Platinum Bartenders

"Only the Best for your Party"

Attractive, personable & talented event staff in Los Angeles

Understanding your corporate holiday event

10 guests that will be at your corporate holiday party

The corporate holiday party is a concoction of awkwardness, open bars and the

hypnagogic sensation that comes with seeing your fellow associates in a social scene. Anyone who has not witnessed or experienced this before, it can be a great episode to watch.

Some thoughts that pop into your mind may be: "hold on, that mute person can actually speak — and has dance moves?" and, "I’ve never chatted with this associate ever, and now we are suddenly best buddies". These thoughts are quite the normal.

Take a nice big breathe, we have created a list of the typical associates your likely to see at this year’s corporate holiday party so you can prep yourself. Which one will you be?

1. Big Boss, CEO, President

When the Big Boss enters the room, he can separate the crowed like Zeus separates the ocean. You will notice pausing in conversations as those acknowledge the presence of the big boss. Out of instinct, fear and intimidation some employees will subconsciously hide their beverages and take it the celebration down a notch. The boss can be very intimidating for some, however keep in mind he is a human being too.

2. The Kiss A**

Another classic term for this person is the Brown-Noser. For those of you confused on this term, google it. You can spot this person a mile away, talking to every person at the party as much as possible, almost unnaturally. Instead of treating the occasion as a fun festive relaxed event, they will be treating it as a networking affair attempting to maximize their position to climb the chain of command. This person will always bring up work and be watching everyone’s moves, be wary of these ones.

3. The awkward plus one

You have never seen this person in your life. This person was brought to the party by a single co-worker. They will most likely look like a turtle hiding in the corner sipping a beer or six in their shell. Say hello to them, make them feel welcome and come out of their shell.

4. The intern that has too much fun

The intern, most likely 18-22 has never experienced a corporate open bar before. They are very excited and don’t have much of an alcohol tolerance. Their voice will become loud, their life will turn into an open book with personal stories flowing out and begin dancing like they are in a nightclub . Their behavior will definitely become recognized, sometimes perhaps but not in the best way!

5. The secret romance

These 2 associates think they are the slyest kids on the block. They both arrive to the office through different entrances or 5 minutes apart every day. They will avoid each other at the party, if you look closely you will see a few sly glances from each other.

Hey you two, we know what’s going on! We see you!

6. The Christmas sweater-wearer

This person received this sweater as a Christmas gift from their grandma. It has been sitting in their closet for 10 years and has never found the right time to wear it. They are too busy with work to go shopping so they decide to rock the sweater. He or she embraces the sweater with Rudolf the reindeer on it and is unscathed by the stares.

This attendee comes in just above the rented tuxedo guy

7. The TMI talker

You've probably encountered the co-worker who talks endlessly about matters that are, frankly, TMI. He or she is way too open about their personal life, so you know absolutely everything about his or her romantic escapades, family, pets, landlord and hair stylist. Avoid getting cornered by this particular attendee or risk being forced into a conversation about what his or her cats will be wearing this Christmas, complete with a full-scale slideshow via smartphone.

8. The silenced lamb

This party go-er is usually very professional, quiet and slightly nerdy. After a few bevies they eject out of their shell and start breaking out dance moves in front of the DJ or boombox. You will meet a completely new person that has come out from hiding behind their computer. They turn into the life of the party and it is fantastic!

You know that one coworker who is really quiet and professional, perhaps even a bit nerdy? After they've had a couple cocktails, they're going to burst out of their shell with gusto. You'll see some intense dance moves, hear them spout hilarious jokes and meet a totally new person who’s been hiding behind a desk. They'll be the life of the party, and it'll be awesome.

9. The social media paparazzi

This co-worker is obsessed with Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and pretty much any shareable platform. They document all parts of the party so be aware of these party go-ers as you will most likely end up online! Acquire some ninja moves to dodge some embarrassing social media content.

This party-goer is absolutely addicted to all things shareable. He or she documents every second, so when you get to the party, you will most likely end up on their Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat feeds almost instantaneously. Adopt ninja skills to avoid post-party digital embarrassment.

