Blood Orange Soap Recipe with Blood Orange Essential Oil

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This blood orange soap recipe is made with orange powder and blood orange essential oil which has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it a great homemade soap for acne prone and combination skin.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

These soaps are great for summer when our skin tends to be oilier and we sweat more. While I did use a higher percentage of coconut oil in my blood orange soap recipe than I normally do, it’s still a lower cleansing/higher conditioning bar so your skin doesn’t feel stripped and dry after washing. After all, stripping too many of your skin’s natural oils can result in the overproduction of oil which leads to acne and blemishes.

In addition, I used colored mica powders to give my finished blood orange soaps some extra pop. However, you can also leave these soap bars al naturale if desired. You can find my blood orange soap recipe below along with my soapmaking notes.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Blood Orange Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3.2 oz. cocoa butter
8 oz. refined coconut oil
4.8 oz. hemp oil
10.25 oz. pomace olive oil
5.7 oz. refined shea butter

9.75 oz. distilled water
4.3 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
1.6 oz. orange powder
.3 oz. fine grain pink Himalayan salt
1 oz. blood orange essential oil
.1 oz. petitgrain essential oil

Soap Notes:

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

As with some of my past soap recipes, I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing my blood orange soap recipe easier. It also gives you an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)

Also, as my blood orange soap recipe is palm free, I did a steep water discount and included both sodium lactate and a bit of salt for a harder bar.

For the molds, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic guest round silicone soap molds. However, you can also use two of the Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds if you’re wanting larger bars.

Instructions:

You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying my blood orange soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and butters called for in my blood orange soap recipe.

Heat until melted then set aside.

Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Then weigh out the pink salt, essential oils and orange powder. Add these ingredients to the soapmaking oils/butters. Then, using a stick/hand blender, thoroughly mix the ingredients into the soapmaking fats. (Alternately you can add the essential oils once your soap reaches a light trace.)

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the blood orange soap batter into the molds’ cavities.

If you blood orange soap gels, you should be able to remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after. If your soap doesn’t gel, or it’s still soft the next day, wait 2-4 days before unmolding.

Allow your homemade blood orange soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks.

If desired, you can paint your homemade soaps after they have cured.

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

To do this, combine mica powder in your choice of color to a small dish. Slowly add isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to the mica powder, mixing with a small brush. You don’t want to add too much alcohol or the mica will be translucent on your soap. But you don’t want to add too little as the mica will clump on the soap. You want a paint-like texture that flows easily off the brush.

I used an orange vibrance mica powder to paint the tops and sides of my soap bars. (Alternately you can tint your soaps with mica powder by adding two to four teaspoons of mica powder to your soapmaking oils and mix prior to adding the lye-water.)

This blood orange soap recipe is made with real orange powder and blood orange essential oil. Blood orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make this blood orange soap recipe especially suitable for acne prone and combination skin.

Once the orange mica “paint” dried on my soap, I used candy apple red mica powder to paint designs on my soap bars and allowed them to dry.

Once you’ve decorated your own soaps, carefully wrap your blood orange soaps tightly in foodservice film. You can then label your soaps as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your blood orange soaps, you’ll need to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your homemade soaps? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

To discover more of my homemade soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Also, don’t forget. If you make homemade soaps or bath & body products I will be featuring your creations on Soap Deli News blog on my weekend wrap up posts! Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured!


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Green Apple Soap Recipe with Real Apple Powder + Apricot Kernel Oil

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Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin’s look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Green Apple Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

 4.8 oz. apricot kernel oil
4.8 oz. sesame oil
3.2 oz. hemp oil
1.6 oz. castor oil
8 oz. refined coconut oil
4.8 oz. refined shea butter
4.8 oz. sal butter

9.75 oz. distilled water
4.35 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.6 oz. apple powder
1 oz. sodium lactate (60% solution)
2 oz. green apple fragrance oil
.15 oz. Alpine Green mica powder

Soap Notes:

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

I’ve included a screenshot from SoapCalc (above) to make resizing my green apple soap recipe easier. It also gives you an idea of the overall soap bar quality. (SoapCalc is great tool for anyone wanting to create their own custom soap recipes from scratch. You can learn how to create your own custom soap recipes using a lye calculator here.)

Because my green apple soap recipe is palm free, I did a steeper water discount than normal and included sodium lactate in the soap recipe to get a harder bar.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

I used two different molds for this recipe – a Crafter’s Choice basic round soap mold and a silicone flower blossom mold. If you use the round soap mold you’ll get about nine 5 oz. soap bars. Alternately my green apple soap recipe will yield around eleven or twelve 4 oz. bars.

