Cocktail party ideas: Some things never go out of style!
Perfect for a simple, fun and elegant affair. It will keep costs low, is easier
than most other party ideas because of the limited time and menu that fit perfectly with a cocktail theme.
Set up a bar, hire a bartender or designate a family member or friend. Have
them dress in black pants and a white shirt with a black bow tie. They need to
look the part.
Cocktail parties are great outdoors or indoors. If you do it outside, move
out some good pieces of furniture to dress up your yard for the event. You can even use
one of the pieces as your bar.
Be creative, if the furniture has drawers, open them up and use them for
flowers, to display pictures or your bar menu.
Take inventory of what you have inside the house that will work for you and
think of ideas that will transform your backyard into a fun party space.
All successful party themes and ideas start with an invitation. It sets the
tone and tells your guests what to expect. Choose
fun invitations for a more
casual party and more formal ones for elegant affairs.
You can also think outside the box and come up with
creative ideas for invitations. For an
cocktail party, use a flower as your invite with a simple tag that lays out
Mix classic cocktails such as martinis,
scotch and soda, gin and tonics, and make sure you have lighter beverages too,
like wine and beer.
Quantity-wise use the following as a guide: If you're only
serving a mixed punch, think about having a gallon of punch for every 10 guests.
A bottle of wine will serve about 5 guests, while a large bottle of hard liquor
will make about 25 drinks.
Don't forget drink decorations! Fresh
fruit, little paper umbrellas, colorful straws, stir sticks etc... add to the celebration and
are just plain fun.
Our favorite party supplier (visit them here to get
has some great cocktail accessories that are sure to please.
They're inexpensive and add that special
Design and print a cocktail menu, perhaps a signature drink
in honor of the future bride and groom, and place it on the bar.
Food & Fun
Cocktail party food is fun. Finger-food, canapes, appetizers... whatever you
want to make is fine as long as they are easy to pick up and eat in one bite
AND with one hand.
It makes it easier on your guests since
they'll be holding a drink in the other.
Each guest will likely eat between 4 to 6 hors d'oeuvres an hour
so multiply that by the number of hours you expect the party to run for, and
then the number of guests and you will have a good idea of your food
Use party picks whenever possible, they prevent "double dipping".
They also cut down on clean up since you won't have any cutlery to wash. Finally,
personalized cocktail napkins (like
the one's above from beau-coup) are a great inexpensive idea and add that special touch!
Setting The Scene
When having the party at home, clear the room of excess furniture. If you have enough guests to fill
the room, place several platters of appetizers
on a buffet or dining table in one area, and then pass a few more choices on small trays.
If your room is large and the place may look a little empty, scatter small
tables throughout with different nibblies on each.
By doing so, you will create a good flow
and guests will move around the room to check out what's available.
Make sure you refresh your trays and platters, and add a flower to each one, to add a pop of color. It also
helps visually unify all the trays.
Flowers are an inexpensive way of creating a festive mood and party
atmosphere. Make sure you
read our tips on buying wholesale party flowers
along with some great decoration ideas.
Guest Thank You Gifts
Send your guests home with customized and personalized water bottles like these
beau-coup. They have a ton of different styles and you can buy just the
labels or the bottles with the labels already on them.
You can also serve them at the party too. They make a great keepsake of the night, and a practical take-away if your guests had a few too many.
Stirred, shaken, or on the rocks -- this is a terrific party to start the couple
on their celebration path.