Vendor Spotlight: Borrowed Bar

Vendor Spotlight: Borrowed Bar

Today’s vendor spotlight is on Borrowed Bar in Madison! Borrowed Bar is owned by Adam and Marla Bergh, a husband and wife team that fired up their business in the Summer of 2017 with a soft launch at an anniversary party for Revel – Madison’s hip new DIY craft bar destination downtown. Borrowed Bar plans to officially launch by end of Fall 2017 with a website and social presence coupled with promotions and contest for rentals. Just in time for brides to book for their 2018 weddings and all the Holiday and New Year parties being planned!

Borrowed Bar rents pre-made and custom tap walls for events. The tap walls allow for a self serve bar where you can provide anything from champagne, wine, beer, coffee, kombucha, soda, and more – all on draft, from a keg! Borrowed Bar staff provides the customized tap wall rental plus the tapworks and gas to move the beverage from its keg behind the wall, to your glass! Owner Marla states that “having beverages on tap at your party is an amazing option and the fun customizations you can apply to your wall are endless. The tap wall is a centerpiece and definitely takes your event to the next level.”

Check out some of of these CBE parties that Borrowed Bar has done as well as a few other parties they have served! This Packer tap wall was perfect for our game day event and cheering on our favorite team (GO PACK GO!) while enjoying some delicious drinks. We also loved how our Old Fashioned tap wall turned out for our Camp Wed retreat featuring calligraphy by Saffron Avenue and was a huge success with our guests!


Photography credits:

Angela Mondloch of Saffron Avenue

Marla Bergh of Borrowed Bar

Cocktail Trailers

The most impressive way to serve cocktails! This new, hip option is a sure way to add a little extra jazz to your wedding to make it stand out from the rest. Imagine serving his and hers signature drinks out of something this snazzy! With rental companies popping up in hot spot locations, these trailers are becoming easier to come by. Even better—if you or a friend owns a trailer it could become a fun DIY project. If you aren’t a DIY-er no problem! Barmadillo in Madison is one of our favorite beverage options for any event!

These adorable trucks and trailers are a great way to add style to your outdoor reception. Whether you’re going for a retro vibe, or rustic charm, you can find these trailers in all shapes and sizes. Try adding a custom sign to the outside to add a personal touch, or string the perfect set of lights to create an ambiance that will keep your friends and family dancing all night!








Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch

This sunday, treat Mom with a brunch fit for a queen! Here is some sweet + savory inspiration for a perfect mid-morning meal.



The Sweet

Satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth with mini donuts, mini pancakes, baked goodies or a parfait bar.



The Savory

From breakfast pies, mini quiches to bagels topped with salmon, these savory dishes have our mouths watering.



The Flowers

Mother’s Day + flowers practically go hand-in-hand. Create whimsical centerpieces using colored glass bottles, repurpose vintage tea cups as planters or submerge a few blooms in large cylindrical vases.


The Toast

Whether it’s tea, lavender lemonade, strawberry limeade or a mom-osa bar with fresh fruit, make sure your glass is full and ready to toast!




These honey + lemon tea spoons are perfect for a mom who loves tea!



Cheers to you, Mom!


Photography Credit:

Amelia Tatnall


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Fall Wedding Cocktails


The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cranberry Cosmopolitans

Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.











  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 5 ounces Cointreau
  • 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish


  • Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!

Mulled Wine

Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)











  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)

Holiday Mulled Wine

  • Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries


  • First, zest then juice the orange
  • With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
  • Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.


Fall Manhattan

 Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.











  • 1 ½ ounces applejack
  • 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A few dashes of orange bitters
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • Blood orange rind for garnish


  • Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.




Entertain your Guests Throughout your Whole Wedding Weekend (2 of 2)


The ceremony may be over, but the party is just getting started! A popular trend for many newlyweds is incorporating extra parties into their special weekend. This trend is gaining popularity because many guests and couples don’t want the evening to come to a close. In addition, many couples spend the majority of the reception greeting and chatting with guests and don’t get anytime to spend with close friends and family. Besides, consider it another chance to impress your guests with surprising details and personal touches. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Cocktail Hour

A cocktail hour is a great way to set the tone and warm guests up for the reception. Keep it simple, but make sure there are enough servers so each guest gets something to drink and eat. Most guests won’t mind standing and mingling, but just in case make sure there are seating options available. Finally, it may be laid back but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! Bring in entertainment, exotic cuisine, or personalized drinks.









After Reception Party

Go out and hit the town! If you have a large wedding party consider booking a bar for a private event. Keep in mind that some of your guests may have already started drinking; plan accordingly with a shuttle or taxi service.

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Post-wedding Brunch

Newlyweds if you are not leaving for your honeymoon right away, a brunch can be the perfect way to bring the celebration to a close. It’s a great opportunity to thank guests for a lovely weekend, or to spend some quality time with loved ones.









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Simple Summer Cocktails

As summer rolls around, the sun gets hotter and the drinks get cooler. Instead of offering just regular bar items, consider having a cocktail bar or signature drink to help keep guests refreshed. Below are three easy cocktail recipes that anyone can make and serve!

Summer Sangria


9 nectarines

1 pint of strawberries

2 oranges

4 bottles of sauvignon blanc

1 cup Cointreau

1 bottle sparkling water

1 bottle blood orange soda

One day prior to serving, cut up all of the fruit into bite sized pieces and cover the fruit with the wine and Cointreau. Refrigerate.

Immediately before serving, add sparkling water and soda.

French 75 Twist


2 cups gin

1 cup honey

1 cup water

2 cups lime juice

2 bottles champagne

One day prior to serving, make a simple syrup by heating the honey and the water on a stovetop. Mix one part honey simple syrup, one part lime juice, and one part gin together.

When serving, put two ounces of the pre-mixed ingredients into a champagne flute, and fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade


            1 large watermelon

1 bottle lemonade

1 liter tequila

One day prior to serving, cut the watermelon into chunks and blend with the lemonade.

(To make this even easier you could buy bottled watermelon juice)

When all of the lemonade and watermelon is mixed, add the tequila.

When serving, pour over ice. Be sure to stir.


If you offer more than one, create a fun drink table or display for your cocktail hour or reception!

Credit: A La Crate- Vintage Rentals
Styling: Cherry Blossom Events
Photo by The Salty Peanut Photography

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Wedding Bars: Drinks (1 of 2)

Who doesn’t love the idea of a “build you own” drink bar, especially around the holidays! Customizable drink bars are visually appealing, and a great way to cater to each of your guests’ preferences.

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Mimosas – Provide a variety of fruit, juices and champagne so your guests can personalize their mimosas. To spice things up a bit, leave a bowl of sugar on the side for guests to dip the rim of their glasses in! (use club soda for an alcohol free option)

Hot Chocolate – Hot chocolate is a great way to keep your guests warm during the cool winter months. Some topping ideas include: peppermint sticks, whipped creme, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and/or cinnamon sticks. You can even include peppermint schnapps for that special holiday feel.

Coffee – Reenergize your guests to keep them dancing all night long. Sugar cubes, bite-sized donuts, milk and creamers are just a few ideas for ingredients. For those brides looking for the perfect touch for the holiday season, grab some peppermint, sugar cookie or gingerbread creamers!

Ice Cream Floats – This will be a hit with the adults and kids! Provide a wide variety of drinks to cater to your guests: root beer, cream soda and/or fruit flavored soda. Don’t forget the Bailey’s or Guinness for those who want to spice up the traditional ice cream float.

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