Drink Up!…
Ideas for Styling your Drinks Reception

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you’re all looking forward to a great weekend! Having spent most of this week at Castle Leslie styling an out of this world photo shoot with KT Merry which I can’t wait to share (more on that in a few weeks!) my attention has returned our house move, happening soon. While I hate the packing bit, I do love having an excuse to redecorate, and one of the first things on my list for our new place is a bar cart/drinks trolley! (I know, Irish clichés!). Anyway my thoughts for a lovely little drinks area in our new house got me thinking about the traditional drinks reception or cocktail hour, and all the styling potential that goes with it!

Image Credit: Karen Mordechai via Sunday Suppers

Styling your own wedding doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. You’d be amazed at the difference a few carefully thought out details, and personal touches can make to the overall atmosphere of your venue. Take your drinks reception for example. A few tweaks to the standard white table cloth display of tea, coffee and champagne can transform your reception, really giving your guests a party to remember!

Image Credit: Karen Mordechai via Sunday Suppers

If you’re very trusting of your guests bar tending abilities, it can be a lovely idea to set up an area for them to mix their own drinks, like the DIY Martini bar above. Find a few pretty decanters to display your drinks, (there are lots available in antique and charity shops!). Handwrite a few labels and voila you’re done!

Image Credits: Jen Rodriguez via RuffledAnne Marie Photography via Style me Pretty

Image Credits: 3: Studio Castillero via Style me Pretty

Non alcoholic drinks can equally be presented beautifully. These lovely drink dispensers look amazing filled with lemonade and details like lemon and mint. Pretty straws and a collection of jam jars and flags are the perfect finishing touch, and a novel change from standard hotel glasses. They do seem to be trickier to get on this side of the pond, but Pottery Barn are offering 20% off all dispensers until July, and now ship to Ireland if you’d like to get your hands on them!

Image Credit: Myrtle and Marjoram via Style me Pretty

Image Credits: Austin Gros via Martha Stewart Avery House via Style me Pretty

How you display your glasses and bottles can also have a huge impact. Why not ask your venue to have all the drinks poured in advance and on display, or if you’re lucky enough to be serving drinks with a pretty label like the San Pellegrino bottles above, simply line them up with straws for maximum effect.

I also love the idea of a drinks menu for your guests. You could create a ‘his and hers’ signature cocktail, or simply writing the names of the usual bar fare in beautiful calligraphy really brings a sense of sparkle to the norm! I know I’d drink to that!

Image Credits: Jana Williams Photography via Style me Pretty | Katie Cassidy via Style me Pretty

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