Palace Party Beverage Company
Tis the (Wedding) Season | Fresh Photos | Spring Drinks | New Beverage Package
Bells are ringing, bouquets are blooming, veils are floating on spring breezes, and the Pantone color of the year is in the details.
If you aren't having your own wedding, then you're probably attending one soon. Our staff has held various different positions in the wedding industry before finding our true passion in booze, and over the years we've picked up a few pointers that really need to be common knowledge, but aren't yet. We present them here, in hopes that you will be the best wedding attendees of 2017.
So here, in no particular order, is the list:
- Unless the bride told you to, do. not. wear. white. This is not an old fashioned suggestion. It is a timeless rule. If the bride doesn't mind, then she's focused on the right things and kudos to her, but it's still rude, and the other guests have noticed.
- Put your phone away during the ceremony, speeches, etc. Calls and texts are beyond rude, but so are pictures. When you raise your phone high or lean out in the aisle for a good shot, you are not only blocking other guests' views, but the photographer's. The bride and groom paid good money for a photographer--let them take the photos.
- Unless you are the bride or groom, the day is not about you. At all. If your opinions are taken into account anyway, recognize your good fortune. You may make suggestions, but never demands. You are entitled to nothing.
- Tipsy you is fun. Drunk you is embarrassing the bride and/or groom. I promise.
- You're at a wedding, not a nightclub. You do not need to be the hottest thing in the room. Your dance skills and your outfit shouldn't be turning heads. Dress respectfully, and dance your heart out, no matter how badly. No dance skills is fine, twerking and grinding are less fine when the grandmas are watching.
- If you haven't cleared it in advance with the bride or groom, you should not be giving a speech. If you insist on it, make sure the bride or groom is cool with it first.
- Surprises at weddings are rarely, if ever, appreciated. If you must, make sure that somebody in charge is aware and approves of it. If you insist on surprising the bride or groom (a risky thing), clear it with his or her S.O. first.
- Do not text or call the bride with questions on the day of the wedding. She is busy, and you are bothering her, no matter how much she loves you. If you're on foreign ground and will need help, ask in advance who you can contact day-of.
- RSVP by the due date. Do not make the bride or groom hunt you down for your reply. Every single wedding vendor he or she is working with is begging for that final number, and they shouldn't be waiting on you to provide it.
- No wedding crashers. If you do not have a plus-one, do not bring a plus-one. Remember, the bride or groom painstakingly provided a final headcount to the wedding vendors. Very, very rarely are surprise additions not a pain to deal with.
Are there any other rules you can think of that we missed? Head over to our blog and let us know in the comments!
Fresh Photos & Inspiration
This year, The Perfect Palette featured a gorgeous photo shoot for a springtime 'Would you be my bridesmaid?' party, and Palace Party brought the drinks, because our beverages are always ready for their close-up. Head on over to The Perfect Palette for a look at all of the colorful ideas and beautiful photos! Don't forget to check out the list of vendors who participated at the end of the article if you're interested in what they did. All were great to work with!
Quench your thirst and bring springtime into your life
As the weather outside gets more and more beautiful, we here at Palace Party will abandon our lawn chairs and trudge back into the indoors for only one thing: our juicer.
So that we can go back outside with a fresh juice cocktail.
Today we bring you FOUR cocktails that look like they belong outside with us making the sunny day even better. Elsie and Emma, the brilliant ladies over at A Beautiful Mess have been developing some masterpieces that made our mouths water, and we picked one for every different taste preference.
Read on to make spring time in the backyard the oasis you deserve.
Vanilla Bean Whiskey Cocktail
2 oz Vanilla Bean Infused Whiskey
1/2 oz Vanilla Liqueur (rec. Dr. McGillicuddy's)
2 dashes Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
1/2 T Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Star Anise
Combine Whiskey, Vanilla Liqueur, Bitters, Lemon Juice, and 1 Star Anise to a cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour into a tumbler and garnish with a lemon slice and a Star Anise.
Go back outside and, once you've settled into your adirondack chair, sip slowly in the warm sunshine.
*Prepare your whiskey in advance. Elsie recommends adding one whole vanilla bean to half of one bottle of whiskey, then allowing to steep in a dark place for 24-48 hours.
Credit: A Beautiful Mess
Mango + Plum Sweet Tea Cocktail
3 oz Tea (use your favorite)
2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 oz Bourbon
2 oz Sweet Tea Vodka
1 Plum, cubed
1 Mango, cubed
Combine Tea, Orange Juice, Bourbon, Sweet Tea Vodka, and the Plum and Mango cubes in a short glass, and give a good stir.
Add ice, then garnish with skewered fruit cubes and/or some mint.
Go back outside, and try not to spill as you drink while laying back in your gently swaying hammock.
*Recommended: Prepare this a day in advance to allow the flavors to blend. Forego the ice, and keep in the refrigerator until ready to garnish and serve.
Credit: A Beautiful Mess
Apple Ginger Cocktail
3 Granny Smith Apples
1 Two inch piece of Ginger
2 oz Crème de Gingembre
Juice the Apples and piece of Ginger together. In a glass filled with ice, add Crème de Gingembre, and top off with the Ginger Apple Juice.
Give it a stir, and pop in a straw.
Go back outside and, once you've passed your friends' glasses to them, take a seat under the umbrella and sink into your drink.
*Make a large batch of the Apple Ginger Juice in advance for ease. You can even pre-mix a large pitcher of this drink for parties.
Credit: A Beautiful Mess
Carrot Bloody Maria
2 oz Infused Tequila
1/2 glass Bloody Mary Mix
1/2 glass Fresh Carrot Juice
~3 dashes Worchestershire Sauce
~3 dashes Tabasco Sauce
1/2 lime Fresh Lime Juice
~3 sprinkles of Black Pepper
Fresh Vegetables, to garnish
Fill a tall glass with ice and add Infused Tequila. Half-fill the rest of the glass with Bloody Mary Mix, and fill the rest of the way with Carrot Juice.
Add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco Sauce to taste, and the Fresh Lime Juice.
Give it a stir, shake some Black Pepper the top to taste, and garnish with your Fresh Veggies!
Go back outside, pull up a seat at the picnic table, and remember to be grateful for your life as you sip at your tall glass of spicy-sweet goodness.
*Infuse your tequila in advance. Elsie recommends soaking 1 carrot curry flavor tea bag per 8 oz of silver tequila for 48-72 hours. Make plenty! This infused tequila will be great in more than just this drink.
Credit: A Beautiful Mess
New Spring Drink Package
This spring bring some fresh to your fests with
Palace Party's newest drink package.
Fresh Juice Package + Bitters
No syrupy mixes or concentrates here, only flavors upon flavors.
This package offers an assortment of fresh juices, chosen in consultation with your event manager, Sarah, and a selection of bitters that will add depth and layers to your drinks' flavors. And don't forget to ask about our infused simple syrups!
Take your drinks from basic to bomb and make sure your guests remember your party for years, every time they try to imitate that drink they had at your bar.
Photo credit: David's Cocktails