(Closed) Gourmet Jello Shots Instead of Bar?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1772 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it depends on who makes up the majority of your guest list, and what vibe you want your reception to have. 

Older guests will think jello shots = ‘wild and crazy college party.”  Part of the ambience is chatting with people and sipping on something rather than downing a jello shot. 

If you want people downing shots and getting very drunk – and most of the guests are younger – then jello shots may be an alternative.

Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I made one of those gourmet jello shots for a party of ~15 people once. I calculated that each person was probably going to have 3-4 jello shots, so I made about 60 total (3 different kinds). Not only were they a gigantic, monumental bitch to make, but they took hours to finish, used up 2/3 of my fridge space (every available surface), didn’t come out as pretty, and tasted very bad. I even made them sweeter and they still just tasted like jiggly rubbing alcohol. I am a super crafty, DIY type, and unless you have months of sitting around doing nothing but pondering about how to fill your 28 empty fridges, I would just do normal drinks. They also get really sticky melty and have to be refrigerated up until they’re served, so you’d have to have massive empty fridges wherever your wedding is, and tons of plates/napkins/purell around for sticky fingers after.

Post # 5
2951 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I would NOT do this if I was you. 

It is way too easy to get really drunk quickly and it’s more suited to 21st etc not weddings. Imagine everyone standing around having shots- not really a great look

Post # 6
3783 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would rather drink my alcohol than eat it. I can’t stomach jello shots anymore…. they usually don’t taste very good and you have to taste them for longer than if you were drinking a shot! I think having a couple different kinds of punch in big punch bowls is a better idea. 🙂 Maybe you could have some jello shots too? I wouldn’t make it the only form of alcohol, though. And they definitely can be a pain to make and store!!


Post # 7
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think this might be a fun supplement to a bar, but not a good replacement.  Personally, I like less sugar with my alcohol so I steer clear of most mixed drinks, plus I like a nice glass of wine as an option.  I could see trying one or two gourmet jello shots* for the novelty, but not as a replacement for a proper bar.

*Before I clicked the link, I thought, “No way in hell!”  But those actually look pretty fun!

Post # 8
1098 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

This might be nice as a late night snack or during cocktail hour with other snacks but wouldn’t go over well in place of a bar. I think most people drink because they want to loosen up and have fun and I have never gotten so much as a buzz off jello shots. Just serving beer and wine would probably be better.

Not to mention you would need to have a large and reliable source of refrigeration to store all these trays of Jello shots so they don’t melt and depending on how you choose to serve them, it could potentially be pretty messy with lots of guests with colored fingers and dropping slippery Jello all over their nice clothes.

Also if you have vegetarian or vegan guest they wont be able to have any.

Post # 9
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think this is a bad idea for a wedding, but a great idea for a different party.  I made red, white, and blue jello shots for the Fourth of July a few years ago, and while they were tasty, the white part (made with regular gelatin) was VERY dense.  That was extremely off-putting, and we mostly ate the blue and red parts.  The ingredients in the gourmet jello shots will make the jello have that same dense consistency, and I don’t think you or your guests would enjoy that.

Instead, why not have beer and wine only, with a signature drink?  

Post # 11
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

Food for thought – gelatin isn’t vegetarian.  Maybe not an issue for your guest list, but I would be bummed if the only booze at a wedding was something I don’t/won’t eat.

Post # 12
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would think I was at a frat party and not a wedding.

Post # 14
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think I might do it as a supplement to the bar later on in the night, once the older or less crazy partiers have left, but then again half of my invite list is going to be in their early twenties and the other half early thirties so a crazy party is kind of in order and the wedding is very laid back so if thats what your going for then do it as a supplement but they are definitely not every ones cup of tee

Post # 15
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I like PP’s punch bowl idea! Different punches.

I love me some jello shots, don’t get me wrong! But maybe not at a wedding?

Though we might wind up with jello shots at our after party!

Post # 16
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I hate, hate, hate jello shots

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