CHAMPAGNE TOWER PARTY POINTERS

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TOWER SIZE

5 Tier 55 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 60cm

NUMBER OF BOTTLES REQUIRED FOR A FULL POUR

12

NUMBER OF BOTTLES REQUIRED FOR A PART POUR

MINIMUM TABLE SIZE REQUIRED

8

600mm x 600mm

6 Tier 91 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 70cm

18

12

700mm x 700mm

7 Tier 144 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 80cm

30

800mm x 800mm

21

8 Tier 208 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 90cm

42

30

1000mm x 1000mm

9 Tier 289 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 100cm

60

40

1000mm x 1000mm

10 Tier 389 Glasses

Tower height (from base to top glass) = 110cm

84

56

1200mm x 1200mm

what type of champers/sparkling should i use?

Champagne Towers are impressive structures and look amazing when being poured. They are a great photo opportunity. When deciding on which sparkling/champagne to use consider the following;
- Is the tower going to be disassembled and ALL glasses used for a toast?
- Do all guests like drinking champagne/sparkling?
- Is this just for a toast and photo opportunity, with minimal guests drinking?

In answer to the above questions we advise on purchasing the following types of sparkling/champagne;
- Is the tower going to be disassembled and ALL glasses used for a toast? Best to use a good quality sparkling/champagne.
- Do all guests like drinking champagne/sparkling? Best to use a mid range sparkling/champagne to minimize wastage.
- Is this just for a toast and photo opportunity, with minimal guests drinking? We advise on doing a part pour with a good quality sparkling/champagne or a full pour with mid range champagne/sparkling.

We do have sparkling/champagne available to purchase from us directly for additional costing - contact us for a quote.

what is the difference between a full pour & a part pour?

A full pour is using ALL the champagne bottles to completely fill every single glass. This includes the pouring aspect and then the follow up pour of all inner tower glasses also. 
A part pour is using upto 2/3rds of the required bottles to part fill the tower. This includes the pouring aspect, but does not include pouring all the inner tower glasses.

does the tower completely fill up?

It’s a given that not all glasses will fill totally up when pouring and there will be quite a bit wastage in the drip tray below. Many inner glasses within the tower wont completely fill and will need to be filled as the tower is disassembled and disbursed.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A TABLE....AND WHERE DO I PLACE IT?

Yes or we do have them available for hire for $110.  When you do provide a table, make sure it is;

Not wobbly!

The ground is level!

Is in a location where it wont be bumped! ...so do not place it near the table with all the children at a wedding.

At weddings many couples like to place the tower where it can be seen.  The larger the tower the more impressive it is so make sure you give it the limelight it deserves. 

Its totally up to you if you want it clothed or not - most venues will have table cloths otherwise you can also hire from us directly.  The location of the tower greatly depends on what time you are pouring it - refer to the question down to the bottom of this page.

Refer to the individual towers on this site for table dimension requirements.

DO I NEED TO empty the drip tray?

Yes if you haven't hired staff.  The drip trays collect the excess champers as it cascades down.  We've seen couples pour the excess into jugs to consume later which is totally fine by us (it happens more often then you think).  If you haven't hired staff, don't worry we will inform the venue staff of your venue with all pouring details prior.

DO you provide mats?

No we don't provide mats.  We know that some venues are worried the tower might fall, or that the drip tray might over spill (this doesn't happen) and like to use mats.  Frankly the look out of place under a tower and are more of a hazard for someone to trip over the edge of them.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I POUR THE TOWER?

From experience we believe the tower is best poured at the beginning of the event.  Many weddings many couples like to have the tower setup in a 'best to view' location so all guests can see it upon arrival - this may be a foyer/reception area or the dance floor.

If you are setting up in either of these locations then best to pour at time of the arrival, cake cutting to get it out of the way.  These days all of the formalities are undertaken at a wedding at the beginning of the reception within the first 1/2 hour of the event.

For Corporate events many clients wish to pour this at the conclusion of an event or mid way through - if this is the case make sure it is placed in a distinct 'of to the side' location -  after people have a few drinks the tower can be easily forgotten about if it was placed in a central location and is more prone to be knocked over.

WHAT WILL COCKTAIL QUEEN STAFF DO IF I HIRE THEM?

Cocktail Queen staff will assist you in pouring the tower, so that is they will either hand you opened bottles as you begin pouring or will pour on your behalf.

When you book a staff person for you must ensure that this time includes BUMP IN, setup, waiting for guests to arrive, pouring, disbursement, collection, pack down and BUMP OUT.  This is usually all achieved within 4-7 hours, depending on when you are pouring the tower.

