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Entertaining Basics — Having a Beverage Station

Beverage Sation

Entertaining can be stressful and time consuming enough without spending every waking moment worrying if everyone’s drinks are filled.  Beverage stations help alleviate some of that stress.  Now that’s not to say that having a beverage station at your party means you can slack off your hosting duties.  You still want to make sure everyone’s taken care of, and that the station is stocked at all times.

Above is shown a standard beverage station which includes glassware, ice, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks.  This is good for when you’re doing a basic gathering of friends or family.  It can also be fun to do a beverage station focusing on one particular kind of drink.  This allows you to experiment with an assortment of styles, condiments, and flavors pertaining to one beverage.  It can also tie in well to whatever theme you might be doing for your party, if any.  I also like specialty beverage stations because it can be more affordable.  Instead of spending lots of money on several different types of wine, beer, liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks, you are narrowing the beverage choices by featuring something unique.  Below are a couple great options for specialty beverage stations to consider for your next gathering.  Simply click on the image to learn more about what you’ll need.

Hot Chocolate Station

Photo Courtesy of Fete Fanatic

Photo Courtesy of Fete Fanatic

Bloody Mary Station

Photo Courtesy of With A Southern Twist

Photo Courtesy of With A Southern Twist

Apple Cider Station

Photo Courtesy of Harvest

Photo Courtesy of Harvest

Bubbly Station

Photo Courtesy of La Mia Vita

Photo Courtesy of La Mia Vita

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20 comments on “Entertaining Basics — Having a Beverage Station

  1. Caitlin | The Siren's Tale
    February 24, 2014

    I love these ideas! I’ve been trying to think of a good beverage station idea for when I get married. I love the apple cider station… going to pin it for later 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 3, 2014

      Thanks Caitlin! A cider station would be great a wedding! Just to be nosy…is this a wedding that will be happening before or after you move to the farm?
      Jess

      • Haha, well if our luck keeps going bad, it may be long after we move to the farm 🙂 Hoping things brighten soon and we’ll be able to marry and purchase the farm around the same time!

      • Green Door Hospitality
        March 3, 2014

        Well… you could always get married AT the farm. 😉 It’s not for everyone, but we got married at our home and it really added to the specialness of the day.

  2. Pride in Photos Photography
    February 24, 2014

    I adore a beverage station. In my last house, I bought a long console glass table, just for this very reason. The pics are some great ideas on how to arrange and set up.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 3, 2014

      Thanks Laurie! We have a table just for beverage stations too! It also makes things nice to have the beverages separate from the food so that there isn’t too much congestion! 🙂

  3. Cloches & Lavender
    February 24, 2014

    These are all great ideas!

  4. P.E.A.C.E.
    February 24, 2014

    I love this post and I too celebrate the concept of setting up drink stations. I’m part of a family who parties without alcohol, and stations like this are awesome. I can focus on making a really delicious punch in a large decanter, and if guests want to splash in some spirits in their own glass they can. Well done Jessica. Love it!! Cheers, Gina

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 3, 2014

      Gina, that’s a great way to do it! I like that you start with a wonderful punch that is great on its own, and then if people want to spike it, then it is there own choosing. 🙂
      Jessica

  5. gentlestitches
    February 25, 2014

    We had a drinks station at our recent Australia day weekend away. It worked really well. Next time I must add a bit more “themyness” 🙂

  6. the Painted Apron
    February 25, 2014

    love the stations Jessica! I’ve always wanted to do a Mimosa Bar~
    Jenna

  7. breatheeatlive
    February 26, 2014

    Loooove this! Mason Jars are just the thing to spruce up a party!

  8. Yes, this is perfect, especially if you have guests over around 5 while you’ve still got dinner things in the oven or on the stove! You are such a savvy hostess.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 3, 2014

      Thanks Alicia! You’re so sweet! And yes, exactly!! A beverage station really lessens the pressure if you’re still getting the food ready.
      Jessica

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  10. Neaten Your Nest
    March 3, 2014

    I must admit, I’m partial to the Bloody Mary Station! 🙂 I love themes and I think a drink station is a great way to decorate a table with a theme. Thanks!
    ~Erin

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