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RTB Alpharetta – A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you’re looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Alpharetta, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails – they’ll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Alpharetta, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you’re organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we’ve seen and done it all, and we’re here to serve you as well.

RTB Alpharetta – A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we’ll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we’re done. We’ll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don’t just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Alpharetta. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you’ll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We’ve got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest’s glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you’re looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Alpharetta, look no further than RTB. We’ve built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we’ll handle every detail – from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Alpharetta, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn’t just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party – we’re here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we’re here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

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Bar Rentals in Alpharetta, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there’s an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup – bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Alpharetta. Our doesn’t just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends

Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn’t provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can’t go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Alpharetta

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We’re in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Alpharetta:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company’s logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout – we’d love to hear what you’re thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that’s for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go – from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You’ve got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the “nitty-gritty” while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Alpharetta, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won’t suck the life out of your party – we’ll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

Bartender Staffing

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
Bartenders for Weddings in Alpharetta

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say “I Do” without worrying about your drink service.

Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Alpharetta

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Alpharetta

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

Bartenders for Private Events in Alpharetta

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you’re thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more “out of the box” events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Alpharetta, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Alpharetta, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Alpharetta’s most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

We’re Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

We’re Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Alpharetta today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Latest News in Alpharetta

Ciox Digital Direct expands clinical data accessibility for Payers

Locates electronically available health records to expedite retrieval, increase data integrity, and reduce provider abrasionALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ciox Health™, a leading health technology company, today announced the release of Ciox Digital Direct™. Ciox Digital Direct identifies electronically available member encounters for health plans, improving access and outcomes, saving time and resources, and expediting fulfillment without provider abrasion. As part of Ciox's mission to accelerate U.S. he...

Locates electronically available health records to expedite retrieval, increase data integrity, and reduce provider abrasion

ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ciox Health™, a leading health technology company, today announced the release of Ciox Digital Direct™. Ciox Digital Direct identifies electronically available member encounters for health plans, improving access and outcomes, saving time and resources, and expediting fulfillment without provider abrasion. As part of Ciox's mission to accelerate U.S. health data transformation, this newest offering employs automated matching technology to close gaps in patient record obtainability. Ciox Digital Direct offers both Provider and Member based approaches, each enabling health plans to capture a more complete understanding of new and existing participants' health status and/or pre-identify where charts are electronically available.

Traditionally, medical record retrieval for risk adjustment and other purposes has been labor intensive, manual, and limited due to the number of providers a health plan could access and the quantity of members to evaluate. Ciox Digital Direct pre-assesses a health plan's entire membership or provider base at the start or completion of risk adjustment campaigns, identifying which providers to target and members with qualifying conditions linked to multiple encounters. The result is a process that minimizes waste and improves the likelihood of capturing documentation.

Ciox Digital Direct operates autonomously or in conjunction with the recently announced Ciox Chase Intelligence, as both utilize the nation's most extensive network of clinical data access and provider experience. The Provider and Member-based data may be deployed separately or together, depending on a health plan's need. Both improve the functionality, speed and quality of data received when charts are delivered.

"Interconnecting identifiable health data across multiple provider systems of record and electronically retrieving consistent and reliable results is a monumental task that Ciox Health successfully undertook more than four years ago," said Amir Keren, Chief Technology Officer at Ciox Health. "This initiative's impact is changing how patient data gets captured and securely transmitted between providers and payers."

"The digital transformation in health care is giving birth to innovation and change management," said Andy Kumar, VP of Product Management at Ciox Health. "Ciox is carrying the torch, delivering solutions like Digital Direct and Ciox Chase Intelligence to take advantage of expanded information accessibility and improve the delivery of data required for health plans to properly represent their members."

Ciox will host a webinar in conjunction with RISE® to review the advantages of a digital approach on October 20th at 1:30 ET. The webinar, titled "Modern Retrieval – Navigating Change by Starting with Digital & Ending with Better Results," is available at no cost to RISE members. To register, visit The Rise Association's website.

