When planning your party it’s always best to take the course of least demand on your time and budget without compromising the look, feel and fun you envision. That’s why its always best to have a few bartenders in the house already. A full bar, complete with all the trimmings, is one of the most important elements of any party.
With so many choices on the market today for home party entertaining there are some tips that will help you select the styles of bars that will be most effective in making your party the place to be.
Type of Beer
You always want to select the type of beer that will be served at your party. This is important to make sure you have a variety of beers available. Some people may prefer a hearty barley wine while others may prefer a light and refreshing white beer.
Cocktail or Margarita
Once you have chosen the type of beer, you will want to look at the cocktails menu. What is the most popular menu items at your party? You may want to have a few different menu items to please everyone. Not to worry, you will still be able to enjoy a relaxing environment and some social time with your friends and family.
Choose the Right Venue
The next thing to consider is the setting. Certain types of bars tend to have more of a contemporary feel to them while others are more classic and elegant. You will want to pay close attention to the floor plans of the bars you consider. For example if you are in Los Angeles you may want to read the Crateful Catering list of recommended Los Angeles wedding venues. This will help you determine where the bar is easiest to enter and an ideal location for your party.
Now that you have the party planned, you will want to consider the kind of music that you will be playing. The first thing to consider is the kind of noise your party will be. Make sure you are able to enjoy your party while minimize the noise. Make your event memorable by choosing music that will be softly heard over the din of your guests.
Before you hire a bartender, you want to make sure that the mixer is up to the job. Most kitchens can handle a few practiced turntables but you want to make sure the mixer is experienced enough to handle a full house. Some chefs will require the use of a portable mixer so be sure to ask your bartender for advice and instruction.
Three is a popular limit for parties. Try to plan and keep this in mind when planning your party and making decisions about who will be invited. You will also want to talk about the number of guests who may comfortably sit at your table. Make sure you can accommodate them with the menu and the amount of food you will need to provide.
Last and most important is the cleaning. Repeat after me: cleaning is the most important step in catering. After your guests enjoy your event, you will appreciate having a few bodies to clean up your mess, but having a mess to clean up is never fun. The following tips will help you plan a successful party cleaning event.
Use a finger food company if you cannot handle the cleanup job from hiring a professional. Finger foods are easy to handle and won’t break the bank, so feel free to hire one.
Salads and Fruits
Use a chef salad for guests who may not eat produce. Work with the fruits and veggies to create a unique taste. Add an extra splash of flavor by using less oil and using less salt to maintain a healthy diet. Guests will enjoy the bright flavors. You could also ask the chef to prepare an exotic salad that is less basic than regular grocery store salads.
You should also have other meals for non-vegetarian and vegetarian guests. Noodles are a common vegetable to serve. Accompany your meal with soups and stews, both veggie and non-vegetarian versions. You should also have a full meal before and after the party so that your guests don’t get hungry.
Cheese cutting board and Serving platters
Use a multi-tierediable cheeseboard that reduces washing board that everyone will be using.
Cleaning begins at the table and moves from one end of the table to the other.