Post # 1
I have a while to figure out the details, but today I was thinking and wanted other input. We’re doing a large outdoor BBQ / Picnic theme, not formal but not *too* casual if that makes sense? We’re having a friend who runs a side catering business cater, but we’re doing beverages ourselves. I know I want to serve beer, wine and soda, and will also have large glass jugs of iced tea and lemonade on a display table (the kind of jugs that are covered and have spigots). My question is, which would look better…several kegs of beer or several metal buckets (covered in tablecloths) on a table filled with ice and cans of beer? Personally, I usually drink beer from a bottle and not cans but don’t want to worry about broken glass during cleanup. Also, would the cloth covered buckets work for cans of soda? Otherwise…short of a table full of 2 liters (no thanks) I don’t know what else to do? We’re on a smaller budget, and I’d rather spend the bulk of it on good food than making the drink selection look better so I don’t want to hire bartenders or rent machines or anything like that. For wine my mom suggested putting a bottle of red and white (one of each) on each table and letting people decide for themselves…or we could keep everything sort of centrally located? It’s all buffet style, so serving their own drinks shouldn’t be that big of a deal. I’ll have another post on food once we figure it out a little more.
Post # 3
I would do cups over cans. Cans will look REALLY REALLY bad in all your pics.
Post # 4
Keg. It tastes a ton better than can.
Post # 5
@MerryWidow: Could you do a keg and have someone responsable for keeping pitchers full so guests are serving themselves out of pitchers instead of the tap?
Or, can you rent a restaurant-like tap so that people don’t have to pour directly from the keg?
I prefer tap beer & really dislike cans, can you tell? lol
Post # 6
I would go with clear plastic cups over cans. I agree with the previous poster that the cans everywhere will not look nice in your photos!
Post # 7
we are doing the same sort of theme/feel, we are getting kegs and ordering mason jar mugs (which will double as our favors)
Post # 8
I was in the same boat. We did beer in bottles, didn’t have ANY issues with breakage during cleanup, and they looked much nicer than cans. Plus, we had some leftover, so we were able to enjoy them all summer long. We could’ve taken them back to Costco for a refund, but it wasn’t really an issue since we made good use of them anyway.
Post # 9
Keg cover to the rescue! You can make a cover for the keg that incorporates your wedding colors.
any idea how i can make this?
Post # 10
@julies1949: That’s awesome. Now I want to have an outside reception to have one.
Post # 11
WOW, I love all your suggestions!!! Total sensory overload here, but awesome advice, thanks ladies…you guys ROCK!! I didn’t even think of pitchers (duh) and that keg cover idea is adorable!
Now to solve the soda dilemna…LOL!