All events involve beverages of some sort. If it’s a morning event, a simple serve yourself coffee/tea/juice bar does the trick. However, as soon as your event involves alcohol, things become more complicated. There are multiple things to consider when it comes to serving liquor at your event. Keep scrolling for a quick breakdown of things to consider!
Open vs. Cash bar
An open bar can cost more, however, it’s typically a huge point of excitement for guests. An open bar allows guests to drink at their leisure, without worrying about running out of cash. The downside is, guests are more likely to overindulge. A cash bar allows you to make back some of the money that was spent on purchasing drinks for the event. (Just be sure to acquire a liquor license!)
Bartender vs. Serve yourself
Hiring a bartender (or multiple) can take some of the stress of you, your caterers, and the host(s). Hiring experienced bartenders ensures that guests will not be over-served and that drinks taste consistently delicious. This is especially helpful if your event has a signature cocktail.
Allowing guests to serve themselves can be a little trickier. You run the risk of guests drinking to excess or running out of liquor before the event ends. Serve yourself style events are best suited for lunches, brunches, and BBQs. Remember, if you opt for an open bar, IDs need to be checked at the door!
Mocktails vs. Pop/juice
Regardless of your event, you have to ensure that there are some non-alcoholic options available for those who choose not to drink – or aren’t old enough to! Providing water and an assortment of pop and juice is standard at an event. However, adding some fun mocktails can make people feel included, while also being fun and tasty for kids!
BONUS: This mocktail recipe is always a hit!
AKA a vodka cran minus the vodka! Combine the following in a glass with ice and an orange or lime slice to garnish.
- 6 ounces of cranberry juice
- Juice from 1 lime
- 2 ounces of sparkling water
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to drinks at an event! On top of this, there’s the menu and budget to consider. Drinks are just as important as the food at an event, so it’s important to give them the time needed when planning. We’d like to leave you with this final tip – you can never have too much ice. Seriously.