Boozy S’mores Shake with Homemade Marshmallow Vodka

boozy s'mores shake

I love a good s’mores more than anyone and I also happen to love anything with booze in it. (See where I’m going with this?!) These Boozy S’mores Shakes are literally the best thing I’ve made this summer! They are rich and filling, just the perfect dessert on a hot Friday night. They are also easy to make and the marshmallow infused vodka is so easy you’ll wonder why you never made it before!

boozy s'mores shake

What You’ll Need for Marshmallow Vodka –

  • Plain Vodka
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • coffee filter

What You’ll Need for 2 Shakes –

  • 6 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 15-20 large marshmallows
  • 2 graham cracker sheets
  • hershey chocolate bar
  • 3 ounces of marshmallow vodka

boozy s'mores shake

01. For the vodka, cut up the marshmallows exposing the gooey insides and put in a container. Add the vodka and keep overnight in the fridge. Most of the marshmallow pieces will dissolve, but you can use a coffee filter to strain it. The vodka adds a little more marshmallow flavor and it’s perfect for martinis down the road!

02. Set the broiler on high and dump 20 large marshmallows on a cookie sheet and set on the highest rack. Toast one side and let cool. Flip them over and toast the other side. Keep an eye on them because they will burn fast!

boozy s'mores shake03. In a blender add the milk, vodka, and chocolate ice cream and blend until smooth.

04. Add in the toasted marshmallows and blend until fully incorporated. These will give the shake a silky marshmallow-y taste we all love!

boozy s'mores shake
boozy s'mores shake

05. Add the hershey pieces and graham crackers in the blender, but pulse so they don’t blend entirely.

To add some pizzaz, drizzle chocolate or marshmallow syrup inside the glasses!

Add whipped topping and some more crushed graham crackers on top.

boozy s'mores shake boozy s'mores shakeHope you guys have a chance to make these beauties!


*see more Alyson magic on Sugar & Bash!*


What I Keep in My Instagram Prop Box

In case you weren’t aware, Gilit has been sharing some pretty amazing and super helpful Instagram tips, so if you’re not following her Instagram  account (@thebannerie), you need to! Like, right now. (Editor’s note: you see why I love Bethany, right? I don’t force her to shamelessly promote me but she does it anyway.)

Speaking of Instagram, one of my favorite “tools” for when I’m taking flatlays is painter’s tape. So much so, that I keep a roll in my Instagram prop box.

Yes, I keep a box of props for photos that has everything from mini disco balls to washi tape!

Instagram Props

Here are some ideas of things you can keep in yours:

Mini Honeycomb Balls

Mini Honeycomb BallsI like them because they are inexpensive, cute and tiny! You can get a pack of 10 for only $7 from the Oh Happy Day Shop!


My personal favorite confetti comes from The Confetti Bar. It’s even customizable!

Fun Shaped Candles
Fun Shaped Candles

Chances are you’ve already met Lola the flamingo, but did you know that Lola is a candle?! The Bannerie has them for $10 less than the ones at Nordstrom!

Boss Banners
Boss Banner

You can use The Bannerie’s banners to share phrases like Gilit does. Thanks to her I’m obsessed with punching today in the face.

Personal Items
Personal Items

While I wouldn’t recommend keeping your phone in your prop box (you might need it for Instagram photos and the occasional phone call), I encourage you to think outside of the box! You can always use what you have on hand!

Do you have an Insta prop box? What do you keep in it?



What's in my Instagram prop box

Watermelon Favor Bags

DIY watermelon party favor bags

I am bound to run out of ways to incorporate watermelons into DIY projects, but today is not that day! When I was browsing the dollar store a few weeks ago I spotted these vibrant paper bags in pink, orange and lime green. I knew they had to be mine because they would be perfect to hand out party favors in, but the plain bags were a bit boring. So when I started on my watermelon crafting kick I just knew I had to turn those pink bags into fabulous Watermelon Favor Bags!

150 SUPPLY LISTPink Paper Bag
Lime Green Tape, 0.75 inches wide
Dark Green Tape, 1.5 inches wide
Black Vinyl
Treats, Candy and Prizes

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!


  1. Cut a long piece of dark green tape and adhere it to the paper bag, lining up the edge of the tape with the bottom of the bag, wrap the tape around the entire base of the bag. Repeat this process with the lime green tape just above the dark green tape.
  2. Using scissors cut your black vinyl into small squares, these will be the seeds of the watermelon. Adhere the black vinyl squares randomly to the pink area of the paper bag.
  3. Fill your bag full of treats, candy and prizes!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

This project is also a perfect party/craft activity for little ones and might I suggest making a super-sized version of my Mini Watermelon Piñata, then the kids could use the Watermelon Favor Bags they crafted to collect the piñata loot in!


*See more of Sarah’s glitter and talent on her blog Weekend Pursuits and Instagram @sadiutori

Couches with Bold Color

With our move quickly approaching (AHHHHH!!!!!), I’ve been dreaming of all the decor I’d want in our ideal home. Our couch is gray (and I love it), but in my dreams I would totally get a bright bold couch!

