Organizing Cocktail Party At Home

– Avinanda Paul

A cocktail party is a great way to entertain guests ranging from intimate friends to business associates. The parties are comparatively less expensive yet glamorous and easy to plan. Here are a few tips to help you organize a successful and happening cocktail party …

A cocktail party invitation card (styleathome.com)

Invitations
Send out the invites about 2-3 weeks before the party so that people can adjust their schedule accordingly.

Arrangements
Set up an easily accessible bar and manage space for free movement. Install small food stations and drop tables for discarded glasses. To set the ambiance, play soft music and use dim lights or candle lights. A theme based party can add to the wow-factor!

Cocktails
San Francisco, Chocolate Martini and Cosmopolitan are party hits. Along with mixed drinks, have bottles of wine and champagne ready. Arrange mocktails for teetotalers.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail (styleandlipstick.wordpress.com)

Bites
Prepare at least 5-6 varieties with both non-vegetarian and vegetarian food on the menu. Pan-fried baby corn, crostini with varied toppings, caviar and grilled meat are all-time favourite Hors D’oeuvres.

Safety
Have a nausea and headache medicines handy. Manage guests who cannot handle alcohol very well. If the party is to go on till late night, arrange for transportation for guests who don’t have car with them.

A party is successful if the host has as much fun as the guests. So dress up nice, feel good and be confident. Remember to have ample supply of ice, drinks, food, cocktail glasses and napkins. Lastly, remember to enjoy!

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