How to Stock the Bar for a Party

We know we will have people visit over the Thanksgiving Holiday, as well as our Annual Holiday Party planned for the first weekend in December, and of course the Christmas Eve Family Get Together. So where do we start? How much to buy? What to buy?

Check the liquor cabinet first. Make a list of what you already have on hand. Here is our suggestion for a fully stocked bar – something for everyone!

Holiday Bar Check List

Now, how much do we buy? The basic rules are:

  • Two drinks per person for the first hour, then one drink per person for each additional hour.
  • Assume 40% drink beer, 30% mixed drinks and 30% wine.

When planning your Holiday Bar, don’t forget the coffee and phone number for the local Cab Company.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Holiday Season filled with warm wishes, close friends, family and joy!

Stock the Holiday Bar

Mercury Glass Votives * Fleur-De-Lis Glassware * Numbered Wine Glasses * Belfort Beverage Tub & Stand

Posted 10/5/09

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    Lila Jackson

    October 27, 2009

    It is great that you remind people to have arrangements for guests that have too much to drink. Very important!

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    October 15, 2009

    Beautiful setting!

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