Cocktail Parties, Martinis and blended drinks are in-style.
Your wedding reception, special event or cocktail party may begin or evolve in a room set aside, or the entry space prior to entering the reception room. Some hosts set the bar up in the main reception room. Couples set up a wine bar or spritzer bar with soft drinks for the youth. Some couples create an entry area for their reception with soft music, and bar service to create a inviting area of luxury prior to their arrival after their photographs. There are trained bar staff services that will mix the "couple's cocktail" drinks created and named after the bride and groom. But the mixed bar that also serves wine ... is often more appreciated.
Responsible hosts are moving away from the wine bottles on the tables for two reasons. One, it is a waste of good wine with many open wine bottles at the end of an event and Two, some people drink way to much – reaching for bottles from other tables. We are seeing small individual bottles with personalized labels as favors and people getting up from their table to have a glass refilled or wait staff serving the alcohol and water.
The PAID No-Host Bar - or Public Bar is where drinks are paid for by the individual guest. A tips jar is allowed at this type of bar.
WISDOM - It pays (insurance wise) to have a bar tending service that practices Responsible Hospitality.
WISDOM - If children are invited - please understand parents get busy drinking and socializing and a good baby sitter or children's entertainment area is very helpful.