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    Question Calculating Drink Consumption/Allottment

    DF and I are having a dinner banquet for my dad - he's all about this banquet - so we called this "Wedding #2/Dad's Wedding" The venue is allowing us to bring in our own drinks (yes, they are licensed). I'm having a hard time calculating how much a person would/could drink - so we can calculate how much to purchase.

    Its a family style, sit down dinner of 10 courses. Mostly seafood. So none of this eat and bolt type stuff - you're guaranteed to be there for a min of 3-4 hours. How do I calculate how many drinks/person for this? Its not like I can guesstimate like this: "Ok we're having a chicken entree, so we'll go with white wine, prob 2 glasses for the meal' right?

    DF and I are only serving beer & wine as well as soda and bottled water. The soda & water are the least of our concerns since we'll have house guests and it will get consumed fairly quickly after Dad's Wedding.

    Another factor, no dancing - just solid eating here and everyone will be driving so we don't want too much drinking going on. A lot of guests are not big drinkers as well.

    Is there a calculation guide somewhere that I'm missing? Any suggestions?

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    How intersting - and the meal sounds wonderful!! Cannot wait to see what others come up with - my thinking would be 2-4 glasses of wine and then lots of water, soda and juice.

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    Libby, I think what you have planned is more than enough. No need for people to get to tipsy. Since there will be people who do not drink alot I would not worry about it. Most people are more concerned about driving home safely. I think it is more important to be a concerned hostess.

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    I agree with Maui...2-4 glasses each

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    2 glasses is enough for a normal meal, so I'd agree with the others that for a 10 course banquet 2-4 is a good guess, for those who drink. Probably not everyone will.
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    I agree with 2-4 glasses for each person. With so much yummy sounding food, the guests will be so full to drink more than that!




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    Extras keep & are a good excuse to have yet another party when things settle down. What a wonderful time you all shall have. WTG!




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    Wow, y'all seem to know what you're talking about here when it comes to alcohol consumption....I wonder why that is?

    I have been scouring the internet for some sort of calculator and have not come up with something satisfactory for me. Everything was for a minimum of 100 people. The thought of that tab....

    I went over and talked it out with the liquor store and got some recommendations as well. Because its all eating and no dancing plus everyone needs to drive home after, I was told to assume 1 drink/hour/person. In this case works out to be what y'all have been suggesting

    Thanks everyone, I knew I could count on yas!

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