August 13, 2011

Aloha Champagne Punch

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Soooo, my brother is getting married this October and I couldn't be happier for him. The wedding is only a couple months away so a few weeks ago I threw his fiance her bridal shower. Their wedding is obviously set for the fall, however her shower was at the end of July, a very hot day in July, so I decided to transform her bridal shower into a Hawaiian Luau theme as they are going to Hawaii for their honeymoon. 
Decorating was easy but what I really wanted to make the best impression on was the Hawaiian Luau punch everyone would be having. I had found this extraordinarily large sangria jug at a consignment shop around the corner from my house for $10... best find of my life and I just had to put it to use.
Hawaiian theme was a big hit. Everyone received a lei at the door, a flower in their hair and sat with seashells and tiki torches all around them which really set the tone for the party. Then there was the punch. Dressed in flowers and chunks of pineapple this punch had the perfect taste and bubble to set you on the beach in Waikiki. 

It was a fabulous party with excellent company and cocktails. Share this drink at your next party or better yet, make up any excuse to make it... I am sure you will not have anyone complaining.

Aloha Champagne Punch
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

1.5 qt. fresh pineapple juice
2 - 750 ml bottles of dry or semi-dry champagne, chilled
1 - 750 ml bottle white fruit punch juice
2 cans of pineapple chucks in juice
1 lemon, sliced
2 limes, sliced
2 - 3 oranges, sliced
2 cups strawberries, halved for garnish
ice cubes as needed

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl or large stew pot. Add ice cubes or put ice in a side dish to have your guests add. You can garnish the punch with pieces of any of the fruits used in the punch.

NOTE: If you aren't planning on finishing the punch in one event I would suggest putting the champagne on the side and have your guests add to their drink as to keep the drink bubbly.
Me with my future sister-in-law and my mother
We set up as a serve yourself kind of table and everyone loved it
...and it started to go.
More or less champagne can be used depending on the party. 
Prosecco or a dry white wine can also be used.

Paul and I finished what was left in the jug when we got home. 
[all smiles]

and then there was nothing left :)


MommaNeecey said...

Great pics and sounds quite Yummy! :)

Michelle said...

I clicked over from Everyday Mom Meals and I am in LOVE! Can't wait to try so many of your recipes - especially the jalapeno limeade.