Cake and punch

The fun thing about going to a one year old’s birthday party is the party turns out to be one that’s really more for adults. Ms. S&C recently had the pleasure honor of fixing a punch for an adorable lad’s first birthday party. Said adorable lad also happens to be Miss Mojito’s nephew! While the pomegranate champagne punch was a crowd pleaser, the real hit of the party was this incredible rainbow-colored cake baked by the lad’s superstar mom, LC. LC tells me the rainbow cake was inspired by a number of blogs and recipe sites (Google rainbow cake and you’ll get oodles of results). But her cake and icing recipe came from Restaurant Eve’s Birthday Cake. Clever mom that she is, LC implemented the rainbow layering and colored coconut for the topping, rather than using plain old sprinkles.

bday-cakeSpectacular rainbow colored birthday cake

For the punch: when asked to help make a cocktail for the party, I wanted something equally colorful and festive. Since we were serving a large crowd of 20-30 people, I knew that punch was the only practical option. I found a pomegranate rum punch recipe from Bon Appetit on Epicurious. I’ve always been a fan of pomegranate juice – the color and tartness make it a perfect mixer for cocktails. Not to mention all the health benefits. But, I’m not so much a fan of rum (which could be good in a fall/winter version), so I subbed champagne and white wine, and made a few other tweaks. The result was a bright, cheerful, and sparkling beverage that parents, and friends and family of parents, can enjoy.

pom-champagne-punchPomegranate champagne punch with lime and mint

Pomegranate Champagne Punch


  • Simple syrup
  • 5 bottles chilled brut Champagne
  • 2 bottles chilled white wine (Ms. S&C uses sauvignon blanc)
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice,  (Ms. S&C prefers POM Wonderful)
  • 4 limes, thinly sliced
  • Simple syrup, to taste
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • 1 ice block


For the simple syrup: bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely. Note: adding lime slices is always an option to infuse the syrup.

Combine Champagne, white wine, triple sec and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lime slices, and pomegranate seeds. Add ice block to bowl. Garnish with mint.

posted by Ms. S&C

9 responses to “Cake and punch

  1. What good pictures! And what a fun party. If all one year old parties are that fun, I’m totally on board.

  2. I can’t wait to see us at said adorable lad’s bday in 9 years… “The best thing about a 10-year-old’s birthday is that the party turns out to be for the parents…” With the help of Ms. S&C’s punch, I bet we can hijack all the parties from here on out!! I feel poised for a takeover!!

  3. I am so sad I missed this amazing party. The cake and the punch look devine. Getting me in the mood for pimms cup.

  4. i wish i could have tried the punch, but the cake was great! I wore crocs- I wish there was a shoe review. At least 3 party goers wore sandals featured on s&c!

  5. That’s right, LKO! Two people were wearing the sandals featured on the beach bum post:

    And, I wore my paisley peep-toes:, which coincidentally, I’m wearing today.

  6. When I shared this post on FB, here’s a friend’s comment that is too funny not to share:

    “my most wasted night ever in chicago was a first birthday party for a little girl with ukrainian grandparents. vodka & cake!”

    I love it, BT.

  7. if you’re ever in need of alcohol-less “tini’s” for moms to be, I just saw this and immmediately thought of you!

  8. I saw your site in the Express paper this morning and I had to come see if the recipe for the Pomegranate Champagne Punch was posted, and it is!

    Sounds so yummy, I think I’m going to make these tonight! Thanx for sharing!!!

  9. MzPurp, thank you so much for your comment! If you hadn’t shared, I would have never known that the blog appeared in the Express paper. If you tried the punch, hope you liked it! Thx again.

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