Using a beverage fountain at your next party will surely add a little something extra for your guests to talk about. Run-of-the-mill punch bowls are becoming a thing of the past. The ease of strolling up and placing one's cup under a beautiful flowing beverage fountain full of delightful beverages will bring an updated and fun vibe to your next party or event. It will cater to your guest's beverage needs with nearly endless self-serve drinks, and give your hosting duties a much needed break. Here are some tips and ideas regarding using a beverage fountain at your next soon-to-be-unforgettable party.
The beauty of the beverage fountain is that you can use many different types of drinks. Wine, champagne, beer, punch, martinis or any kind of special cocktail mix can be used. Popular alcoholic mixes use vodka or gin, as they are easily paired with a vast number of punch flavors. Thicker drinks, like white Russians, may be too heavy and opaque for the fountain, diminishing the beautiful effect a colorful drink can give to the fountain. Appletinis, cosmopolitans, sangria and colored, transparent drinks will definitely look and flow best through your fountain. You can even add your favorite drink garnishes next to the fountain, like maraschino cherries or olives. For non-alcoholic options, there are many recipes online for any kind of punch combination. Having a couple different fountains with various drinks and colors will certainly brighten up any party, as well as give your guests many different pleasing alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
There are a few different types of beverage fountains available, depending on the size and beverage demand of your party. The average three-tiered punch fountains can hold up to one gallon of any drink liquid and can cost as little as $35. However, if your beverage needs demand more volume, there are larger beverage fountains that can hold up to 5 gallons at a more costly price tag. Beverage fountain rentals are also available through the internet, starting around $34. You can find silver, clear plastic and even fountains that contain lights in the center, which are great for an eye-catching addition for your party as well as a focal centerpiece. Most fountains that you find over the internet will come with a set amount of plastic cups for your guests to show off brightly colored drinks.
To begin, pour the beverage of your choice directly into the fountain reservoir. The beverage will then be pumped up to the top of the fountain and sent pouring out like a gentle waterfall, reaching each tier until it is sent back up again in a cyclical fashion, leaving your guests free from fumbling with the sometimes awkwardly shaped drink ladle. Make sure you avoid placing anything into the fountain reservoir that could possibly get sucked into the mechanism, as this will cause beverage blockage and possible damage to your fountain. Embellishments like false flowers are not recommended, but things like orange slices that are thicker and heavy enough to not get pulled through the fountain are just fine.