Cocktail parties are great for bringing old and new friends together and having some fun. These events are perfect for networking and building professional relationships, as well. Throwing a cocktail party can be a little tricky, but it should also be quite fun.
These parties aren’t too long, meaning the stakes are low and the pressure isn’t too high. That being said, you should still do all you can to make sure your guests are having a great time and your party goes smooth. Here are some great tips for throwing a fun and successful cocktail party:
Calculate the correct amount of drinks
Obviously, no cocktail party is complete without some tasty drinks, but you don’t want to overdo it. You should plan on having between two to three glasses per person at a cocktail party. Try not to get much more alcohol than that so you’re not spending a significant amount more than you should and your guests aren’t overindulging.
Conversely, you don’t want to run out of drinks, leading your guests to feel anxious and uncomfortable. So make sure you’re carefully determining and purchasing the exact amount of beverages your party will need.
Welcome new technology
No party is complete without a nice music playlist and some great lighting — but you shouldn’t stop there. If you use connected gadgets throughout your home, you could end up doing all kinds of fun things to improve your party. Smart homes are much more common nowadays, and these connected properties can do so much more than make coffee and adjust your temperature.
With the right equipment, smart homes can send out invites, order food, sync your lights with your speakers, and even fill your home with fog or bubbles for a cocktail party that’s a little more.
Go with cocktail favorites
You should get a little creative with a drink or two, but it’s best to stick with the basics to not completely throw off your guests. Here are some of the most popular cocktails:
- Cosmopolitan — This is a fun, pink drink that started gaining serious momentum after being featured on the popular HBO series Sex and the City.
- Apple Martini — Toss in some olive juice and this cocktail has a nice and salty kick to it.
- Dirty Martini — Combine some chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, half-and-half, and some ice in your cocktail shaker. Cover it up and shake until its chilled. Serve and enjoy!
Don’t forget about non-drinkers
Just because it’s a cocktail party doesn’t mean that all your guests will drink alcohol. Americans drink 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, so consider stocking up or having plenty of glasses/cups of water available. If you’re hosting a cocktail party, you need to accommodate your guests who don’t drink. You should offer more than just a bottle of water for these guests, too. When sending out your invitations, ask them to let you know if there are any additional beverages they’d like to see. And it’s always recommended to have coffee available throughout the night.
Stick to simple foods
Keep in mind, this isn’t a fancy dinner party: it’s a cocktail party. That being said, you need to at least offer some kind of food throughout the night. Rather than a full course meal, prepare some simple foods like hors d’oeuvres. Even something as simple as cheese, crackers, fruit, and some cookies are great!
Accommodate for physical disabilities
No matter who is attending your party, you need to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and comfortable. Since there are around 3.6 million people over the age of 15 who use a wheelchair in the U.S., along with 11.6 million people who use canes, walkers, or crutches — you need to make sure your home is easily accessible. Simply construct a wheelchair ramp or purchase a few portable ones to use throughout your home. Additionally, carefully inspect your home and repair any broken railings or steps to avoid any incidents.
If you’re planning a cocktail party, don’t stress too much. Just serve some nice drinks and snakcs, play some great music, and have fun!