Throwing a party is always a good time, but throwing an outdoor party is even better! Not only do you get to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, but you also don’t have to worry about cleaning up afterward. One of the best parts of an outdoor party is setting up a drink bar. This allows your guests to customize their drinks and makes for a fun and festive atmosphere. In this blog post, we will teach you how to set up a drink bar for your next outdoor party!
Setting up a drink bar – Everything you should know
Organizing an outdoor party usually means that the drink bar is the centerpiece of entertainment. It’s where guests go to refresh themselves, relax and socialize with each other. To make sure your outdoor party goes off without a hitch, you will have to organize the home outdoor bar area, plan out the drinks to be served, and make sure you have all the necessary supplies. Of course, much like any other organizational task, you can break it down into smaller tasks to make it easier. After all, the drinks are one of the most important parts of a party!
Decide on the type of drinks to be served
Remember that there are also people that do not drink alcohol and ensuring they have what to drink is as important as the other way around! Popular choices include beer, wine, hard seltzer, soda, and tea/lemonade. Once you’ve decided what drinks to serve, you can start to plan out what types of glasses and cups to buy. Make sure to have enough so everyone can enjoy a drink without having to wait in line. Furthermore, consider having a few different types of glasses for different drinks. This will help spice up the area and make it look more festive. Most importantly, make sure to include plenty of ice to keep everything cold!
Choose your supplies
You’ll need more than just drinks and glasses – you should also make sure you have everything else needed for a successful outdoor bar. This includes a cooler, ice, straws, napkins, and a shaker for making cocktails. A few extra supplies like cutting boards and knives can also come in handy. On the other hand, you will want to avoid getting too much stuff to save space, especially if you’re throwing a smaller party. If you are thinking of serving a lot of alcoholic drinks, you should also make sure to have designated drivers and plenty of water for your guests. Finally, make sure you have enough seating and tables so everyone can enjoy the drinks in comfort.
Decorate the area
It’s not just enough to have drinks – your outdoor bar should also look inviting and fun. Consider adding some colored lighting, plants, or decorations to make it more festive. You can also add chairs and tables so people can easily move around and socialize. If you want to get more creative, you can even create a signature cocktail or two that your guests can enjoy. Furthermore, you can always decide to host a theme outdoor party and create decorations based on that. Moreover, make sure to have some snacks available for people to munch on while they enjoy their drinks.
Set up the bar
Once you have all the supplies, it’s time to set up the bar. A good rule of thumb is to put drinks and glasses on one side, while snacks and other supplies are kept on the other. This will make it easier for guests to grab what they need without having to go back and forth. Furthermore, make sure that you place everything within arm’s reach so nobody has to go too far. You may also want to consider setting up a sign that tells your guests where everything is located.
Finally, don’t forget to organize the food. You can either get a caterer or cook the food yourself. Make sure that you have enough for everyone and provide plenty of options for your guests. Usually, a spread of finger foods is ideal since it’s light and easy to serve. This will make the event more enjoyable for everyone as they can enjoy their drinks and snacks without having to wait in line. Whether you go for a traditional or more modern style of food, make sure that it complements the drinks you have selected.
By following these steps, you will have a well-organized outdoor drink bar that your guests will be sure to love! Don’t forget to also check the weather forecast before setting up the event – you don’t want it to rain on your parade! With the right planning, your outdoor party can be one to remember.