It’s the time of year to take it outdoors—weddings, BBQs, and even everyday afternoons are best spent in the sunshine. But warmer weather also means thirst quenching is a must. Instead of sticking a bunch of drinks in a plastic cooler, check out these artistic, clever, and just plain fun beverage stations. Whether you’re partying or relaxing, the right drink setup can create the perfect tone for your outdoor get together.
Balloon Beverage Cooler
Set a party vibe at your next outdoor BBQ with a colorful cooler. Instead of ice, freeze water balloons (make sure they’re not too full before freezing) and use them to keep beverages cool. If you’re really in a festive mood, add a bunch of big helium balloons to the setup.
Ladder Drink Display
Source; At Home in Love
Instead of using a ladder to reach high heights, use it to reach for a drink. Wooden boards placed across the rungs allow you to sit pre-poured beverages on a sturdy flat surface.
Wooden Bench Bar
Source: Easton Events
If you’re going for a rustic chic vibe, a simple wooden bench does the trick. Large dispensers, filled with lemonade or infusions, will quench guests’ thirst- and look beautiful too.
Source: The Idea Room
A cool vintage car is a playfully unique place to display drinks. Simply tie ribbons around big buckets and place them in the open trunk. Just Married sign optional!
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Turn a shabby old door into a fabulous summer drink station by adding shelves, a metal cooler, and even a mounted bottle opener. Bouquets of fresh flowers are a lovely finishing touch.
Boat Full of Booze
Source: Old Edwards Inn
Perfect for a shoreside party, fill a canoe or other small boat with loads of ice and a bunch of bottles. Use the ores as adorable decor.
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Clean all those weeds out of your wheelbarrow, and use it as a cooler instead. All you need is ice and brightly colored bottles of pop (or your beverage of choice).
Sewing Table Drink Station
Turn an old sewing table into a pretty wet bar, complete with a sink. You can find thrifted sewing tables for less than $20, and they fold up nicely when not in use.
Vintage Desk Drink Display
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Turn an old desk into a whimsical mimosa bar. A decorative dishtowel completes the look.
Bookcase Beverage Station
Source: Hostess with the Mostess
Bookcases, with their many shelves, are perfect vessels for displaying drinks and glasses. Give yours a bright coat of paint first so it’ll be ready to party.
Foldable Wall Bar
Source: Turtles and Tails
If you are comfortable with some basic handiwork, you can make this folding wall bar. Perfect for popping open when the mood strikes, and it’ll be out of the way when not in use.
Flower Box Booze Holder
Source: Rock n Roll Bride
Don’t have much of a green thumb? Fill those unused flowers boxes with a bunch of booze (or other bottled beverages) instead.
Dresser Drawers Drink Station
Source: Hostess with the Mostess
An old set of colorful dresser drawers is an adorable and classy way to display a bar. Pull out one of the drawers and use it to hold cups. A tassle garland and chalkboard sign are charming additions to the scene.
Tea Trolley Drink Stand
Source: Desire Empire
Spray paint an old tea trolley to transform it into a fresh and vibrant lemonade stand. A big bowl full of lemons and tray of lemon cupcakes will carry on the theme.
Beachy Lemonade Stand
Source: Kojo Designs
For a bright, cheerful, and summery drink station, turn an old tiki hut into a lemonade or juice stand. Include a large drink dispenser, several pitchers, and fruit and herb mix-ins. Don’t forget the DIY honeycomb garland!
Kiddie Pool Coolers
Source: Kieth Zars Pools
Perfect for a pool party, fill plastic kiddy pools with ice, and use them as coolers. Make one for alcoholic beverages, and one for party attendees who are under age.
Picnic Table Cooler
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There’s no better place for bottles of wine than close at hand. Replace the middle board of a picnic table with a gutter, and you’ve got easy access all night long.
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A vintage tub is a surprising and clever container for drinks. Your guests will be amused, and you won’t run out of libations.
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Channel your childhood play days at your next outdoor get together. For a cooler that’s both summery and portable, stick bottles of wine into an ice-filled wagon.
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Barrels make a surprisingly beautiful base for a simple board bar. Cover them with a lemonade display, or drink dispensers filled with juice or ice tea.
Every outdoor gathering is worthy of party decor. One of the surest and easiest way to set the celebratory vibe is a unique and thoughtful drink display. And since most of these are made from repurposed furniture and everyday materials, there’s little shopping required—just some imagination!