Serving alcohol at your business event can be tricky. You want everyone to have a great time, but you also don’t want alcohol to be the focus. So how do you provide a meeting point? Here are some tips and tricks on not only what to serve, but how to manage it:
1. Offer a variety of fun, non-alcoholic beverages to remove the emphasis of alcohol. Not all of the drinks have to be alcoholic! A lot of employees actually prefer not to drink at events for professional reasons. There are tons of drinks to serve that are still fun and creative. Here’s a few recipes you might want to try out:
20+ Amazing Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks.
2. Consider serving just beer and wine, no liquor. This can save money as well as help keep guests at a more appropriate level of intoxication! Also, try to avoid large portions of mixed drinks such as punch, because you cannot measure how much liquor intake the person has had.
3. Always serve food from the start of the event so employees are not drinking on an empty stomach. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just pick a few appetizers in preparation. You may also want to serve a little food and coffee at the end to help employees sober up before hitting the road.
4. If the event has children, try to stick to beer and wine, no liquor. Because kids love to feel special, consider trying some kid friendly non-alcoholic beverages they can all drink together! Here are a few recipes you can try: 10 Fun Drinks To Serve To Children
5. Limit the number of drinks. Have the company provide drink tickets or another method to track the amount of alcohol served. This is the safest way to ensure and monitor your employees are staying professional.
6. Use trained bartenders to serve alcohol. Try to avoid letting employees serve to coworkers, and never provide a help-yourself beverage bar that includes alcohol. There could be a lot of liability issues with situations like this, so having a trained bartender is the safest way to keep your employees in line.
7. Limit the number of hours that the bar is open. Close the bar during dinner or at another reasonable time to signal the ending of an event. We suggest closing about an hour before the event ends, so that if anyone has had a little too much, they have enough time to sober up before leaving.