Need a gift idea?
Or what kind of flowers will complement your theme? Most large stores have Gift Registries. Our hometown favorite, Hallmark, has great gift ideas for all occasions.
Do you need tall flowers to hide a spot or focus dramatic attention on your favorite piece of art? Florists will help you design something unique in complimentary or contrasting colors - give them a call.
What's your theme?
It's not the same as the tired old line, "What's your Sign?," allthough you could use that for a Retro theme. Try for an ethnic festival idea, cartoon characters from any animated movie or have a red or blue party on St. Patrick's Day. Or just Google "party themes" for a super-sized theme idea selection.
Egad - you don't know which fork to use!
Party Personnel has all those answers and the experience to set the perfect place setting for whatever level of formality you're planning. Did you know that you are NOT supposed to open your napkin by flapping and waving it like a flag? Properly done, a napkin should be carefully unfolded and used for blotting your mouth, not blowing your nose.
Wedding Toast Examples.
To quote Shakespeare from Romeo & Juliet, "May a flock of blessings light upon thy back."
May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your misfortunes as light as the foam.
Grow old with me! The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which, the first is made.
May your lives together always be as bubbly as this champagne
Don't forget: Don't be long-winded. Stand to give your toast. Mention those you're toasting by name and your relationship to them. Add witty and personal comments if you can.
How to Staff Your Next Party
(10-12 Guests per table)
Minimum: 2 Servers per 3 tables
Standard: 1 Server per table
Premium: 1 Server per table plus 1 Runner per 2 tables
1 Floor Captain for every 5 tables
Based on 8-foot table with 2-3 items served by staff
1 Server per item served
1 Runner per buffet table
1 Server per 25 guests for dish and glassware
1 Server per 50 guests for disposable dishware
1 Floor Captain per 100 guests
Minimum: 1 Bartender per 100 guests plus 1 Barback for every 2 bars
Standard: 1 Bartender per 50 guests plus 1 Barback for every 2 bars
Premium: 1 Bartender per 25 guests plus 1 Barback for every 2 bars
1 Server per 25 guests
1 Busser per 25 guests
Liquor and Supplies Lists
Lists are based on 100 Guests
Hard Liquor (1 Liter Size)
1 Light Rum
1 Bourbon Whiskey
1 Scotch Whiskey
1 Grand Marnier
Garnishes and Ice
1 Jar Olives
1 Jar Onions
1 Jar Maraschino Cherries
300 Cocktail Napkins
300 10-oz. Tumblers
100 Stir Sticks
150 Pounds of Ice
Wine and Beer
4-6 Bottles White Wine
1 Bottle White Zinfandel
4-6 Bottles Red Wine
1 Case Regular Beer
1 Case Lite Beer
Note: Additional ice needed if you are serving blended drinks (such as margaritas). Or chilling beer or wine on ice. During the summer months increase by 25%.
Sodas And Mixers
1 Case Coca Cola or Pepsi
1 Case Diet Cola
1 Case 7-Up or Sprite
1/2 Case Diet 7-Up or Sprite
8 Bottles Tonic
12 Bottles Club Soda
1 Case Sparkling Mineral Water
3 Bottles Ginger Ale
1 Small Bottle Grenadine
1 Small Bottle Dry Vermouth
1 Small Bottle Sweet (Red) Vermouth
1 Bottle Sweet and Sour Mi
1 Bottle Triple Sec
1 Bottle Bloody Mary Mix
2 Quarts Orange Juice
2 Quarts Cranberry Juice
1 Quart Grapefruit Juice
1 Small Bottle Rose’s Lime Juice
4 Pitchers of Water
Note: More Sweet and Sour needed if serving Margaritas) 10-12 Ounce bottles/cans preferred over plastic larger liter bottles which go flat more quickly after opened.
Low Calorie Cocktails
If you want to reduce calories but not compromise on taste, new light spirits will let you have it all!
This summer, a new segment of light spirits will bring new opportunities for mixing and enjoying cocktails. These low calorie flavored spirits provide new twists on old recipe favorites, with less than half of the calories of traditional spirits.
These spirits contain no added sugar and are sweetened with the no calorie sweetener sucralose.
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
3/4 ounce cranberry juice
1/4 to 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 2-inch orange peel/twist
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice.
2. Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.
3. Garnish with orange peel/twist.
1 cup tequila
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
1. Rub the rim of 4 rocks glasses with lime; dip in coarse salt.
2. Fill three-quarters of the way with ice.
3.Combine tequila, fresh lime juice, orange-flavored liqueur and superfine sugar in a cocktail shaker.
4. Shake well, then pour into the glasses. Garnish with lime.
1 oz. dry vermouth
4 oz. gin
Fill a metal shaker with ice.
Pour in the dry vermouth stir briefly, and strain out
Add 4 ounces gin
Stir briskly for about 10 seconds, strain into chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with an olive.
3 ounces vodka
1 ounce vermouth
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add vodka and vermouth and shake vigorously for just a moment or two.
Strain the beverage into a martini glass
Serve with your choice of garnish.
Whether its gin or vodka based, Martini's are a crowd pleaser. Try adding juice or liqueurs to create your own signature drink.
1 1/2 parts Bacardi Dark rum
3/4 part Jamaican rum
3/4 part Bacardi Superior rum
3/4 part pineapple juice
3/4 part papaya juice
1 part lime juice
Shake with crushed ice. Strain into glass filled with ice.