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November 27, 2014

BIC Merry Marking: Slushy Drink with DIY Drink Stirrers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holidays are so exciting, and it is so much fun to plan all the little details of holiday meals and decorations.  This year, I'm making our family's traditional "Slushy Drink" recipe for our holiday meal, and BIC Mark-It permanent markers came in awfully handy for making some festive and personalized drink stirrers to go along with!
This slushy drink recipe is so simple, and so delicious, and comes from my grandma, who made it when I was a kid!  It really jazzes up a party, and looks pretty on the table.  It makes a large batch, perfect for a large gathering - but you can certainly half the recipe for smaller groups.
Mix 6 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar together in a pot and bring to a boil.  Once the mixture has boiled, remove from the head and let it cool.
Add to the cooled mixture 1 can of orange juice concentrate1 large can of pineapple juice, and the juice of 2 lemons.  Stir until incorporated and then pour into a freezer safe container to freeze overnight.

Once the mixture is frozen, put chunks into each cup, and pour Sprite or 7-up over the top.  Then.... use these adorable stirrers to mix it all together as the "slushy" part melts.  It is delicious!

And these stirrers are really simple too.  I got white, oven-bake clay and rolled it out flat.  Then, using small cookie and biscuit cutters I cut out little festive shapes and baked them according to the package directions.

Once they were cool, I used my BIC Mark-It permanent markers to draw little designs right onto the clay!  These permanent markers come in a pack of 36 colors for fine and ultra fine tip sizes - which means that there are tons of great colors to choose from!  The colors are bold, vibrant and low odor, which makes it nice when working with them, and family friendly.

Once I was done coloring the clay to my heart's delight, I carefully hot glued matching pieces back to back on the top of plastic stir sticks, which left a little slit at the top to add in a little piece of cardstock.

I used the #MargaritaGreen BIC Mark-It permanent marker to write the names of our guests on mine (so they also double as drink markers!) but you could write little holiday messages, or whatever you'd like to personalize your stir sticks!  With another dab of hot glue, I glued the paper in between the clay.

BIC is offering a coupon to save $1.00, and has a booklet with other  #BICMerryMarking ideas to make your holidays colorful! This is the sort of project my mom, two sisters and I love doing together - so I nominate them each, and all of you readers, to go get the booklet of merry marking and a coupon to start marking, and enjoy!

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