Couches with Bold Color

I love the lines of the Dot Bo sofa, but I’m totally partial to the color of the Joybird one on the bottom left. What do you think? Would you put a bright couch in your home? What color would it be?
  Gilit Cooper New Signature

DIY Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

DIY Cactus Hooks

I’ve really been into ceramics lately and after receiving some adorable pieces from Quiet Clementine, I was inspired to create my own version. These faux ceramic cactus wall hooks turned out quite awesome, especially with their functionality and overall cuteness!

What You’ll Need – 

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

First cut out your cacti on the card stock. (Mine are simple hand drawn ones.) I had one cactus cutter but I wanted three different shapes for the hooks so it looked like a set. I also cut out a few flowery shapes to attach later. Work your clay and knead it real good so it’s easy to work with. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the shapes, easy.  Use the card stock templates you cut for an outline and slowly trace with an x-acto knife. bake your clay hooks according to the instructions on the package.

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall HooksFaux Ceramic Cactus Wall HooksAfter the clay has dried, you can slightly sand out any imperfections. I used a little water and 220 grit sandpaper. I also glued on the small flowers here. For the hook part, I used some hobby wood, but you can use really anything since it won’t be seen. Take your drill and make holes for the screws to twist in. You can use some super glue here to enforce it. The other end goes straight into the wall.

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

I used 2 Acrylic green paints and mixed a little white in them for a lighter look! I also used the liquid gilding for the edges to create some gold detail because I just like gold, okay?! For some texture, I made some dots on the cacti and the flowers. When the paint dries, brush on the glaze. If it’s not smoothing out, mix it with a little water. The glaze gives it a ceramic/glossy look and honestly makes the finishing product look polished and soon your friends will be asking where you got these! (yay!)

DIY Cactus Hooks
DIY Cactus HooksDIY Cactus Hooks

What do you think? Will you make these?! I’m also all for making other faux ceramic pieces!

You can check out more of my creations on my blog or follow me over on instagram!


Fruit You Can Wear

While it’s summer, I love to acknowledge it in every way possible and one of my favorite ways is by wearing lots of fruity things! Whether you want to cover yourself in head to toe fruit or just accessorize, this list has you covered:

Fruit you can wear

clockwise: Watermelon Nail Stickers // Pineapple scarf // Watermelon shirt  // Lemon studs // Pineapple shoes // Strawberry shirt // Bananas sequin sweatshirt // Fruit pants // Strawberry clutch // Citrus clutch // Banana skirt // Lemon laptop sleeve // Lemon dress // Pineapple skirt // Fruit shirt

Have you found anything fabulous and fruity lately? Are you as concerned with making summer last as long as possible as I am?

Gilit Cooper New Signature

Mini Watermelon Piñata

Make a mini watermelon piñata!

While I can assure you that if I threw a Fruity Fiesta, I would l-o-v-e to deck out the party with a super-sized piñata in every fruit imaginable, I am sure my party guests would not enjoy the lack of mingling room it would provide. Luckily, I can satisfy my fruit piñata craving, provide substantial room for mingling and give each guest a little something to take home with them, all thanks to these Mini Watermelon Piñata!

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1170X425 SUPPLY LISTPink, Light Green and Dark Green Crepe Paper, Streamers or Tissue Paper
Lightweight Cardboard (I used a Krispy Kreme box leftover from National Donut Day)
Mini Watermelon Piñata Template (link at bottom of post)
Black Card Stock
Double-Sided Tape
Clear Packing Tape
Hot Glue and Glue Gun
Fringe Scissors
Hole Punch
Candy, Treats and/or Small Toys (to fill the piñata with, I used these sour watermelon candies)

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

1170X425 TO CREATE

  1. Print out the template, cut out the triangle shape, trace it on to the lightweight cardboard twice and cut out two triangles. Out of the lightweight cardboard also cut out several strips, approximately 1 inch wide.
  2. Assemble the piñata base. Using packing tape, attach the strips to one of the triangles to create a triangle shaped box, if you are planning to add anything to the inside of your piñata, now is the time to do so. Place the other triangle on top of the box you created and attache with packing tape.
  3. Using double-sided tape attach pieces of tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base to cover all of the cardboard. Cover the top two-thirds of the piñata base with pink, and the bottom third with dark green.
  4. Create the decorative fringe. Using fringe scissors, cut and fringe the streamers leaving approximately ½ inch of uncut steamer at the top, this space is where you will attach your fringe to the mini piñata. Note: If you are using crepe paper or tissue paper, you will need to cut the paper into 1½ inch strips and then fringe.
  5. Using a hot glue gun attach the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base, starting at the bottom with the dark green and working your way up to the top. I did one row of dark green, one of light green and the rest in pink. You want to place your first row of fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper, so that it lines up with the bottom of the piñata, the rest of the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper you add, make sure the bottom of the piece you are adding is approximately ½ inch above the bottom of the last placed fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper.
  6. Using a hole punch, punch out several dots out of black card stock, these will be the seeds for the watermelon. Attach the dots randomly on the pink area of the piñata.

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta


Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Here is the Mini Watermelon Piñata Template! I hope these inspire you to plan a fruity fiesta!


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