Well, we got you! We got ideas on how you can DIY a sangria bar without being Martha Stewart! Easy recipes and set-up great for your party (even at home!) Perfect for a DIY wedding or event!
One of the things that make weddings or any celebration awesome is great drinks. If you’re planning to set up a sangria bar for a wedding, bridal shower, summer celebrations, or simply entertaining, we got great tips for you!
We’re playing with sangria coolers, modern sangria recipes and set-up, and even a make-ahead sangria bar!
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DIY Sangria Wedding Bar. Let’s get started!
Let’s go over these steps in detail!
1. Prepare the basics
We love wine selections over at Naked Wines.
You can also offer an alcohol-free version by mixing various fruit juices if you have kids as guests. Non-alcoholic wines also work!
2. Go crazy with the fruits
Please don’t skimp on the variety of fresh fruit slices so your guests could enjoy more add-ons to their drinks. You can use berries, oranges, pineapples, kiwis, apples, grapes, and lemons—the sky’s the limit!
A beautiful way to present this is to put the fruits inside a clear beverage dispenser (or any clear wide-mouth glass containers would do) and place them together in a deep serving tray with ice to keep them fresh.
PRO TIP: If you want to keep the sangria chilled but avoid watering it down, use frozen fruit slices to replace the ice. This also makes it tastier!
You can also offer fresh mint, basil, and other herbs that go well with fruity flavors. Perfect for that fresh sangria!
TRICK: If you want extra flavors but do not want to purchase more fruits? Purchase fruit flavors instead and stick to only one type of fruit – the best choice is apples!
TRICK #2: Do you want your easy sangria bar to be extra sweet? You can make the easiest classic syrup: pour sugar into a cup and add water (just enough to cover the sugar); pop it in the microwave for 25 seconds. And voila! You’re ready to sweeten things up!
Typically we would be suggesting gorgeous serving trays, tiered platters, or even setting up your own sangria dispenser.
You can purchase diced fruits ahead of time, store them in the freezer, and pour them into the mix on the day of (we would suggest 30 mins before the guest arrives). The mix itself can be done earlier during the day.
So how you prep these is you can “pre-pour” them into individual glasses with the fruits already in them! A “less contact” approach to a DIY easy sangria bar!
You can hire a bartender for 4 hours (or however long you need!) to ensure that this sangria station is clean and stocked. Some companies offer bartenders and servers to help you out on your event day!
3. Styling (super fun!)
How to serve sangria is a fun and creative play on bar display ideas! Lovely jars are already a pretty sight, but you can also be modern and stylish!
You don’t need to break a sweat so that you can create a stunning DIY easy sangria bar. Minor tips and tricks will get it done!
CREATIVE TIP #1: Prepare glasses with fruits instead of just prepping them in an empty glass.
CREATIVE TIP #2: Opt for a universal stemless wine glass. This makes it easier for your guests to hold it and place it down somewhere – especially if you have a more relaxed lounge cocktail event, as opposed to using a wine glass,
CREATIVE TIP #3: Label your stations and fruits and flavors on the table. Essentially create a menu for your guests to know what is in their drink. You can also include the wine that you used or leave the bottle out for them to see.
CREATIVE TIP #4: Let them make their own mix!
Remember that you might want to consider having coverage, like wedding/event insurance, to give you extra peace of mind if you are serving alcohol.
With all these suggestions, you can purchase online, you need to get apples (or any fruit of your choice!) and ice, and you can easily and quickly serve sangria at your party!
Cheers, lovelies! xo DIY Sangria Wedding Bar!
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