Beverage catering is no easy task. It is not for everybody.
If you think you can just hire anyone out from the street to serve beverage and alcohol to your guests, then you would be in for a rude surprise.
Your guests will have a miserable time. Dispensing beverages to an audience is a science in itself.
In fact, here are some things you should know about the science behind beverage catering:
What are the 5 Core Spirts?
The five core spirits are the basic liquors of a bartender. These are vodka, gin, Triple Sec, rum, and tequila.
- Vodka – this Russian spirit can be taken on the rocks but is frequently used in different kinds of cocktails like martinis and cosmopolitans. You can also serve this as a cold shot too.
- Gin – This is another spirit used for cocktails. But unlike vodka, you don’t encourage anyone to take this as a shot
- Triple sec – like vodka and gin, this is also a clear spirit that is suitable for mixed drinks like margaritas and cosmopolitans.
- Run – comes in brown, gold or clear. The brown and gold are usually associated with the Rum and Coke drink, it can also be served on the rocks. The clear version is more suited for mixed drinks
- Tequila – This very strong alcohol is usually served with lime wedges and salt. Usually used in making Margaritas.
How do You know how much alcohol to buy for an event?
There are various tools online that will tell you how much alcohol you have to bring to your event. But generally, it will depend on the following factors:
- Number of guests
- Duration of event
- Is the bar open?
- When the bar will open
- When the bar will close
How many bartenders should I have?
The ideal scenario is that you have one bartender for every 50 guests. But generally, the advice is that you will need a second bartender if you have about 75 to 150 guests for a basic but limited bar
If, however, you have a full bar with different mixed drinks, you should definitely try to follow the 1:50 ratio.
How do I set up the bar area?
Choose an area where there is a good flow of people pas the cocktail bar and into the standing or seating areas.
Separate the bar from the food stations or you will have a big bottleneck, no pun intended.
There are more things that you should know when considering beverage catering. Better leave it to professionals, to save you the headache.
Just hire a beverage catering company and just enjoy the event, and the booze, with your guests.
Summer is here and the temperature is rising.
Flare up the temperature some more by hosting your own awesome summer party.
If you haven’t hosted any summer party in the past, don’t worry.
Here’s a guide that will make it easier for you to throw a cool summer party not only for friends and family, but a party where strangers will be paying admission to get to.
Hire a catering company to drop off or get a food truck to come.
Number one on the list is food. But if you are going to host a large crowd, it might be better off if you would just hire a professional catering company.
Preparing the food yourself will just eat up all your time that is better used in organizing the event itself. Besides, you think you are saving money by cooking the food by yourself, but for large groups, you might be surprised that the cost of hiring caterers is not that far off from the cost of doing it yourself.
Another option, aside from hiring a catering company, is to get a food truck to come to your event. It will be a cool factor thrown into your summer party.
Anticipation is everything. Build an event website to get registration and have a designer create a flyer.
All your efforts will be for naught if you are not able to get people to go to your event. The best way to do that is to market your party extensively.
One way to effectively do it is to build an event website to get registration. The site will also include all the details of your summer party including the date, location, itinerary, and line up of guests and performers.
Use the website as the center of your marketing campaigns. Extensively promote it on social media, go as far as boost your posts through paid ads.
You can also delve into traditional marketing. Have a designer create a cool flyer that also indicates your website. Pass it around town.
Rent an open-air photo booth
I always say that the photo booth is the ultimate rental for any event, summer parties are not an exception.
And you know what’s better than a photo booth? And open-air photobooth. Yup no walls. A photobooth where everyone sees how everyone poses.
It is a fun way to get everybody involved in the event. It’s a souvenir for your guests too.
Hire local DJ with sound system
There will be lull moments during your summer party. A DJ can fill those silent moments with groovy music.
Your DJ can also be one of the performers. Ask your DJ to play a killer set for you.
And once all the performers are done, your DJ can take control and get everyone to dance through the summer heat.
Rent Tables and chairs with table linen
Your party is about summer so it is important that your tables, chairs and other decors reflect that.
