Event Planning

Whether you are preparing for your dream wedding, a lavish dinner party, or even a company event, we can help. We have just what you need to meet each of your guests expectations.


Whatever you choose to serve here are some tips and tools to help you decide what and how much to serve to ensure your party is a hit.



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Planning Drinks for Your Event


During the first hour of an event the average guests will consume two drinks and one drink during each following hour.


When planning an event serving wine, beer, and spirits, the general rule of thumb is:


  • 50% will prefer WINE

  • 20% will prefer MIXED DRINKS

  • 30% will prefer BEER

If you do not anticipate serving mixed drinks at your event, then you should plan on 60% of your guests consuming wine and 40% beer.

Helpful Hint for Planning


Click here to use this handy tool to figure out how much alcohol to have for your party by entering the number of hours and guests, then mark the type of alcohol you want to serve.


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Wine 


White, red, sparkling: Do I need all of these?


Consider a few factors:

  • The time of day you are hosting

  • The food you are serving

  • The theme of the party

  • The climate of the party setting


What temperature should I serve my wine?


  • Whites @ Blushes: 55 – 60, refrigerate a few hours

  • Reds: 60 – 65, refrigerate for 15 minutes or chill in an ice bucket for 5 minutes

  • Champagne/sparkling: 45, refrigerate and keep chilled in an ice bucket

Helpful Hints When Selecting & Servicing Wines


Older and fuller-bodied reds are best served decanted. 


When buying Champagne/Sparkling for a toast, we suggest an Extra Dry, since it it’s slightly sweeter than Brut.


A 750ml bottle of Champagne will fill up more champagne flutes (8 flutes) than wine glasses (5 glasses).


Match the weight of the food to the weight of the wine

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Wine Measurements

*Serving equals a 5 oz pour. All numbers are approximate.

Metric Measure

750ml

1.5L

1 Case (12-750ml)

Servings

5

10

60

Beer


Like wine, beer comes in different styles and bodies and can be paired with food. The Fridge offers a huge selection of different craft, domestic and import beers.


Beer Suggestions by Style:


  • Light Bodied: Miller High Life, Coors, Budweiser, Rolling Rock, Corona and all light beers.

  • Light to Medium Bodied: Boulevard, Miller Genuine Draft, Dos Equis, Bleman

  • Medium Bodied: Heineken, Warsteiner, Negra Modelo

  • Medium to Heavy Bodied: Tallgrass, Stela Artois, Samuel Adams Boston Lager

  • Heavy Bodied: Guiness Draft and Left Hand Milk Stout

Kegs or Bottles? 


Kegs can be a good investment if you plan on having a lot of people at your event or if you want beer to be the beverage of choice. 

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Spirits & Mixed Drinks


To help make your party special and extra memorable offer a “signature cocktail.” Signature cocktails are a great addition to any event, especially themed ones. Generally signature cocktails feature one or two spirits combined with different juices or mixers.


The Fridge carries different types of spirits and mixers to help you make the perfect cocktail. And don’t forget to visit The Hat for those extra pieces you may need including lemons, bloody mary mix, and cups.


To help you further with your cocktail decisions, here are some recipes for popular mixed drinks. These can easily be adapted into signature drinks with just a small twist on the classic.

Helpful Tip


Measurements for Distilled Spirits

(Bottle Size = Metric Measure = Servings per bottle*)


Fifth = 750ml = 15*

Quart = Liter = 20*

Half Gallon = 1.75L =35*


*Serving equals 1.5oz jigger. All numbers are approximate.

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Vodka


Cosmopolitan

4 parts vodka

2 parts triple sec

2 parts cranberry juice

1 part fresh lime juice


Screwdriver

2 parts vodka

6 parts orange juice

Gin


Gin & Tonic

2 parts gin

5 parts tonic water


Traditional Martini

2 parts gin

1 part dry vermouth

Tequila


Margarita

2 parts tequila

2 parts triple sec

1 part lime juice


Tequila Sunrise

2 parts tequila

2 parts orange juice

1 part grenadine

Rum


Rum and Cola

2 parts rum

6 parts cola

1 part lime juice


Pina Cola

3 parts rum

2 parts coconut cream

2 parts crushed pineapples