When it comes to weddings, every little moment counts. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, bachelorette party, wedding or day-after brunch, the little details will make your guests happy and add personality to the event.
Drinks are a great way to do this! Signature cocktails, a themed cocktail menu, or — our personal favorite — a drink station will bring something special to the party. Don’t know where to start? No problem — the oh-so-talented Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers and Camp Makery has compiled some of her top tips for putting together a truly stellar drink station, along with photos of her latest inspiring set up.
Read on for Christy’s drink station essentials!
1. Drink dispenser. Clear jugs or dispensers are perfect because you can see the color of the cocktail. This classy dispenser makes the drinks really stand out and sets the mood. Reminiscent of a vintage bell jar, it’s all kinds of Old World beautiful.
2. Colorful beverage. With a little inspiration and research, you can whip up a signature cocktail in no time. See some of our favorite cocktail recipes here. Whether you decide to serve champagne, a liquor-based drink, cocktails, mocktails, or water — I suggest sticking to the entire event’s color palette and vibe. This pink drink goes perfectly with the display’s florals and overall style.
3. Great glassware. When you’ve chosen your drink, decide what sort of glass it will be served in. A tumbler, flute, wine glass like the one I chose or other unique drinkware should match the event’s aesthetic.
4. Fabulous florals. Want to take your beverage station from pretty to pretty fabulous? Just add flowers! It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for florals — they’re quite possibly my favorite detail. It’s a simple as popping a few stems in bud vases, or if you have more time you can make your own centerpiece.
5. A little something special. Ribbons, banners and candles are other elements that add charm. I chose these votives to add to the drink station’s charisma. Plus the driftwood garland adds a bit of texture and interest.
6. Stylish stationary. For whatever reason, calligraphy is my most cherished thing in the wedding world. I attended a welcome dinner the other night with a menu card that made it so easy to get in the mood of the night. It doesn’t get much prettier than this one from Ink & Honey! Again, you want your event stationary to match the style of the entire night.
Concept: Lauren Weems, Camp Makery
Calligraphy: Ink & Honey
Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers
Flowers inspired by my day with Amy Osaba
Location: Savannah, Georgia, Lost Plantation Golf Club
Menu Card: Amy Osaba Events
Photography: Jenna Davis Photography