After a long day of sitting in a warm office, you’re more than deserving of a few skinny cocktails! Oh, you don’t think low cal drinks can be tasty? Think of it this way, ladies—we love a good cocktail just as much as the next girl, but all those strawberry margaritas you’re slurping down can be upwards of 500 calories per glass! As delicious as they are, there are definitely better options for you. In fact, we’ve listed a few of our favorite fun summer drinks to prove it. So whether you’re planning a bridal shower, throwing a bachelorette, or just soaking up the sun with some of your favorite ladies, we’ve got the perfect drink recipes (all under 200 calories!) to get your party started!
Whether you’re looking for a smooth whisky drink or a fruity sangria recipe, these 3 summer cocktails will please any taste bud! So grab some glasses, get out your best party napkins, and be ready to whip up some seriously mouth-watering drinks that you and your friends will adore!
Makes 1 serving - 100 calories/serving
1.5 oz. vodka
5-6 fresh blackberries
3 oz. light lemonade
2 mint leaves
Spritz of Berry LaCroix sparkling water
Light and fruity, it’s a perfect fun summer drink and super easy to make! Start by either muddling or lightly pureeing your blackberries. Add some ice to your cup and mix in your blackberries, vodka, and lemonade. Top it all off with a spritz of sparkling water for a sweet, crisp taste and garnish with your mint leaves for a pop of color!
Prosecco Strawberry Julep
Makes 1 serving – 160 calories/serving
1 oz. bourbon
2 oz. Prosecco
.5 oz. simple syrup
8 mint leaves
The classic mint julep is known for being a derby drink, but we’ve added a summer twist! In a cup, muddle together 6 mint leaves, 3 strawberries, and the simple syrup. Fill your cup with crushed ice, add the bourbon, and stir well. Top with the Prosecco and add some mint leaves as a garnish. Voila!
Sunshine Sparkling Sangria
Makes 12 servings – 170 calories/serving
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
1 bottle of sparkling white wine or Moscato
.5 cup brandy
1 can Sprite Zero
1 large orange (sliced)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup kiwi
This fruity sangria recipe makes for the ultimate summer party drink! Start by pouring your wine, brandy, and Sprite Zero into a large pitcher or serving bowl. Slice up your fruit, squeezing some of the orange into the wine mixture and then add it all in. Stir and let chill overnight. If you want to serve it right away, use chilled wine and have ice available for your guests.
We love swapping recipes and want to hear some of your favorite cocktail ideas! Whether you just had a summer party or are throwing one soon, let us know if you use any of our drink recipes or else share one of your own in the comments below! Cheers!
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As a soon-to-be bride, choosing my wedding flowers has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make – and honestly, I still haven’t decided! There are so many pretty options out there and narrowing all of them down has been nothing short of overwhelming. To make the decision a bit easier on you, I’ve gathered some of my absolute favorite bridesmaid bouquets from some of our Kennedy Blue weddings that I know you’re going to love!
Styling your besties in mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a huge trend for the past few years. And as popular as it still is, we’re slowly starting to see brides revert to having all of their girls dressed in the same style. So how do you decide what’s best for your own wedding? Here are some points to get you thinking about whether you should go the route of mismatched bridesmaid dresses or styling your girls in all the same look.
Romantic, elegant, and totally on-trend; we’re currently obsessing over Bordeaux bridesmaid dresses! Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s 2016 color of the year, our newest color was created out of the need for a deep red with a romantic pink undertone. Literally, you guys, this color is everything we’ve ever dreamt of! Flattering on literally every skin tone, we think this is a color that your bridesmaids are easily going to fall in love with!
Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.