About Ciox:

Ciox Health's leading clinical data technology empowers greater health by unlocking the potential of data in medical records. The company leverages a ubiquitous network of clinical data connections to simply and securely connect healthcare decision makers with the data and hidden insights in patient medical records. Ciox helps customers connect, control and comply in solving last mile challenges in clinical interoperability. Supporting a range of connectivity needs from research to revenue cycle, Ciox's solutions include clinical data acquisition, release of information, and clinical coding. Ciox is a part of Datavant Group. Learn more about Ciox technology and solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com or Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Volunteers Sought For Annual Rivers Alive Cleanup Event

Volunteers will help remove litter and debris from streams, greenways, and roadways; stencil storm drains; and other projects.ALPHARETTA, GA — Join hundreds of volunteers for the 33rd Annual Rivers Alive.The Alpharetta event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 16. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., participants can pick up their supplies for the project selected at Rock Mill Park, 3100 Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta. Following a brief gathering with announcements at 8:45 a.m., volunteers will dispatch to ident...

Volunteers will help remove litter and debris from streams, greenways, and roadways; stencil storm drains; and other projects.

ALPHARETTA, GA — Join hundreds of volunteers for the 33rd Annual Rivers Alive.

The Alpharetta event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 16. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., participants can pick up their supplies for the project selected at Rock Mill Park, 3100 Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta. Following a brief gathering with announcements at 8:45 a.m., volunteers will dispatch to identified projects and return to Rock Mill Park by 11:30 a.m. with collected litter and debris for weighing, tallying, and pictures.

Volunteers are asked to pre-register by emailing tporter@alpharetta.ga.us or by calling 678-410-4718.

Volunteers will help remove litter and debris from streams, greenways, and roadways; stencil storm drains; and other projects. This is a way for families, scout troops, service groups and individuals to make an impact on the community's waterways. Projects will be arranged with pre-registration.

The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. Harold Harbert, watershed outreach manager with the Environmental Protection Division, reports that last year, more than 10,000 volunteers cleaned over 900 miles of waterways and removed 274,460 pounds of trash and garbage, including tires, plastic bottles, shopping carts and refrigerators from Georgia's waterways. The 2021 Rivers Alive event is expected to involve thousands of new and returning volunteers and continue to lead as one of the South's largest waterway cleanup efforts.

DataScan is sponsoring the Alpharetta Rivers Alive Event.

Statewide sponsors providing generous financial support and assisting with local cleanups include International Paper, Georgia Power, Burns & McDonnell Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Perdue Farms, Southwire Company, Wild Heaven Beer, Fieldale Farms Poultry, JDS Inc., Eversheds Sutherland, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders, and Zee Company. Dozens of other local organizations will be sponsoring individual cleanups around the state.

All participants are asked to wear a face covering and to observe social distancing and other appropriate safety measures throughout the event.

This Rivers Alive Cleanup is brought to the public by the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Natural Resource Commission. Visit online to learn more about Georgia Rivers Alive.

Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival Returns This Weekend

ALPHARETTA, GA — The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its eighth year from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 - 9. The free festival will showcase more than 30 perfor...

ALPHARETTA, GA — The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its eighth year from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 - 9. The free festival will showcase more than 30 performances by singer-songwriters representing a variety of music genres on six outdoor stages throughout the downtown Alpharetta area. This year's festival will feature headliners Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Ruthie Foster. In addition to music, festival goers can enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will feature a headliner performance from four-time Grammy nominee blues artist, Ruthie Foster, on Friday night. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, an Americana act hailing from Nashville, Tennessee will headline the festival on Saturday night.

Additional artists confirmed to perform at the eighth annual Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival include Southern Avenue, Elizabeth Cook, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, SUSTO (Acoustic Duo), Michelle Malone, AJ Ghent, Certainly So, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Steve Poltz, Cat Ridgeway, Matthew Mayes & John Meyer of Jupiter Coyote, J. Scott Thompson (Trio), Emily Hackett, Lyn Avenue, Across the Wide (Acoustic Duo), Telegram, Alex Guthrie, Michael Magno, Hope Cassity, Aspen Anonda, Rusted Soul, Smith & Calvert, Leah Belle Faser, Sailing to Denver, Wade Sapp, Hunter Blalock, Surrender Hill, Chelsea Shag, ROSEY, and Wendlo.

