The other day when I talked about how we were going to serve the food I completely neglected the drinks. One problem we have is that we don’t know how much booze to buy, but hopefully we’ll be able to buy everything from a place that lets you return unopened bottles. Having said that, our plan is to provide:
- Water (duh) and maybe something like lemonade
- Sodas like Coke, in glass bottles
- Red and white wine
- An assortment of liquor
- Kalimotxo, a really popular drink among young people here which is basically Coke and (bad) wine mixed in equal proportions. I think it’s really gross so I don’t drink it but most of my friends do.
For the sodas and beer, we have several aluminum pails that I bought a year ago on sale at Ikea because I love this look and I knew I’d be able to use them some day. They’re meant to be used for plants, but they don’t have any holes in them (you have to make the holes yourself) so they work for us. We’ll just need to buy a ton of ice.
Come to think of it, this could also work for the white wine and champagne:
Although that means I might have to hunt down a couple more pails.
For the red wine, one of these from Ikea might be nice:
I could even try painting it another color since it’s real wood. I’m not a wine expert, but I do know you’re not supposed to keep red wine in ice, so hopefully we’ll have a shaded, cool spot for the red wine.
I’ve thought about the liquor for a long time. My brother told me a friend of his (who’s worked at a bar) had volunteered to come and help serve mixed drinks. We’ll probably set a small table in that case. Although I’ve always loved bar carts, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy this from Ikea, so who knows:
That just leaves water and kalimotxo… the perfect way to serve those two drinks would be in glass beverage dispensers. I looove those. You should check my party/wedding inspiration images, like these:
The problem is that I’ve searched high and low for them and they simply do not exist in Spain. And they’re very expensive to ship. Last summer when we went to Chicago I considered bringing a couple of them with me, but it was just too unpractical. Just when I was about to give up though, I found a way I might be able to have them. We’ll just make them ourselves!
My uncle has a glassware shop and the other day he told me people sometimes ask him to drill holes in bottles for twinkle lights:
When I heard that, a lightbulb turned on in my head. While looking for (drinking) glasses online, I had come across a Spanish website that sold super cheap glass jars. I asked him whether we could drill a hole for a spigot and he said that it’ll probably work! So I’ve ordered a box of five gallon-sized glass jars (I wanted a bigger size, but that was the biggest they had) and I’m waiting for it to arrive. Fingers crossed it works and that I get to have the pretty beverage dispensers.
Also, some of you might have seen a couple of pics on my Pinterest… they’re from the wedding dress! My friend Maite is making me a trial dress with cheap fabric to see how it fits and then she’ll make the real one, so that’s not the actual dress, but I think it looks great!