red, white, and root beer: favors

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!

red, white, and root beer: cupcakes

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!