If you are pouring at the beginning of an event then you will only need a staff person for the minimum 4 hours.  If not, then YOU WILL NEED TO purchase additional staff hours. 

At typical event itinerary with early event pouring will go as follows;

5.00pm bump in and setup

6.30pm guests arrive

7.00pm bride/groom arrive

7.15pm tower is poured

7.30pm champagne dispersed by TCQ staff person

7.45pm pack down of drip tray and collection of glassware

9.00pm final collection of glassware and bump out

Total hours = 4 hours

If you pour late in the night then you will need to pay for staff from time of bump in to bump out.  So if you dont pour until 10.30pm, you event itinerary with late event pouring would go as follows;

5.00pm bump in and setup

6.30pm guests arrive

10.30pm tower is poured

10.45pm champagne dispersed by TCQ staff person

11pm pack down of drip tray and collection of glassware

12.00am final collection of glassware and bump out

Total hours = 7 hours

We allow a 1.5 hour bump in leeway time.  Bump in at some venue locations are horrific for access and can take up to 1.5 hour - especially CBD locations, where parking is hard to find and loading docks have to be booked in.  We allow a 1.5 hour post pouring leeway also for dispersing and collecting of glassware.  The collection of glassware can take upto 1.5 hours due to guests taking time to consume their beverage, movement of glassware throughout the venue and coiciding collection discreetly with other undertakings occurring during the event.

pouring instructions for diy

Place several large ice buckets with already opened champagne/sparkling chilling on ice, on a table next to the champagne tower.
Pour directly in to the top glass and continue pouring so it overflows and cascades down the tower.
Ensure someone is located next to you to hand you the opened bottles of champagne and remove the empty from you.
Ensure that you have a dry cloth to hold onto the bottles as they are poured as they can be wet in slippery once being removed from the chilling bucket.
As you continue pouring the glasses will fill and overfill into the glass below.
Usually the bride/groom/birthday person continue to pour for at least 10-15 bottles of which during this time guests will take photos.
Once you have finished pouring at least 12 bottles, start dispersing.
Upon removal of glasses you will notice they are full to the brim, as you remove them from the tower simply pour some of the sparkling into the glass below.
The base of the glass will be very wet, so have a cloth on hand to wipe the base before placing on serving tray for disbursement.
Venue staff will need to collect all TCQ tower glassware and place back into boxes after disbursement.
Venue staff will also need to remove and empty drip tray.

pouring instructions for when you have hired staff

Please show the staff person where the champagne is being stored if you have hired staff with your event, or ensure that your event coordinator does.
Please ensure that there are several large ice buckets on hand near the tower for the champagne to be placed in just prior to commencement of pour.
If you have hired staff with your tower from The Cocktail Queen staff will assist in pouring the tower, handing you the bottles to pour directly into the top glass. You continue pouring into the top glass so it overflows and cascades down the tower.
Usually the bride/groom/birthday person continue to pour for at least 10-15 bottles of which during this time guests will take photos.
If you don’t want to pour it, indicate to TCQ staff and they will do this.
Post 12 bottles TCQ staff usually take over, to finalise pouring directly into unfilled glasses, and then commence disbursement of champagne.
Following disbursement of champagne TCQ staff will collect glasses, remove drip tray and empty and then exit. This final process can take upto 1 – 2 hours post pouring.

STORAGE OF CHAMPAGNE TOWER GLASSWARE RACKS

Please indicate to staff upon arrival an easy accessible location to store ‘on site’ glassware boxes/racks along with also location for drip tray to be emptied into.
- All glassware will need to be placed back into these boxes/racks post event.
- Please ensure no staff person disposes of these boxes/racks during the event (easy to do at large venues back of house).

delivery and setup of tower
- Deliver and setup of the tower will commence during the day at the venue location and is as per the requested bump in time as detailed on your booking form and as conferred with the venue coordinator at the establishment.
- Cocktail Queen does not collect the glassware for the event until the next day. If we need to do this then a late night pickup fee applies. Venue staff will need to collect all TCQ tower glassware and place back into boxes after disbursement.

pickup and removal of tower
- Please ensure that venue places all the glassware in the correct Cocktail Queen boxes and the drip tray in a convenient location for ease of pickup the next day or that night.
- Our delivery drivers when they arrive for pickup are not responsible for servicing the floor and picking up the glassware. This only occurs if you have hired a staff person with your tower.
- Venue staff must have boxes ready and drip tray ready for ease of pickup when required.
Please ensure you complete the bump out time on your booking form to ensure correct pickup time and location – we advise on liaising with your venue event coordinator.

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