A Guide to Planning Your Next Event at The Alcove
Since the Alcove Restaurant & Lounge offers rental space for hosting such a wide range of different special events, it only makes sense to offer some advice on party planning! All private events, from a simple baby shower to a full blown wedding reception, require the same basic considerations. Follow this handy guide to plan your next special event.
Lay Out a Basic Schedule
Begin your planning tasks by laying out the expectations for the event. For example, if you need time for speeches and dances at a reception, block out units of time on a piece of paper to get a feel for how the gathering will flow from one activity to the next. This allows you to make an accurate reservation for the right amount of time so no one feels rushed and you're not overpaying for a whole day when you only needed a four-hour block.
Decide On Catering
Regardless of how formal or informal a gathering you're planning, food is always a good idea if the event will last more than just a few hours. Even light snack foods keep spirits high and encourage better mingling. The kitchen staff here at the Alcove can provide any kind of menu you need to keep your guests happy. Just provide us with the required number of courses or the number of people to feed with finger foods and we'll create a gourmet spread to your specifications.
Even for the most formal of events, some form of entertainment or mood-setting music is essential for a well-rounded gathering. If you want to hire live entertainment like a performer or a string quartet, make sure you're calling around at least a month in advance. During wedding season, most performers book three to four months in advanced instead. Waiting too long can leave you choosing between a karaoke machine and a bounce house rental if you keep putting off the entertainment arrangements.
Arrange for Alcohol
Finally, decide if you want to serve alcohol at your event or not. It can cost quite a bit to pick up the tab for everyone's drinks, so a cash bar option is a great way to compromise when you're paying for the food but not the alcohol. Mixed events with minors can still involve alcohol when you're relying on our professional staff to check ID and verify the age of anyone approaching the bar. For very serious events, alcohol should be avoided in order to prevent unprofessional behavior and interruptions.
Whenever you're ready to plan the event of your dreams, let the staff at the Alcove Restaurant & Lounge help! We'll walk you through all the steps of making a reservation, planning for food and drinks, and decorating the area to your needs. Don't hesitate to book early since our spaces can be in high demand throughout the year.