Everyone loves a party. So have one. Themes and elaborate decorations aren’t necessary. Sometimes a basic kegger is all you need. But if you’re going to have guests over to your place, you don’t want to screw it up. Take a little time to think about the basics and make sure you have everything covered. Here are some of the important issues you should consider to save yourself headaches and embarrassment.
Drinks, Part One
Parties are social, so alcohol, which lessens your inhibitions, is worth having around. College parties across the country are fueled by one common source of energy: Beer. You can have mixed drinks, too, but that gets pricey. Of course, you’ll want to discourage excessive drinking and drinking and driving. But for a basic bash, you should have some beer.
Domestic-beer kegs are most popular among college students, says Steve Hopkins of Eastgate Liquors, a popular liquor store in Columbia, MO. Prices range from $44 for a half-barrel (that’s a typical keg) of Keystone Light up to $66 for Michelob. One half-barrel holds nearly 200 12-ounce servings of beer. Kegs of imported beer can be specially ordered and can cost in excess of $100 apiece.
“Natural Light’s our most popular,” Hopkins says, “Or, as the kids like to call it, Nattie Light.” Expect to leave deposits on kegs, and if you need them, taps and ice tubs. All three deposits can run you almost $100. Hopkins says his store frequently retains deposits on taps that have been abused, but keg deposits are almost always returned. “The keg is pretty hard to damage,” he says. “We’d probably take back anything as long as it’s not chopped in half.”
Ranzi Mefrakes, the manager of Southside Liquors in Columbia, agrees. “I’ve never had a damaged keg,” he says. “It’s not my judgment to decide. Most of the time, the distributor takes it.”
Drinks, Part Two
You should offer alternative party drinks for your guests who don’t want beer. Courteous hosts put out different types of sodas and water for the non-boozing crowd and designated drivers. Even some drinkers may choose to take a break from alcohol and just hang out. The option to have other drinks keeps them around longer.