The two-day event takes place on multiple outdoor stages throughout downtown Alpharetta. Outdoor stages include Main on Milton, Town Green Stage, Canton Street Stage, Brooke Street Park Stage, Market Street Stage and Formal Garden Stage.

In addition to the six outdoor stages and new this year, the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival is partnering with Music Match, a program created to bring local musicians to restaurants and venues to create a vibrant music scene year-round in Alpharetta. The following musicians will be performing in various venues over the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival weekend: Ansley Stewart, Amanda Belair, Andrea and Mud, BJ Wilbanks, Bookclub, Brother Sam and Old Matt Donald, Chayse Pannel, Evan Stepp, Faithless Town, Hill Roberts, Jesse Warren, Reverend Hylton, Katie Martin, Kurt Lee Wheeler, ROCCO, and Shreeps.

Event goers will also enjoy a wide assortment of food options from local restaurants in downtown Alpharetta. Additionally, the event will bring in two local food trucks to add to the options for attendees.

Travelers looking for accommodations can book their stay at one of Alpharetta's 30 modern and upscale hotels directly online.

"Since its debut in 2013, the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival has been an extraordinary way for nationally recognized singer-songwriters to connect with the community and share the stories behind the songs while also showcasing Alpharetta's vibrant and growing music scene," said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. "With the event taking place over two weekend days, it gives visitors another reason to enjoy the festival plus all the awesome things to see and do in Alpharetta. It makes for the perfect fall music getaway."

Free parking is available throughout the downtown area, including the City Hall Parking Deck located at 2 Park Plaza, the parking deck at 92 Milton Avenue and the parking lot at 45 Roswell Street. For fans using ride-share services, the drop-off/pick-up location is at 27 Old Roswell Street.

For the 2021 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival stage performance schedule, visit online.

Sponsors of the 2021 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival include the City of Alpharetta and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Alpharetta's Shirley Gary Named Top Producing Real Estate Agent

Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton CEO Shirley Gary Named a "Top Producing Real Estate Agent" by the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Shirley Gary, owner and CEO of Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton and Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, has earned the Number One Ranking for both Individual Sides and Individual Sales Volume in the inaugural "Top Producers List" just published by the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. The list ranks both individual agents and teams across North America, and hon...

Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton CEO Shirley Gary Named a "Top Producing Real Estate Agent" by the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

Shirley Gary, owner and CEO of Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton and Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, has earned the Number One Ranking for both Individual Sides and Individual Sales Volume in the inaugural "Top Producers List" just published by the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. The list ranks both individual agents and teams across North America, and honors over 200 individual agents and teams. The exclusive list was created with RealTrends as the industry's only recognition of top producing LGBTQ+ agents and Ally members.

Gary led all Alliance individual agent members with 621 transaction sides in 2020, well above the Number Two agent who had 118 transaction sides. Her $212.2 million in sales volume also earned the top individual agent spot, and she was recently named the fifth most productive agent nationwide by RealTrends. In just two years, Gary has increased her production from 266.2 transaction sides to 621 and from $70.1 million in sales volume to $212.1 million.

"The LGBTQ+ community faces a variety of hurdles when they enter the home buying and selling journey that go beyond the traditional stress associated with such moves," said Ryan Weyandt, CEO of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. "Discrimination and concerns about community and neighborhood acceptance are at the top of that list. Our members, which include critically important allies, are some of the most skilled professionals in the real estate industry and they understand these issues. They can naturally empathize with LGBTQ+ clients. Along with showcasing the best of the best in the Alliance, the list shows the LGBTQ+ community that our members are here to assist them when the time comes to buy or sell."

"I am extremely proud to be recognized as a Top Producer by the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance, and it is a reflection of the amazing culture and highly successful group of real estate advisors we attract to our Buckhead Atlanta and Atlanta North Fulton shops," said Gary. "Engel & Völkers prides itself on being an inclusive company that recognizes the value of all people and strives to end discrimination of all types for our clients and real estate advisors across the globe. As an LGBT ally and mother of a gay son, this recognition holds extra significance for me, and I will continue to support this community."

About the LGBTQ+ Alliance

The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit dedicated to empowering the LGBTQ+ community on the path to homeownership through advocating on behalf of the community on housing issues. The Alliance, founded in June 2020, is an all-inclusive organization that works to improve the professional lives of its members through a public-facing Alliance Referral Community. The Alliance began accepting members in October 2020 and has now more than 50 chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to view the full list of Top Producers, visit www.realestatealliance.org/news.

