The Party Elf’s Frequently Asked Questions

We will always try to honor your requests; however, due to scheduling conflicts, we cannot guarantee a particular staff member. We can, however, guarantee that you will get an extremely qualified staff member to work your event!

Yes! Please note that under no circumstances will any of our bartenders serve anyone under the age of 21. If there is any doubt, our bartenders will request proof of drinking age. Sorry – no exceptions.

Yes, you do so we recommend you provide your guests with an option to get home if they have been drinking. We recommend Late Night Chauffeurs. They drive your guests – in their car – home safely. This allows them to enjoy themselves without the risks and dangers associated with drinking and driving. Uber is also a safe way to get an inebriated guest home safely. No DWI’s, no excuses, no worries.

Our bartenders carry and use their own bar tools. Supplies consist of shaker glasses, bottle openers, pourers, etc.

We serve and set up all types of specialty beverage events. We do not carry an alcohol liquor license to sell alcohol. The client must secure all permits required for the event. We do not sell alcoholic beverages, However, we can recommend quantities for your event.

We can provide:

  • Alcohol variety and quantity recommendations
  • Portable bars, linen rentals
  • Glassware rental

Servers: Our staff is trained to set tables and buffets, warm food, heat, and serve hors d’oeuvres. They will set up, service, and maintain all food and beverage table service areas throughout the event which includes set up of sternos, dessert buffets, and coffee urns. At the end of the event, we provide cleanup to the client’s specifications. Service during the event includes any type of food-service required (buffet, family-style, individual plating) and beverage service including serving water, wine, champagne, and coffee. If you requested one of our bartenders, full bar service will be provided.

Bartenders: All beverage service consists of the complete setup of the bar, mixing and serving all drinks, and complete breakdown and cleanup at the conclusion of your event.

Grillers: Grill on either propane or charcoal grills. Will provide their own grill tools. Will prepare and grill your meats and vegetables to your specifications. All special requests will be discussed prior to your event.

For food servers, we ask that you have a list of menu items and location of a secondary refrigerator if applicable, extra supplies, garbage pails, and a timeline of your event requirements in order to provide seamless service. For bartenders, please advise of any special requests, such as toasts, speeches, signature drink requests, and last call.

1-2 bartenders can manage between 75 and 100 guests for a full bar.

If you require three or more bartenders, we highly recommend using a bar back. A barback will make sure all bars remain fully stocked, replenish glassware and assist bartenders where needed.

For a buffet set up, we recommend one server for every 25 to 35 guests. For a seated, plated event, we suggest one server for every 10 to 15 guests. For passed hors d’oeuvres, we recommend one server per 25 guests.

Are you using disposable tableware?

Do you want water and wine service tableside?

Do you need buffet table attendants (food runners)?

We are happy to consult with you to help you determine the number of staff you will need.

Captains can supervise your party and will give clear direction to all service staff. They can coordinate all details with the party planner or caterer to set up, serve, and break down the event to meet all your expectations.

If you request six staff or more, we recommend including a captain

Mixers for Full Bar Service consists of:

  • Mixers: Lime Juice / Grenadine / Sour Mix / Bloody Mary mix
  • Fruit: Limes / Lemons / Olives / Cherries
  • Sodas (Coke products): Coke / Diet Coke / tonic / Sprite / Ginger Ale / Club Soda / Water
  • Juices: Orange / Cranberry / Grapefruit / Pineapple
  • Consumables: Stirrers / Beverage Napkins / Fruit Picks
  • Ice

If you are having any specialty drinks or if an additional product is needed our bartenders will require that you provide them with an ingredients menu to ensure that the cocktails are made to your specifications.

For a Beer/Wine Bar I need …

Beverages for Beer & Wine Bar Service consists of:

  • Fruit: Limes / Lemons
  • Sodas (Coke products): Coke / Diet Coke / Sprite / Ginger Ale / Club Soda / Water
  • Juices: Orange / Cranberry
  • Consumables: Stirrers / Beverage Napkins / Fruit Picks
  • Ice

We will be happy to rent 6’ or 8’ tables w/black linen or a portable Formica bar. We recommend floor protection (if inside), ice tubs for beer, wine and water, and an ice tub/bucket for clean ice to make mixed drinks. If needed, we recommend a back table for glassware.

We will be happy to rent glassware for your event. We can rent the following types of glasses:

Rock / Wine / Martini / Champagne / Pint
The Party Elf recommends, on average, three glasses per guest.