10. The “IDGF” employee

This co-worker is in the midst of planning a much needed long holiday or is in the process of switching to another company. He or she can be very entertaining with their YOLO attitude towards the party and during the office’s day to day work. This person can be a hoot to watch and once alcohol has been added to the equation the show gets better & better!

This colleague is currently in the middle of planning a long vacation or is heading to another company ASAP. This person can be highly entertaining, though. His or her "DGAF" approach to the party — and to daily office life, for that matter — can be ridiculously amusing to watch. Add alcohol to the situation and it can become even more of a spectacle.

Forget boring corporate holiday parties. Make this year’s an unforgettable one with Platinum Bartenders.  We have fun outgoing staff and open bar packages that make planning your bar a whole lot easier.

Tequila Tequila Tequila

I love writing and talking about tequila.

It's my favorite spirit to drink straight as a shot.

Below is my 2017 top 10 Tequila Choices

1. Don Julio 1942 (Anejo) - This is one of the best tequilas produced. Aged in oak barrels for over one year, the tequila has a natural golden brown color and an exceptionally smooth taste.

2. Clase Azul (Reposado) - 100% Blue Agave. Complex aromas of cream soda, spice, caramel and earthy agave. A long sweet finish.

3. Jose Cuervo De la Familiar - This tequila is beyond smooth, maybe because its aged 3 time longer than any regular Anjeo Tequilas!

4. Casa Noble Anejo 2 yr - This exquisite tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels and extra aged to perfection and produced in limitied production.

5. Maestro Dobel Dimaond Tequila (Blend) - Made from a blend of Reposado, Anejo and extra Anejo Tequila's. This is then married in new Balkan oak barrels for 60 to 120 days. Simply smooth the best!

6. Corzo Silver Tequila (Blanco) - A fresh seductive fragrance that includes scents of cucumber, agave pulp, fennel, pine, coriander, and mint. The palate entry is smooth and with agave notes.

7. Casamigos (Blanco) - 100% Blue Weber Agave which is grown in the rich, red clay and cool climate of Jalisco Highlands of Mexico. Formally owned by George Clooney, sold for 1 billion.

8. Roca Patrón Silver Tequila - Distilled twice & finished at 90 proof to create a crisp, robust tequila with notes of sweet agave.

9. El Mayor(Anejo) - Double gold medal winner in SF World Spirits Competition 2017. From Jalisco, MX

10. Alacran (Anejo) - Voted best Extra Anejo in the SF World Spirits Competition 2017. From Jalisco, MX

Make your party unique

Are you sick of the same type of events? Bartenders, servers, hors d'oeuvre and small talk conversation are the typical Los Angeles party standards, and the views of the Hollywood Hills or on the Pacific coastline are stunning...however we have noticed one thing missing.... GAMES!

95% of the people in this world love to play games, so why have we left them behind to our college days? Most people plan for event bartenders, chefs, valet, food, drinks and then forget the core ingredient, FUN & ENTERTAINMENT!

Every party I've managed that brought in some form of game(s) has been a huge hit! Everyone becomes more interactive with each other and the event becomes more memorable. Platinum Bartender events that feature fun and games tend to be the most requested and best reviewed events that the company puts on.

Feel free to email us with the details on your next event and we can help come up with some fun games and entertainment to make your party a memorable one for the books!

Also, one of favorite vendors has a HUGE selection of fun and creative games including: Dunk Tanks, Giant Inflatable Darts, Foam Party Pits, Big Shot Photo Booths and much more! visit: http://www.partyworksinteractive.com to see more!

 

Special Events Staffing

Finding the staff you want for your event

A successful event depends on the type of staff working and how well they interact and engage with your guests. Not only is the event staff the face of your event, they help create the party's vibe.

In most cases, staff is overlooked, which can unfortunately harm your event. Throwing events can be expensive. but cutting costs for quality staff costs you more in the long run if the result is an unsuccessful event. 
From our experience, here are a few tips to help you create the most successful event and some advice on what to avoid when hiring event staff:

Tip 1. Staff Selection Delay
Book in advance. Once you find a company that fits your needs and has positive customer reviews, contact the company right away to check their top staff’s availability. A crucial mistake anyone planning an event can make is waiting too long to make a choice. While there are a lot of options out there, shopping around for too long can result in the company's best staff being unavailable. To avoid this, book as far in advance as possible.