About Shirley Gary

Shirley Gary, owner and CEO of Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta and Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton, has worked in real estate and new construction sales management throughout metro Atlanta for over 30 years. She opened her own firm, About Sales Inc., in 2007 at the downturn of the market, but despite the economy, grew the company to almost $4 million in annual gross revenues in just six years. In 2013, About Sales Inc. became Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, one of the global brand's first Atlanta locations, and Gary opened her second Engel & Völkers office, Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton, in Alpharetta in 2018. In that same year, Gary was honored internationally by Engel & Völkers as the highest ranked real estate advisor for selling the greatest number of homes annually worldwide. She is ranked above more than 14,000 real estate professionals who represent the global brand in over 30 countries, a ranking she has repeated every year since. In 2021, Gary was named the inaugural winner of Engel & Völkers Americas' Development Services Project Award, based on her team's exemplary work in support of the Atlanta Metro new construction market.

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How To Recycle Pumpkins For Birds, Wildlife In Alpharetta-Milton

If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the bounty from Alpharetta-Milton pumpkin fields and patches with critters.ALPHARETTA-MILTON, GA — When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields around Alpharetta or Milton this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Alpharetta and Milt...

If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the bounty from Alpharetta-Milton pumpkin fields and patches with critters.

ALPHARETTA-MILTON, GA — When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields around Alpharetta or Milton this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.

While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Alpharetta and Milton are often filled with the wilting, sagging faces of jack o'-lanterns getting older by the minute.

But as with Christmas trees a few months later, there are many ways you can recycle these pumpkins that will help birds, wildlife and the planet.

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and popular snacking treat for a variety of birds and wildlife, especially as the weather gets colder and food is harder to come by. As your pumpkin starts to soften and fade, collect the seeds from inside, and give them a day or so to dry.

Don't add any kind of seasoning, even salt, Birds & Blooms advises.

Then scatter the seeds outside, or put them in a birdfeeder or bowl. If you live in an area with bears or other harmful predators, try placing the seeds on an upper level that only birds and smaller animals like squirrels and chipmunks can reach.

2. Make A 'Snack-O'-Lantern'

You can also just cut out the middleman and turn the pumpkin itself into a "snack-o'-lantern pumpkin feeder," according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Just take the pumpkin, cut it in half, scoop out the middle, and attach the top and bottom halves of the pumpkin with string and several wooden dowels.

Fill the bottom half with either birdseed, pumpkin seeds, or both. See here for more detailed instructions from the National Wildlife Foundation.

3. Plant The Seeds Of Future Pumpkins

You could also use the seeds for their intended purpose: making more pumpkins.

To save and store pumpkin seeds for the following year, place the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin inside a colander, according to Gardening Know How. Wash cold water over it, and pick out a few of the largest seeds.

Spread the rinsed seeds far apart from each other on a dry towel, and place that towel in a cool, dry spot for a week.

Place the seeds in a seed envelope, and place the seed envelope in a plastic container with several holes poked in the lid. Put that container in the back of a refrigerator, and get ready to plant your own private pumpkin patch next year.

4. Make An Animal Smorgasbord

Animals and birds love pumpkins just as much as people do, so why not give them a special treat? Simply cut the pumpkin into small, bite-sized pieces, and scatter them in a spot where you won't mind local critters coming to nosh, the National Wildlife Federation advises.

Again, this one is probably best to avoid if bears, foxes, coyotes, rats or any variety of predators and pests are a problem nearby.

5. Donate Pumpkins To A Local Zoo

If you feel more comfortable leaving the animal feeding to professionals, consider donating the pumpkin remains to a nearby zoo. Many zoos accept pumpkin donations after Halloween because they are a nutritious snack that most animals love.

6. Compost It

If your pumpkin is truly on its last proverbial legs, put its nutrients back into the earth by composting it. Even if you don't have a compost pile, you can put it in your garden, and many areas offer municipal composting services. Just make sure you take out all the seeds first, lest an impromptu pumpkin patch begins to sprout out of the compost.

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