Entertaining at Home: Bar Works from Mr. Valley
Keeping a well-stocked home bar means that you can entertain on a whim.
Let’s face it; the bar is often one of the most important parts of one’s celebration. With a little planning you can keep your party going all night. Here are some tips and questions to consider before you start:
What type of party are you throwing? Think about the time of day, day of the week and what you are celebrating. The bar setup for a thirtieth birthday is quite different than one for a casual daytime barbeque.
Know your guests. Try to assess whether you have a primarily beer and wine drinking crowd or a spirits crowd.
How many guests are you expecting? If it is over 50 guests, consider hiring a bartending service. Many offer the staff and labor, allowing for you to provide your own alcohol and mixers, which can save you costs to put towards other celebration must-haves.
Here are the basics to make you look like a pro:
Skip the bartending guide and print drink recipes on funky paper and place on a corkboard or chalkboard elevated above the bar. Feature the signature drinks easily for your guests.
Use crates or wooden wine boxes to create height and a top tier to your bar.
Consumption protocol says that each guests will drink two drinks per hour. This is where knowing your crowd and setting comes into play. Based on many of our personal parties, this does not count. We say estimate three per hour as running out is a big no-no.
*This article was featured in Valley & Co. Spring EGlossy