Tips For Economically Serving Alcohol at Your Catered Event


When you're hosting a catered event, many people expect that alcohol will be included. After all, it's a commonly accepted idea that outside of birthday parties, large get-togethers and fun events should include alcohol to help liven the mood. However, including alcohol can get very expensive for the hosts in a hurry, and the last thing you want to deal with after a fun event is figuring out a large bill. If you're on a tight budget, there are a few ideas that you can try to lessen the cost and still provide drinks.

First, if you're trying to save money, don't bother with liquor. Liquor is where most of the cost of alcohol comes from, and if it's an open bar, guests are likely to be more adventurous than they otherwise might be, because they can always get another drink. But most people are just fine with beer and wine, as long as you have a couple varieties of beer and provide both a red wine and a white wine to give guests an option at dinner. If you absolutely have to have a cocktail, you can minimize your costs by having one or two cocktails available, and no more.

You can also lessen your costs by limiting the open bar to a set number of hours. It's probably a good idea to do that even if you have a limitless budget, as that will give guests time to sober up before leaving the location. If you have a four-hour event, for example, having the open bar for three hours and letting your guests know that in advance will both lower your costs and keep guests happy and safer.

There's no reason an event with alcohol has to be a budget buster. If you're getting an event catered, the right planning can make sure you can provide alcohol to your guests and keep your wallet from feeling the pain.


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