One of the more important things to include when planning a preschooler's birthday (or perhaps a child of any age) is the 'Parental Punch', you know, the one that makes all the screaming, sugar-rushing chaos even more fun :D Many of the guests were within walking distance, so driving wasn't an issue, but I have to add that you should never EVER drink and drive... and certainly keep it out of reach of the kiddos!
I winged the recipe for this punch using ingredients I had in the house. The only thing you should plan ahead is making the ice ring, it makes your punch that much prettier and it melts slower than ice cubes, so your punch stays colder and gets less watered down. To make the ring, I simply added some fresh blueberries, raspberries, along with some sliced orange and lemon to a bundt pan. Then I added water just to over the fruit and popped it in the freezer the night before. I had so many compliments on this punch I almost felt guilty because it was so easy!
Berry Cherry Punch (aka Parental Punch)
1 can Minute Maid Berry Punch, thawed
1 can water
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/2 cup maraschino cherries
2 litre bottle of Canada Dry ginger ale
Gin and/or Vodka to taste (I used both and really didn't measure and I should have... it was a good bit though but still undetectable taste-wise :) Of course, booze is entirely optional)
Stir all together in punch bowl or large salad bowl, add ice ring (paragraph above) or just ice if your party plans are last minute.
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Disclosure: I received Minute Maid free product coupons to try out their products in a recipe. Opinions though, as always, are mine.