Your Gold Coast party questions answered

If you’re organising a party or event it’s highly likely that you’ll have party questions that need answering. We compiled some of the most sought after party planning questions and most importantly answered them! Everything from how long a helium balloon remains afloat to how many glasses of beer are in a keg.

Our top party questions

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party questionsHow many glasses of beer are there in a keg?

A standard size keg holds 49.5 litres.

That’s equivalent to:

  • 6 cartons (1 carton = 24 x 345 ml)
  • 45 x 1145 ml jugs
  • 120 schooners (1 schooner = 425 ml)
  • 145 stubbies (1 stubby = 345 ml

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party questionsHow long do helium balloons last?

Ever wondered if you could inflate your helium balloons the night before your party and save time the next day? Here’s your answer. Temperature affects how helium balloons stays inflated but it also depends on the quality and material of the balloon.

Latex Balloons What to expect from a latex balloon:

Balloons made from latex are typically less expensive than Mylar balloons and are available in many colours. You can fill latex balloons with helium or water. However, latex balloons are slightly porous so they leak and don’t last as long as Mylar balloons. BE AWARE… latex balloons break into small pieces when popped and are a choking hazard to small children.

Here’s a rough guide to how long you can expect your helium filled balloon to last.

30cm balloon – 12-18 hours from time of inflation
40cm balloon – 15–30 hours from time of inflation
90cm balloon – 30-48 hours from time of inflation

Adding the product Hi-Float to your balloons will make them last longer.

30cm balloon – 4–7 days with hi-float
40cm balloon – 7-14 days with hi-float
90cm balloon – 7-14 days with hi-float

Mylar balloons are non-porous, self-sealing and typically last longer than latex balloons. They are available in many different shapes, themes, sizes, and colours too.

You can expect Mylar balloons to last:

Small size – 3-4 days then begin to deflate still lasting an extra 3-4 days or longer
Larger size – 3-4 days then begin to deflate lasting an extra 1-2 weeks or longer

Ask your balloon supplier for tips on how to transport as well as get the most out of your balloons. They are the experts to ask about any balloon party questions.

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party questionsWhere should I seat my guests?

Seating is an important part of any party. If possible it’s best to seat guests together based on common interests. Are they related?  Is there common sporting or social interests? Do they have common professions and same marital/single status?
To keep the peace, it is best to avoiding seating people together who have animosity towards one another. Just makes the party better for everyone.

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party questionsHow do I set a Formal dinner table ?

For a formal setting, more is better. Make your table look elegant by stacking bowls, small plates and larger plates at each place setting. Lots of silverware means lots of courses.  Many glasses mean lots of beverage choices.

The simple rule is: Place cutlery in the order of its use; that is, from the outside in. Forks go to the left of the plate knives and spoons go to the right hand side. And finally, only set the dinner table with cutlery you will use. Not having soup-no soup spoon. No salad – no need for a salad fork. Extra cutlery just confuses people.

When serving soup, set the bowl on the plate and a soup spoon to the right of the beverage spoon. Salad or bread and butter plates go to the left of the forks.

how to set a formal table

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 party questions5 Things To Keep In Mind When Setting A Buffet Table

1. Make it easy to use 
Leave a little space so that your guests can set down their plate or their glass if necessary. This will allow them to use or spread condiments.

2. Practicality

Don’t place your condiments all over the table. Place them where people need them. Don’t place cutlery at the beginning of the table. Your guests don’t need to struggle holding them while dishing up. Put cutlery and napkins at the end of the buffet table so it’s the last thing they need to grab. Also every dish needs its own serving utensil. Place beverages and desserts on their own table or tables if space allows.
 3. Traffic Flow
Have a beginning and an end to the serving line. Place the plates at the beginning of the buffet. This will make it obvious where your guests should start to serve themselves.

4. Presentation –

Use multiple heights. Higher placed stands and platters at the back and shorter dishes at the front. Continuously search the buffet for rubbish and empty glasses and remove.

5. Hospitality –

Pre cut cakes and slices. No guest wants to have to cut into a cake or slice. Remove all food from plastic containers and display on plates. If you are using paper plates and plastic cutlery provide bins for easy disposal. Have everything easy to find. This avoids your guests needing to go up and down the buffet line looking for condiments or salt and pepper.

These 5 tips will help you set up the perfect buffet for your guests.