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I love creating themed wedding welcome gift boxes where everything inside the gift goes together and tells a story. For a recent styled shoot, I got the chance to put together a fun citrus inspired welcome gift. As a lover of all things cocktails, I decided on a Bar in a Box. The Bar in a Box theme is a great one because it’s so versatile and can be easily translated to different couples, wedding styles and seasons. You can include everything from a signature drink to local snacks and wine.

Designing the Cocktail Wedding Welcome Gift Box

First, you need to decide between including something simpler like a split of champagne or a couple of bottles of local beer and putting together all of the fixings for a cocktail. I think both can be great options and just depend on what you are trying to create and the overall style of your wedding. After you pick your alcoholic addition, you can add in the extras. Some of my favorite extras are nuts or popcorn (or both – because who doesn’t love bar snacks), coasters and paper straws.

Putting Together the Cocktail in the Box

Second, make sure you include everything your wedding guest will need to actually enjoy the drink. That means a bottle opener for beer or wine unless the top is screw off. If you decide to have a whole cocktail made of different ingredients, think about everything your guests will need to make the cocktail. They aren’t at home so they will be limited by what they can create in the average hotel room. Make sure to include all of the ingredients to make it easy for your wedding guests to enjoy your wedding welcome gift boxes. Beyond the ingredients, don’t forget about the tools they need. I love including mini cocktail shakers (for shaken cocktails, of course) as a great keepsake for your guests to hold on to.ajp-28-menuWeb

Explaining You Welcome Gift Idea

As always, don’t forget to actually explain the theme to your guests and tell them how to make the cocktail. Painted or illustrated cocktail recipes are one of my favorite ways to include a recipe. And they are something that wedding guests will hold on to and save. You can have something designed online or talk with a local artist or calligrapher to create your recipe cards and then include with your welcome information.

Cocktail in a Box: Limoncello Sparkle

If you are looking for a great cocktail to put in your wedding welcome gift boxes, try this recipe! Or make it for yourself – it is Friday after all!

1 oz limoncello
½ ounce Cointreau
Champagne
Long lemon twist, for garnish

Combine the limoncello and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake moderately, and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with a long lemon twist.

Enjoy!