Instructions:

You should be familiar with making cold process soap before trying my green apple soap recipe. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap. Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap. You should adhere to all basic safety precautions when working with lye.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and butters called for in my homemade green apple soap recipe.

Heat until melted then set aside.

Allow the lye-water and the melted soapmaking oils to cool to around 95°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Then weigh out the apple powder, mica and the fragrance oil. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender. (Alternately you can add the fragrance oil at trace.)

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace then evenly pour the green apple soap batter into the molds’ cavities. Sprinkle on dried rose petals if desired, then cover with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

If you green apple soap gels, you should be able to remove the soap from your molds the next day or the day after. If your soap doesn’t gel, or it’s still soft the next day, wait 2-4 days before unmolding. If you’re using the round mold for this soap, it’s a bit trickier getting this soap out of the mold perfectly if it’s softer. So either give this mold more time or pop the mold into the freezer for a half hour or so prior to unmolding the soap.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

Allow your homemade green apple soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, they are ready for use. Simply wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting. You can also bevel the edges with a potato peeler if desired.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

For more ways to create this soap, you can embed soap mustaches into your soap bars for Father’s Day gifts or even soap roses for wedding favors.

This yogurt & banana soap recipe with organic flax seed oil is formulated especially for dry skin with real banana powder and yogurt. It's made using the cold process soapmaking method with the end product yielding a high conditioning / low cleansing soap bar.

If you like my homemade green apple soap recipe, then you may also like my chia & charcoal soap recipe made with soothing and hydrating chia seed oil and naturally detoxifying activated charcoal as well as my yogurt & banana soap recipe made with organic flax seed oil and yogurt & banana powders.

Learn how to make this homemade green apple soap recipe! Crafted using the cold process soapmaking method, this green apple soap recipe is made using real apple powder. Apple powder is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that can help to improve skin texture. In addition to rejuvenating skin's look and texture, it also helps to promote skin elasticity and has moisturizing properties. These properties make this green apple soap recipe particularly suitable for dry or mature skin.

If you’re planning to sell your green apple soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

For even more of my soap recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.

Do you make homemade soaps or bath & body products? Want to see your homemade soaps and bath & body products featured on Soap Deli News blog? Simply add the hashtag #soapdelishowoff to your instagram and twitter posts for a chance to have your handmade products featured on my weekend wrap up posts!


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Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

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This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of his girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It’s supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody's girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody’s girlfriend’s family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

Mother's Day flowers picked from the garden.

Cody made this green salad recipe for me and my mother for Mother’s Day on Sunday along with the most amazing Szechuan Beef with Zoodles, or zucchini noodles.

Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Cody used this Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy’s Kitchen. It was absolutely to die for and I highly recommend this recipe as well.

Cody cooking a Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Keep reading for the Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios. This green salad recipe is meant to be served as a full meal so it’s a great treat for vegetarians. Alternately, it can also serve 4-6 people as a side dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

by Kate + Adam Reinard

Ingredients:

3 scallions
1 small cucumber
1 green pear
2 stalks celery
1 avocado
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup shelled edamame beans
juice of 1-2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop the scallions, cucumber, pear, celery, avocado, pistachios and basil and combine in a large bowl.

Mix in the edamame bean then dress the salad with the juice from the lime(s), olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator until the next day.

A side note on this one. This green salad recipe is absolutely divine as is. However, I would use 1/2 cup of pistachios the next time around to ensure I get a pistachio in every bite as the nuts add a fantastic flavor zing to this dish.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

If you like this green salad recipe, then you may also like my Black Bean Dip Recipe as well as my summer inspired Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe. Also be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board for more great dinner and salad recipe ideas.

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8 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

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If you can squeeze in an hour out of your busy schedule then you can DIY these last minute Mother's Day gift ideas! Make them in an afternoon. Gift the next day.

If you stay crazy busy like me, then there’s a good chance you meant to make a homemade gift for Mother’s Day but, well, it hasn’t happened yet. So just in case you can squeeze in an hour to get your craft on, here are a few last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas you can DIY.

Last Minute  Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY

Craft these DIY Himalayan Pink Salt + Rosemary Bath Bombs via Under A Tin Roof blog as last minute Mother's Day gift!

These DIY Himalayan Pink Salt + Rosemary Bath Bombs via Under A Tin Roof are a great way to give mom the permission she too often feels she needs – I mean we were all demanding kids, right? – to wind down and relax. And chances are you’ll be able to source all of the ingredients locally between your grocer and/or your local co-op.

These DIY Rose + Lavender Bath Bombs via Lauren Conrad make a lovely homemade Mother's Day gift!

