Bar Menus and Signature Cocktails

From the beginning, I’ve thought about making signature cocktails for our wedding. This is a pretty trendy thing right now, but for good reason: it’s fun and it saves money, because you can serve hard alcohol, but you don’t have to have an entire open bar.

I was first inspired by bar menus I found various knot bios. They all seemed to be variants of the same thing: “Something Old” (gin and tonic), “Something New” (crantini), “Something Borrowed” (something from the couple’s past), “Something Blue” (Electric Lemonade). I knew I wanted to do something different, so Mr. Cream Puff and I had a brainstorming session. We toyed around with giving them a San Francisco theme (“San Francisco Bay Breeze”), but in the end decided to name all of the drinks after our pets, who aren’t included in the wedding in any other way. Here is my completed bar menu, which is being printed as we speak through Vista Print as oversized postcards:

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I am super excited about these. My parents both think they are cheesy and cutesy, but I totally don’t care, and neither does Mr. Cream Puff. We think they’re cute. So what if we’re a little bit obsessed with our kids? We can’t help it: they are wonderful.

As for how we decided on our signature cocktails? The three cocktails are the Lemon Drop, the Vodka Martini and the Appletini. Originally I wanted very brightly colored signature cocktails, to go with our colorful wedding. Then we started thinking about the cost of brightly colored drinks (which usually have added liqueurs to create the color) and decided to go a different direction. All three of these cocktails have a vodka base and very few added ingredients. This minimizes the amount of alcohol we have to buy and simplifies what the bartender has to do. If you’re searching for cocktail recipes, check out Web Tender and Cocktail Times. These websites both allow you to search by type of alcohol.

So we had three cocktails and five pets. What to do? Well, we knew we’d be serving Fat Tire, and somehow connecting that to Yorkey’s 20lb cat was a no-brainer. All that was left was little Elvis Purrsley. We thought about adding an alcoholic drink named for Elvis Presley, but then I realized it would be cuter to give him a kids’ drink. Thus, the Roy Rogers (which is basically the boy version of the Shirley Temple).

For those of you who don’t have pets or agree with my parents on this one, here are a couple of different menus I’ve found in various places:

This one (this is my favorite design), from knottie h.lo:

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Here’s one from knottie k-haus:

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And this one, from knottie pixelvixen:

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Location:
San Francisco Bay Area
Wedding Date:
August 2014
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    Jenniferb, Guest @ 5:12 pm

    I totally love it and what a great way to incorporate your pets, no matter how fat they may be!

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    Jacky, Guest @ 5:14 pm

    I have nothing against the signature cocktail thing and the bar menu, but I do think the pet thing might be a little over the top. And I’m a little over the top with my love of my pets.

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    futuremrswecker 60 posts, Worker bee @ 5:14 pm

    I think the menu is really cute. I’m a cat person, but I love all pets and I think it’s great. And Fat Peete totally reminds me of a fat cat I used to have.

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:14 pm

    this is so cute! i love how you can tell that fat peete really is fat!

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    cara, Guest @ 5:26 pm

    i LOVE this.

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    linzerella 41 posts, Newbee @ 5:31 pm

    This is adorable. I love it – so cute to include your pets this way.
    And I clicked back to your original posting of the pets … and I am in LOVE with Dr. Miles – his lazy eye is soooo adorable!!

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    SKM, Guest @ 5:31 pm

    I have racked my brain trying to think of ways to incorporate our two cats into our wedding. They are, after all, a HUGE part of our FAMILY! We still haven’t come up with anything yet, and I don’t think a menu will work for us…but I really love the idea :) Super cute :)

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    Nstar, Guest @ 5:31 pm

    Too adorable :) !

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    jasmine 1170 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:33 pm

    Ahh, I think it’s super cute! I would definitely order an Elvis Purrsley

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    mhb, Guest @ 5:33 pm

    Once again, Dr. Miles makes me go “awwwww!” I had to go back and look at the first picture you posted of him. Cuuuuute.

    I think the menu works with the general lighthearted fun of your wedding. And I love that one of your “signature drinks” is Fat Tire. :-D

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    mlindsey 348 posts, Helper bee @ 5:35 pm

    I don’t think it’s over the top at all…it’s actually cute and creative. You have a real talent. Wedding planning gets really stagnant and sometimes it gets hard to incorporate “you” into the mix. I think you have done a nice job of doing that.

    Lulabelle, is so cute. And Pete is so….fat! And cute….

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    gingerbread 649 posts, Busy bee @ 5:39 pm

    Very cute!

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    Kelly, Guest @ 5:43 pm

    That is so unique, and I love your illustrations of your pets – so creative. Your guests will love it!!

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    Erin, Guest @ 5:43 pm

    So cute! (particularly for anyone with a furbaby not in the wedding, like me)

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    Michelle, Guest @ 6:16 pm

    I would have to try one of each just so I could say each drink name. great job!

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    Abby, Guest @ 9:03 pm

    OH, you too have a Basenji fur baby! : D

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    zoe, Guest @ 9:42 pm

    I think this is SUCH an adorable idea. I love it!! :)

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    Lora, Guest @ 12:36 am

    Love it, love it, love it! I’m totally emailing this post to my fiance – it’s an adorable way to “include” your pets in your ceremony. Like you, we practically have a farm – two cats (BooBoo & Montana) and two dogs (Max & Simba) who are our kids.

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    Mama Cream Puff, Guest @ 1:02 am

    dear daughter creampuff:

    a great bar menu and so creative. i am glad you are honoring my grandpets. (very nice likeness of all) i have changed my mind.

    love and kisses, mama cp

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    Sue Walsh, Guest @ 5:25 am

    LOVE IT!! Your menu is creative and adorable and just perfect!!!

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    12k Wedding Blog » Blog Archive » The Art of the Signature Cocktail, Guest @ 7:49 am

    [...] of the brides at Weddingbee has decided to have 5 signature cocktails, all named after the couple’s pets. Source: [...]

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    Jen, Guest @ 8:35 am

    I am so in love with this! I want to find a way to put my Fat Boogas into the weddng. We though about using a photo of her with scrabble tiles spelling thank you ( a la stuffonmycat.com) as a thank you note in our Oot gifts.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:19 pm

    LOVE IT!
    This is a great idea :) and you get to serve drinks that you like too.

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    katya, Guest @ 9:02 pm

    That menu of yours is seriously adorable!!! I love that you included them and DREW them. You are wickedly talented. LOVE it!!!

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    pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 9:44 am

    I love this idea! Mr. P and I have been trying to find a way to acknowledge our katties (combo name for kids and cats) too.

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    creampuff 227 posts, Helper bee @ 2:27 am

    THANKS, everybody!!! You guys are awesome.

    @ Momma Puff– I love you. You crack me up.

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    Anne, Guest @ 6:10 pm

    Hhmm… I am iffy on this one. Do you want your guests thinking of cat hair while drinking cocktails at your wedding? We only love our pets as we love our children. Others might not see it. Your design is really cute, though.

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    angel kitten, Guest @ 12:22 pm

    hey all i need help…i need to knw if there is a specific meaning to the jewish 21st wedding annaversary??? i need answers asap pleeese

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