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Cocktail Party Hosting - Essential Tips For New Hosts

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Planning your party head saves you a lot of time and helps you host the event smoothly. So if you are hosting a cocktail party for the first time, we have some essential tips that will surely come in handy for you. From choosing the team to entertaining your guests, we have covered the A-Z of cocktail party planning tips just for you. Explore now and turn your party into a much-loved event!

Essential Cocktail Party Hosting Tips

1. Choose A Party Theme

Party Theme
This is an essential aspect of party planning. Having a party theme helps you create your event around it and will also smoothen the process. This way, you can align your party decor, food and drinks menu, ambience and everything around the chosen party theme. Based on your budget and occasion, pick a party theme that best suits your interests. Some of the easy themes that you can choose are - tropical, retro, movie-themed, whimsical, etc.

2. Pick A Venue

Pick A Venue
Now that you have a cocktail party theme ready, it’s time to choose a venue for the event. You can either host your party at your house or your backyard or can even rent a beautiful place. It all depends on the budget and the number of guests you are planning to invite. Make sure that your venue is spacious to accommodate all your guests and that they can move around freely. 

3. Send Out Invitations

Send Out Invitations
Choose a date and time for your cocktail party and start sending out the invitations. The earlier you send the better. This way your guests will have enough time to plan for the event. Include all the necessary details such as venue, time, date, and any other specific information they might need. Additionally, request your guests to RSVP, so you can have an exact head count. Don’t forget to ask your guests about any dietary restrictions or allergies they may have.

4. Plan Party Menu

Plan Party Menu
Well, now it’s time to plan the food and drinks. Align your party menu with your chosen party theme for an immersive experience. For example, if you have chosen a tropical cocktail party theme, then have a range of dishes incorporating tropical fruits and vegetables. Some of the dishes you can include in your party menu are grilled veggies, Caribbean shrimp bowl, tropical salad, pineapple salsa, etc. Additionally, you can also include a range of desserts such as - key lime pie, margarita cake, coconut cream cake, etc.

5. Set Up Your Party Decors

 Party Decors
Take your cocktail party to a whole new level with elegant and eye-catching party decor. Don’t forget to ensure that your decor elements match with the chosen party theme perfectly. Tableware such as tablecloth, crockery, cutlery, centrepiece, etc., must also align with your theme. For example, if you have opted for a retro party theme use vintage picture frames, classic centrepieces, feather boas, sparkly disco balls, confetti, etc. 

6. DIY Cocktail Bar

DIY Cocktail Bar
Since it’s a cocktail party, why not give your guests a bit of extra indulgence and set up a DIY Cocktail Bar? You can convert your home bar for this purpose or bring in a nice drinking station. Alternatively, you can also use a table and bark craft and create a unique cocktail bar for your party. This will not only be a great idea to involve your guests but can also add charm to your overall party decor. This way, your guests can craft their own drinks and even show off their mixology skills. Make sure to stock up on all the bar essentials such as bar tools, spirits and mixers, a variety of garnishes and serving glasses. Throw in a few easy-to-mix cocktail recipes and your guests will have fun mixing their own drinks!

7. Greet and Welcome Your Guests

Greet and Welcome
It’s party time! As your guests arrive greet them and escort them inside. Make sure the atmosphere is warm, inviting and comfortable for guests to settle in. Additionally, you can also serve a welcoming drink to delight them. 

8. Entertain Your Guests With Games

Guests With Games
Once your party starts, apart from food and drinks if you truly want to keep your guests engaged, you will have to plan for some games and activities. This way they will be able to immerse themselves and everyone will have fun. From indoor games to outdoor games, there are plenty of ways to entertain your guests. Some of the party games are board games, charades, trivia, etc

9. Have Fun & Enjoy

Fun & Enjoy
Hosting a party is a rewarding experience. Don’t forget to mingle and enjoy yourself. The ultimate goal is to connect, interact and have lots of fun. Make new memories and create unforgettable moments with your loved ones.