After my fair share of events this year, I’ve learned one thing – simplicity is key. I tend to get a little excited and put out to my dishes, too many cocktail choices, too many desserts… But my sisters helped me to rein it in this time, and I couldn’t be happier.
We set up a simple “serve yourself bar” with 5 liquors, 3 types of wine and couple beer options. We had a few mixers available, sliced fruit and one pitcher of ready-made cocktails. It made hosting super easy, and multiple people could help themselves to drinks at a time – ie a non-existent bar line. Now I wouldn’t recommend this for a group larger than 20-30, but with our sized crew, it was perfect!
Here was our bar menu:
I bought this mirror at Cost Plus World Market and then went to the craft store to grab a chalk marker (I didn’t know these existed but they ARE AWESOME – super easy to write with, and come off easily as well!). It is much harder to write on a mirror than I anticipated, but I think it turned out pretty cool! I think communication is key! So any type of menu whether drinks, food, etc. is always a nice addition for guests.
I also wasn’t planning on making a pre-mixed drink, but the concept was such a hit at our “Dancing on the Ave” party, I figured why not? I whipped up a new connection – Peach Ginger Mojitos and I definitely recommend it!
- 1/2 cup ginger simple syrup
- 12 cups white rum
- 3/4 fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 1 peach , sliced into 1/8ths
- 1 1/4 cup club soda
- Mix simple syrup, rum, and lime juice into a pitcher
- Add mint leaves and peaches to concoction
- Let sit for 1-2 hours or until chilled
- Add club soda before serving
Also don’t forget to have pitchers or bottles of water available… always key when drinking is involved 🙂