The plan was a pool party, but Tropical Storm Baryl put a BIG damper on our plans. We ended up keeping the party inside the house. I was a bit disappointed because the kids couldn't enjoy all of the red, white, and blue pool toys I had bought for the party. But, I knew this scorched earth needed the rain.
I snapped this photo of hubs and papou' manning the grill about 2 mins before this....
Tropical Storm Baryl rain bands
On a funner note, I made a yummy fruit punch for the party. It was easy, and made for a nice presentation.
SUMMER FRUIT PUNCH
1/2 quart strawberries, cleaned and sliced
1 bunch fresh mint leaves (I smash them a bit to release flavors)
4 peaches, sliced
2 9 oz cans of pineapple juice
2 liter lemon/lime soda
1 can thawed frozen OJ concentrate
4 cups peach juice (Dole and Tropicana both make versions)
Layer strawberries, peaches, and mint into a bunt cake pan. Repeat layers at least 3 times. Add pineapple juice until it covers the layers completely. Freeze overnight.
Put frozen base from bunt into punch bowl.
Add lemon/lime soda, OJ, and peach juice.
Add in any fresh fruit of your choice. Honeydew, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, and Pineapple make great additions.
For adults, you can serve this punch with white wine to make a great white sangria. Or, serve with a splash of champagne.
Layers of fruit
Covered with pineapple juice
Popped out of bunt into punch bowl
Finished product. Sooooo yummy with white wine.