Drinks are a key element in any party. Whether it's a full blown Back Garden Wedding, or an afternoon tea for a few friends, a bar can be an aesthetic focal point as well as a social hub for your party guests.
Here are a few things to consider when you are looking to hire a mobile bar.
1. Number of People
We've written before about how we recommend calculating the number of drinks to serve [read about that here], but the number of guests as well as the type of people you invite doesn't just affect stock, but also staffing. To ensure the best efficiency, we'd always discuss with you these requirements to make sure we provide enough staff to make sure guests are served without lengthy queues. What's more, keeping everything regularly clean and tidy is important and avoids glasses being littered around the garden.
Cocktails can be a nice touch for an event, but it's important to consider the following:
- They're more expensive (as they require special equipment, multiple ingredients, additional ice and often different glassware)
- They take longer to make
- They require a skilled mixologist
It can also skew the proportions of servings as, when offered, we find guests will tend to choose cocktails over other drink options.
3. Tea & Coffee
Teas and coffees are often overlooked as part of a garden party. Whilst desire for hot drinks may be limited at a high-energy party, there may still be some older guests that like an evening coffee that it would be nice to cater for. And if it's an all-nighter then often hosts like to send the survivors on their way following a caffeine boost.
Of course, a laid back afternoon affair would expect hot drinks as standard so we would consider how best to cater for a quantity of guests without keeping them waiting.
We now include high quality, reusable, polly-carbonate glassware as standard at our events. When a party is held in a back garden, we find it is safer to use something that is shatter proof (imagine glass strewn across the lawn!) especially if there are kids and/or pets around.
There is a time for beautiful, quality, crystal glasses and by request we would certainly provide these. There's nothing like toasting the bride and groom with a real-glass champagne flute. But when the party kicks off, is there risk of damage to the glasses and, of course, your guests? Which is right for your party?
5. Bar Structures
A bar can be a basic table, a simple wheel barrow full of beers, a beautiful classy carved wooden bar front of a cool LED curved surface. Of course the style of bar you choose should fit your theme (and budget).
Are you looking to hire a mobile bar for an upcoming event? Message us today to discuss your requirements.