There are so many ways to make cocktails that fit your color scheme and that are tasty. Of course I recommend having an ice bucket filled with champagne, wine, water and a few bottles of beer (for those inevitable naysayers who refuse anything else). However, with the temperatures starting to drop rapidly for the fall, I also wanted to showcase cocktails that would help warm everyone up from the inside out. That said, the signature drinks I chose for this event are the:
– Agave Kiss: A creamy cocktail that will blend nicely with the tones of the party, while adding surprising hint of chocolate.
– Lucky Charm: The cinnamon schnapps in this drink should warm anyone up on a toasty night. Add that it’s green and you’ve got a perfect marriage of style and flavor!
– Classic Champagne Cocktail: A touch of vintage in the form of a classic cocktail that’s due for a comeback!
For the actual display, I see the same grey damask from the cupcake table, with a green backdrop and gray flower garland draped in front. A small bouquet of sheet music paper roses (think nosegay) is on one side of the table. A narrow riser in the same shade of green as the backdrop runs across the back of the table holding champagne flutes in a single row. Every other flute will have a pre-soaked sugar cube in the bottom for DIY champagne cocktails. A small, vintage-style liquor bottle filled with Cognac will sit on one side of the table next to a vintage oval picture frame with instructions on how to create a Champagne Cocktail.
All remaining drinks will be served in pre-poured lowball glasses-just to keep things simple for Pam. They will be displayed in rows of two or three; each row creating a small arc toward the front of the table. The Agave Kiss glasses will be rimmed with white chocolate (go ahead and use a thin layer of chocolate melts – they will look really pretty, and will stand up to sitting on a buffet for a while). If Pam so chooses, she can place a single raspberry or strawberry atop the glasses. The Lucky Charm glasses will have ‘stirrers’ created from halved wooden skewers (or extra long toothpicks if they can be found). At the bottom of these stirrers will be a small slice of green apple. At the top will be a solid gray paper flag with Pam’s choice of motto.
As guests leave, they can take with them one of Pam’s beautiful mini cupcake boxes filled with miniature versions of Pam’s favorites from the options featured at her party (all dressed up, of course!). I think a green base with a damask top and a single gray paper flower would be a very pretty picture!
Whew! I hope you lasted through that with me. I got (more than) a little carried away, but it was such a blast putting this together. Take a few moments to hop on over to Party Starters to see some of the other incredible ideas already posted. It’s amazing how some simple instructions can be interpreted into so many fantastic options! Happy Birthday to you Pam, I can’t wait to see what you actually put together!
Photo Credits (Left to Right)
1. Champagne Cocktail: Martha Stewart
2. Silver Garland: I Do Wedding Wares (Etsy)
3. Agave Kiss: About.com
4. Green Shooters: Liquorious
5. Vintage Bottles: Apartment Therapy
6. Cupcake Favors: Party Starters (Etsy)
7. Gray Damask: Carousel Designs
8. Paper Flags: Belletristics Blog
9. Lucky Charm: WashingtonPost.com
10. Sheet Music Paper Rose: Petal Paper (Etsy)