While it’s essential to have sumptuous foods at your party, drinks are equally important as well. A party where the host only offers water is a sad party. Serve wine, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks for the adults, and make sure you have punches, juices, and other non-alcoholic fares for kids and those who don’t like to drink.
To make it better, style a drink station that is fitting for your theme and the drinks you would like to serve. Here are some creative ideas for serving drinks at your party:
1. Mason jar drink station
The trend for serving party drinks and cocktails in mason jars reached its peak a few years ago, but it’s not just a passing fad. The reality is drinks just look great served this way, especially when arranged in a bar. Serve a couple of drinks on a mason jar drink dispenser and have mason jars with straws ready for your guests to drink on. Alternatively, you can serve the drinks individually without the lid and add a straw and fruit on the rim as garnish.
Another great advantage of mason jars is that by using the lids, you can make a bunch of drinks in advance like frozen daiquiris, fruit teas, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies and keep them on ice or frozen until guests arrive.
2. Fruity summer drink station
Bring into play the magic of clear jars and serve a rainbow-colored display of fruity and refreshing drinks for your summer, BBQ, or picnic party. Get at least five beverage dispensers with jewel-bright concoctions of fruit juices with real fruit slices in them. Serve raspberry or cranberry juice, orange juice, lemonade or pineapple juice, cucumber-infused water, and grape juice side by side for an assortment of colors. It will be a treat for the eyes as well!
3. Mimosa bar
Set up a mimosa bar complete with pretty signs and labels! Use some glass carafes for serving your tasty mimosas. Serve an assortment of fresh, cut-up fruits such as berries, blood orange, raspberries, watermelon, honeydew, dragonfruit, and peaches on a chilled condiment tray.
You can never be wrong with a traditional punch bowl with a ladle and cups hanging on its rim. But if you want to elevate the classic drink serving item, go for a tiered punch bowl fountain to wow your guests and get them excited to taste what’s inside!
5. Boat drink station
Rent a vintage boat or get an old boat or kayak at your garage to hold your booze and soda. Fill it with tons of ice and beverages that are bottled and canned to serve your guests. It’s a perfect rustic touch for outdoor parties and nautical-themed parties.
6. Pretty pink drink station
Serve pink-colored punches, juices, or cocktails at a ladies party like a bridal shower, bachelorette party, tea party, or pink-themed birthday party. On a table, set up two to three glass dispensers and make sure you got enough space between them. Let the pink beverage take center stage, and write a label on the chalkboard. Decorate with arrangements of pink flowers and provide ample pink napkins for guests to use.
7. Milkshake bar
Hosting a 50’s party or a vintage-themed party? Set up a milkshake bar at your kitchen island and serve your guests with a smile! Decorate the area with a vintage milkshake sign and use a retro milkshake mixer to keep with your theme. Serve them on old-fashioned milkshake glasses and use striped straws for the vintage effect. Make sure you’ve got whipped cream and a variety of syrups ready, and fresh fruits served in bowls for toppings. Don’t forget the classic maraschino cherries to achieve the quintessential milkshake look.
8. Coffee bar
Want to serve some pick-me-up for your guests? Serve them coffee to keep them alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic for the rest of the event! Hot coffee is perfect for an event in the fall or winter or at a wedding. Provide a coffee urn that makes large batches of brewed coffee.
Set up some cups if you’re hosting a party for just a few people, but if you have lots of guests, you can buy paper coffee cups. Use an organizer for your paper cups, lids, cup sleeves, stirrers, napkins, creamer, and sugar packets.
A coffee bar is incomplete without a sign, so make sure you add one on the table. You may also want a banner to display below the table or on the wall. If you’re adventurous, having a standby espresso machine is also a great way to have your guests try their home barista skills.
9. Hot chocolate bar
At your holiday party, it’s fun to set up a hot cocoa bar with all the fixings and toppings! When it’s cold outside, let the guests warm up with your specialty hot cocoa. Use a slow cooker to make a heartwarming cocoa recipe – because the best homemade hot cocoa is made using slow cookers! Provide porcelain mugs and decorate your cocoa bar with hot cocoa bar decoration kit.
For the toppings on your hot chocolate bar, use mason jars in different sizes to add some height and interest. Use tall jars for toppings like large marshmallows, candy canes, peppermint sticks, and Pirouette cookies. Use smaller ones for mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermints, toffee bits, and sprinkles. Finally, use wide-mouthed jars for Lindt truffles and Whoppers. Serve some whipped cream in a bottle and a set of chocolate sauces.
10. Rolling bar cart
Get the drinks rolling with a bar cart with wheels. This stylish drink serving station comes with wine racks, hanging glass storage, and a removable top tray that can be used for serving appetizers. It’s a perfect tool for a frequent dinner party host.
11. Tea storage
For your next tea party, serve your assortment of teas on a wooden tea box with compartments. This tea box is made of unfinished wood allowing you to decorate as you see fit. But it’s already beautiful as it is, and let the teas do the talking.
12. Galvanized drink station
If your party’s aesthetics is playing around the rustic, farmhouse, industrial, or shabby chic themes – a galvanized drink station would be interesting. Serve up bottled or canned drinks in a galvanized beverage tub full of ice, and your homemade punches on glass jug beverage dispensers. Keep the glasses nice and ready for use on a galvanized tiered tray. Then, serve your alcoholic drinks on a galvanized bar cart. Group these things together for the best effect.
13. Milk bottles
If you prefer a sleeker and modern look, a great alternative to mason jars is to serve your party drinks – specifically punches and juices – on milk bottles with straws. Just make a batch of your signature drink and serve it on a beautiful drinks dispenser, and line the empty bottles alongside each other on a bar. Let guests pour themselves a drink.
14. Sangria bar
Make wine more exciting by serving sangria on its own sangria bar. Offer red wine and ice, then serve assorted cut-up fruits on a condiment caddy. Decorate your sangria bar with a vintage chalkboard sign and serve other juices on clear pitchers.
15. Inflatable coolers
16. Push-pop shots
Instead of using shot glasses, you may want to serve your shots of cocktail on push pops! Lemon drop shots are an easy drink to make and serve. Mix lemon juice and vodka, rim it with yellow sanding sugar and add a lemon wedge for garnish. You can serve other kinds of drinks and use sanding sugar in the color of your choice instead of plain white sugar for a pop of color.
17. Milk and cookies
On a large tiered cupcake stand, serve milk, milk chocolate, and milk strawberry drinks on small cups. Garnish the rim with a chocolate chip cookie for an exciting treat! If you like, you can also serve coffee and garnish it with mini donuts on the rim.