If you have time and want to manage your budget for drinks, making prepared drinks is a fun addition to any outdoor party. For an outdoor party, I would suggest melamine drinkware or glassware you won't miss if it gets broken. Everyone loves budget-friendly fresh-brewed iced tea during the spring and summer. Pair tea with your favorite bourbon, simple syrup and fresh fruit for a light, refreshing summer beverage.
Before: This drink cart is being used as a glorified bookshelf in this living room. Why not tap into the true entertaining potential of an elegant cart like this one, and set it up for winter entertaining with a selection of beautiful bottles of liquor, your favorite wine—nicely displayed—and some gorgeous, light-catching glassware?
A bar area carved out of an alcove near the kitchen is given a personal touch with framed black and white family photos. A mirror helps keep the space bright and reflects light to continue the open, airy feel of the home.
Set up a self-serve drink station to avoid constantly refilling your guests' drinks. Provide cans of wine instead of bottles to avoid messing with a corkscrew, and offer non-alcoholic options like apple cider and sparkling water.
Setting up food and drink stations allows guests to serve themselves, reducing your workload as a host. Portable foldout tables set against the wall and covered with fabric look elegant and are sturdy enough to hold the weight of glass containers food and beverages. For the beverage station, provide a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine along with pitchers of juice for mixing.
Discover a blue-green hosta with thick, seersucker leaves known as ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd.’ Leaves on this hosta feature an unusual cupped shape, with leaf cups up to 3 inches deep. Heavy, seersuckered leaves offer strong slug resistance. White flowers appear in early summer. Plants grow 18 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Make sure the kids don't forget which drink is theirs with a name tag that fits right on their straw. Print our free printable PDF to keep your party personalized and stress-free. Complement the party's color scheme by purchasing striped straws in mint and red.
You can always impress guests with a specialty drink, and you don't have to be a mixologist or sommelier to do it, just find one at your local gourmet grocery store. Many specialty grocery stores will have food and beverage experts on site who can offer recommendations for locally-produced nonalcoholic beverages as well as picks from local breweries and wine that works with your menu. Additionally, they almost always have information packets about the products that you can take home and place on your table for guests to explore.