Holiday Party DIY Tips and Bubbly Cocktails

Disclosure: This holiday party post is sponsored by Barefoot Bubbly but all opinions expressed here are my own.  Thank you for the partnership.

Check out my amazing holiday glam DIY party featuring Barefoot Bubbly and my bubbly cocktails recipe!

Jocelyn Delk Adams holding a bubbly cocktail with a white and pink striped straw in it

The holidays are in full swing!  That means it is officially celebration central here at Grandbaby Cakes!  If you have a holiday party coming up, you will definitely want to check out the gorgeous holiday gathering I hosted last week with the help of Barefoot Bubbly and some amazing ladies at the DL Loft here in Chicago. They tried my Bubbly cocktails recipe for the first time and fell in love!

Jocelyn Delk Adams holding a balloon with more in the background at the holiday party

This get-together was all about DIY, glam, fun and friends.  This was not a party you have seen time and time again.  We created some inspiring themes and projects that took the average holiday gathering to another level.  There is no reason why your small celebrations shouldn’t have big decor and bold design this holiday season!

Several balloons hanging a strings in front of a window

If you are hoping to add some exciting DIY concepts to your holiday party that will make your holidays even more special, here are some great tips and ideas.

Let’s start with cocktails because honestly, what is a holiday party without them?  We created a fun Barefoot Bubbly station that was very DIY.

Photo of wine, two punch bowls and glasses for the holiday party

You simply start with the bubbly.  We featured Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee, Extra Dry, Moscato Spumante, and Pink Moscato in the designated bar area.  The bottles had the cutest little tags on them that said things from “Cheers To You” to “A Toast To The Host”.

A bottle of Barefoot wine on the left and bubbly cocktails next to a bottle of barefoot wine on the right

The bubblies were perfectly paired with two simple syrups made in great winter flavors like blood orange and pomegranate.  To make those, I simply added the juice of the fruit, along with water and sugar to a pot and let it combine and simmer until the syrup was made.  More instructions are below if you want to make them yourself!

I poured the simple syrups into beautiful glassware and placed them next to the bubbly for self serving.  My blogger pal Kit of The Kittchen and I made a few drinks before guests arrived.

Having some beautiful fruit available is also perfect for fancying up the bubbly but the cutest addition were the straws and stirrers that said “Cheers”!

Jocelyn Delk Adams and Kit holding bottles of Barefoot wine on the left and Jocelyn holding a cheers sign on the right

Another adorable DIY element of the party was the doughnut wall behind the dessert table, which I can’t get over!  My girl Debi Lily, the most incredible event designer in the game, came up with this genius idea.  You can buy a few dozen sprinkled doughnuts from your local grocery store or donut shop, add tacks to a decorated cork board and place the doughnuts on the tacks.  It is so festive, and it will immediately add so much zest to your party!

A wonderful display of pastries including a donuts hanging up on a board

We also left cute goodie bags with holiday sayings so everyone could load up on gingerbread men, brownies, truffles, and of course, doughnuts before they left.

Close up of little Christmas trees, flowers and cookies at the holiday party

Finally, we created a fun table decorated with crafty items like ribbon, scissors and signage.  This really reinforced the DIY theme we had going all night.  It also was a unique way to create centerpieces that would be conversation starters.

Overhead shot of arrangements of flowers

After a few hours of setup, it was officially time to partay!  We set out all of the bubbly and iced them with cranberry ice cubes.

Photo of a bottle of Barefoot wine with more bottles on ice in the background

Guests, of course, made their way directly to the bubbly area and DIY-ed their own cocktails.

Holiday party attendees drinking the bubbly cocktail

It was super fun walking around and seeing everyone enjoying themselves and all of the amazing unique touches.

A split screen of two photos of holiday party attendees

It made me remember that holiday events like this are all about friends and joy. For your own holiday parties this season, remember to laugh, enjoy each other’s company and savor the beauty of the season.  And of course, don’t forget the bubbly because sometimes life is better with Bubbly.

Jocelyn Delk Adams holding a bottle of Barefoot wine

Holiday Party DIY Tips and Bubbly Cocktails | Grandbaby Cakes

Bubbly Cocktails

Sometimes a party just needs some bubbly!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course: Drink
Servings: 10 servings


For the Sparkling Blood Orange Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup blood orange juice
  • 1 cup club soda

For the Sparkling Pomegranate Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup club soda

For the Holiday Bubbly:

  • 2 bottles Barefoot Bubbly of your choice
  • 2 cups of raspberries, cranberries and pomegranate seeds for serving
  • Straws and stirrers of your choice


For Sparkling Blood Orange Syrup:

  • Add sugar, water and blood orange juice to small pot over medium heat.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow sugar to evaporate and once syrup reduces by ¼ to ⅓ and thickens, turn off heat and cool.
  • Stir in club soda and pour into glassware for serving.

For the Sparkling Pomegranate Syrup:

  • Repeat steps from the blood orange syrup recipe except replace juice with pomegranate juice.

For the Holiday Bubbly:

  • Simply pour ¼ cup of sparkling syrup into glass then top off with bubbly.
  • Add a few berries and seeds for garnish and serve.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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