Tip 2. Event Image
Every event is different and every event staffing agency is different. The staff is the front line and face of your event. Often events become so large that some guests may not even be able to find the host. Having suitable event staff to help run the event while you're busy can have a huge impact on the image your guests perceives of the event.  

Tip 3. Team Consultation
When hiring multiple vendors such as bartenders, DJs & chefs from different companies, it’s important to introduce and consult all team members. Make sure to establish ground rules and sharing rules of the event space so all members can efficiently work together as a team and create a positive environment.

Tip 4. Understanding the Event Needs
Before speaking to any event companies, it’s important to know how many guests will attend, event duration, theme, type of audience that will be attending, amount of staff you will need, and the type of foods/beverages you would like to serve. Obtaining this information before contacting your vendors will save you going back and forth.

Tip 5. Vetting Event Staff Quality
Any event staffing agency can build a website and promise top quality service. However, there are a lot of unprofessional event staffing companies out there. Always check their Yelp/Google reviews and read the customers reviews. Next step is to speak over the phone directly to the person in charge of staff selection & allocation. Explain to them what you’re looking for, make sure they are confident that they can provide you exactly what you’re looking for. Never settle for anything less: It’s your event, it should be special, so if you feel their staff won’t add value to your event, find a company that will--they exist!

Tip 6. Bar Catering
Bar catering or portable bar service is one of the most convenient ways to hire a bartender for your party. Whether your party is in Los Angeles or the Hollywood Hills, getting all the necessary ingredients to have a full cocktail bar can take a lot of time away from you planning your event. Make sure the company has a mobile bar for rent along with open bar package options available so your bar can really stand out at the event! If you're looking to hire a mixologist, make sure the staffing agency has a craft cocktail bar catering option available.

Tip 7. Event Education
Educating your event staff on what the event is, the purpose, and schedule will allow them to effectively respond to your guest’s questions or concerns whenever needed.

Tip 8. Budget
All events should have some form of budget in place. If you are stuck on deciding between two staffing agencies and the better company is slightly over your budget, take a moment to think about the qualities of the two vetted staffing professionals. Most of the time the higher priced company is more expensive due to high demand and better-quality staff. If both companies are very similar and you are hiring more than 5 staff, contact your first choice to see if they could offer you a better price.

Tip 9. Job Description
Clearly defining each staff’s job description before the event will allow them to perform all their responsibilities the way you want. The more direction you give the staff at the beginning, the less you will have to micro manage, resulting in you spending more time enjoying your guests' company.

Tip 10. Appearance, Personality & Talent
Whether you’re looking to hire a bartender for a private party or hire a wedding bartender, appearance, personality & talent are the 3 key factors you should take into consideration when selecting your staff to create the atmosphere you envision. Once you select and hire the event staff, make sure you instruct the staffing agency on how you’d like the staff to dress to match the atmosphere.
 

 

Plan Your Perfect Party or Event in 10 Easy Steps

 

Planning a party or Event?

The easiest method to keep track of all tasks & steps needed to have a successful event is to make lists. Dividing your list into smaller lists allows you to focus and execute each list effectively.

Below is 10 lists to help you create your perfect event.

1. Theme list.

Pick a theme that suits the time of year & guest list You may be planning a costume party, backyard BBQ, a formal black tie party, a pool party or a charity event. Once you have picked your theme create a list that includes all the details that support your theme for i.e: props, outfits, unique food, special talent, decorations and props you will need to purchase or rent. For larger events you will need to further break this list down into more details as lists below. 

2. Budget list.

Write down the budget your willing to spend on your event. Begin by writing down the cost next to each item you will need to purchase in your theme list. Total all costs together & look for items or areas you can cut costs without neglecting your party theme. 

3. Invite list.

Who would you like to invite to your event? This lists consists of more than just guests, include attendees, vendors, bartenders, servers, party planners, performers, attendee's with + 1's and special talent i.e: gogo dancers, emcee's & DJ's

4. RSVP list.

This list is confirmation of all attendee's that are confirmed for your event. It is a great way to keep track of who is coming & will assist you in planning your food & beverage catering. 

