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Tips for an amazing drinks reception

When it comes to planning a drinks reception, you want to take notice of every last detail to make it as memorable as possible for your guests. An amazing drinks reception is about more than just the beverages you serve. It’s about the surroundings, entertainment, décor and overall atmosphere that you create.

Whether it’s for a corporate event, wedding reception or any other special occasion, we’ve put together our top tips to wow your guests and create an amazing drinks reception to remember.

The perfect venue

The first thing to think about when planning you drinks reception is where you’re going to host it. After all, the venue sets the tone for the reception, so you want to find somewhere that reflects your event and can be customisable to the theme you want to create.

Here at The Grubstreet Author, we offer three unique venue hire spaces and an in-house team to help you source everything you need from props to audio and visual equipment. Holding from 30-120 guests, our spaces can be tailored to your event and we can even offer unique menus for drinks and canapés.

Creative drinks

The type of drinks you serve will depend on the time of day you’re holding your reception and the demographic of your guests. If you want your reception to be truly memorable, customised and creative drinks can be a great option. Here are some fun ideas:

  • Themed and personalised cocktails
  • Champagne tower
  • Slow drip coffee bar
  • G&T station
  • Tea and cake with vintage china
  • Wine bar

Nibbles and food

A drinks reception doesn’t require you to serve a sit-down meal, however, it can be a good idea to serve some nibbles or canapés to keep guests satisfied as they sip their drinks. A mixture of sweet and savoury bites will go down a treat, and by rule of thumb, we’d recommend three to five canapés per person.

At The Grubstreet Author, you can tailor your nibbles to the needs of your event. We have a team of expert chefs who create food that’s not only eye-catching but tastes amazing.

Memorable entertainment

Drinks receptions don’t always require entertainment, but it’s important to have some form of audio or visuals to create an engaging atmosphere. All rooms at The Grubstreet Author include a built in DAD PA system, coloured LED lighting, electronic signage and complimentary Wi-Fi. We can also cater to any of your audio and visual needs with the help of our audio-visual supplier, Blitz. Some ideas for entertainment include:

  • Live music
  • Magicians
  • Photo booths
  • Acrobats
  • Caricaturists

Bespoke décor

Décor and decoration that is tailored to your reception brings everything together and adds a unique touch to your event. From personalised signs, coloured lighting and floral arrangements, there are a whole host of ways to decorate your venue.

Accommodating children

If your reception requires you to accommodate children, you need to ensure you have something to keep them entertained and make them feel part of the event. For example, you could have a pick ‘n’ mix stand or a lemonade stand. It’s also a good idea to have some child friendly games or props that allow them to get involved.

No matter the type of drinks reception you’re hosting, the key to an amazing event is organisation. Here at The Grubstreet Author, we have an on-site team ready to help you organise and create a drinks reception to remember. Get in touch today to speak to a member of our team about how we can help you host the perfect drinks reception in London.