For my son’s Milk & Cookies party, I really wanted glass milk bottles. I adored all the cute parties from my inspiration board, but when I looked into buying some I was not so excited about the price + shipping. I figured there must be an alternative. I wanted enough glass bottles for all the guests without breaking the bank.
I decided to turn to the grocery store for options. I found the Starbucks Frappuccino bottles were closest to the look I was after. The store brand was a little bit cheaper, but the bottles were round and did not have the square milk bottle look. The Starbucks bottles were $5.99 for 4. Since I bought them local there was no shipping. Each bottle cost about a $1.50 and came filled with frappuccino :)
I bought one pack to experiment with. I wanted to make sure I could remove all the labels, the goo, and any other markings. I was so happy they came out perfectly clean. I went back and bought 3 more packs. I now have a set of 16 milk bottles in my party stash. They were a wonderful novelty for the milk and cookies party, but I know they will be great for future parties too. I also kept all the lids in case I want to paint them to use for a future party.
You are probably wondering what we did with all the Frappuccino…we drank it, sort of. We actually poured it out into another container and then served it at the milk and cookies party in a beverage dispenser. The adults loved the caffeine option. After the party we moved the beverage dispenser into the fridge and had frappuccino on tap for a week :)
So this is super simple, but here is how to turn Starbucks bottles into glass milk bottles:
- Drink or pour out the frappuccino.
- Soak the bottles in hot, soapy water for about 30 minutes.
- Peel the labels off the front and back of the bottles. They should come off easily, but some residue may be left behind from the adhesive. We’ll get to that in the next step.
- Use a scour brush (I used a Scotch-brite Dish Brush) to scrub off any remaining residue from the labels.
- The last step is to remove the Use By date printed directly on the bottle. Use a little elbow grease and the scour brush to scrub the date off. For any stubborn spots you could use a razor blade to scrape (I did not have to do this).
- Display your new glass milk bottles with cute paper straws (found mine at Sweet Lulu). No one will ever know they started out as Starbucks bottles.
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