5. Decoration list.

Include all of your decorations that you will need to create the perfect theme & environment for your event. I.e candles, streamers, table cloths, wall art, party favors? Do some research online of similar events, be creative when listing all of the decorations you would like to have at your event. 

6. Food and drink list.

List what food & beverage items you already have available and then list what items you will need to purchase or have catered. Depending on your budget having your food & beverage catered to your needs takes a lot of stress of you in the planning process and on the day of your event.  If you would like to have your event catered create a list of food items that you think will match your theme. If you have trouble thinking of what you should include in this list, do some research online or call a bartending or food catering company for assistance. 

7. Supplies list.

List all supplies & rentals you will need to pick up or have delivered. This list can include non f&B items such as forks, knives, plates, napkins, bowls, tape, cords, speakers, umbrellas, chairs, tables, trash bags.

8. Music playlist.

If your planning to bring in your own DJ or play DJ yourself its always a great idea to create a playlist ahead of time and have it ready for the day. 

9. Day-of-the-party/event to-do list.

This list is for the day of your event and will help you execute everything you need to do efficiently. Perhaps you will need to run down the street to pick up some catered food, last minute supplies, put up decorations, set up the party area or electrical supplies for event performers? 

10. Cleanup list

The final list is your clean up list. This helps you remember what rentals & items need to be returned,  trash that needs to be removed, pay outstanding balances associated with your event and everything that needs to be addressed to before you can relax!

 

 

 

The Art of Cocktails

CHOOSE YOUR BASE NOTE

Making a drink is similar to making a perfume.  When you smell a scent, it has to have several layers. Once the alcohol evaporates, what are you left with?

Most perfumes started with a solid base note. So start tasting different spirits and try to figure out which one you want to start with as your base mix for the drink. Once you decide keep in mind that you’re the choice of your base spirits flavor will always remain in the cocktail.

Once you have decided on your base liquor (also note that you can always have two alcohols in your base) the sweet and tart elements become your canvas for creativity. A tart element could be something like freshly squeezed lime or grapefruit juice and a sweet element could include simple syrup, agave, a (lower ABV/alcohol by volume) liqueur and plenty of less concentrated sweet options such as orange juice. With this framework in mind, the mix-and-match possibilities are endless.

COMPLEMENTARY FLAVORS

The difference between decent drinks and amazing drinks is often the length of their flavor, how long it  sits in your mouth, fascinating your mind once it leaves your tongue. By making the sweet and tart parts complementary to your base flavor, you will expand on the cocktails experience. This is why many top mixologists enjoy using dark brown spirits as their base-flavor for their creations. Whiskeys tend to have more complementary flavors than tequila or vodka.

CONSRUCT GLUE WITH COMPLEXITY

Once you have completed your 2:1:1 cocktail, the next step is adding aromatics. The simplest way to do this is to include a couple of drops of bitters—a minuscule amount of liquid that won’t mess with the balance of your ratio.

Technically, in the history of the classic cocktail world, a cocktail is not considered a true cocktail unless it contained bitters. The true original formula of a cocktail was to simply just add alcohol, bitters and sugar. If you didn’tadd bitters you could definitely taste something missing. They added this final kind of balance that brought everything together—like the glue.

However bitters are not your only solution. You can add complex glue quickly is through a wash on the inside of the glass with something like absinthe. Or you could also use a hydrosol, which is a distillate of herbs or flowers extracted into water or oil. Rosewater is an example of a hydrosol.

Now that you know all off the ingredients to make a cocktail, be careful not to lose control. Most of
my cocktails consist of only five ingredients. Beyond that, the flavors can become muddled.

ADDING BUBBLES

Your cocktail at this point should taste pretty amazing. But what if it’s just too boozy? or not completely satisfying?

Soda water or even some champagne with some citric acid or a little extra simple syrup usually help to complete the balance. I tend to add soda water to 80% of my cocktails to give it that bubbly and refreshing edge that is missing.

Remember to keep in mind that eyeballing for speed is never a great option for your measurements once you have them figured out. Cocktail making is similar to baking, you need to make sure all of your ingredients are correct to achieve perfection.