To make your cocktail party a success, here are a few tips:
Take It Outside
Ask for HelpThere’s no reason you have to do all the work yourself. Have some friends volunteer to mix drinks or help with the food – they can swap out every half hour so everyone gets to enjoy the party, while freeing you up to host.
Clear the Living RoomIf you’re hosting indoors, make sure to move furniture in your living room and dining room to the sides. Leave plenty of space for standing around and chatting while still making sure there are also seats for those who prefer to sit.
Choose a Few Drinks
It’s a good idea to limit the number of cocktails on the menu. Try offering three to five different mixed drinks, plus some beer and wine. (Most guests will have two to three drinks, so plan accordingly!) Don’t forget that some people may prefer to skip the alcohol for one reason or another; for these types of guests, setting up a couple of mocktails will suffice.
Prefer to chat instead of mixing drinks? Try making pitchers of sangria, Long Island Iced Tea or whatever other drinks you choose. Avoid adding the carbonated mixers until serving and keep everything chilled. This allows you to set out the pitchers and the glasses so everyone can serve themselves. Add some beers in an ice bucket, and you have a self-serve bar with minimal effort. This setup can be served on a countertop, kitchen table or a bar top.
Create a Dining Table Feast
Food for a cocktail party doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s simplest to set up a buffet-style option on the dining room table so everyone can file around the table and fill their plates with snacks and appetizers. Use trays or bowls of ice to keep things cool if necessary. Everything should be easy to eat with fingers and you can place small dessert plates to avoid anyone from piling too much food on at once.
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