Tip Two: Menu selection and table set-up are necessities. Of course, dining is the main part of your party. You will have to come up with a table set up that will definitely blow the minds of your guests. A week before the party, you should be able to choose a menu. Once you have the menu, you can then try to check with your guests if they are fine with it. If they approve, you can already start with your shopping list. Three days before the event, make sure to have all the ingredients for your menu. Prepare all necessary equipments especially your dinner plates.
A swanky cocktail lounge is another excellent wedding after-party. If space permits, you can set up the lounge in a separate part of your reception venue. At the conclusion of the formal reception, invite your guests to join you in the lounge for specialty cocktails. Set up lots of comfy seating areas to encourage conversation. Low sofas and cushy chairs grouped around coffee tables are perfect. It would be great to hire a smoky lounge singer to perform at your after-party, or simply use recorded music to create the perfect ambiance. How about a white paillete cocktail dress for the bride, with a sparkling pair of Swarovski crystal earrings to match the lounge theme?
According to the needs that you identified in your preparation, does the Caterer provide the equipment that you require? This may include tables, chairs, linen, crockery, glassware, cutlery or even ovens and a bar serving area. Make sure they are able to provide what you need so that you don’t have to do additional running around after festival hire. Also ensure that their equipment is new and in excellent condition. You don’t want tatty linen and tarnished silverware to take the sparkle out of your event.
With a formal sit down dinner you will need to hire a caterer. A reception centre may include the cost of a caterer or you may have booked out an entire restaurant for your function. For a casual event a barbecue may suffice or even a spit roast served with salads and jacket pockets, which is a cost effective option. Remember, when planning the food provide alternatives for vegetarians and those with allergies. Importantly, serve food that will suit the occasion.
The facility might charge to set up a dance floor. Sometimes this is a portable dance floor they build right on top of the carpet. A band will cost anywhere from 0 per band member to 0 per band member for four hours. A small trio of keyboard, drum and guitar could be anywhere from 0 to ,500.
Of course, a bartender should be knowledgeable on different kinds of drinks and bar terminologies. This way, he/she can provide anything that a guest wants. It is not enough to know the differences among vodka, tequila, scotch, and rum because bartenders should also have experience on how to make various drinks according to the guest’s preference. Given this, you have to make sure that the bartender your party hire company employs has undergone proper training and education.
Participation by good pop bands, rock, hip-hop bands and other genres of music is important because it will attract people even from outside your area. It is even better if you include some well known, talented bands in your list. Also make sure that bands have popular DJs with really good DJ equipment. In a music festival the presence of good DJ equipment will be specially felt.
Birthday trivia. Another way to involve your guests in the celebration is to create a quiz as a party game that poses questions about the celebrant. Look for little known trivia in the guest of honor’s life, like favorites and experiences that are not common knowledge. Let everyone guess the answers, and of course, give a prize to the person who proves they know the birthday boy or girl the best.