I'm giving a 50th anniversary party in two weeks. Having cocktail hour 6-7 with light hor d'oeurves prior to dinner. 24 guests. Apprx 7 elderly, 13 30/40 somethings 4 too young to drink. Have agreed to 6 bottles of wine at $18 each for the dinner (two white and two red). Suppose I'll buy more if we run out. Have asked restaurant not to put top shelf liquour on the cocktail bar.
Any sneaky ways that anyone can suggest to hold down the liquor bill? What can I ask the restuarant owner that will not sound too cheap? Is it kosher to ask her to outline the cost of beer, cocktails, etc. What do you think is a reasonable price? Can I ask her to pour small glasses of wine at dinner? Is $18 per bottle reasonable given the quantity I'm buying and the fact that she is going to select them FOR me? I think $18 is the absolute lowest price on the wine list.
My husband rarely drinks and although he doesn't mind paying for high quality food, I'm afraid he may spaz if he gets a huge bar tab. Anyone w/ experience want to hazard a guess as to how much $$ the group will drink?
We are paying $35/person for salad, fish course, beef course, anniversary cake prepared in-house. Is it reasonable to ask a reduced price for very small children?
I've actually never been to this restaurant, just walked by it when it was closed. (We live a thousand miles away) I've attached the link if anyone is interested, and if by some miracle one of the hounds has been here, please review.
Many thanks for indulging my rambling question and for any advice.