12 Days of Christmastide: On the Third Day of Planning an LA Holiday Soiree...

Bar ServiceOnce you have chosen your perfect Los Angeles venue and settled on your fabulous fare, it's time to choose the bar selections. With a sit-down dinner, I suggest a bottle of red, white and sparkling wine preset on each table (it's best to have one bottle per four guests on hand). If you are having a cocktail party, make sure the bar is the center of attention with one of these festive ideas:

Martini Bar with olives, apples, and pomegranates
Champagne Bar with fig and strawberries
Scotch & Cognac Bar with cigars and eggnog
Coffee Bar with chocolate and mint candy canes

If you are hiring a bar service, here are my top LA event vendor picks:
Bartender Girl

Paradise Bar and Beverage Service
Bartending Solutions

However, bar catering in Los Angeles can be expensive, so one way to save: Buy your own alcohol and mixers and hire your own bartender. Just remember to stock five glasses per guest; one bottle of alcohol per three guests; one bottle of mixer per two guests; and 1.5 pounds of ice per guest. A few cost-effective ice delivery services in LA are Union Ice, Cal Ice and Keg King.

If your holiday soiree is at a Los Angeles conference center or private residence, check back tomorrow for staff suggestions.

Cvent Planner Insider Tip: Transform your bar into a winter wonderland with an ice sculpture, ice bar, or even snow! Call one of the companies above for details.

Find more great Los Angeles event suppliers on the Cvent Supplier Network.
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