Ideas for Setting Up a Bubbly Bar

new years eve bubbly bar

Rarely do I get photos of any of my real life parties.  I’m usually running around up to the last minute, plus the lighting, by the time the party begins, is terrible for good quality pictures.  I decided to put together this bubbly bar based on the one I set up for our holiday cocktail party a couple of weeks ago, because I think it has some quick and easy ideas you can incorporate for you New Years Eve festivities and beyond.

What I’ve done here is a compilation of ides that I incorporated into our party.  For that event, the dining room was turned into the bar room with a cocktail mixing station, a champagne bar, and beer on ice.  There was food and wine in the morning room off the kitchen, to keep traffic moving.  I quickly learned that when an open bar is available, EVERYONE {who normally drinks wine} goes for the mixed drinks!  Duly noted for next year.

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Easy Tips for Styling a Bubbly Bar:

  • To be honest, I was unsure about whether I wanted to make a signature punch for the party, or a champagne bar….all the way up until a couple of days before!  What swayed my decision was stumbling across these gold wall adhesive dots at Target.  I thought they would add the right touch of whimsy and glam perfect for a bubbly bar, plus they reminded me of champagne bubbles!  They attach to the walls and easily peel off with no residue left behind.  I placed them all over the back wall for the perfect backdrop, and added my “cheers” swag from my bar cart here.
  • To take up the empty space below the table, and add more “bubbles,” I tied balloons together, and to the legs of the table so they would look full but wouldn’t drift out and get stepped on.
  • A cake stand full of ornaments, topped with a glass dome makes a great seasonal “centerpiece” for the table.
  • Bottles of Brut {dry} sparkling wine are ready to pour as they sit in a chiller full of ice.  TIP:  Surround bottles with half ice and half water;  add salt to the mix to lower the temperature of the ice water.  The ice water keeps drinks chilled far better than ice alone.
  • Wrap stem glasses with tinsel garland and add a punched circle {from scrapbook paper} so guests can write their name on it and keep track of their glass.
  • Provide some delicious fruit nectars in pretty carafes, that can be added to the dry bubbly for various flavor combos.  My favorite idea I came up with this season is topping bottles with ball ornaments!  It mimics the wooden ball stoppers that are very popular now, but with a seasonal twist.  Give it a try!
  • Use trays as much as you can to corral like items together.  Silver, gold, and acrylic work well for any occasion.
  • I made up favors using striped bags, gold chevron washi tape, and a “happy holidays” stamp.  I filled them with eggnog-flavored, and peppermint-flavored taffy I found at Walmart.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. You know I love this! That table you use is so great! This is a beautiful setup and your simple tips would make this very manageable for almost anyone.

  2. super cute drink station love everything about it great job

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