One of the hardest things to plan for when organizing a cocktail party or celebration..... is the bar.
How much will everyone drink?
What if I don't have enough of something?
What will the guests' drink preferences be (i.e. wine, champagne, beer, liquor)?
In my opinion, it is always better to over-prepare! And, most bar staples keep, so if you don't use something, it will keep for the next event.
Here are some must haves for a party of 10-20 adults:
-1 bottle each of vodka, gin, and bourbon or scotch
-4 bottles each of red and white wine
-3, 6 packs of beer (assorted)
-2, 2 liter bottles of seltzer
-2, 2 liter bottles of tonic
-1 large bottle of orange juice
-1 large bottle of cranberry juice
-1, 2 liter bottle of regular cola
-1, 2 liter bottle of diet cola
-1, 2 liter bottle of ginger ale
-3 lemons and 3 limes (sliced)
-2 bags, or 10 lbs of ice)
In addition to the beverages and mixers, you will also need a bottle opener, corkscrew, martini shaker, measuring glass/shot glass, mixing sticks or cocktail straws, a small bar cutting board, and cocktail napkins. If you are new to the bar or mixing drinks, a simple bar cocktail guide may also be something to grab before your event as recipes or ratios for common cocktails will be provided.
To help keep everyone's glasses straight, consider wine charms or my new favorite party item, special markers that allow you to write a guest's name onto the glasses themselves (it washes off).
What do you do when one twin requests a ninja party theme and the other one requests Paw Patrol....well, you set up both!!
With under a week's time frame to plan, a 15 minute venue set-up allotment and a dessert/snack party request, here are some of the affordable decor options were were able to come up with for this sweet little boy:
-Personalized grocery store ninja cake ($26)
-Customized latex balloons ($1-2 each)
-DIY snack box containers (2" party circles were added to simple red to-go boxes)
-Ninja cake ball pops (Angie's Cake)
-Printable party decorations (Crowning Details)
-Ninja party ware (plates, napkins & fun toy box- Birthday Express)
-Book party favors (always a great alternative to sweets!)
While we certainly specialize in creating over the top, cohesive party designs and plans together for our personal and corporate clients, we also enjoy helping our customers put together party looks that don't break the bank, and that are easy to replicate the following year should the family choose not to hire a stylist. This sweet Paw Patrol request was from Sidney, a 5 year old twin celebrating her birthday during the holiday season at a local gymnastics facility.
With less than 1 week to plan, a 15 minute venue setup allotment and a dessert/snack only party, here are some of the ideas that we were able to come up with:
-Personalized party printable decor (Crowning Details)
-Personalized grocery store cake ($26)
-Paw print cake ball pops (Angie's Cake)
-FREE printable Pup-corn containers from Nick Jr. online
-Paw print balloons (Birthday Express)
-Books for favors (always a great alternative to snacks or sweets!)