Monday, August 11, 2014

Celebrating a Birthday




Celebrating a birthday for a young adult is definitely different than it used to be. When the young adult is no longer living with you, there are ways to make it special for them, but it usually involves long distance phone calls, group texts and deliveries. You celebrate when and how you can, even if it is before or after their actual birthday.

Long gone are the days of themed slumber parties, special breakfasts to wake up to and birthday dinners at home, where the meal is the birthday girl's favorite recipe.



Melissa had a great 21st birthday, spent both in Cape Cod and then back in East Lansing with all her best friends, both from high school and college. At this age, it is the friends who take over and make the day special. And, of course, you worry a little, since this particular birthday was a right of passage similar to prom night. You want it to be fun, but safe.

I was able to see her on Sunday and hear all the exciting details of her trip and celebration. We ate outside on a patio; enjoyed burgers and craft beer, blueberry beer for me, Michigan cherry beer for her.

One of the fun things I like to do for my girls, is to find a fun alcohol flavored recipe to use for their birthday cake, and to add a little bit of pizazz to the celebration. Melissa loved the Pink Champagne Cupcakes I took for her and her roommates to enjoy and I have to admit I tried one. They had just a hint of pink champagne flavor and the strawberry frosting was the perfect pairing. Wouldn't they be a great cupcake for a bridal shower too?


Pink Champagne Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix

3 egg whites

1 1/4 cups pink champagne

1/3 cup oil

3 - 4 drops red food coloring

Strawberry frosting

Mix all indredients together in a large bowl, with a mixer. Beat for two minutes. Using an ice cream scoop, place mix in individual cupcake liners and bake according to cake mix instructions. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely before frosting. Enjoy!

Happy Monday!


{Linking with these friends}

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  1. Happy Twenty One . . .
    with fancy cupcakes too!

  2. Oh those 21st Birthday Celebrations are to be remembered. Great to share with family and friends.

    All the best Jan

  3. Happy 21st to your beautiful daughter! I think I am going to try that cake just because! lol..

  4. What festive cupcakes, and a beautiful daughter!

  5. These would be great for a bridal shower!! You'll have to remember it for when that happens in your life!

  6. i found your blog thrue other bloggers..i will be visitng more...nice blog

  7. What a great idea! I'm going to remember this as my nieces turn 21! Happy birthday to your adorable daughter!

  8. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I love the simplicity of the Pink Champagne Cupcakes. I’m lucky to stumble upon here and check your new post. Happy Twenty One!

    Deborah Koval

  9. Sweet post. Made me think of my girls twenty something transition. Love the pink Champagne Cupcakes!

  10. Melissa is a doll and it sounds like she celebrated her birthday in style! Even though the friends take over, you know they need a little something from mom. Fun and very creative cupcakes! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  11. Thanks for sharing your beautiful daughters birthday and those delicious Pink Champagne Cupcakes. Happy Birthday Melissa!!

  12. The cupcakes sound good! Happy birthday to your daughter.

  13. Awe, my daughter just turned 21! Such a special time! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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