With summer in full swing, we thought we would share this fun beach umbrella cupcake topper with you all for July!

Click here to download your own free cupcake toppers. Enjoy!

Just in case our guests didn’t get enough root beer tonight each guest was sent home with the everything they need for a root beer float.  A bottle of  Goose Island’s Chicago Style Root Beer, a mini carton of vanilla ice cream, a spoon, and a paper straw. We chose Goose Island because it is local and the label is just perfect for the Fourth of July.  Packaged in a red paper bag with a bottle cap tag.

For guests who were going to have a longer trip home we packaged theirs in an insulated bag. We didn’t want to send anyone home with melted ice cream!

Not only did the guests have a selection of root beers to try, but they also had root beer float cupcakes to enjoy.  We used the oh so simple recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen for the cake and topped ours with whipped cream, a cherry, and a little red & white paper straw.

The cupcakes taste as yummy as they look and have an light (almost bubbly or sparkling) flavor.   A refreshing summer treat! They looked great on our blue cake stand surrounding our centerpiece.
going, going, gone! YUM!

Red, white, and blue served as the color palette for this party.

Our centerpiece was made with three brown glass bottles wrapped in decorative paper and ribbon and then filled with white flowers. We placed it on a bright blue cake stand, which would later hold our cupcakes. We decorated the cake stand with red and blue paper bunting.

Instead of traditional confetti adding color to our table we made bottle cap confetti by painting used bottle caps red and blue and adding a paper star punch to the top.

One final touch on the table were several kinds of root beer available for guests to sample.

Decorating our fence was red and white pinwheel garland.  Made from felt and inspired by  this tutorial from eighteen25.   It looked great and was very simple to make. 

And last, but not least when guest first arrived they were welcomed by our Fourth of July bottle cap sign.  A $2.50 purchase from Target’s dollar section. We covered up it’s original “Tiki Bar” picture with a new sign using scrapbook paper and paper punched stars. It fit our theme perfectly.

Working with the bottle cap graphic designer, Shannon McGivney, made for the 95th Birthday party and a little help from picnik we made these invitations. We printed them as 4×6 photos and backed them on red cardstock. 

The invitations were then sealed in light blue envelopes.  We embellished the envelopes with red stars on both the front and back.

Erin’s grandfather is celebrating his 95th birthday this July and she volunteered to assemble the favors for his party.  She had friend of elevencupcakes and talented graphic designer, Shannon McGivney, design a tag for the favors based around one of her grandpa’s favorite things: root beer.

fyi: the large blank space is for the birthday boy’s last name.

Her design, inspired by a vintage root beer bottle cap, was so cute we used it as inspiration for an early Fourth of July get together.  This week we hope you get inspired to host your own red, white, and root beer party!