How to throw a cocktail party

It’s been a long winter. Too long in fact. As the days grow longer, you and all the other gays are longing for plans and looking for ways to cure the weekend boredom, especially knowing the exciting summer party season is only a few more months away.  Rather than spending another night at home alone […]

Food + Drink Cooking and Entertaining Brian Webb

This article was published on March 15th, 2014

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Retro theme cocktail party

It’s been a long winter. Too long in fact. As the days grow longer, you and all the other gays are longing for plans and looking for ways to cure the weekend boredom, especially knowing the exciting summer party season is only a few more months away.  Rather than spending another night at home alone on the couch drinking beer or a bottle of red wine, hosting a cocktail party may be the best friend you haven’t seen in a long time! Here’s how to throw a cocktail party:

A good cocktail party is planned in advance.

There’s a lot that goes into a good cocktail party, but the essentials are simple. First, be organized. Choose a date and time, and decide in advance what cocktails and food options will be available to your guests. Make sure you give your guests three to five days advance notice and if it’s going to be a theme party, include the details in the invitation.

You’ll need some basic supplies… a lot of them.

Speaking of guests, know how many people are coming! You’ll need to have at least one glass available for each guest, a surplus of ice in the freezer, and enough liquor for three drinks per guest. You’ll also need enough cocktail napkins for drinks and any food options your party may have.

Offer guests a variety of drink options at your cocktail party

What are your guests sippin’ on?

You should know in advance what your guests like to drink so that you can decide whether to have an open bar or a limited menu of cocktails. Keep in mind that if you have an open bar you may need to monitor it. For theme parties, it is much easier to have two or three set drinks, making it easier to quickly mix drinks for guests.

How to prepare for a cocktail party

Don’t procrastinate!

You should have your party set up and ready for guests at least 30 minutes before guests were told to arrive. This includes decorations, having bar items such as liquor, ice, mixers, garnishes, glasses, cocktail napkins, shakers, corkscrew, and any other items you or your guests might need throughout the night.

Appetizers and snacks for a cocktail party

Appreciate your hard work.

If the party goes smoothly, give yourself a pat on the back or even propose a toast to yourself (or quietly ask a friend to). You put money, time, and energy into this party, so make the most of it!

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