A well-planned party has enough drinks to keep everyone buzzin', but not so much that you're left with a ton to drink by yourself. If you're supplying the booze, this formula can help you gauge how much you need. Photo by Dru Kelly.
When you're trying to host a party on a budget, every untouched beverage can really sting. It can be especially bad if the only booze left is something you don't like to drink. To avoid that situation, Emily of Five and Spice shares her general rule of thumb at Food52:
I talked to friends in catering and liquor stores that help people with ordering for parties, and they told me that they have a rule of thumb for how much people will drink based on how long the party lasts: On average, people will have two drinks in the first hour and then one drink per hour after that. So, if you're having a four-hour long shindig, for example, plan for guests to sip their way through five drinks.
For beer, it's easy to calculate that because most come in bottles or cans. For liquor, you can get somewhere between 15 and 20 drinks per bottle. If people plan on drinking wine, however, this handy calculator can help you out. Plan ahead and keep people from leaving to bring back more drinks.