Cocktail Drink Bar DIY


By: Kara Woolery of Lillian Hope Designs

Hey guys, Kara here from Lillian Hope Designs, excited to share with you a fun summer entertaining idea using Chinet® Classic White plates and Chinet® Cut Crystal® products! Set up a cocktail drink bar full of different fruits, juices, and liquors for your guests to enjoy mixing their own drinks! I have also included a super delicious summer cocktail recipe you will definitely want to try!


Summer is in full swing and it is getting HOT, HOT, HOT! I can't think of a better way to cool off, then hanging out by the pool with a refreshing drink in hand. If you’re hosting a pool party or gathering friends for a backyard BBQ, consider setting up a cocktail drink bar for your guests to enjoy. You can include tons of fruits and drink mixers to pair with your liquors. The Chinet Cut Crystal 9 oz. cup is perfect for serving fruit with your favorite liquors and juices.


Fill carafes with different juices and liquors. You can let each guest play mixologist, creating their own cocktail, or you can have several different summer cocktail recipes framed for them to follow. 



Use a large food tray or cutting board to fill with various fruits. I cut up everything that I thought would complement the cocktail drink bar. Consider adding fruits that are also great for snacking, not just mixing into summer cocktail drinks. 


Chinet Classic White round dessert plates and beverage napkins are perfect for any summer gathering where there will be light snacking involved. They are incredibly durable, and help make cleanup a breeze!


Summer Cocktail Recipe
This is the serving size for one Chinet Cut Crystal 9 oz. cup.


  • Blueberry lemonade (or any other blueberry or blackberry juice)
  • 1 tbsp. Triple Sec
  • ¼ c. vodka 
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Assorted fruit mixture

Directions: Chill liquids and fruit before preparing. Add your fruit to your cup. Mix in the liquors, lemon juice, and lime juice. Fill the remaining portion of the cup with the blueberry lemonade. 


We hope you get a chance to have friends and family over soon to cheers to summer with a cocktail drink bar. Share your photos and recipes with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MyChinetParty!


And for more entertaining ideas from Kara check out her blog, Lillian Hope Designs, and these posts on

Kara is the founder and creative spark behind Lillian Hope Designs. She was born and raised in Oklahoma, and has always had a passion for the creative things in life. After dabbling in a few things she soon realized that her true passion was designing parties of all types. Kara decided to take a leap of faith and start Lillian Hope Designs in 2012; which was named after her daughter who has been her motivation and driving force for starting this business. She started blogging in 2015, and has since started doing party and product styling for brands.