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Summer is fast approaching, and the backyard is calling to you. You can picture it adorned with candles and string lighting, cocktail tables with beautiful flowers, and a bar to stop even the most prowess imbiber in his or her tracks. The only thing stopping you is the thought you’ll have to take out a loan. But it’s time for a reality check!
Here are some tips you can use to make your party one that will be talked about for ages - and your friends will never know you did it on a budget!
Don’t Break Your Wallet
It’s noble and accommodating of you to throw a sophisticated party for your friends, but you have to know your limit when it comes to the money. The good news is that even on a small budget, you can still create a high-end atmosphere.
Maybe originally, you expected to serve a full dinner, but after assessing how much money it would take to serve flank steak and escargot, it might be more doable for you to have a heavy cocktail hour.
Here’s a suggested budget breakdown you can use regardless of how much money is in your budget:
Find A Common Thread
Theme parties are cool, but if you’re going for just a fancy vibe, you don’t have to go all Great Gatsby on everything. You should find something you can carry over throughout the entire evening. For example, let’s say you’re into gold. You should buy or rent gold candle sticks, maybe some gold utensils, and serve up champagne or cocktails in gold-rimmed glasses.
The common thread running through your party doesn’t have to be an in your face obvious one. You’ll just want to keep the looks streamlined and uncluttered.
Create A Playlist
When you crank up the speakers with the right music coming out of them, the whole atmosphere of the party will change for the better. According to a recent study, certain songs make us feel happy by releasing dopamine into our system. So while you might just think music is for the background, you can use music at your party to fit the common thread of the celebration and keep people engaged and upbeat.
We would recommend Spotify — it’s easy to use and almost every song you could ever want is right at your fingertips. It’s only $10 a month to banish ads and make your own savable playlists, even when you don’t have internet.
Bring In The Professionals
You may be tempted to try to be host of the year, but it’s time you faced the truth: every time you’ve done that in the past, you ended up running around the entire evening, barely able to talk to any of your friends and frazzled beyond belief.
If you’d like for once to be able to mingle, meet your friend’s significant others, and play a round of cards without having to worry if the coffee is brewing, you should consider hiring in some servers. Contracting a bartending and service company for the event means YOU won’t have to deal with the following:
Purchasing the Alcohol: Good Spirits Lancaster can work with you on alcohol counts and even purchase and deliver the alcohol for you.
Purchasing Mixers and Garnishes: Our staff will bring all of these items in that day for the event.
Dealing with Pick Up and Return of Glassware: We have connections - let us worry about the tableware and glassware for the evening.
Monitoring Alcohol Intake: One thing many people don’t realize is that when you’re providing the alcohol at a party, you could be held personally liable for anything that occurs during or after the party while someone is intoxicated. Having someone behind the bar means your guests get to have a good time while you can breath easier knowing someone has your back. Our bartenders are RAMP certified, and we are fully insured.
Servicing Beverage Tables and Food Tables: We can bring along an extra staff person to ensure your food is stocked throughout the evening as people are still grazing.
Cleanup Crew: While your guests are outside enjoying the summer night air and maybe are toasting some marshmallows, you should be outside with them! Let our crew worry about the mess and cleanup. We’ll pack up all of the glassware and tableware, worry about table linens, and start organizing all of the alcohol and food.
Sophisticated Air: Something about having real bartenders just makes your event more formal. Whether you want us to be discreet or showy in our drink-making, we can mix up some unique creations for your party!
In many ways, hiring professionals for alcohol service can SAVE you money. We know how much alcohol to purchase so you don’t overbuy, and we carry all insurance, meaning you’re covered in case something happens. Plus you won’t be up until 4 a.m. cleaning up dirty dishes and glassware.
Throwing a party shouldn’t only be about getting the most steps in in one day from running around trying to do it all. It should be focused on you and your family and friends celebrating your relationships with one another! Make your day hassle free and consider hiring Good Spirits Lancaster.