Buffet And Bar Service: Tips To Consider When Having Bar Service At Your Party


A party is a fun event and one of the ways of having a great time is having a bar service in your party. When having a bar in your party here are tips that you should consider:

Comply with the local liquor laws to protect your party

There is nothing as bad as being asked to stop a party earlier than planned. To ensure that your party goes as long as you want you should comply with the liquor laws in your area. Before you rent the glass and stemware first go to the local government offices and get a permit that allows you to serve alcohol. Another way of going about it is hiring a state-licensed bartender. The licensed servers usually have a permit from the state’s liquor control board; therefore, you don’t have to get another.

Serve beer in your party—not keg

There has been a notion that keg is much cheaper than beer but this isn’t always the case. According to experts, you will save a few dollars (about $30-$40) but you have to take a number of trips to the beer store in order to get the keg. Your guests will also have to do a lot of pumping in order to get the alcohol. When some keg is leftover, you have to pour it down the drain as you can’t store it. To avoid the hustle that comes with a keg, you should go for the beers. While beer will be a little bit expensive, you will save your guests a lot of pumping. Beers are also decent to drink. When there are leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for later.

Have enough ice for the party guests

As long as you are having a bar service you need to have ice for the guests. It’s recommended that you have 3 pounds of ice for every guest. While the amount might seem too much, remember that you need make cocktails, martinis, and shaking up shots. You can get the ice from your fridge but if you are expecting too many guests you should rent an ice maker from party rentals in your area. To make it easy for the guests to access the ice it’s always wise that you also rent coolers from the party rental companies.


A bar service makes a party more fun but you need to be in control of it. As rule of thumb, you should never serve beer to an underage.


Guide On How To Set A Buffet Table

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Food is an important part of any party. You can serve the food in two ways: sit-down dinner where you have everyone sitting down at a table to enjoy a meal or a buffet service where every guest serves his/her food. Buffet service is great when you don’t have a large table for the guests to sit on. The service is also ideal if you want a less expensive food option.

Guide on how to set the buffet table

You should set the table at the center of the party space where the guests will be able to easily walk through from all sides. As rule of thumb you should never set the table against a wall as this will force the guests to use one side of the table which will most likely cause the line to back up.

When it comes to plates, you should place them together with napkins at the left end of the table. To keep steady traffic you should have the guests form a line from the left to the right when they are adding food to their plates. If you don’t have enough plates, you should rent them from a party rental company.

To avoid chaos when the guests are serving food, you should put food in a logical order. This means that you should put entrees at the beginning, then side dishes, vegetables and salads at the end. You should also ensure that you have small plates next to each dish for the utensils to rest on.

To give a great impression you should decorate the buffet table. There are many buffet table decorations that you can use. Great decorations include: scented candles and flowers. As rule of thumb you should place the decorations at strategic places where they don’t inconvenience the guests when they are serving food.

It’s good to set different smaller tables to hold the drinks and deserts. This is to prevent the guests from being held up by people trying to get drinks and dessert.


A well set buffet table will leave a lasting image in the eyes of your guests; therefore, you should work at giving your all. For a successful party you should work closely with a party rental company that will not only provide you with the rental tables, chairs, plates and other items, it will also help you with the planning of the party.