Fruity cocktail recipes + DIY rainbow fringe stir sticks

Rainbow fringe stir sticks_rows_Handcrafted PartiesRainbow fringe stir sticks_DIY_Handcrafted PartiesThere’s just something special about a signature drink.  Even if you’re having a casual party, like a backyard BBQ or a family potluck or dinner on the deck, putting in a few extra minutes to dress up your favorite drink is worth it!  A pretty glass filled with fresh ingredients and garnishes will instantly tell your guests that the celebration has started!  Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time to start gathering recipes to have on hand for your next shindig, and I’m here to help!  From cocktails with a kick to family-friendly sips, you’ll want to pin all of these recipes to keep things fresh all Spring and summer long.

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Rainbow fringe stir sticks_drinks_Handcrafted PartiesOnce you have your favorite recipe picked out, it’s time to make it pretty!  Dress up your drink with fresh fruit, fancy ice cubes, or a festive drink stirrer.  My favorite 5 minute drink stir stick, besides a skewer of fruit, is a DIY fringe stir stick.  A few strands of shiny mylar dress up the crepe paper a bit…or go full on glam for an evening cocktail party by making them entirely out of mylar.  Each stick takes only about 5 minutes to make, so you can whip up a whole rainbow lickety split!

Rainbow fringe drink stirrers_step1_Handcrafted PartiesDIY FRINGE STIR STICKS // Supplies:  crepe paper streamers, gold mylar shred (dollar stores), bamboo skewer, scissors, double sided tape

Step 1 // Cut 6 strips of 5″ long crepe paper streamers for each stir stick.  (I used two shades of each color, so 3 strips of each color per stir stick.)  Stack the strips in a pile, alternating colors if you wish.  Cut fringe strips approx. 1/4 inch apart, leaving about 1″ uncut at the the top.

Step 2 // Separate the strips into two piles (3 fringed strips in each).  At the uncut top of one stack, place a piece of double sided tape all the way across.  Place strips of gold mylar shred across the tape.  Trim gold mylar strands approx. 1/2″ longer than the crepe paper.  Place second stack of fringed crepe paper back on top of the gold mylar stack and align all top edges.

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Step 3 //  Place a strip of double sided tape all the way across the top of your crepe paper stack.  Place the pointed end of a bamboo skewer on the tape, with the skewer and crepe paper stack pointing out in opposite directions (see photo).  Tightly roll the entire stack of crepe paper around the bamboo skewer.

Rainbow fringe drink stirrers_step3_Handcrafted PartiesStep 4 // Cut a 1/2 inch wide strip of crepe paper and cover it with double sided tape.  (You can also use washi tape or gold mylar tape instead.) Wrap this strip around the base of the fringe to hold all the layers in place.

Rainbow fringe drink stirrers_step4_Handcrafted PartiesShake that fringe around to fluff it up and you’re ready to party!  These DIY rainbow fringe stir sticks are just so bright and cheery, I couldn’t help smile as I took pictures of them…a lot of pictures!  :)  Of course, you can match the crepe paper streamer colors to your own party (black-white-gold for a glam night, pastels for Spring parties or Easter, etc.) and you can find many colors of mylar shred at Dollar Tree, or online.  A $1 bag will pretty much last forever!

Rainbow fringe stir sticks_Handcrafted PartiesRainbow fringe stir sticks_diagonal_Handcrafted PartiesRainbow fringe stir sticks_group_Handcrafted PartiesNow that your drink glasses are party-ready, your hardest decision will be narrowing down which delicious drink to serve!

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Coconut Creamsicle Margarita  {photo + recipe by How Sweet Eats}

Warm Weather Cocktails

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blueberry honey vodka lemonade  {photo + recipe by Heather Christo}

Flavored Iced Tea + Lemonade

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peach pineapple mango white wine sangria  {Recipe + photo by Averie Cooks}

Sangria

Rainbow fringe drink sticks_closeup_Handcrafted PartiesI’ve heard a rumor that it’s supposed to hit 70 degrees here in Portland this week, which sounds amazing…that alone is reason enough to whip up some of these pretty sips!  For lots more festive drink recipes, check out my EAT | delicious drinks board on Pinterest.

Happy Crafting,

Lisa :)

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    says

    I love how pretty they look and so easy to make!! They go nicely with any drink, especially with the warm weather coming.


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      says

      Thank you, Shundara! The drink stirrers are super simple and they’re a quick way to add a real wow factor! So glad you liked them and thanks for letting me include your drink recipe in the round-up. :)

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