You’re going to love this late summer dinner Party with Iced Tea Bar. It’s a great, fun way to celebrate the change of seasons with your best gal pals. This party has cool, relaxed vibes with a casual menu and interactive beverage bar. See all the details below, sponsored by Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
I personally love today’s dinner party plan. The casual, boho-chic vibe is carried out through the table setting, menu, party favors, and a cool iced tea bar. I created this party for a late summer girls gathering, as the perfect way to say goodbye to lazy days without schedules, and hello to school routines. This would also be a terrific way to celebrate a birthday, or any available weekend.
Check out all the fun details of this late summer dinner party with iced tea bar, and prep your own iced tea drinks and cocktails using Snapple teas, and Hawaiian Punch. Get the casual supper or dinner party menu plan & recipes here, and start sending out those invites! See below…
Dinner Party with Iced Tea Bar
Let’s start by talking tabletop, shall we. I’ve used a few interesting “hacks” to design the tablescape here: The tablecloth is a large canvas drop cloth from the home/diy store, the napkins are large tea towels (from Hobby Lobby) cut in half, and the tassel runner (over the main runner from HomeGoods) is a garland from Target that you’ve seen me use in my summer cocktail party and Mexican fiesta happy hour. Using items in a new and different way is ALWAYS a good idea.
TIP: Purchase a yard (or less) of tassel trim from the fabric department and cut the tassels off to use as embellishments for gift bags, drink tags, stir sticks, etc.
I recently attended a styling/business workshop and learned how to make this lovely centerpiece with less than $30 worth of flowers. I think it turned out beautifully, don’t you! This one was made with two bunches of “farmer’s blend” flowers, and one bunch of greenery.
To echo the iced tea bar I provided some bottles of Snapple Green Tea for guests to grab as they like. These are delicious and go really well with the food.
The party favors for this girls gathering blend in seamlessly with the theme and decor. I found these inexpensive bead & tassel bracelets (seem to be everywhere right now) and packaged them in drawstring bags. With some quick calligraphy the bags double as place cards for the guests. I added a colorful tassel detail to each one for extra embellishment.
Party with Iced Tea Bar
This is where things get fun. An interactive beverage station is a great way to welcome guests, get them busy, and generate conversation. It’s doesn’t take too much pre-planning either as I’ve used prepared tea, and three juices to add flavor and sweetness.
I poured Snapple Unsweetened Straight Up Tea into a serving pitcher; next I poured Hawaiian Punch Lemonade, Orange, and Strawberry flavors into flip-top bottles. These are the basics for making your own flavored iced tea drinks. Set out sliced lemons, oranges, and whole strawberries as garnishes that mimic the juice flavors. Don’t forget the fresh mint too!
TIP: Use shortcuts like prepared tea and juice, and pour them into pretty containers for serving. Put the time you’ve saved into making boho-chic drink labels embellished with tassels.
Also provide rum and bourbon to turn your flavored iced tea into a cocktail.
For an extra thoughtful touch, freeze the Hawaiian Punch juices into ice pops beforehand. You can add them to drinks to keep them cold and flavorful as it melts.
Use interesting glass ware if you’ve got it. Using traditional Moroccan tea glasses for this beverage bar adds a charming touch.
Create your flavored iced tea beverage:
- Add ice and/or flavored ice pop to glass; Fill about 3/4 full with Snapple Straight Up Unsweetened or Sorta Sweet Tea.
- Add a flavor of Hawaiian Punch to fill the glass; Leave room for adding rum or bourbon if desired.
- Garnish with fresh fruit, mint, and serve.
These flavored teas are so tasty and you can make it however you like it. Use Unsweetened Tea base for a lighter drink, or use the Sorta Sweet Tea for more sweetness – It’s up to you!
Check out all the drinks and flavors from Dr Pepper Snapple Group here, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Cheers!