How to Estimate How Much Alcohol You Need for A Party?

Hosting a party or even a small get together is always exciting, but comes with a lot of responsibility as well. There are several factors that you have to put into consideration to ensure your party guests are not only having a great time but are having a memorable experience. You have to balance everything out from setting up the location to organizing food, and drinks. Usually it’s a bit of a guessing game when it comes to the selection and quantity of alcohol required for your party, you don’t want to have a situation where guests don’t have enough to drink, but you also want to avoid having an excess, as this will run up costs.

To help you estimate the right amount of booze required for your gettogether, we have put together a few tips.

Number of Guests

As the designated party planner, you should know the rough estimate of the total number of people you expect at your party. The number of expected guests will determine whether you are buying more or less alcohol so that everyone gets something to drink.

Duration of Party

For a party that’s under 5 hours, you should roughly estimate about two cans of beer per individual and for wine and spirits you should estimate one bottle for every three guests. If your party will last over 5 hours, you can increase the estimates accordingly. This is just a rough calculation, as not every guest will be drinking the same beverage, but it gives you a good starting point.

Type of Party

The theme, purpose and location of the party will also determine the amount of alcohol you need for the party. If it’s a daytime celebration, like a baby shower, then you may want to go for the minimum estimate, but if it’s an evening party or a summer backyard barbeque, then you should expect more guests to be drinking and order on the higher side.

Age of Guests

The age bracket of guests that would make up the majority of the attendees at your party should also influence how much alcohol will be needed at your party. On average younger adults prefer will consume more beer and spirits, while middle-aged and older individuals may stick to wine and spirits. Depending on the crowd however, beer, wine, and spirits may be consumed in varying quantities. With an idea of the ages of your guests, and their preferred beverages, you will be able to get a better estimate of how much alcohol the party requires.

Variety of Alcohol

While the variety of alcohol you need is mostly dependent on the type of party and ages of guests, it should still be considered. Typically, you should have a good supply of wine and beer as they both are consumed easily, individual spirits should be the lowest quantity items as they are consumed at a slower pace, but also have the largest variety. For example, you can get away with just one or two brands of beer, red and or white wine, but with spirits you will need several varieties, the. Most popular being vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and tequila.

When it comes to getting alcohol for a party, there is no exact science as to what to purchase. You can plan your purchase based on the type of event, the amount of guests, the ages of the guests, length of the party, and the types of alcohol being purchased, but you can’t always account for the unknown variables. For example, if everyone partakes in several rounds of tequila shots, you can easily go through several bottles in an hour. The good thing is, you don’t need to plan for the unknown. If your guests are enjoying themselves and are especially taking to a specific type of drink that you are quickly running out of, you can always rely on a local after hours alcohol delivery service to top you up.

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