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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, resulting in wait time. A CO2 system helps, but renting this system is expensive and difficult to find.
A Kegs Potential savings: Five dollars- that's it!
Something to consider: 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, (after all that work) you can't take the leftovers home!
Solution: purchase beer by the case=less hassle for the host, and more fun for the guest. If we are being really picky, buy bottles instead of cans. Bottles add a little more class, and bartenders can open quicker for guests.
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 2 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; and you can water the grass in the yard. 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 Rubbermaid containers for about 3 dollars each. You don't need a cooler, for a temporary event (like a party or wedding) you'll only need something that doesn't leak. Anything under ice gets cold quick and stays that way. Afterwards, you could organize the closet you promised the spouse about a year ago:)
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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. These wasted beverages are like burning piles of cash via 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.
For more tips, explore hiring a private bartender!
Remember, there’s a science behind every bar.