Create Your Own Juice Bar

Juice Bar

I love to throw a party–a full-out themed birthday party or a simple dinner party. I love the creative process involved, and I love spending time with people I love with good food and drink.

At our house good drink is non-alcoholic. At a party I recently hosted our good drink was fruit juice. I love having my guests get involved with the food, and so I love to do “food bars or drink bars” where the guests actually assemble their own food.

It also cuts down on the work for me as the hostess. I don’t have to spend all my time in the kitchen; I can be part of the party, too.

At my most recent party, I put together a Juice Bar starring a new product by Simply Orange Juice Company – Simply CranberryCocktail which they asked me to try. I also made them work for their dinner. I’ll be posting about that tomorrow.

Create Your Own Juice Bar

Host a Create Your Own Juice Bar at your next party!

For the Juice Bar I covered my old vintage ironing board with a vintage table cloth.

I provided a selection of juices including Simply CranberryCocktail the newest in the line of Simply beverages as well as Simply Orange® and Simply Lemonade®.

In addition we had some other “mixers”–peach juice, apricot nectar, pineapple juice, coconut, and lemon-lime soda. Simply CranberryCocktail is not made from concentrate so it has a fresh, pure cranberry taste, both sweet and tart and just a little different than the other cranberry cocktails you may have tried. Because it has no added preservatives you will find it in the refrigerator section of the grocery store; it is chilled from the time it’s blended.

I grew up drinking cranberry juice blends and I love cranberry cocktail all by itself but my favorite drink combines cranberry cocktail, orange juice and lemon lime soda. It was our own little “mocktail.”

It was fun to see how creative everyone got with their juice mixtures.

Simply CranberryCocktail comes in a fun carafe so no need to pour it into a pretty container; it comes in one, either 59 oz. or a smaller, personal size of 13.5 oz.

Some of our other favorite juice bar combinations were: Simply CranberryCocktail, pineapple and lemon lime soda; Simply CranberryCocktail, orange juice and lemon lime soda; Simply CranberryCocktail, peach juice and lemon lime soda; Simply CranberryCocktail, lemonade and pineapple.

I highly recommend a Juice Bar at your next party or dinner party. People love the hands-on process and being able to experiment with all different combinations.

As the hostess you provide the ingredients and let your guests do the mixing!

Simply CranberryCocktail is also giving away a $100.00 VISA card to one of my readers – how cool is that?

What is your favorite way is to make a party or get-together at your home more festive? Tell me about it in the comments for the chance to win a $100 gift card!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what we had to eat at the party. Here’s all you need to know to enter:


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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 5/7/2012 – 6/6/2012

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“Simply Cranberry” is a trademark of Simply Orange Juice Company.


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    Bethany says:

    My secret? Invite interesting people and let them speak for themselves… Because you know my decor doesn’t!

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    Janelle Belka says:

    The best thing about a party is the company. I like to keep things simple but yet fun and cute. I want to create lasting memories and that’s why parties are so much fun.

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    AmyH says:

    I make sure that the kids and adults alike are having a great time by making sure that there is plenty for the kids to do to keep them happy. music always make things more festive

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    Alarie says:

    Every party should have a theme! I like to have the food, music, decor, and sometimes even the dress code match the theme.

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    Sara says:

    I love all of the “simply” juices! I like to make sure there are lots of fun decorations and things to do (like make your own cocktail) because those kind of things always start conversations!

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    Terri says:

    My favorite way to make a party more festive is to have a theme.

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    Michelle says:

    i”ll have to try the Simply Cranberry Cocktail. I like all their other juices. My favorite parties also have themes. I like doing food for book club parties and trying to figure out food that goes along with the book.

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    shawna says:

    Of course it is all about the food and drinks! Sometimes a good game or activity can make things really fun but if you have good fun and great people usually talking and mingling is more than enough fun! I love the juice bar and the grilled cheese bar…I like variety and these are both fun and different! can’t wait to try them at a party of my own!

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    sharonjo says:

    I confess I don’t entertain very often, mainly because I have a tiny kitchen/dining area and use that as an excuse! My favorite get-togethers are outdoor barbecues and picnics where people can spill out onto the deck and yard and enjoy simple fare like burgers, brats, fajitas, etc… My best tip is to be relaxed and enjoy yourself, then your guests will too.

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    Patricia Crowley says:

    I love decorating for the theme of the holiday! I use simple serving dishes that will go with many types of decorations!!

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    Christi says:

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Christi recently posted..Quilting Retreat

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    Tamara w. says:

    We usually throw themes parties too!! To make a party more festive we make the food match the theme. We also dress up to match the theme. For instance we just thee our daughter a princess party and everyone dressed up like princesses!

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    Kim says:

    When my kids were younger having an ice cream bar was lots of fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Courtney says:

    Most of our parties are kid-related and I’ve found anything with water makes it more fun whether it’s a pool party, hot tub night or just a big tub of water and a bunch of plastic cups for a water fight. Of course, you can’t forget good food!

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    marti says:

    I like to play some kind of game that helps everyone feel comfortable and lets them know who all of the guests are. There are many creative ways to do this kind of introduction.

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    Monique says:

    I make the party based around a theme, like our housewarming/Halloween party was an “open coffin” so the food and decor was based around a vampire theme. I plan on having another party this year themed around mustaches and old timey cirrus fare.

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    yay! so fun to see how this turned out!!!

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    Christine Chaluisan says:

    I like organizing games or crafts to all the kids busy so parents can have a nice time as well.

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    angela says:

    I love having fun food and drinks and of course many many many fun decorations! They all make a party fabulous!
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    angela says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!!/angelamhunt/status/202036565852160000
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    Henria O. says:

    We like to play interactive games like Scattergories, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, and a few others!

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    Erika says:

    I like to hang decorations, put on some music, and make way too much dessert! :)
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    Karina Lee says:

    i like having a theme

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    Jessie C. says:

    Plenty of all sorts of desserts and music always help.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    sy says:

    I put on upbeat music and lots of snacks. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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    Patricia Crowley says:

    I think having a fun color scheme makes a party feel more interesting…I love combining bright pops of color like turquois and red!

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    Michelle H. says:

    Our last family party we had everyone list a few words about each of the other family members..words that we though described each person. My sister compiled the words and put them on a photo placeholder for each of us. It was fun to read what everyone thought about me and it was a great memento to take home.

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    Tina M says:

    I will prepare lots of games!

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    Judy B. says:

    Take help yourself food & drinks, add some favorite music, and have everyone share a recipe

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    Kimiko says:

    This juice bar is such a fun idea! When I have a party, I focus on making sure the food table relates to the theme…and a cupcake tower is a must!
    Kimiko recently posted..Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

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    Melissa says:

    Selecting the perfect playlist does a lot for a festive atmosphere, also a theme so everyone will get into the groove of things, then dedlicious beverages ;) xx
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    I like to make things ahead so I can focus on the guests at the party!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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    Christine says:

    It’s all about the decor in my opinion!

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    Patricia Crowley says:

    I love decorating with bright colors! I use simple serving dishes/trays so all I need to do is focus on the linens and flowers/decor!

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    Wehaf says:

    I love a mix of simple and fancy dishes – the fancy ones make the whole party more festive!

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    Mary M. says:

    I would just use a variety of flavors for my guest to try and decorate with an Island theme.

    marybug2 @ yahoo . com

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    MelissaO says:

    By bringing together people that don’t know each other…always fun after everyone gets comfortable.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

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