I began by setting up a card table and covering it with a fabulous fitted table cover from TableVogue.
- My first tip is to serve juice mixers in pitchers, bottles, or other decanter. This looks so much nicer than having all types of commercial containers on the table.
- For soda mixers, I like to set out smaller size cans or bottles. This way you can store the extras for later, instead of throwing out a half empty 2-liter.
- A little detail to add to your ice bucket is to freeze ice cubes in silicone trays with fun shapes. I used a star shape for this party and added a cranberry to some while keeping others plain.
- I also like to have a savory snack on the bar. It’s nice to have little nibbles while your getting your cocktail or chatting with someone. I made spicy nuts for this table and am sharing the recipe for this slightly sweet, slightly spicy snackhere. Other good choices are chex mix or flavored popcorn.
- My next tip is to add some type of glass garnish whether it’s a wedge of lime, a sugar rimmed edge, or in this case, a mini candy cane hanging off the side. Everyone loves this thoughtful touch.
- Round up your items in trays for an arrangement that looks neat and deliberate. It also helps contain spills or drips.
- Adding playful or humorous cocktail napkins is one of my favorite ways to incorporate personality, and can even help generate conversation.
- Keeping your liquor choices to the basics can keep your budget in check as well as being a space saver. I find that bourbon, vodka, and rum usually satisfy most tastes. For extra options I like to add in a flavored rum such as coconut or spiced rum. All these liquors can be mixed with the same sodas or juices, again minimizing your space and cost.
- One of my favorite ‘special occasion’ projects is making an ice cooler. It’s an impressive presentation but is simple to prepare – you just need a couple of days for freezing. The one I made here holds vodka but you can also make them to hold white wine. You can see the tutorial for the ice cooler here.