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Butler-Passed Wine and Champagne at a Cocktail Reception. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Have you ever been to a wedding and the line to the bar moves at a snail’s pace?  If that has happened to you, it typically meant that there were not enough bartenders working at the wedding reception. So, how do you know if your caterer hired enough bartenders for your wedding reception?  The rule […]

How Many Bartenders Do I Need at My Wedding Reception


While planning your wedding or event, you may work with some venues that allow you to order your liquor, beer, and/or wine separately. While this option will more than likely be a less expensive option than ordering the beverages through your venue or caterer, the process can be overwhelming. So, we created a guidebook that […]

(Download) A Planning Guide for Ordering Your Wedding Reception Beverages


If you love the refreshing taste of a peppermint, this holiday-inspired cocktail is just what the (ahem) doctor ordered! There are a lot of candy cane martini recipes on the web, but this version isn’t as sweet as the other candy cane recipes.  So, it’s a great complement to the holiday cookies I over-indulge on […]

A Candy Cane Martini Recipe for a Holiday Cocktail Party


In all of this hot weather, limoncello sounds heavenly right now! Adding a little vodka makes it a just right for a signature drink. Here is a recipe I found on This recipe serves four lucky drinkers. Ingredients — 2 ounces limoncello4 ounces vodka4 lemon twists Directions — 1. Shake with ice and pour […]

Signature Drink: Limoncello Martini


It’s finally June, and everyone on the Howerton+Wooten Events team is working like crazy to ensure that our 2012 summer weddings, conferences and events are flawless. (always) To keep things light on a Friday afternoon, we serve Grey Goose Cosmopolitans, and show the wedding scene from “Sex and the City 2.”  (They had swans!)  I am […]

Friday Happy Hour: Cosmopolitans and Liza Minelli


Tomorrow is our 4th annual slip and slide party. So today’s happy hour drink is a neighborhood favorite!  The Arnold Palmer! This unconquerable mixture of iced tea and lemonade was a southern classic way before Arnold Palmer entered the world! But who cares – Calling it an Arnold Palmer makes it taste better! Ingredients – […]

Friday Happy Hour: An Arnold Palmer for the Kids


  After spending a year listening to stories about wedding gowns, guest lists and the cost of a wedding cake, your dad probably deserves a cocktail.  Here is one that I am sure he will enjoy. Ingredients: Two (2) ounces of gin A dash of dry vermouth One-half (½) ounce of olive juice Olives Preparation Steps: Fill […]

Friday Happy Hour: Dirty Martini for the Father of the Bride


Since I spent the better part of this week focusing on things that is all about you, I thought I would share my favorite cocktail for this week’s Friday Happy Hour – The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini. Ingredients — 1½ ounces of Grey Goose® vodka ½ ounce of Triple Sec 1 teaspoon of Superfine Sugar ¾ […]

Friday Happy Hour: Perfect Lemon Drop Martini