Make sure that the linen used on the tables matches the color and theme of your event.
If not, your guests will surely notice that the décor is just an afterthought.
Get a bartender to serve mixed drinks and signature cocktails
What kind of summer party doesn’t have alcohol? Make sure that you rent a bar or have a beverage caterer to take care of the drinks during your summer party.
Coordinate with your beverage caterer about the types of mixed drinks that will be available. You can even concoct your own signature cocktail so that it will be identified to your event.
These are just some simple things you can follow if you want to organize a kickass summer party. It will take some time and effort, but it will be worth it.
Holding corporate holiday events is a fun way to give back to your employees.
These events give you the opportunity to show your appreciation for having them in your company.
However, holding a corporate event does not mean your employees are going to have fun.
If it is just your standard run of the mill event, you might just get some ho-hum reaction from the crowd.
So to make sure your guys are engaged an are having fun, here 4 event ideas to take your corporate holiday to the next level:
A photo booth
The photo booth is the ultimate event rental. Bring it to your holiday event and your employees will surely have fun.
First, they will have fun posing with each other in different wacky poses. Second, they will have a souvenir of the event to take home.
Last, it will be a conversation piece even after they have had their photos taken.
A popcorn machine
A popcorn machine brings nostalgia about the old days when we were brought by our parents to the carnival.
Bring that nostalgia back into your corporate holiday event.
Plus, popcorn is the ultimate filler snack. It is not too heavy that your guests will lose appetite for the main course, and it is not too messy that it can ruin some nice guest getups.
A food truck
Instead of getting a traditional food caterer, make it fun by inviting some of the best food trucks in the area.
Denver, in fact, has some of the most diverse food-truck scene in the US so there would be a lot to choose from.
A beverage bar
The best way to bring out the fun in your employees? Alcohol, of course.
So why don’t you get a beverage bar setup for your employees? Watch them have a few drinks and start loosening up.
Next thing you know, everyone’s dancing on the dance floor.
Just make sure everyone has a designated driver.
These 4 corporate holiday ideas should take your event to the next level. Just remember that it is not about you, but your employees.
Make sure that they will have fun.
If you have not noticed, most events from birthday parties and family gatherings, to wedding and corporate events have one event rental in common.
The photo booth.
Yep, this is the ultimate event rental as it serves so many purposes for your event.
In fact, here are the reasons why every event should have a photo booth.
Your guest will be lining up to get their pictures taken and it will be one of the highlights of the event.
Add on the funny costumes and accessories that most photo booth rentals have and your guest will be taking the time to pose their wackiest.
If you will notice, nobody leaves the photo booth sad. Everybody is smiling.
Want your guests to have something to talk about? Well, the photo booth gives everyone something to talk about.
From the booth’s appearance, to the wacky poses and the fun experiences, up to making fun of the other people’s pictures, people will always have something to discuss about it.
Want to build camaraderie, bring everyone in a photo booth. It is an exercise of friendship and team building.
Team building how? Well, you and dozens of your friends have to figure out how all of you are going to fit into the frame.
Now, tell me that is not an exercise in strategy and cooperation.
Souvenir for guests
This is an instant souvenir that your guests can bring home. And unlike most of the things you can come up with, this is very personal to the guest and something they can cherish.
After all, this is something to remember the event by.
Souvenir for celebrant
And the souvenir is not only for guests. It is for the celebrants as well.
A suggestion, ask your guests to take photos twice. The first print will be for them to take home while the second one is for you to keep. They can even add a note on the prints for you.
It will be a blast looking at all those pictures and reading the notes left by your guests for you.
If the two-print option is not practical for you, you can always ask for a soft copy from your photo booth provider.
This way, you can look at the photos from your computer or mobile phone.
As said above, the photo booth is the ultimate event rental.
No party is complete without it.
Planning to host an event like a wedding, birthday party, or a corporate event?
You are probably already thinking about the big-ticket items that you have to consider like venue, food, and even entertainment.
However, there are simple things that you can add to your event that can have a big impact.
