Planning a charming cocktail party to impress your guests and tickle their tastebuds? Whether you’re aiming for a sophisticated black-tie affair or a sensational speakeasy vibe, Cocktails & Bar Events can provide a bespoke cocktail party bar service that beautifully complements your venue, decor and theme. Here are our top tips for planning the cocktail party of the season!
Why Hire a Professional Cocktail Bartender and Bar?
Hiring a professional bar and a flair cocktail bartender or mixologist to run it will give your party an incredible air of decadence and luxury. Your bartender will keep guests’ glasses topped up all night with their favourite tipples from your custom cocktail menu, and the good news is that there are several affordable package options that don’t require you to pay for drinks by the glass. Our handy guide will ensure you don’t go over budget or miss out on the little details that could make a big difference to your decor, atmosphere and entertainment.
When choosing a bar service for your cocktail party, our event planners recommend planning with your theme, guest list and budget in mind.
1. Do Budget Carefully
Research how much your cocktail party bar will cost and consider your budget. While it’s very generous to pay for your guests’ drinks, there are several bar hire options available that make the cost of catering more comfortable and allow your guests to control their own spending. Here are our most popular mobile bar hire options for cocktail parties:
All-Inclusive Open Bar — A fully stocked mobile bar staffed by an experienced flair cocktail bartender or mixologist, with a personalised bar menu featuring your favourite cocktails
Cash Bar — Your guests pay by cash or card on a drink-by-drink basis. This is the easiest way to manage your drinks budget and allow your guests to control their own spending
Bar Revenue Share — Our bar revenue share service covers the upfront cost of hiring your bar and gives you a share of the commission earned from sales. It’s a win-win kind of deal, and you can find out more about it on our bar packages page.
2. Do Personalise Your Bar Decor to Match Your Event
Nothing says glitz and glam like a fully stocked cocktail bar that’s been beautifully decorated to match your venue and theme. Make sure that your bar frontage reflects the style and setting of your event by opting for a bespoke cocktail bar hire package. You can choose the colour, style and decorations for your bar front and fill it with tealights, chalkboards, fairy lights, garlands, bunting and more — whatever floats your boat!
3. Customise Your Cocktail Menu and Accessories
Do you know what will make your bespoke mobile bar even more impressive and add a really thoughtful touch? It’s personalising your cocktail menu with photos, special wording and a mouthwatering selection of handpicked cocktails. Choose from a wide range of classics, including the Pina Colada and Mojito, or new favourites, like the envigorating Flat White Martini! Don’t forget about those little extra touches either; make sure to specify the style and colour of your cocktail napkins, state which cocktail stirrers you prefer and select the glasses that best suit your event theme — all of these minor elements add up to a majorly impressive event!
4. Do Hire the Right Bar Staff
There’s nothing worse than having thirsty guests waiting in line for a drink for too long. We recommend that you hire at least one bartender for every fifty guests to prevent orders from backing up and to ensure a high quality of service. You will also need to enlist the services of a mixologist — a bartender specially trained in mixing cocktails. To really wow your guests, opt for a flair bartender and watch them shake and stir your guests with their impressive cocktail-making skills! If your guest list includes fifty people or more, hire a barback to make sure everything stays clean and tidy while your bartender keeps the drinks coming.
5. Don’t Try to Do Everything Yourself
One of the major benefits of hiring a mobile bar service is that you can leave much of the preparation to the professionals. Our event planners are always on hand to recommend the right options for your party, whether you want to discuss which crystal Champagne glass would best complement your wine glasses or you’d like to plan wait staff hire and tie in food service with your drinks package. There’s no request too big or too small; Cocktails & Bar Events regularly collaborates with food caterers, event planners and mobile kitchen hire companies and we can work together with your team to deliver an amazing event you and your guests will always remember.
For further advice on how to hire a bar for a cocktail party, give our friendly and knowledgeable bartenders a call. We’re always happy to provide potential clients with free, no-obligation advice on planning bar services for their special occasions.