Italian Soda Bar

Italian Soda Bar

We are on a little bit of party overload at our house but I couldn’t wait to share some of the fun photos from our Sail Away Graduation Party Saturday night.  But first I have to say a great big thank you to my dear friend Marsha who showed up at my door about an hour before the party started and just stepped right in and helped out.  She saved the day and thanks to her everything was ready to go when the kids got here!!

The party was a smashing success.  I love having a backyard full of happy teenagers enjoying themselves!!  I think one of the biggest hits of the night was the Italian Soda Bar so that’s what I’m going to share first.  It was so fun!!!


It is easy to put together too.


I went to Cash & Carry and picked up a variety of flavored syrups.  We had strawberry (the one that disappeared first), raspberry, pomegrante, orange, cherry lime, guava, mango, and watermelon.  My favorite flavor combo was guava and mango.


You will also need mineral water.  I got mine at Trader Joe’s.    You will also needs lots of ice and whip cream (I just got the kind in the can).


And of course some straws.


The directions are easy:  Just fill your cup with ice, some syrup, mineral water and then top it off with whip cream and a straw.


It was fun to see what flavor combinations they came up with.

Here’s the cute graduation girl.




Lots more graduation party fun to come!!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tamara says

    Love this idea. . . . . . .Today is our Second Anniversary and I am going to surprise Richard with an Italian soda. Hugs!

  2. says

    I’m so glad you posted how to make Italian sodas today! I have been wanting to make some. Can you estimate about how much flavoring you put in the cup? Thanks for sharing. The party looks beautiful!

    • says

      Totally depends on how sweet you like it. I usually put a couple tablespoons in. Would also depend on the size of the class you want. You can just experiment to figure out your own special recipe. Have fun!!

  3. says

    Great idea. I’m filing this one away for my next graduate! So glad you had nice weather. I remember all too well stressing about the weather for our outdoor party last year.

  4. Mary Kathryn says

    We went on an Italian Cream Soda fix a few years back but I think we used just cream. I quickly got a little extra plump around the edges before I realized maybe Italian Cream Soda’s only for special occasions. I think it may be time to make some again. :)

  5. marti says

    We had these for the first time at our granddaughter’s wedding reception in Utah in April and everone loved them! One of the flavors was chocolate and it was delicious mixed with a fruit flavor. Instead of whipped cream they poured in cream at the top, and used soda water instead of mineral water. I’m not sure how that would make a difference. Yummy is the word!

    • says

      You want a little fizz in your water so mineral water or soda water works best I think. I know people have even used 7 up. But if you don’t like fizz I am sure regular filtered water would be fine too.

  6. Vivian Archbold says

    This is a great idea! Never heard of it, but looks fun! I am one that loves to be in the kitchen and try new things. I am having my Bridal Shower in a couple of months and our theme is Italian and I am sure the girls will love the Idea! Thanks and God Bless!

    • says

      The Italian Soda bar would be perfect for your Italian theme. A friend just had her son’s wedding reception this last weekend and she set one up and it was the hit of the reception!

  7. says

    Just found your blog when I googled “Italian Soda” and LOVE the idea of an Italian Soda Bar. We are BIG on parties at our house … already have a serious coffee bar (filled with flavored sodas) … and even have a stock of Italian Soda Glasses from my days as at waitress at the Old Spaghetti Factory. So, looks like I am set for a new “bar” at our next party.

    Can’t wait to read more of your blog. :)

    mama of 12: ages 10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, 21, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27

    • says

      I bought them from a store called Gygi’s in Salt Lake City but there are several etsy shops that sell them also. Just search for striped paper straws on

  8. janelle says

    I found your italian soda post on pinterest. You have one of my favorite recipe blogs so I wasn’t surprised. :) I’d love to know what your favorite things are from Cash & Carry. My husband recently went there for the first time…we like their au jus mix for French dip. Looks like we will be headed there for torani syrup because the price is so much better than at World Market. Thanks for that tip!

    • says

      Thanks so much Janelle! I buy all my syrups there but also a lot of paper products. I love their chinese take out boxes and other size take out boxes. They are perfect for sharing treats with others. I also buy spices there. My latest find was Knorrs Professional Liquid Concentrate Chicken Flavor Base. I used it in all recipes that call for chicken broth. So good!


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