What better way to catch up with friends and family than with an elegant cocktail party that screams some much-needed pampering after a long work week or perhaps to help kick off the holidays?
However, for some, throwing a cocktail party can be one of the most overwhelming types of events to plan, but it doesn’t have to be with the following tips:
Keep Everything Small
If this is your first time hosting a cocktail party, keep it simple to help prevent becoming bogged with tasks.
This means sticking to just a small guest list of people and just a few small bites that are quick and easy to prepare.
It also helps if you select finger foods that are delicious at room temperature, so you don’t have to fret over keeping them heated and have time to enjoy your gathering.
You may even consider simply making a cheeseboard. This way, it’s simple to put together and covers all the bases, including meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and bread or crackers.
Once you decide on your foods, place them selectively throughout the table or the house to prevent your guests from simply crowding in one spot.
Add Personalized Cocktail Napkins
Personalized cocktail napkins add to the atmosphere and make your small bites look even better while snacking on them.
So don’t forget to add beautifully themed napkins to your serving table for a little something special to your gathering.
Choose A Drink To Greet Your Guests
Choose a signature drink to serve your guests as they arrive to help them feel welcomed and relaxed.
And then, to help keep your drink menu simple, consider also having an extensive batch cocktail and a selection of wines and beers available that guests can serve themselves from there on out.
It would help if you considered setting out plastic tumblers and plastic wine glasses to help prevent accidents and also to help make clean-up easier.
According to Smarty Had a Party, “you can also keep the party going and the wine flowing by purchasing Smarty’s elegant and fancy plastic wine glasses in bulk,” perfect for anniversaries, bridal bashes, wedding receptions, and more.
Place Plenty Of Trash Cans Throughout Your Event
Having plenty of trash cans strategically placed throughout your home when entertaining helps ensure your guests aren’t stuck simply holding their used plates, napkins, etc., or forced to leave their trash lying around. This will make your clean-up much harder, especially if it is an outdoor event.
Make A Long Playlist
Make a playlist that includes around 50 songs in every genre, and then set it to shuffle as your guests arrive to help get the party started.
Have A Coat Rack
If you are hosting a fall or winter event, be sure also to designate a place for guests to hang their coats as they arrive. This way, they’re not left simply holding them in confusion.
Your chosen spot should also be easily accessible for guests who need to leave early, so they don’t have to disturb anyone.
These are just a few ways to help organize a fabulous cocktail party easier. Just remember to start small, and the more you get used to it, the more extravagant you can get with your event over time.