Looking for a unique and creative theme for your child’s birthday party? During the warm summer months, nothing is more refreshing than a cool soda. Your child’s friends will have a blast at an Italian soda bar birthday party! This beverage is sweet, delicious, fizzy and celebratory – call it Champagne for kids. Get ready to send the birthday invitations and follow this handy guide for setting up an Italian soda bar:
What you’ll need
All you’ll need to set up this crowd-pleasing party theme are a few simple accessories:
Cups and straws: Feel free to go as casual or as fancy as you’d like with these must-haves. If you’re throwing an Italian-themed party for your daughter’s Sweet 16, go with pretty glasses and adorable striped straws. A 5-year-old’s birthday party can look a little less refined.
Syrup: You’ll want to set out a myriad of syrup favors for your party guests to choose from. A wide variety of flavored syrups is available at grocery stores and cafes, so if you’re going the low-maintenance route, this is a perfectly fine choice. If you’d prefer to make your own syrups, simply simmer 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of fruit (your choice!) for about 10 minutes. Mash the fruit and your syrup is ready to go!
Soda: You can use either seltzer water or club soda to fizz-ify your beverage. Seltzer water may be a lower-calorie choice, but club soda tends to be more flavorful.
Whipped cream or half-and-half: A completely necessary component of Italian soda, your thickening agent will give the drinks their oomph.
How to make an Italian soda
If you’re making your syrup at home, allow them to cool to room temperature prior to making your sodas. When you’re ready, combine 1/4 cup of syrup with 1/4 cup whipped cream or half-and-half. Top off your delicious combination with a few splashes of seltzer water or club soda, and presto! You have a delicious and refreshing Italian beverage to serve your child’s guests.
Setting up the bar
This is a party, after all, so setting up an Italian soda bar requires a bit of planning and finesse. Again, the level of your event’s formality will dictate specifics like tablecloth choices and glassware options. There are a few elements you should absolutely incorporate, however:
Proper labeling: Guests will have to navigate through your syrups, so make the flavors obvious with table cards that read “Strawberry,” “Blackberry,” “Rhubarb,” etc. Pear Tree Greetings’ Faux Glitter table cards are a glamorous option, and if you’re going for a more laid-back look, the She’s Invited table cards are a stylish alternative.
All the necessities: In addition to your syrups and other beverage components, don’t forget about all the other things your guests need to craft their drinks: straws, mixing spoons, ice and napkins are just a few examples. Bonus tip: With all those necessities comes a need for a garbage can. Whether you’re using disposable cups or not, you’ll need to provide an area for any waste generated by your Italian soda bar (think napkins for tiny spills, defunct straws, etc.). Place it conveniently close to the bar, but far enough away that it won’t be in guests’ way while they’re concocting their drinks.
Party Decor: Add a few reminders of why you’re all really here (hint: it isn’t actually for the Italian soda) – the birthday boy or girl! For a Sweet 16 party, a backdrop like the Triple the Fun wall decal set is a perfect way to keep your guest of honor at the center of everyone’s attention. Too much? You can also opt to scatter a few decorative photos right on the bar. Pear Tree Greetings’ Favorite Photo small table decorations are the perfect way to do so.