One of the more appealing aspects of a home cocktail party is that it is simple to organize. That leaves more time for the host to mingle with the guests and enjoy the event. By keeping a few basics in mind, preparing for the party will be easy. Here are some ideas to consider.
What’s the reason for hosting the cocktail party? Did someone just receive a promotion or return after being away for a long time? Perhaps the party is being held in honor of a holiday or the arrival of a new season. Whatever the reason, draw inspiration for a few decorating accents from that theme. Rust colors for an autumn theme work well, while bright colors create a setting to celebrate the arrival of summer.
Food for the party needs to be simple and easy to balance on a small plate as the guests circulate through the room. Stick with finger foods, preferably items that can be speared with a toothpick. Add bowls of mixed nuts around the room in strategic places, and have a selection of cucumber and other small sandwiches on the table. If the host is serving sweets, smaller servings that can be served at room temperature is a good idea.
The conscientious host will have something on hand for every taste. Along with a nice selection of hard liquor, keep juices and mixers on hand so that creating just about any drink is easy. Guests who prefer not to imbibe should have access to a selection of sparkling juices, bottled water, and sodas.
Remember that the cocktail party is intended to draw a group of people together and provide the opportunity to laugh, talk, and have a good time. While preparations matter, don’t get so bogged down in the details that hosting the party becomes a chore. Keep it simple, ensure there’s food and drink on hand, and the guests have places to sit and move around.
Even if the host has never planned a cocktail party before, the process is easy to master. Break the planning down into a series of tasks and soon everything will be in place.