When was the last time you spent with your friends?
Last year was a tough year. Life, as we know came to a grinding halt due to many unprecedented events. It was such a difficult time that makes us realize the only thing that matters, is our family and friends. It's time for a REUNION, and a cocktail party will always be a good choice.
However, scheduling an appropriate time, preparing all the necessities, and going through every detail of the party, along with other everyday responsibilities can sometimes mean a lot of stress. Here are some tips about throwing a cocktail party.
BEFORE THE PARTY
What is a cocktail party?
A cocktail party is a party where cocktails are served to the guest. It has been a popular social gathering for years. Cocktail parties usually last 2 to 3 hours during which guests enjoy snacks and great cocktails while chatting with other guests.
What time should a cocktail party start?
7 P.M. seems a more ideal time for most of the circumstances. Since cocktail parties don't usually include a full dinner, hosts would like to start the party a little later after dinner time and end at around 10 o'clock.
How do you entertain the guests?
Providing them drinks at your home bar is a great idea. After all, it's a cocktail party, isn't it? Bartending can not only keep you busy during the event but also put you in the spotlight. Moreover, the selection of drinks is a great way to break the ice and spark conversation. Or you can simply prepare drinks and food, perhaps one or two games to play.
PREPARE THE PARTY
Making a list is always a good way to make things organized. Before you send out the invitation and start to prepare, there are a few things you should consider:
- What's the budget for the party?
- How many guests will be joining?
- Is there a theme for the party? Dress code?
- Will there be a full bar or a limited cocktail menu?
- What kind of food will be served?
After you have thought through the above questions, you can start to prepare for the party:
1 - Sending the Party Invitation
Well, it's pretty easy to invite your friends with a nice picture via email or social media nowadays, but still another good way to show your sincerity is to write a paper invite. The downside to a paper invite is that it will take a little more planning in advance since you need to find a pretty invitation card.
Send invitations early, but not too early. 2 weeks before will be sufficient enough for people to decide.
2 - Setting the Budge
Set a budget once you know how many attendances will be at your party. It helps when it comes to buying food and drinks.
3 - Planning the Drinks
Since it's a cocktail party, the drink is a key point. First, make sure you have all the essential bar tools. Try to pick the classic cocktails that everyone loves, like Manhattan or Martini, and stock up on the ingredients you need to make a lot of those. Consider that you might not be able to play bartending the whole night, get some wine and beer too. Estimate 2 to 3 drinks per person. And don't forget to have some non-alcoholic drinks for non-drinking guests.
4 - Planning the Food
Keep it simple. Choose one or two recipes that only require simple assembly. Finger foods allow guest to grab throughout the event once they need. The rest of the snacks can be store-bought.
5 - Make A Killer Playlist
Last but not least, the music! Have your music ready to go before the party. Get a playlist of around 50 songs and set everything in tune.