Independence Day Craft Cocktail + Tablescaping Workshop

with Valcohol

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Planning on hosting a party for the 4th of July? Punch up your Independence Day and create an unforgettable occasion by learning two signature punch recipes with KOVAL Distillery spirits from local cocktail blogger Valerie of and table setting tips from a West Elm expert. 

Punches are a great way to prep your cocktails ahead of time so you can fully partake in the fun of the actual event. However, punch recipes that are fresh, flavorful and lower in sugar content can be hard to find. Valerie will walk you through everything you need to know to craft and present a gin and a bourbon based punch. You’ll learn how to achieve efficient preparation, festive natural color, thoughtful garnishes and optimal flavor ratios while enjoying a full-size serving of each punch and complimentary sweets by Velvet Desserts. Take-home punch recipes will be provided for future reference. 

With a cocktail in hand, you'll turn your attention to the table setting portion of our class. Do you love the "West Elm look" when it comes to table settings but are unsure of where to start or how to recreate these looks in your own home? The West Elm team of designers is here to help! They will walk you through two tabletop designs: one for a laid-back, casual affair and one for a sophisticated soirée. You'll learn the basics of how to place flatware and glasses and pointers for creating custom centerpieces to make your designs pop!

What you can expect from this experience:

  1. Two signature Fourth of July punch recipes, with instruction and tasting
  2. Table setting tips from West Elm
  3. Sweets from Velvet Desserts
  4. Pop-up shop for take-home treats
What will be provided

All materials will be provided.

Student Reviews

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    Katie E.
    Independence Day Craft Cocktail + Tablescaping Workshop

    I LOVED this class! Val was so knowledgeable and obviously passionate about her craft and she did an amazing job share it with us. Great balance of education, fun, humor, and socializing. West Elm is a great space, an awesome example of a retailer using innovative ways to build their brand. This class made me want to go home and build my own cocktail making collection! I highly recommend this class - It's a blast!

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    Delia S.
    Independence Day Craft Cocktail + Tablescaping Workshop

    Awesome class with yummy cocktails and fun environment! Would take this again, Val is lovely and her summer punch recipes are DEE-licious.

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Valerie Smeshko

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Valerie is a cocktail creator and stylist with a focus on fresh, natural and imaginative recipes. After 5 years of hobby mixology, she launched the blog to share her craft with others. Since then, she's built cocktail content for local and national brands, taught mixology at KOVAL distillery, done a bar takeover at Chicago Distilling Company and crafted signature cocktails for a variety of occasions. Her key goal is to create an enjoyable cocktail experience by limiting sugar content, choosing all-natural ingredients and providing thoughtful presentation. Follow her exploration at or on Instagram @_valcohol!