmery and playful, bubbles are naturally festive, making them the perfect theme for a variety of celebrations, including a New Year’s bash, an engagement cocktail soiree, or a birthday party. Here you’ll find everything you need for an elegantly effervescent party. The menu makes a nod to bubbles’ shape and iridescence, with salmon roe and cucumber rounds and a cake topped with nonpareils. And the crafts and decorating projects elevate basic, affordable supplies into something extraordinary: a chandelier of cascading spheres, a wall festooned with pearlescent ballons, and a cake stand that appears to be bursting with bubbles. So round up your guests, stock up on Champagne, and prepare for a very bubbly evening.
This three-layer invitation is evocative of a cluster of bubbles. To re-create it, download clip art, embellish with glitter, and assemble with clasps. As your guests arrive, give them vials of bubble liquid (with a wand attached) and watch everyone turn into kids again as they blow away.
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When making a toast, raise a coupe of Champagne or a glass of fizzy rum punch, kept cold with balls of frozen melon. Chill other beverages with ice balls that have been tinted with aperitifs and molded in special trays. A bubbly backdrop can be created by filling clear balloons with iridescent colored glitter.
Rum Punch with Melon Balls
Frozen-melon scoops take the place of ice cubes in this rum-spiked fruit punch and add pops of color and sweetness.
1 melon (honeydew or cantaloupe)
2 1/4 cups fresh pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups light rum (optional)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)
2 tablespoons Angostura bitters
2 liters ginger ale
1. Make melon balls (about 3/4 inch each) using a melon baller. (You should have about 2 cups.) Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze, about 1 hour.
2. Stir together pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, and bitters in a punch bowl. Slowly add ginger ale, being careful not to disperse the bubbles too much. Add frozen melon balls. Serve immediately.
Create a setting that abounds with bubbles. Decorate with candlesticks topped with glass orbs and buckets full of them. At each setting, tie a ribbon around a folded napkin as with a gift, and tie it to another piece of ribbon attached to a small helium ballon. Balloons overhead add to the celebratory feel.
The Hors D’Oeuvres
Have a ball with the appetizers, offering an assortment of flavors and textures. Cool salmon-roe-and-cucumber toasts, cheddar cheese balls infused with ruby port and coated in ground almonds, and delicate gougeres are shown.