We love the questions we get from our fabulous customers and today's question was one I haven't heard in all the years I've been creating party invitations.
"How do you word invitations
to ask guests to bring tips
for the bartender?"
First, if you can afford a bartender, or your event supplies a bartender, you can afford the tip at the end of the evening.
At most events, alcohol is the the responsibility of the hosts. If you can't afford an open bar, limit the guest's selections to beer and wine or coffee and tea, whatever you can afford. If alcohol is not in your budget, consider inviting fewer guests so you can budget for this expense. Also, check with your venue to see if the cost of a bartender and their tip is included as part of the overall bill for your event.
I have been to events where there is a tip jar at the bar, and as long as you agree, it is fine for the bartender to put out the tip jar (remember, some guests will think this is tacky.) If you aren't okay with a big jar with a handwritten "Tips" note attached messing up your beautifully decorated venue, then make sure you let the bartender know that you are paying for their services as well as the tip at the end of the event and you would rather they put the tip jar under the bar for the duration of your event.
You don't expect guests to tip the wait staff and other people who made sure your event ran smoothly, so you shouldn't treat the bartender any differently. Figure out how you can cover the cost of serving cocktails and beverages to your guests and include that amount -- plus the tip -- in your event's budget.
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