Alternately, these DIY Rose + Lavender Bath Bombs via Lauren Conrad are also lovely and contain ingredients that should be a little bit easier to gather if you don’t live close to a major city.

These DIY Mother's Day Teacup Planters via Housewives of Frederick County make a wonderful last minute Mother's Day gift! All you'll need is a vintage teacup or two, some potting soil and succulents. Plus there's a free Mother's Day printable gift tag!

If you’re a thrift store queen, then these DIY Mother’s Day Teacup Planters via Housewives of Frederick County may be right up your alley – and mom’s! (I mean, you got it from somewhere, right?) All you’ll need is a vintage teacup or two, some potting soil and succulents. The pretty Mother’s Day gift tags are also cake! Just download the free printable created by designer, Lindsey Swink, of Bare Ink Co.

This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave your skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means you can wear your favorite scent while still caring for your skin!

My own DIY Scented Dry Oil Body Spray is also perfect for gifting. In fact, with just a few simple ingredients, all there is to this DIY is to weigh the ingredients then mix! No heating required and you’re completely done with this project in ten minutes or less. Plus I’ve also included free printable labels for easy gifting.

This coffee & black tea under eye cream is an energizing antioxidant balm that's perfect for tired eyes and skin. Made with anti-inflammatory coffee essential oil and antioxidant rich darjeeling tea, this coffee & black tea under eye cream recipe helps to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also lending its nourishing antioxidant skin care properties.

If you’re a soapmaker and have an entire arsenal of soapmaking supplies taking over your kitchen, then you may want to consider making my DIY Coffee + Black Tea Under Eye Cream. Because no matter what, most moms get run ragged when we’re kids and then spend their empty nest years trying to counteract the accelerated aging we put them through. (Well, probably not really, but moms like to joke.)

This handy dandy anti-aging cream helps to brighten and wake up tired eyes while visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and under eye bags. My foaming ginger & turmeric face polish recipe would also make a pretty sweet addition to mom’s anti-aging arsenal.

This easy homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe contains exfoliating sea salt and hibiscus flowers as well as moisturizing cocoa butter and safflower oil to pamper and help soften and clarify your skin.

Salt scrubs are always a winner in the gift department. This homemade hibiscus salt scrub recipe is a snap to pull together and is made with exfoliating sea salt and hibiscus flowers as well as moisturizing cocoa butter and safflower oil to pamper and help to soften and clarify skin.

This strawberry and chocolate fudge solid sugar scrub bars recipe makes fantastic treats for your skin! Indulge in all of the sugar and chocolate your heart desires with none of the calories. Not only do my fudge solid sugar scrub bars make great homemade gifts - think Valentine's Day! - they're absolutely perfect for dry winter skin!

My DIY Strawberry + Chocolate Fudge Solid Sugar Scrub Bars make yet another mom approved gift! These were a hit with EVERYONE when I gifted them over Christmas, but the fantastic chocolate strawberry scent means you can gift them year round for any occasion. Alternately, swapping out the fragrance choice is a breeze.

This DIY fluted trinket dish via Make and Tell blog makes a lovely homemade gift for mom!

Personally, I’m crushing over this DIY Fluted Clay Trinket Dish via Make and Tell. All you need is a mini fluted cake pan, some Fimo air dry clay, varnish and a few tools and you have yourself a beautiful home decor piece that mom can stash her rings or keys in.

A beautiful collection of homemade Mother's Day gifts you can DIY!

If these last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas aren’t enough to meet your taste, then you can find 18 more fantastic last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas to DIY at Soap Deli News blog here. (Or repin these ideas here for later.) You can also find even more Mother’s Day gift ideas on my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board.

Alternately a Birchbox beauty box subscription also makes a fantastic last minute gift. Busy moms also appreciate food from a  food delivery program. My favorite food delivery services are Green Chef and Hello Fresh.

Printable Mother's Day Gift Tags via Make and Tell Blog

Already have your gift for Mother’s Day but the packaging is still up in the air? Download and print this free Mother’s Day gift tag via Make and Tell to polish off your package for mom.

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Party Pleasers: Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch & Black Bean Dip

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Party Pleasers: A light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe favorite and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

Over the weekend I hosted an amazing, super fun cocktail & cookout party filled with (now) proven party pleasers. I went all out for this party and included a selfie spot with props – this was not a thing twenty years ago – and in addition to make your own cocktail stations, I also included two pre-made spiked punches.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

There was also smoked pork butt, brisket and lamb along with grilled veggies and homemade dessert selections. I also made my fantastic black bean dip for pre-dinner snacking.

