Post # 1
Do you think 4 passed appetizers is enough for cocktail hour?
When they sit down, they will be served a four course meal.
For those of you doing cocktail hours, our venue does not have a bar setup in the cocktail area, so we are going to pass drinks.
Here are the drinks we are offering:
-2 white wines
-2 red wines
It’s not clear to me what we are supposed to pass during cocktail hour? Obviously, we can’t have them pass everything.
Do any bees have some insight as to how they decided what to pass?
Post # 3
Do you plan on just guessing what people want to drink and hoping to have enough of it or does your venue provide waiters to take drink orders and go get them filled and bring them back? i went to a wedding recently that did the latter and it worked out great. They didn’t even have a bar at dinner but a waiter to take your drink order.
As far as appetizers I think 4 choices is just the right amount – people just want a little something to snack on but don’t wan’t fill up before the big meal. I always find myself trying one of each of the passed appetizers and leave it at that.
Post # 4
I think 4 appis will be fine. Appis are only supposed to whet your appetite and hold you till dinner, not be a meal in themselves.
Post # 5
Sorry, I am not really sure how people do cocktail hours without a bar in the area?
The lady at my venue seemed clueless about this.
I thought maybe it could be like when you go to a cocktail party and the drinks are passed on trays but I am unsure of which drinks to pick?
I was thinking Iced Tea (a lot of nondrinkers), Arnold Palmers, Water, a white and a red?
Post # 6
It depends on how big the crowd is, how big your service staff is, and the set up of the venue. I’m confused as to how the venue coordinator didn’t know how this would be done.
If you have a small crowd and a decent service staff, you could do as a PP suggested, and have people give the server an order, have the server fill it, and have them deliver it. An easier option, IMO, would be to have 1 or 2 signature cocktails premade, and a NA bev, and have the servers walking around with trays of those. Or, as you said, you could do white & red wine and an NA bev. If you’re going this route, I would try to keep it simple and narrow down the amount of different drinks being passed around.
Are you providing your own alcohol, or does the venue provide it?
ETA: I’m sorry, it seems like you are just looking for suggestions on what exactly to pass, not how to do it. I think a white, a red and a NA bev would be fine
Post # 7
Thanks! I think that is a good suggestion. The venue provides the alcohol. They have a full bar set up upstairs but the venue is known for their wine, thus I don’t think too many people do full bars.
Post # 8
In that case, I think white & red wine passed on trays sounds great!