Everything you need to know to host a fabulous cocktail party
Are you planning on hosting the ultimate cocktail party? These sophisticated parties have been around for decades and they’re still just as popular today as they were back in the 1920’s. They can be used to celebrate a wide range of occasions, as well as for entertaining both business colleagues and friends and family.
The majority of cocktail parties last for 1-3 hours and they’re actually simpler to plan than you might think. Here, you’ll discover some of the best tips you can follow to ensure you host a great cocktail party.
Basic things to consider
Before you get started with your cocktail party celebrations, there’s a few things you’ll need to consider. These include, the number of guests who will be coming, whether you want to stick to a theme, what type of food you’re going to serve up and how much money you want to spend.
Having a good understanding of who is coming and what type of cocktail party you want it to be, will help you to better plan the party.
Ensuring you have the right furniture and equipment
Depending upon how many people are coming to the party, you may need to invest in additional furniture. At the very least, you’ll need enough seats for everyone to sit down comfortably, along with a space to store the drinks and nibbles.
It’s a good idea to set up a cocktail station. A high-quality sideboard can make an excellent cocktail station. It provides a stylish place to store the bottles of liquor, cocktail shaker and glasses. You could also invest in an ice bucket to provide your guests with ice for their cocktails if required.
Send out personalised invitations
If you want to give your cocktail party a more upmarket feel, sending out personalised invitations is a great touch. It gives the party more of an exclusive feel and makes your guests feel extra-important. Plus, receiving a personalised invitation through the post makes a nice change to just receiving bills!
Consider booking live music
Another way to up the elegance of your party, is to consider booking live music. A live band will add a much more dramatic atmosphere, and it guarantees your guests will have a great time.
Live music doesn’t have the break the bank. Do a little research to see which local up-and-coming bands are available. They are much cheaper, plus you can have a listen to their music before you hire them to see whether they fit the theme of the cocktail party.
Create signature drinks and serve elegant nibbles
As well as serving up traditional style cocktails, you’ll want to create a few signature cocktails to make your party really stand out. You can have fun creating your own cocktails and they can become a staple at any future parties you host. Team them with elegant nibbles and you have the perfect luxury cocktail party. Don’t forget to do some of the work in advance too, pre-mixing what you can and chopping up garnishes prior to guests arriving.
The above are just some great tips you can follow to host the ultimate cocktail party. No matter what your budget, there’s an idea above to suit it.