Take a look at some at these 5 event rental items that you should consider for your next event.
A popcorn machine
A popcorn machine gives your event an instant fun way to give your guests some snacks and to distract them as well.
You would think that a popcorn machine is only for carnival, circus, or movie-themed events. You would be wrong.
You’d be surprised at how many events works with a popcorn machine on hand.
It provides nostalgia and it gives people something to snack on while waiting for the event to unfold.
The best part is that it is not too messy that it can ruin formal clothes during formal events.
A photo booth
Another great addition to any event is a photo booth. This is a fun way to get your guests more involved in your event.
Your guests get to have fun doing wacky poses in the booth with each other plus they get an instant souvenir for their trouble.
Best part, you can get a soft copy of all the pictures that you can use for a collage or something else to remember the event.
A jumpy castle obstacle course
You would think that a jumpy castle would only be for children. You would be so wrong.
You will be surprised at how many adults will be excited to bounce up and down like little children on these.
Plus, since it is an obstacle course, there would be some competitive people who would want to take it to the next level.
Next thing you know, you have a Jumpy Castle Obstacle Course race to add to your itinerary.
You may think that any tablecloth for your event will do but your tablecloth will actually help you set the ambiance of your event.
Make sure that your tablecloth matches the motif of your event. If not, it will really be obvious because you will see the contrast between the venue design and your tables immediately.
Also, make sure to use fancy linen. Your guests will quickly notice if you use cheap ones because they will be directly touching the material.
A cool centerpiece
Like your tablecloth, a cool table centerpiece also helps set the mood and ambiance of the event.
Imagine having tables with barren design except for the tablecloth. The table will look too blank.
A cool table centerpiece helps you fill that blank space in the table with something that is desirable to look at.
Plus, it can also be a cool conversation piece for guests, especially if it is really unique.
These are just some of the cool but simple rentals that can elevate your next event.
Do you have other suggestions? Sound off in the comments section!!
Planning a birthday party for your kids in Denver can be a tough job, you have to find the perfect venue, then come up with a decor plan, decide what type food and snack to have along with a bunch of other logistics. We have serviced hundreds on birthday parties and put a list together of a few items every kid’s party should have.
Build Your Own Sweet Swag Bag With The Sugar Storm Mobile Candy Store
The Sugar Storm is the worlds first mobile can boutique with over 100 types of candy inside. just imagine the smile on your kid’s and his or her friend’s faces when this magical sweet truck pulls up! You are able to walk in the truck and mix and pick from many different styles colorful candy to build a Sugar Storm Swagbag, making it a sweet ending to any kids party.
Rent A Photo Booth And Take Unlimited Photos
Photo Booth Rentals are always the hype of any kids party, kids join a group of friends, dress up in silly glasses, grab trendy signs and take photo unlimited fun photos and receive a printed photo in 10 sec for everyone to keep. Photo booth creates a memorial keepsake that friends can keep forever. You will also get a link full of all the digital images to for your records just in case you want to print out some years from the event date. It’s always smart to book your photo booth at least one month out from the event.
Pop Corn Machine Always brings Extra Excitement
By including a popcorn machine at your kid’s party you will be adding a few additional dynamics to your event all at one time, the smell of popcorn will add a fun feel, kids 4 years and older normally can make and get there own popcorn with minimal help from parents. Popcorn machines give your a carnival style decor.
Go Big With Giant Games To Add Lots Of Fun to the party
Giant games at kids parties are always a great idea because kids love it when the games are the same size as they are. The games we suggest are giant Jenga, giant foursquare and a 10-foot beach ball if your event in our doors.
Party planning can be a real headache but hopefully, this list helped you get an idea about what you want to do if you need more event ideas give us a call at 720-907-4044 (NO OBLIGATION) we would love to brainstorm some event idea’s to help make your event better.
Here is a list of additional party ideas for kids.
For more information on booking the sugar storm, renting a photo booth, popcorn machine or giant games for your kids birthday party or special event and call Event Resource Center today at 720-907-4044 or contact us here.