Though many people think of a fun night out at their favorite nightclub or bar when they think about bottle service, you can actually pull off the concept at home without too much difficulty. Though your probably aren’t going to hire a staff of people to serve bottles to you and your dinner guests, the tradeoff is that it will be much less expensive and you won’t need to worry about having a sober cab or hiring a driver since you’re already at home. However, since bottle service at home is a bit of a hassle to setup, you probably want to reserve it for special occasions. Here are a few times when having bottle service at home is something worth considering.
If you’re having a dinner party for you and your friends, offering a form of bottle service can be very elegant. Simply find out what everyone drinks, run to your local liquor store in advance to get stocked up, and have the bottles waiting at the dinner table along with a good selection of mixers. It isn’t quite as luxurious as having a server bring the bottles out to your guests, but you can duplicate most of that effect by preparing ahead of time.
Holiday parties are another time when having bottle service at home is a great choice, especially since you can usually just buy champagne to do the job. Champagne is the celebration drink of choice, so it is perfect for toasts on holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving. On top of that, since everyone will be drinking champagne, you can buy by the case at a wholesale liquor store and reduce your cost per bottle greatly. Just place bottles throughout your home in ice buckets so your guests are never too far from a refill.
Special events such as weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries are probably the time when offering your guests bottle service makes the most sense. Since the event is so special, chances are that you’re willing to spend a little more money on the party. You can consider hiring a server for your event to walk around filling up people’s glasses with their drink of choice, or you could even consider hiring a bartender to make drinks on demand. There will obviously be some upfront costs with buying the supplies and liquor for the bartender, but it will make the event even more special and will still be cheaper than a night out at your favorite bar or nightclub.
Whenever you’re considering having bottle service at your home for a party or event, safety should be the primary concern. Many bars and nightclubs are able to do things that you can’t because of the size of their space such as attach bottle sparklers to each bottle before they are delivered to the guests. However, this isn’t always a good idea inside of a house because of the low ceilings, cramped quarters, and random obstacles that are located throughout most homes.
Additionally, many of your house guests will likely get impaired if they are drinking large amounts of alcohol, so letting them drive home is probably a bad choice. You need to either make sure there are accommodations for your guests at your home or arrange transportation for them at the end of the night. There are a lot of things to consider when planning to have bottle service at home, but if you plan ahead and make sure you take the proper safety precautions, it can be a fun time that is much less expensive than a night on the town.