Set the Date, Invited the Guests, Ordered Food from B&A, Now to the store to purchase Beverages – where do I begin?
First answer these questions.
- Number of Guests
- Age of Guests?
- Gender of Guests?
- Time of Event?
- Length of Event?
- Food Served?
- Alcohol being served?
Example of how this information works for you.
Number of guests: 50 guests attending
Age of Guests: Ages 25-40
Gender of Guests: 30 female and 20 male
Time of Event: 5:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Food Served: Cocktail Supper – heavy hors d’ouvres
Alcohol being served: Beer and Wine
Most guests will have 1 drink an hour – most having 2 the first hour of your event. During a 3 hour party some guest will arrive late, leave early and some will drink too much and stay too long.
All of that being said – 30 female attendees X 3 = 90 drinks, 20 males X 3 = 60 drinks. 60 pours in a case of wine, 24 beers in a case. I would purchase 2.5 cases of wine, 4 cases of beer. Don’t forget to purchase 1 bottle of White Zinfandel. My rule is to never ever run out of anything. Also purchase what you would like to drink after your event.
Add Liquor to this event – Purchase 1.5 cases of wine, 3 cases of beer, 1 bottle each of your Dewar’s Scotch, Absolut or Gray Goose Vodka, Tangure Gin (smaller bottle o.k.), Jack Daniels, Crown, Rum (smaller bottle o.k. – guest drink more rum in the summer)
Mixers – Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, O.J., Cranberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Soda and Tonic water, Bottled Water and Sparkling Water.
My favorite wine for the holidays is a very reasonably priced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – Mirrasou