Cocktail & Cookout Party Pleasers! Drink stations, BBQ sauce bars and party pleasing black bean dip appetizer and Rooibos peach tea rum punch! Click through for the recipes to make your own!

For the smoked meats we offered a BBQ sauce bar with four sauce and a crazy hot pepper vinegar. I also set out pink Himalayan salt in a dish and black peppercorns for extra seasoning.

Cocktail & Cookout Party Pleasers! Drink stations, BBQ sauce bars and party pleasing black bean dip appetizer and Rooibos peach tea rum punch! Click through for the recipes to make your own!

I purchased my alcohol for this party from Mouth.com as they offered cocktail kits with recipes. This made the entire process of planning the cocktail menu a lot easier.

Their Au Pear Cocktail Kit was a huge hit. Made with Square One Botanical Vodka and George Spiced Pear Liqueur, this was also the most complex cocktail recipe. Fortunately we had someone dive right in with this one from the start so no one was intimidated by the process. You can find the recipe for the Au Pear Cocktail at Mouth here.

Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe! This spiked punch cocktail recipe is a real party pleaser and is made with a combination of light and dark rum as well as Adagio's Rooibos Peach Tea! It tastes exactly like peach tea!

My own Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe was also a party pleaser. Made with a combination of light and dark rum as well as Adagio’s Rooibos Peach Tea, this drink offered lighter alcohol content and tasted exactly like summer peach tea!

(Keep reading for the recipe to make my Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch further down as well as my black bean dip recipe!)

Party Pleasers: Fun face coasters and a self spot plus a light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

The Paladone Face Coasters I’d purchased some time back were another of many party pleasers.

Party Pleasers: Fun face coasters and a self spot plus a light Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe and a crowd pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe!

We had the most fun with these coasters and everyone loved them.

These crazy fun Realistic Fun Mouth Photo Stick Props are a sure party pleaser for selfie spots at your event!

We also had a blast playing with the mouth photo sticks I found and bought from Oriental Trading.

Party selfie prop ideas! This battle ax was the most fun for memorable party photographs!

It didn’t end there though. In addition to a blow up selfie frame, we also had a battle ax which turned out to be brilliant for creating memorable photos.

And of course everyone went home with fun party favor bags filled with handmade donut soaps, handmade solid donut salt scrubs, illustrated temporary tattoos and artisan lollipops.

Recipes for Party Pleasers

So, are you ready to make your own party pleasers? You’ll find my recipes for my black bean dip and Rooibos peach tea rum punch below.

Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe! This spiked punch cocktail recipe is a real party pleaser and is made with a combination of light and dark rum as well as Adagio's Rooibos Peach Tea! It tastes exactly like peach tea!

Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

64 oz. water
4 Tablespoons Adagio Rooibos Peach Tea
1 1/2 Cups light (clear) rum
1/2 Cup dark or special rum
1/2 Cup simple syrup
2-3 ripe peaches

Directions:

To make this Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe you’ll first need to wash and dry the peaches. Once clean, cut the peaches in half and remove the seed. Then cut the peaches into wedges. Place the peaches in a large heat safe pot or container. (I used a large 8 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup as it has a spout.)

Then fill 1-2 paper tea filters with 4 Tablespoons of tea. (You can put all 4 Tbs into one tea bag or split it into two tea bags as desired.) Place the tea bags into the container with the peaches.

In a large container or an electric kettle, bring half the amount of water needed to a boil.

Once the water boils, remove from heat and pour over the tea bags and peaches.

Steep the tea for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags from the container, squeezing them to remove the excess tea from the bags.

Measure out the simple syrup and stir into the hot tea.

Now measure out and the rums and the remaining water and combine in a separate gallon sized container.

Pour the hot tea into the rum/water mixture and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate until use.

You can remove the softened peaches if desired for another dish or leave them in the tea for visual interest.

To drink, simply pour the Rooibos peach tea rum punch over ice and enjoy.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

Party Pleasing Black Bean Dip Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2 cans Bush’s black beans, drained
1 can shoe peg corn
1 cup Pace Chunky Mild Salsa
1 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 bags of Tostitos Scoops or tortilla chips

Directions:

Drain the cans of black beans and corn. Combine the beans and corn in a large container with washed/dried/chopped peppers and onions, salsa, lemon juice, olive oil and spices. Mix well, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remix the black bean dip before serving, then serve with tortilla chips.

I hope these recipes and ideas help to inspire your next party or event – even if it’s not soap! Also, be sure to let me know what some of your proven party pleasers are in the comments. And, for more party ideas, be sure to follow my Party Ideas Pinterest board.

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