The Ultimate House Party Booze Guide

By Mallika Dabke December 17, 2018
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Tis’ the season to party hard and not feel guilty about it. If you’re a December baby (like me), or are planning to host a Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve party on your own, I have scoured the internet for party hosting tricks to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of the bar. You never want to have too little, and you always want to order the right things, too. It can feel a little overwhelming if you haven’t done it often enough to get a hang of it, but there’s a first time for everything. Welcome to my alcohol party planning guide!


The Right Estimation

If it’s an intimate group of people, between 15-20, then it shouldn’t hurt to ask them what they usually like to drink so you can stock up accordingly. When it comes to figuring out how much you will need, you’re going to have to do some math.

A general rule you could go by is assuming your guests will have two drinks in the first hour of the party, and one drink every hour after that.

Another general rule you can assume is that out of all your guests, 40% will drink beer, 30% will go for hard liquor and 30% will sip on wine.

Now, of course that’s not a hard rule, but it’s a good one to go by assuming that you’re not throwing an absolute rager.


What To Buy

Whatever your heart desires.

No, but seriously, be a little selfish and buy yourself alcohol that you want to indulge in for sure, it’s your party and you must have the most fun! Some staple choices to stock up on are: vodka, rum, whiskey, beer and wine. You’re going to have to hit up your local wine shop or drop by Food Hall or Nature’s Basket to explore some fine wine options with their in-house sommeliers.

When it comes to which alcohol to buy, you can check our guide to inexpensive sparkling wine here, other budget friendly wines guide here, and an ultimate wine pairing guide here. Stick to brands you are familiar with (avoid experimenting!) and mark a budget accordingly!

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The Easy Way Out

If you have some extra bucks on you and want to be a relaxed hostess, my advice would be to hire a bartending service. If the food for your party is being catered, then you can ask the catering service for help with a bartending service, too (they usually have their own bartenders onboard). Even if you don’t have a catering service to seek guidance from, you can hire bartenders for your night from apps like Urban Clap or even by doing a quick Google search. The great part about having a bartender is that they can help create special cocktails for everyone to enjoy (and maybe you could name them yourself!). The other benefit, is that you can truly chill out, not worry about the small things and spend quality time with your guests.

Quick tip: If yours is a low-budget party and you have disposable cups, you can doodle each guests name on with a marker for a special touch!
Lastly, if you want to know how to revive yourself from your banging party, check out our hangover survival guide here.