With so much work to do, your fingers are probably itching to pick up the phone and start making calls. But how can you shop for the right things, if you don’t know what you’re shopping for?
So before you start, it’s important to ask yourself these questions:
Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs have hundreds of fantastic venues on offer. But with so many options and not enough time to visit them all, how on earth are you going to find your fairy tale function space?
Don’t worry, here are some tips to point you in the right direction and narrow down your choices:
When it comes to food, the world is your smorgasbord. Literally.
Do you have a cultural cuisine you’re particularly partial to? From spring rolls and samosas to bruschetta and burgers, the options are endless. Whatever you go for, ensure you have a mix of hot and cold options – and a range to suit all tastes.
These days, you also have to be mindful of gluten-free Gary, nut-free Nick, Halal Helen and vegetarian Veronica. So be sure to ask your Function Coordinator exactly what’s possible.
Deciding the menu also begs the question: How much food will I need? A good rule of thumb is about 5-6 bites per person every hour during non-mealtimes, and 8-10 during meal times.
When it comes to selecting your drinks, include wine, cider, spirits or other beverages for those who aren’t crazy about cocktails. But be weary of what you can afford and consider different ways to pay for the drinks, such as setting a tab. After all, you can’t have champagne taste on a beer budget.
Your entertainment will depend on the type of event you’re planning.
If it’s a 21st, a dance floor is probably a non-negotiable. But if you want to make socialising the centre of attention, then some mellow mood music should do.
Take a look at what your chosen venue can offer. If they don’t provide entertainment, then what can they accommodate? Again, ask the Function Coordinator what’s worked best in their space in the past and if they have any connections or recommendations for you.
Now that you’re set to start planning your cocktail event, why not take a look at the Lower Plenty Hotel functions pack? Or call us on 03 9435 1722 to learn more.