Stripey Straw Bandwagon: I Am on It.

I know everyone and their mom has heard about these striped paper straws but I just couldn’t help myself.

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I’m so happy that this is a wedding/party trend that has swept the nation because it meant that it was easy to find them sold in bulk. At first, the plan was to use this in adorable mason jars, garnished with mint or citrus slices, but seeing as no part of our wedding is outdoors, it didn’t seem to work quite as well with our style. That didn’t stop me from gathering inspiration photos like this, however:

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After we set aside the mason jar idea, I started thinking about other fun drinks that would be worthy of our stripey straws. That was when I came across this photo:

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I love the addition of color that old fashioned sodas come in and wanted to offer something a little special in the drinks area since we’re having a dry wedding (cue the gasps), due to venue restrictions. The only problem now is sourcing the sodas. It would be amazing to find a local place since shipping is going to cost so much for the drinks but despite my Googling super powers, I’m having a lot of trouble finding one.

Does anyone out there know where can I get fun, colorful bottled sodas in Nashville?

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Mrs. Crepe

Location:
Queens, NY/Nashville, TN
Wedding Date:
May 2011

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    tksjewelry 14020 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 9:46 am

    Crush is sold at walmart in the bottles and you might check for jones soda there.

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    tksjewelry 14020 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 9:47 am

    Crush comes in grape, strawberry, and orange. I loved it as a kid.

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    utran28 3 posts, Wannabee @ 9:49 am

    Where do you plan on buying your straws? Did you find an inexpensive place? Thanks in advance!

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    weddingdiva-in-training 316 posts, Helper bee @ 9:56 am

    I got 150 straws for around $20 at artfire.com. So excited to use them!

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    utran28 3 posts, Wannabee @ 9:57 am

    What a deal! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    glaca 378 posts, Helper bee @ 10:12 am

    Awesome! We too are using glass soda bottles and are probably getting them at Costco and Walmart. I love your post on straws and since we too are having a dry wedding it will add some fun to the drinks.

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 10:23 am

    Dumb question here: those straws are adorable, but my first thought is that paper disintegrates in water. Do the straws hold up all night? And how?

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    Nickers2 36 posts, Newbee @ 10:33 am

    Try World Market.. They have fun sodas from all over the world!

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    glaca 378 posts, Helper bee @ 10:34 am

    Do the straws get lost inside the bottles? I’m trying to find height differences and don’t want guests fishing around for them :)

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    cbrydon 344 posts, Helper bee @ 10:36 am

    soooooooooo cute! Do you guys have big lots out there? I know they have cute sodas at the ones in Cali!

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    PitBulLover 8411 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 10:42 am

    I had the green ones at my wedding but forgot to tell my photographer to take pictures of them like the ones above so there are like 2 pictures of the straws in use. Moral of the story is MAKE A SHOT LIST!!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:57 am

    I am loving the stripey straws but alas they do not make sense for our wedding. Sad Loxy!

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 10:58 am

    @tksjewelry: @glaca: @Nickers2: @cbrydon: @PitBulLover: thank you all for your tips!!

    @utran28: we got ours from bakeitpretty.com– 3 boxes of 144 came out to 24.75!

    @miss.qwerty: I was actually worried about that too, but I’ve read that they DO hold up and I’m hoping that’s true!

    @glaca: I’m not sure if they get lost in the bottles but good point.. I”ll be sure to check on that and make sure to use shorter glass bottles. I originally wanted to do old fashioned sodas, which come in smaller sizes, I believe.

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    debaby01 188 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:07 am

    I had to jump on the bandwagon also but I got the paper straws with hearts on them instead of strips…Wish it would let me post a pic :(

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    Aimee, Guest @ 11:12 am

    You can get Izze at Target, Costco, and fancier grocery stores. If you have a Whole Foods nearby, you’ll be able to find a ton of options. Also I would check local delis and out here our big alcohol stores (beer/wine/spirits, not just wine) also carry a ton of sodas.

    Izzes are great because they are just fruit juice and sparkly water, so for people like me who can’t handle the super sweetness of Jones soda they’re perfect.

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    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 11:50 am

    Stripey straw trend is one of my faves!! Where are you ordering yours from?

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    love_birds 261 posts, Helper bee @ 12:19 pm

    heres a thought! what about jaritos they come in a variety of flavors(mexican soda) those can be found at wholesale food places…plus they would probably the fraction of the cost of the others

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    Katy, Guest @ 1:13 pm

    Thinkgarnish.com!! That’s where I got our stripey straws. I got 100 for $12 (that included shipping).

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    The IKEA Bride, Guest @ 2:46 pm

    Try an ethnic grocery store.

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:03 pm

    I love old fashioned soda bottles! I second (third?) the suggestion to use Izze. They taste great, come in yummy flavors, and the bottles are oh-so-cute!

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    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 3:34 pm

    I’m on this bandwagon too! Thanks everyone for posting their bargain sites!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:19 pm

    Would you go the extra (possibly crazy) step and get sodas in your wedding colors?

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 pm

    @Aimee: I’ll look into Izze.. sounds like they would be easy to find!

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 9:06 pm

    @Miss Pain au Chocolat: You know what’s funny? I didn’t actually think that was a crazy idea.. haha. I’d love to get them in our colors! Peachy pinks makes that easy, and I LOVE grapefruit!

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    redheadc2, Guest @ 9:59 pm

    Go to your local supermarket and talk to the manager. The sales rep for the brands can order anything they just need the manager’s OK.

    They can do an order for you and have it on a certain day if you let them know about 3 weeks in advance.

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 11:16 pm

    We’re doing the same thing but with mexican sodas! Our caterer is providing the sodas but you can also get them at most mexican meat markets.

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 9:47 am

    @redheadc2: thanks for this tip.. I really want to get Spring Grove but they’re not stocked in Nashville, so I’ll try to find out about this!

    @Miss Cotton Candy: thanks for the tip!! Seems like there’re lots of mexican soda flavors out there!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:05 pm

    Love it! This might be kind of random, but the Cost Plus World Market here has a bunch of colorful, unique beverages and bottles.

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 8:46 pm

    @Mrs. Husky: Thank you so much for the tip~ if there is one nearby I’ll def go there to check!

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    lady brett, Guest @ 11:49 am

    i don’t know much (anything) about nashville, but i suspect it’s big enough to have some mexican groceries – i’d highly recommend jarritos sodas if it’s color you want. also because they are awesome and come in lovely bottles. getting them in mass might require a special order, but i’m sure it could be done. for the full rainbow of options, check tis out: http://www.novamex.com/jarritos

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    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 12:23 pm

    @lady brett: Oooh! Thank you for the link, I love that there’s a guava flavor!!!! And it’s pink!! I will DEFINITELY look into this.

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    Ellingston 3 posts, Wannabee @ 5:50 pm

    I know I’m way late for this post, but I did something similar to the different color sodas for my daughter’s birthday party. We purchased empty glass bottles (on the cheap!), Sam’s Club brand flavored soda water and food coloring. Different flavors of soda will get different colors, pour into the empty bottles….and voila! Beautiful multi-colored and multi-flavored soda!

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a255/e_livingston/1283451204170.jpg?t=1300571348

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