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Glam Safari Bridal Shower Drink Station

Imagine you’re walking into a bridal shower – or any party really.

What’s the first thing you’re going to look for? (Apart from scanning the room for a familiar face. 😉)

That’s right…. The DRINKS!

And this, my friend, is why creative drink stations are a fantastic way to greet your guests. You give them something fun to *drink in* (pun intended!) right from the start and kick off their experience at your party in style.

Read on for 5 helpful tips for bringing CREATIVE drink stations to life.

The key is to keep things stylish AND functional – and to have fun with the design process yourself along the way!

Safari Bridal Shower Printables

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Easy Espresso Martini

1. T/S/C

*Not to be confused with TLC, but KINDA the same thing because it makes your drink station feel special!* 💖

This is where you decide on the look you want for your station – the Theme, Style, & Colors – and the details REALLY matter here. For example, if you’re planning a wild animal theme, do you want a rustic and jungle-y look or something that leans boho, edgy, glam, etc? Same thought process with the colors. Getting ultra-specific right from the start will make the rest of your creative decisions so much easier.

For this safari theme, I went with “bold girlie glam” for the style and a color palette of “mainly black & white, with accents of soft pink and gold”.

modern wild animal printables

gold painted animal figurine - cheetah

2. Signature Drinks

Serve 2-3 signature drinks that coordinate with your party theme through their colors, flavors, or both. (These would be in addition to basics like ice water and soda or tea, which can be served in a separate area, usually in coolers.)

For this safari-inspired bridal shower, I chose:

Pink Safari Cocktail Punch in Drink Dispenser

Your signature drinks don’t need to be complicated to be awesome.

In fact, it’s kinda extra-awesome when they aren’t. (Speaking from experience here!)

I used flavored mixers from Master of Mixes to make each of these signature drinks.

Master of Mixes Single Step Mixers

The mixers made the drinks WAY easier to prepare, and they all tasted delicious! 😋

I garnished the espresso martinis with whipped cream and chocolate shavings and served them “grab and go” style. (When serving drinks this way, it’s smart to have a backup pitcher of pre-mixed drinks chilling in the fridge so you can easily fill more glasses when the tray gets low.)

Espresso Martinis Glam Safari Drinks

Beverage dispensers are one of my all-time favorite “party tools”. They keep the drinks flowing, are easy to decorate with creative trims, and look gorgeous filled with easy, colorful garnishes like citrus wheels, mint leaves, and sliced fruit!

Mojito Mocktail Party Punch

3. Height & Balance

Creating different levels of height makes a HUGE impact on the overall look of any drink station. All of the “risers” on this table are actually wooden floral/plant containers turned upside down.

As a general starting point, I usually divide my tables into horizontal front and back “zones”. Elevating items in the left/right areas of one zone and the middle zone of the other is an easy way to create a balanced overall look.

wild about you bridal shower backdrop

4. Backdrop & Decor

Backdrops can be an intimidating thing to figure out for ANY type of styled party table. Here’s a fun trick: about 90% of the time, I use fabric shower curtains for my backdrops! They come in tons of great patterns and are usually less expensive than buying several yards of material.

Balloon garlands are another great option for backdrops. Plus, they’re super inexpensive. 🙌 This simple garland is made from marbled and solid color balloons strung together (through the balloon tails) with a needle and fishing wire.

Decorative accents on this table included things like bold black & white patterned vases, toy animal figurines spray painted gold, sparkly cups and straws, and interesting textured trims (like tassels and faux fur). BTW – the “vase” holding the straws is actually a toothbrush holder! 😂

pink and gold drink station

Animals sipping cocktails!
I love including elements of “surprise & delight” at a party table whenever possible. 😉 The playful little displays in the “back zone” on either side of this table are definitely an example of this.

They’re made from inexpensive wall shelves (found at Marshalls) + animal head wall decorations/hangers (Target, $6 each). The animal heads are attached to the wall shelves with zip ties and sipping “party drinks” constructed from bud vases filled with glitter.

modern glam safari decorations

5. Printables

Last but not least, are the paper details! Printables are always the perfect finishing touch that really brings a theme to life.

The printable elements used on this station include Silhouettes (hearts & animals on the backdrop), 8×10 Sign, 4×6 Sign, Large Labels (on the drink dispensers), and Tent Cards (for Espresso Martinis).

Bridal Shower Printables

My Wild About You printables are available in our store! (They’re also available in a Valentine’s Day Party version.) Use them to add instant style and personalized details to your party. 🙌 You can edit the custom text yourself – right on the website – whenever (and as often as) you need to!

Hope you enjoyed these tips! Click here for details on the drink recipes in a separate post.

And for more creative drink station inspiration, also check out my 5 Tips for Styling a Margarita Station and Festive Garden Cocktail Party Ideas.

Safari Bridal Shower Printables

My Wild About You printables are available in our store. They make it so EASY to add pro designer style & personalization to your event. It’s like instant branding for your party! 🙌 Click here to shop now.

Wild About You Bridal Printables

Disclosure: I’ve teamed up with Master of Mixes on this post and other creative ideas this year. You can learn more about our current partnership right here. Heartfelt thanks to our readers for supporting the brands that make it possible to keep sending creative inspiration your way. 💛