At most events, whether it be a wedding, professional, or social event, the bar is the focal point for entertainment. Guests gravitate towards it, making it a point for mixing and mingling, and let’s be honest,
it’s normally the first “stop” for many guests when arriving at an event.
CREATING THE PERFECT PARTY BAR
By Katie Thedford, Sales Executive at Bella Acento
At most events, whether it be a wedding, professional, or social event, the bar is the focal point for entertainment. Guests gravitate towards it, making it a point for mixing and mingling, and let’s be honest, it’s normally the first “stop” for many guests when arriving at an event.
Although the bar is such a frequented place at an event, I believe it’s often overlooked from the planning perspective. Sure, the bar gets stocked and glassware gets ordered, but how do you make it different from all of the rest? The bar is the perfect opportunity to turn something that’s already the main focal point from a social aspect, into the main focal point from a décor aspect as well. It’s so fun for guests to see the bar as the statement piece an event!
Creating the perfect scene is easy by focusing on the details and adding personal touches. Here are three tips to make your bar the perfect party bar:
1. Dress It
I think the most important (and honestly easiest) step to set the scene for the bar, is a bar façade. Putting up a bar façade not only ties in the ambiance from your décor or theme, but also takes your average table with a linen to the next level. At Bella Acento, we offer over 15 different bar facades to choose from in order to fit the feel for a range of events.
Photos: John Cain Photography
Photos: Edmonson Photography
2. Personalize It
While I love a good “His Favorite” or “Her Favorite” on the drink menu, my favorite thing to see at a bar is creative personalization. Naming the different bars at your event is a fun and easy way to have guests remember your event. We’ve done champagne bars that I’ve seen named “The Bubble Bar” and “Stop and Smell the Rose”, and scotch bars that are named after the groom. I’ve also seen a craft beer bar that was decked out with local brews, and a wine bar that served wines from the winery where the couple got engaged. The options are endless, but guests will certainly remember the experience when they’re getting served!
Photos: Karlisch Photography
3. Highlight It
Creating drama and action around the bar is the perfect way to highlight it and make it easy for guests to find. Hanging a crystal chandelier above the bar for a glam, upscale event, or having a 4-sided bar around a large tree for a rustic, organic event are two ways we’ve recently seen to make the bar area unique and noticed. Floral arches and custom lighting are also a fun way to show guests the way to the watering hole.
Photos: Shaun Menary Photography
Photos: Karlisch Photography
Photo: Brett Butterstein & Perez Photography
Whatever your style or budget, by following these 3 steps you can make the bar at your next event the perfect party bar!