This Reader Created an Inexpensive Farmhouse Drink Station for Her Cousin’s Wedding

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barn-themed beverage station

This barn-themed beverage station was both beautiful and budget-friendly!

Today’s Happy Friday submission comes from Hip2Save reader Kay, who designed a beautiful beverage station for her cousin’s barn house wedding.

Kay shopped the sales to buy what she couldn’t find, borrow, or repurpose. The end result was this frugal yet fabulous set-up where wedding guests could treat themselves to self-serve drinks. Here’s how she did it…

decorate table-top barn

This was my first time creating a beverage station for a wedding. My cousin had a barn house wedding with dusky blue and grey as their colors. What I created for them was thrifty, fun, sentimental, and beautiful!

The main piece, to command attention, was the miniature barn. I initially bought it for a past family event where my 4 siblings pitched in, so the final cost was $16.22. To match the wedding colors, I painted the windows and doors with blue chalk paint that my mother-in-law had in storage.

round wooden slab on table

The 3 beverage dispensers were borrowed from a friend. The hanging chalkboard labels on the dispensers were from Dollar Tree – a pack of 4 for $1.25. The wooden slabs were from trees in our yard that needed to be cut down. The slabs were cut for me as a courtesy by the tree company.

two mini-chalkboards labeling mint and lemon on mini-fridge

The mini fridge is from a post on H2S. It was on sale for $25 at Walmart. I stored lemon slices and mint leaves in it if guests wanted extra garnish.

yellow beverage in clear drink dispenser

The drinks themselves were not expensive. The punch contains sugar, bananas, pineapple juice, lemonade concentrate, OJ concentrate, and Sprite.

water infused with cucumber and lemons

The Summer Infused Water had lemons, limes, cucumbers, and mint. The mint was picked from my aunt’s yard.

apples, cinnamon, and water in a drink dispenser

The Fall Infused Water had apples, pears, and cinnamon sticks. I already had the apples and cinnamon sticks at home.

barn-themed beverage station

So there you have it – a fun inexpensive way to set up a wedding beverage station. The punch is always a hit! Not only did the wedding guests enjoy drinking at the beverage station, but they also enjoyed looking at the setup, especially the miniature barn.

I was happy to provide something delicious and beautiful that was also very affordable!

Way to go, Kay! We are so impressed with how your one-of-a-kind beverage station turned out, and your cousin must have been absolutely thrilled with the end result! This was such a thoughtful thing to do, and surely a special part of the reception that the happy couple and their wedding guests will never forget!


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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 10

  1. 5pink1blue

    Very nicely done.

    • Kay

      Thank u

  2. Melissa

    How clever!

    • Kay

      Thank u

  3. Susan

    It looks beautiful!

    • Kay

      Thank u

  4. Momof3superkids

    Very nicely set up!!!

    • Kay

      Thank u

  5. Mom2boys

    Love it!!❤️ Great job! Thanks for sharing your drink recipes. They sound great so I will definitely use at my next event.

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