A Summertime Staple for Effortless Cocktailing
July 14, 2017
Summertime was just made for margarita sipping. There's no question. But instead of slaving away behind the bar at your next shindig, set up this super cute and insanely easy approach to cocktailing. Elizabeth van Lierde is sharing her quick tips for crafting a Margarita Station. I have a feeling, it's going to be the most popular corner of the party.
From Elizabeth van Lierde... Want to know my number one trick to kicking off a great party? Have your friends make their own drinks! A DIY cocktail bar can be a fantastic way to open up the evening and the best part? It gives you a chance to get all those last minute things together without having to fill everyones glass. Follow below to grab my best tips for putting your own marg bar together for your next gathering!

Set the scene

Grab a bar cart or a simple table from your home that you can repurpose. For this we used my normal bar cart and added in a yellow side table from my patio. Chances are, you already have everything you need to create a "bar" at home! Before setting any party up I always layout what I have from my own crazy closet before I go out and buy everything I think I "need" at Target!
Texture and Color: Think table runners, throw rugs, and textiles. For this we used a patterned rug, a strand of papel picado, and fun baskets and crates. This makes the whole area look super inviting! It's also a great conversation starter to get your guests moving and mingling a little.
Fowers are never a bad idea!: We added a decorative floral element by purchasing, then emptying (you can save the food in a separate container, or serve it at your party!) and cleaning cans of Mexican food like El Pato Salsa, and repurposing them as vases, with succulents and bright flowers. My go to entertaining decor is always always always fresh flowers! They are inexpensive and always add a pop to any decor.
Fresh Fruit: Lemons, limes, and grapefruit, oh my! Don’t be shy on the citrus. This is a marg bar after all. Cut up tons of citrus fruits for garnish, and don’t forget the salt!
Grab some juice: Make it easy on yourself and grab some pre-made juice. There are tons of organic and fresh options now. For the basics go with grapefruit, lime, and maybe a fruity lemonade if you have kids coming over. Throw them in your best pitchers or mason jars for a fun arrangement.
Did someone say tequila?!: A standard margarita has tequila and some kind of orange liqueur. Stock up on gold and silver tequila and opt for some Cointreau or Grand Marnier! To help your guests along, print out a recipe that you love for some guidance!
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