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    How to Setup a Margarita Bar and Wow Your Guests

    July 29, 2014  4 Comments

    Want to setup a margarita bar and totally impress your guests? You’ve come to the right place! A margarita bar wedding setup is pretty easy to do, really, which makes us wonder why everyone isn’t doing it. Oh, and by the by, you can do this without alcohol and it will be just as delectable (and kid-friendly). Read on to find out more… PLUS, enter for a chance to win something that will be essential in making your margarita bar a success!

    margarita bar wedding

    glasses: fun express

    How to: Margarita Bar Wedding Setup

    There are basically two different kinds of margarita bar setups: make it yourself or serve it yourself. One is easier than the other, both are totally delicious. Make It Yourself is recommended for small weddings; Serve It Yourself is suitable for larger weddings. Both, however, require rimming salts and sugars for a festive touch. Colorful rimming salts and sugars are a plus!

    yellow margarita salt for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    green margarita salt for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    Version #1. Make It Yourself

    The make it yourself margarita bar is for the DIY bride who wants crushed ice margaritas that guests can make themselves (or are made by a bartender on a small scale). I say this because this yields two or three drinks at maximum, and takes a few minutes. It also requires a TON of ice, but that’s okay if this is for a bridal shower or bachelorette party or small wedding. Just thought I’d guide you on the practicality of it!

    What You’ll Need

    o a margarita maker (or rent one)

    margarita maker for margarita bar wedding setup
    via belly feathers party, photo by click photo designs

    o margarita glasses (clear are most elegant for weddings)
    o margarita mix (lots, and lots.)
    o limes, sliced (for garnish)
    o rimming salts and/or sugars

    #2. Serve It Yourself

    The serve it yourself margarita bar is ideal for large parties. Margaritas are made ahead of time and presented in large apothecary jars — with plenty of ice added to keep them icy-cold — so guests can help themselves. Guests use a ladle to serve drinks, like a modern-day punchbowl. This is a great idea if you want multiple flavors, too.

    self-serve margarita bar wedding setup
    via colin cowie weddings

    What You’ll Need

    o drink dispensers like these OR apothecary jars
    o ladles
    o margarita glasses
    o rimming salts and/or sugars
    o limes, sliced (for garnish)

    pre-salted rim margarita glasses for margarita bar wedding setup
    via belly feathers party, photo by click photo designs

    margarita bar for margarita bar wedding setup
    via belly feathers party, photo by click photo designs

    Colorful Rimming Sugars + Salts

    For either margarita display, you’ll want to save time and rim the glasses before guests arrive. There are either rimming salts or rimming sugars you can use to embellish the glasses with a pop of color (and infuse it with yummy flavor).

    rainbow color rimming sugars for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    To rim a glass (even plastic!), you’ll want to pour rimming salt or sugar on a paper plate. Fill a bowl with lime juice and place the top of the glass to coat it. Then, dip the top of the glass in the rimming salt, coating just the top outer section. The result? Something like this…

    pink rimming sugars for margarita bar wedding setup

    purple rimming salts for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    blue rimmed margarita sugar for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    See? These are way more fun than traditional clear salt or sugar. You can find all of these at Dell Cove Spices.

    You know what else is a fun idea? Giving margarita salts or sugars as favors for guests! Take this, for example:

    blue margarita salt favors for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    colored margarita salt favors for margarita bar wedding setup

    via dell cove spices

    Margarita Salt Giveaway!

    Now that you have some inspiration on how to setup a margarita bar, it’s time to win something to help you get started. We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks of Dell Cove Spices to offer a margarita salt gift pack to one lucky reader! Get the full scoop below.

    Win a set of margarita rimming salts!

    Prize From Dell Cove Spices: “This is for eight food-grade tins margarita salt. We start with a Sicilian flake salt and use rich food coloring to bring a soft hue of color to the salt. It’s tasty and fun.”

    The colors included in the kit are:


    Each tin is 2.8 inches wide and .875 inches high, and holds approximately 2.5 ounces of the margarita salt. Altogether, the kit has enough salt to rim at least 100 margarita glasses (or more, depending on how thick of a salt rim you like).

    These tins are smaller than the diameter of a standard margarita glass. Please note: These tins are not margarita rimmer tins. But we give you instructions on how to use the salts to rim your glass, along with margarita recipes. The kit comes in a white gift box, tied close with an elegant ribbon.

    o Enter between 7/29/14-8/4/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
    o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 8/5; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
    o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
    o No purchase necessary
    o Winner has 6 months to use prize
    o Prize value: $33; no cash value
    o Free shipping included to U.S. only
    o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
    o Use entry form below to enter

    Good Luck!

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    Emma Arendoski

    CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
    Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (Oct. 2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (Sep. 2014).

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    • Monica

      The lemon drop cubes look great!

    • GARRY S


    • Bride2Be

      The lemon drop sugar cubes are so cute!

    • Megan Gilbert

      The margarita salts are definitely my favorite product and they would be a perfect addition to my margarita bar to go with my fajita dinner for my wedding! I would love this!

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