Planning the perfect party? Here are 7 bar ideas that will add a unique and trendy twist to your soiree.

  1. Serve an Apertivo

The serving of low-alcohol drinks with light snacks is an Italian tradition designed to stimulate the appetite. The two most popular and classic choices are the Negroni, Pimms No 5 or Italy’s most popular aperitif Aperol (available in South Africa) which is made from bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. A truly continental start to your event.

Bar Ideas

  1. Rose

Gone are the days when rose was considered the naff tipple of the great unstylish. Blush pink wines and bubblies are now gracing the bars of the ‘It’ crowd – thanks in no small part to influential millennials and Instagrammers. Speaking of the ‘It’ crowd, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Chateau Miraval Rose sold out in 5 hours – all 6 000 bottles of it. Wonder who will get the wine estate?

  1. Non-alcoholic options

The rise of craft beverages has led to a huge increase in products that cater for the non-alcohol consuming market and event organisers can now provide their guests with some really delicious options. They include The Duchess (a sugar-free, alcohol-free gin and tonic), Becks alcohol-free beers or JC le Roux’s Le Domaine and Le Fleurette non-alcoholic bubbly – which still has the yummy yeasty flavour of champagne that is completely absent from the carbonated grape juice that is normally passed off as alcohol-free bubbly.)

  1. Well-executed classics

Chaotic times have driven people to seek out simpler things – which is why there is a resurgence in the popularity of classics like the gin gimlet, Manhattans and light summery Bellinis. Create them using original recipes with as few frills as possible.

  1. Boozy Ice Lollies

The fun and flavour is endless.  Choices range from a simple gin and tonic lolly to grapefruit, basil and vodka or a peach bellini. Visit our blog here for our 3 Favourite Boozy Ice Lolly recipes.

Bar Ideas

  1. Chalk Boards

Add a touch of tongue-in-cheek humour to your bar décor set up with funny signs. They’re also a handy way to communicate what’s available if you have limited your bar stock to certain beverages like soft drinks, beers, ciders and wine.

  1. Lounge Pockets

If you’re aiming to ensure your guests are relaxed and at ease, set up a few lounge pockets around the bar area. Let’s be honest, no one really likes standing around when they can chill on a comfy couch and have a catch up with friends.

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