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Easy DIY Rainbow Drink Tray

March 13, 2019

This has major impact at a party and it’s such an easy thing to create! Love the #easypartywins—am I right?!?

Here’s the step by step:

  1. Decide if you want the full rainbow (ROYGBIV) or an abbreviated one like Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue; then tally your guests and decide if you want to display them as a row of 1 each color, 2 deep or 3 of each color. I did 3 each of the full rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) so got 18 bottles.
  2. Gather bottles or glasses. I bought Starbucks Frappuchino’s and I recycle them over and over again for parties. I think that taller, narrow drinking glasses would be cute for this look too.
  3. Order baker’s twine and paper straws in each color; I loved this value pack of twine and this straw multi-pack as they had all colors I needed.
  4. Important note on paper straws in bottles: most cute bottles are taller than standard paper straws. I find the selection on the extra tall straws to be limited and more expensive so I devised a work-around—check it out my Fixer Technique: Lengthen Paper Straws for Instagram Ready Drink Displays.
  5. Make a test bottle with generic string or dental floss and then use this piece as your measure guide. I liked the look of wrapping the twine around 3 times but double will do if you want to conserve the baker’s twine.
  6. Buy enough larger bottles of the various drinks to fill your chosen number of bottles: all colors were Gatorade except the yellow which is Tropical Citrus Energy Vitamin Water and the violet which is Honest Kids Grape Juice. I bought 2 – 20 oz bottles of Gatorade per color when they went on sale at Target for 99 cents.
  7. I emptied the Starbucks bottles and put the Frappuccino in pitchers for use at the party in a large decanter and then ran the bottle and lids through the dishwasher. Keep both.
  8. Pre-fill the bottles with drinks and refrigerate. Note: either pour your drinks in before you add the twine to avoid drips on the absorbent twine or use a funnel to fill the pre-twined bottles.
  9. If you want to make these “adult” drinks, simply add vodka (to your taste) right before serving. Note: Be sure if this is your plan to leave enough room in the bottles so they don’t overflow when you add the booze and after adding, replace lid and shake the drink well. Or if you want guests to DIY their alcohol, just have a pretty pitcher or bottle nearby.
  10. Right before guests arrive, insert the straws because paper straws disintegrate over time once they get wet. Note: for IG or Pinterest perfect level pics, be sure to angle the plain white end to the back of the bottle because it will show through your drink in photos.
  11. Display on a simple, flat tray like the white one I use.

All Photos by Marla Smith Photography