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Pretty Zen Hen
July 5, 2020

Serving alcoholic drinks at any kind of celebration is almost a given. In fact the words ‘champagne’ and ‘celebrate’ go hand in hand. Just having a selection of drinks on offer is perfectly fine. But you could take it up a notch and really impress your guests (not to forget the bride-to-be!) by putting a bit of thought into serving your drinks differently. Read on for our extensive list of fun and creative ways to serve drinks at your hens party.

DIY cocktail bar

Do-it-yourself cocktail bars are a fun and interactive way for your guests to help themselves to drinks. One idea is to set up a DIY mimosa bar with signage directing the girls on how to make their own cocktails.

Start with a large ice bucket filled with chilled bottles of bubbly, a few carafes of orange juice, and a selection of cut up fruit. Fill your champagne flute three quarters from the top, add a splash of orange juice and some fruit, and there you have it! The bonus being that you have juice for non-drinkers and those who aren’t keen on mimosas can opt for a glass of bubbles instead.

Not a fan of mimosas? Try DIY mojitos, bellinis or sangria instead. Or a simple pimp your prosecco stand with a selection of fresh fruit to be added to glasses of chilled prosecco – yum!

Bottles of champagne, juice and fruit on a bubbly bar
Photo credit – Sy Kim Photography

Drinks van

A mobile drinks van is an impressive way to serve drinks at an event if you are hosting outdoors and have the extra space. A licensed drinks van such as Emmy Bee can bring along the boozy beverages, even whip up a cocktail or two and serve them to your guests from the van window. As the hostess, you won’t need to lift a finger!

Women being served drinks from event van
Mobile food and drink van by Emmy Bee Event Van

Or you could choose a BYO option such as The Wanderlust Bar, where you provide the drinks, mixers and garnishes and they provide the rest, serving you from an insta-worthy refurbished horse float bar.

The Wanderlust Bar - rustic boho inspired horse float bar
Mobile BYO bar by The Wanderlust Bar

Champagne wall

A champagne wall is a creative way to serve a welcome drink and can make a fun photo opportunity too! Choose to hire one, otherwise DIY if your handy on the tools or have some shelving within the space to use as a makeshift champagne wall. Switch out the champagne for cocktails or piccolos with straws.

Champagne wall at an event
Photo credit – Kitchen Curious

Mobile bartender

A mobile bartender is a great option if you want to feel like you’re at an exclusive bar without leaving home. They will bring everything to you, setting up a bar within your home or event space. You can generally choose from various packages from basic beer and wine to champagne and cocktails. Not only can professional mobile bartenders mix stunning cocktails but they can provide entertainment to your guests. Sit back, relax and enjoy that perfectly mixed cocktail!

Cocktails being served by bartender
Mobile bar service by Mister Bartender

Signature cocktail

Having a signature cocktail or naming one after the bride-to-be is the perfect way to make her feel a little bit special.  You don’t need to be a mixologist… Just choose a basic cocktail recipe, or one you know she loves and get creative with a name. Read our blog Six Easy DIY Cocktails to Serve at your Hens Party for some ideas!

Cocktail sitting on a bar with floral ice cubes
Photo credit – Mister Bartender

Champagne tower

DIY if you dare! Or have at least had a few test runs! Definitely impressive, a champagne tower is literally that, a tower of champagne glasses filled with bubbly overflowing from the glasses above. The team at De Silva Lining Events are pros when it comes to a perfectly filled champagne tower to wow your guests.

Sam from De Silva Lining Events pouring champagne over a champagne tower
Champagne tower by De Silva Lining Events

Drink dispensers

Drink dispensers are practical and look pretty too. They allow you to mix and set up the drinks before the party and leave guests to help themselves throughout the event. They are the perfect way to give non-alcohol drinkers a bit of love by providing them with a delicious fruity mocktail. You can also serve frozen cocktails from a granita or daquiri machine – so refreshing on a hot summers day!

Pinterest graphic - 12 fun and creative ways to serve drinks at your hens party
Photo credit – Rachel Rose Photography

Personalised drinks

Who doesn’t love anything personalised, right? Make your guests feel oh-so-special with personalised drinks that can double as a party favour. Think personalised glasses, drink stirrers or personalised piccolos which you can purchase done-for-you from Blank Sparkling or try your hand at DIY wine labels.

Personalised champagne flutes
Personalised glasses by Bride Tribe

Prosecco pong

After a bit of food to line the belly, a couple of rounds of prosecco pong is a fun way to break the ice. Here is how you play:

  1. Split into two teams and set up two sets of filled coupe glasses each in a triangle shape.
  2. Take turns attempting to throw a ping pong ball into a glass on the opposite side of the table. If you’re successful, the other team must drink the prosecco from the glass.
  3. Play until one team’s glasses are empty and the other team declares victory!
  4. Repeat!
Women playing prosecco pong at bridal shower
Prosecco pong by Miss Fizz Mobile Bar

Signage

Accompany your ice buckets, drinks dispensers and drinks with cute signage. Pop some fun sayings on the signs, or directions on how to mix the drinks if necessary. Choose to have your signs professionally designed and finished in a material such as acrylic or for a purse-friendly option whip some up yourself and place in a frame.

Here are some of our favourite drink station sign ideas…

List of ideas for sayings for drink station signage

Decorative ice cubes

Ice cubes with flowers, berries or herbs inside are a beautiful and simple way to take your drinks to the next level. Choose edible flowers to match your theme, or berries and herbs to complement your drinks, add to an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. You can then add the decorated ice cubes to drinks and ice buckets. Perfect for a floral themed hens day!

Woman reaching into champagne bucket filled with floral ice cubes
Photo credit – Andee Layne

Drinking experiences

A drinks-based experience is the ultimate in creative ways to serve drinks at a hens party. In fact, you don’t even have to serve them yourself! Consider a winery tour which is a hens party classic, or mix it up by visiting a brewery, cidery or distillery. Learn all about the bride’s favourite boozy beverage with a gin or champagne masterclass or wine tasting lesson. Learn to make tasty cocktails with a cocktail-mixing lesson or enjoy a wine and cheese flight at the local fromagerie. There’s even sabrage training which is the technique for opening champagne with a sabre, used for ceremonial occasions, which this certainly is!

Check out De Silva Lining Events for some fun drinks-based hens experiences in Melbourne and surrounds.

Sabre being used to open a bottle of champagne
Sabrage technique as demonstrated by De Silva Lining Events

 

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