Offer an Italian soda bar for a non-boozy reception alternative #Food DIY#Reception Advice#dry wedding#kids#reception#steal-this-idea Updated Jul 11 2019 (Posted Jan 19 2016) Chris Wolfgang mswolfgang Photo from Rachael & Chris' whimsical tea party wedding by Make Moments Do I have a nonalcoholic, kid-friendly, super-fun reception idea for YOU. Rachael and Chris had a tea-party themed wedding, but they kicked things up a notch with a nonboozy bar at their reception. Specifically, an Italian soda bar! I'll let Rachael explain: At first people were completely unsure about how to make an Italian soda. It was like watching people experiment in a science lab. First too much syrup, then not enough syrup, then a flavor that was supposed to go with the coffee (such as English Toffee) that didn't make for a very tasty Italian soda. Eventually, my dad figured out the proper ratio and taught two of my very best guy friends how to be the bar keepers. By the end of the afternoon, they were making drinks for everyone. A little advice: put up an instruction sign if you decide to do something similar! -Rachael Yo, I got your instructions right here. By: uglypeaches – CC BY 2.0 How to make an Italian soda Ingredients 1-2 oz flavored Torani syrup 8 oz sparkling water or club soda crushed ice 1 oz half-and-half (optional) Directions Fill a glass half full with crushed ice. Add syrup(s) of your choice and sparkling water. Stir. Float the half-and-half on top of the drink. Recipe courtesy of Food.com Chris Wolfgang Chris is a writer and editor in Omaha, Neb. She'll talk your ear off about independent webcomics, animated film, and Ultimate Frisbee. @chriswolfgang @mswolfgang PREVIOUS A Latin American fiesta wedding with tap dancing, cacti, tequila carts, and opera singing NEXT EraGem's colorful vintage engagement rings, because vintage doesn't always mean traditional Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] We're doing this at our wedding! FH brews beer, so we have five tap home keezer setup in the house, three taps for beer, one for an experimental half-batch, and one for carbonated water. Add one Ikea cart of Torani syrups, and the Italian sodas are the most popular drink in our house. Because we're bringing 5 kegs (20 gallons) of homebrew to the wedding, we figured setting up a couple of kegs of water under pressure was a super easy addition, and would give non-drinkers like me something fun to drink for super cheap and very little effort. Also, I would recommend using the Torani pumps! They produce pretty even amounts of syrup per pump, so if you're having guests do their own mixing (like we are), it gives a good baseline measurement (i.e., one pump vanilla to two pumps blood orange makes a mean orangecicle soda!). Reply Thank you so much for this post! I am in recovery and not planning to make it a "dry" wedding per se, but wanted to not make booze the focus either. We have a sodastream, so this will be very budget friendly and yummy! Reply My fiance has been sober for almost 6 years, and there are a fair number of people in recovery or non-drinkers attending our wedding. It was important for us to have interesting alcohol-free drink options at our reception. We're having a "breakfast for dinner" reception, so we're doing a juice bar (all fresh pressed juices), a coffee bar with homemade syrups, and a sparkling lemon mixed berry punch for something festive. I'm honestly more excited about the non-alcoholic options than the alcoholic ones! Reply I'm so excited for all the possibilities! Fruit and edible flowers for accoutrements! Reply Loving this idea! It sounds yummy Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.