September 24, 2010

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a fabulous week and are planning a relaxing weekend and maybe even a party! A key element to a good party, event, or reception is coordinating details. An important detail is signature drinks. Beyond deciding which types of ingredients you would like to include, there are also a few other things to keep in mind.

Season: Consider the time of year when selecting your signature cocktail.  Winter events are complimented well with apple cider or adult hot chocolate; cool guests down from the summer heat with blended margaritas or iced mojitos.

Design: If the majority of the wedding incorporates a specific color or theme, have your cocktail be reflective of it as well.  The options are almost limitless so search on-line, talk to your caterer, or hire me and I will help you create a signature drink!

Details: Take your signature drink to the next level by giving it a custom name for the event.  It can be anything from the place you met to your pet’s name.  Be creative and find something that is representative of YOU!

Here is the signature bar sign from my wedding. It sat in a frame at the bar so the guests could read the drink ingredients. As you can see I played off the bridal something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We named the something old drink after Don's father so instead of calling the drink old I called it classic :) Our wedding colors were pink and brown so instead of something blue I used something pink! The something new is named after my hubby's high school football nickname the El Toro Blanco which really made his friends laugh and order a round!

Your drink doesn't have to be alcoholic to be unique, look at this a non-alcoholic drink bar with lemon aid, ice tea and water. Served in a cute mason jar (which doubled as the guest favor) with a fancy straw;

Your signature drink can be served a few ways like this, where the guests serves themselves;

Or like I did for a recent bridal shower I planned for Circle The Date Events planner and soon to be bride Kelsey. I hired a bartender to serve drinks and the ladies were served "Kelstini's" aka Martini's. Notice that I lined the rim of the glass in sugar with the coordinating party color and the ladies loved the extra sweetness;

Your drink choices and presentation are limitless. I always head to when I am planning a signature drink for a client. Building off their favorite liquor and event colors we create a drink that is memorable!

Until Next Time...Happy Planning

Credits: Southern Magazine Picture, Elegant Event Planning & Design

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