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Strawberry Lemonade & DIY Drink Coasters

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Learn the secret to spotless glasses with Finish® Max in One™. Plus a fun DIY Coaster project and a refreshing Strawberry Lemonade drink to enjoy at your next party. #Ad #ShowMeTheShine

I know I have said this many times before, but I love to host parties at my home.  We have a lot of family and friends so naturally we always find something to celebrate. I really enjoy the planning and hosting details too. Planning the menu, preparing the food and decor, and cleaning the glassware. Yes, you read that correctly. I always clean my glassware before any party I host. Today, I am going to share with you how to get your shine on with Finish® Max in One™ as well as, a refreshing Strawberry Lemonade recipe to serve in those sparkly clean glasses and an easy DIY coaster project you can make for your next get together.

Finish ProductI have a thing about spotty glassware. There is nothing more embarrassing than serving a drink of any sort in a glass that is full of spots. Yep, it’s happened to me in the past and chances are it probably has happened to you too. Sometimes the dishwasher detergent just isn’t doing the trick.

At any rate Finish® Max in One™ is a powerful product that helps clean cloudy glass while removing hard water stains. I live on a farm in the country and Finish® products have been the only ones successful enough to tackle our hard well water. It’s perfect because Finish® doesn’t leave residue, film or water spots on your glassware.

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Luckily, Target has a great selection of Finish® products to choose from. I purchased the Finish® Max in One™. Finish® Quantum Max™ tablets are a great choice too. Both can be easily found in the dishwashing aisle. And here’s a bonus — if you use the Target Cartwheel app, you can Save 5% on NEW! Max in ONE & Quantum Max Small Size {valid 3/29-4/25}. You can click here to access the offer.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win one of four prizes in the Finish® Shine & Protect Giveaway as well as a Target gift card to purchase Finish®. Winners must be 18 years or older.

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Here is my tip for assuring your glasses are spotless for your next party or get-together.

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Always wash your glassware in the dishwasher the morning of your party. I use the glass cycle. Use a soft cloth to remove the glassware once the cleaning cycle is complete. This way, you can be assured that no unnecessary fingerprints will transfer to the glassware. I set the glasses upside down on a serving tray so they are ready to go and no dust or debris gets on the inside.

Now let’s have some fun with those spotless glasses you just cleaned with Finish® Max in One™.  These DIY Coasters are super simple to make. Be sure to fill up your spotless glasses with this Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade. This is one of my favorite drinks to serve to my guests.

Finish® Max in One™ works hard to make glasses spotless. This fun DIY Coaster Project and Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade are a perfect for your next party. #Ad #ShowMeTheShine

DIY Drink Coasters

Materials Needed
4 – 4×4 white ceramic tiles
1 sheet 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (pattern of your choice)
Matte Decoupage
Acrylic Sealer
Paint Brush
Felt Pads

DIY Coaster SuppliesTo begin, Trace 4 squares on reverse side of the scrapbook paper. Cut out the four squares.

DIY Coaster - Step 1Paint a layer of decoupage on the tile and place one of the scrapbook squares on it.
Now, paint another layer of decoupage on top of the scrapbook square.

DIY Coaster - Step 2Allow to dry for 15 minutes and then paint another layer. Again, allow to dry for 15 minutes. The decoupage will dry clear, don’t worry if it looks cloudy.

DIY Coaster - Step 3Now it’s time to seal the coasters. In a well-ventilated workspace (I like to do this outside), spray each tile 3 times. Allow each spraying to dry for a few minutes in between each spraying. Turn the tiles over and apply a felt pad to each corner of the square.

DIY Coasters - FinishedThis is a really fun craft to get the kids involved with too. These drink coasters make perfect gifts too…think housewarming, holidays, birthdays. I like to bundle four coasters together and tie them with a nice ribbon. Package the drink coasters along with a bottle of wine or set of glasses and you will make someone’s day.

Here’s my easy recipe for refreshing Strawberry Lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade - Feature 1

Strawberry Lemonade
This refreshing Strawberry Lemonade is the perfect drink for friends and family.
Course: Drinks
Author: Melissa Russo / thefarmgirlgabs.com
  • Juice of 4 large lemons
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 cup strawberries plus extra for garnish
  • 5 cups cold water
  1. Begin by combining the sugar, water and strawberries on a saucepan.  Heat on stove until sugar is dissolved. This will be your simple strawberry syrup.
  2. Let syrup cool and puree in a blender until smooth.
  3. In a large glass pitcher, add lemon juice, water and simple strawberry syrup.  Stir well.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with strawberries and lemon slices.

Spring is here and soon we will all be outside entertaining. It’s a perfect reason to celebrate! Don’t get caught at your next party with spotty glasses. Put Finish® Max in One™ to work.  What’s your favorite beverage to serve to your guests? I would love to hear.


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  1. It’s finally starting to get warm here in upstate New York, and this strawberry lemonade recipe sounds amazing! Time to do a little spring cleaning with my glassware so that I’m ready for summers on the back porch…with strawberry lemonade, of course! #client

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