1. Kegs- Should I buy a keg or beer by the case?
Misconception#1: Buying kegs are less expensive. Here's why...
Waiting too long (even when it's free) can be an inconvenience to your guests. You might see a line at the bar all night. The beer is poured at a constant pressure, unfortunately resulting in some wait time. A CO2 system helps, but renting can be extremely expensive or difficult to find.
Potential savings: you might save 20 or 30 dollars. However, is it worth a trip to the store, a trip back to the store, carrying it from the truck, deposits, and all the keg pumping. Worst of all, you can't take the leftovers home!
You'll save 20-30 dollars on cups too. Wouldn't the leftovers look nice in your garage or office fridge, instead of being poured down the drain?
Solution: purchase beer by the case=less hassle for the host, and more fun for the guest.
2 How much ice should I get for my party? Especially if you are serving liquor, beer, and wine... Don't forget about icing the white wine and beer before your guests arrive. Getting things cold will consume about half your ice upfront.
You need about 3 lbs of ice per person. Sound like too much right? Don't forget about ice for cocktails, shaking up shots, and making martinis. More is always better for the ice. Worst case scenario, you’re out 10 bucks. Spending a little extra on ice will avoid the infamous ice run during your party.
Where do I put all of this ice? Most people don't own many coolers. It may not be what you’re used to, but you can leave the ice outside. Even in the summer months, the ice won’t melt by the end of the party. If it doesn't make sense to put the ice outside, you can buy large Tupperware containers for about 5 dollars each. Afterwards, you could organize the closet you promised the spouse about a year ago:)
3. Cup Selection. How many cups should I get for my party? There's always the temptation to buy large cups for your occasion. It'll make things easier right? No.
You need 9-12oz cups. Guests, (especially guest who have been drinking) commonly lose or become bored with their drinks. The wasted nectar comes straight out of your wallet in the form of liquor, mixer and ice cost. Don't let them throw away 25% of the money spent.
Cups- Don't buy variety. People always want more than they need. If you offer a large and a small cup, regardless of what the cups are supposed to be for, they'll ask for the larger cups and be disappointed if they can't get them.
Purchase the 9-12 cocktail cups when using plastic. They work great for wine and cocktails. Guests will drink beer from the bottle; and usually prefer it that way.
These might seem like tiny worries for your occasion, but sometimes has major effects on the bar and the party.
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