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#TheGraciousGirlsGuide to the Holidays - DIY Drink Station

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Well the holidays are here my friends and that means holiday parties and gatherings. And while we love (or feel obligated) to host it can be somewhat stressful in the moment. One simple gracious tip to help you be the hostess with the mostess is to create an interactive drink station.

Are you ready to get started?


Drink stations are for both you and your guests. It gives your guests something to do when they arrive, empowers them and puts them at ease. A little like Linus and a blanket. So guests can be with their beverage. It’s about comfort people.

As a hostess, a drink station allows you to graciously greet your guests, engage with them and finish last minute details with the peace of mind that your guests are being taken care of.


A drink station can be anywhere, but should be away from the main hustle and bustle of the kitchen. For smaller events I like to put all of the mixings on a rolling cart (aka my daughter Maggie’s craft cart) as this allows me to move the drink station anywhere. For larger events I set up the drink station on our buffet.


We like to have a few cocktail and mocktail mixer ideas. Too many options can be overwhelming for both you as a hostess and your guest. Note, that if you do have a DIY Drink Station for kids and adults make sure you have separate stations. Let’s be real, it’s not gracious to confuse underage guests or worry their parents. That’s the LAST thing you need as a hostess. Can I get an Amen?

This is how we do it {I may or may not have the Montel Jordan 1995 song in my head… you’re welcome to sing along. Or not.}

Infused Water (two hours before your party)

Step one: Use 3-4 bottles with a wide neck that are easy to seal. These are my favorite.

Step two: Drop in herbs, berries or citrus. Or go crazy and use all of the above.

Step three: Fill with sparkling water. Aside from plain, my favorites are peach, pomegranate and lime.

Infused Alcohol (one week before your party)

Step one: Use 3-4 wide necked bottles that are easy to seal. These are my favorite.

Step two: Drop in herbs, citrus, vanilla or peppers. I don’t suggest mixing too many flavors as you will want your guests to be able to mix and match.

Step three: Pour in the alcohol. I suggest your favorite vodka or tequila of choice.

DIY Milk Containers

Step one: Purchase and wash milk bottles with lids.

Step two:  Paint on chalkboard paint (three coats) and let dry for at least 24 hours

Step three: Fill halfway with various juices. This allows your guests to DIY their own drink with an assortment of juices, infused waters, garnishes and colorful straws

Here’s My Must Have List

{you can download it here}

Many thanks to our friends at Nic and Figs for graciously allowing us to shoot
The Gracious Girl’s guide in their darling Lake Oswego shop!

Copyright © 2015 Mindy Lockard Gracious Living

Mindy Lockard is a nationally recognized etiquette expert and the founder of Mindy Lockard Gracious Living.

You can see more tips and advice from Mindy on #TheGraciousGirlsGuide on More Good Day Oregon and at MindyLockard.com.

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