April 18, 2013

proof vodka, put a ring on it, Vol. 129

You’ve thrown hundreds of house parties. You are the master. So now, your BFF has chosen you, out of all his/her friends to throw the most kick-ass (bachelorette, bachelor, bridal shower, engagement party) of the Century. Do not fear – we are here to help – at least with the bar. Wedding season is fast approaching, you better get on it. For more information on proof brands, visit www.proofbrands.com

the wedding bouquet 4 oz fresh red grapefruit juice • 3 oz St. Germain liqueur • 2 oz proof vodka • prosecco • edible flowers

Add red grapefruit juice, St. Germain, proof vodka, and ice to a shaker. Shake and strain into 2 chilled glasses. Top each with Prosecco. Garnish with a few edible flowers. (for flowers)

 Now, let’s get down to planning your bar. Depending on the space that you rent, you may need to do a lot of the legwork yourself. Here are a few things that you will definitely need to take care of.

1 special occasion permit An SOP is required if you are planning to sell or serve alcohol at special occasions, such as weddings, charity fundraisers and receptions. An SOP is needed any time alcohol is offered for sale or served anywhere other than in a licensed establishment or a private place (for example, a private office or a residence). (www.agco.on.ca)

2 rentals Chair-man Mills Inc. rents everything from glasses to tents. Offering the best rates in town, they are really your one-stop shop for rentals. (www.chairmanmills.com) For a more unique approach to your décor try Lounger Rentals (www.loungerentalsinc.com)


3 venues Chairman Mills offers an extensive list of party venues. If you are having it in Toronto, look into one of the great Toronto Parks locations. The hourly rates are super cheap. Legions, restaurants and church basements are also good options.


4 bartenders The professionally trained Martini Club  mixologists are available for exclusive parties, from corporate functions to gatherings in private dwellings. Selecting from over one hundred specialized martinis including several dozen gourmet infusions made fresh at The Martini Club studio, and hundreds of specialty cocktails, each celebration boasts its own customized menu, with the cocktails titled after the party’s theme. 


5 mix Chasers can make any fresh juice (like the red grapefruit juice), simple syrup and bar mix you want. www.chasersjuice.com

6 ice If you run out of ice mid-party, the ice man will come to the rescue.

 7 general bar planning tips Reduce the risks of alcohol-related problems when entertaining and help ensure guests arrive home safely by following these 10 tips for responsible hosting:


If you need some wedding inspiration, visit Toronto’s most thrilling and rewarding Bridal Show at Direct Energy Centre, Hall D
April 19 - 21, 2013 (www.torontobridalshow.com) 

Last year, for our wedding blog we featured fancy jello shooters. Here is the link.


Do something nice for Mother Nature – Monday, April 22nd!

Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 6 degrees
Sunday: Sunny and a high of 8 degrees

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