A cocktail party is one of the best ways to kick off an exciting event. It is a reason to dress up in your best and celebrate being together with friends and people close to your heart. On the other hand, it can be a gathering that focuses on entertaining colleagues and business associates. Additionally, cocktail parties are perfect for receptions or even open houses as they are not as complicated to organise. They typically last for 2-3 hours and do not require full meals, making them a lot less stressful. That said, it still takes a lot of planning to arrange the perfect cocktail party that your guests will not forget. You still want your attendees to remember the affair as one of the best they have ever attended.
Below are steps you should take to ensure the perfect cocktail party for your guests.
1. Pick a venue
The first thing to consider when planning a cocktail party is your venue. The success of your event depends a lot on the choice you make for the location, whether it is in a garden, your living room, a hotel function room, etc. Consider the weather, the available space, and your party’s theme, too. You may even ask for suggestions from friends who may have excellent ideas for your cocktail party’s location. After deciding on your venue and party theme, you can get creative and personalise the area with whatever decor you think is suitable. Creating the perfect ambience is essential for the success of the cocktail party. The type of background music you choose should also take your guests’ personal preferences into account. So, pick out a playlist that lends a relaxing and positive vibe to your venue for the perfect cocktail party atmosphere.
2. Send out quality, attractive invitations
This may be the age of technology where you can send everything through email. However, a classy cocktail party calls for something more fancy and tangible. If you opt to send invitations to your guests and choose attractive invitation cards, you elevate your cocktail party to something more elegant. It may take a little more planning to go this way, but paper invites are more personalised, especially handwritten ones. Of course, you can always go to your favourite stationery store and pick out your choice or go online and have them delivered to your doorstep. While you put a bit of effort into this detail, you can rest assured that your guests will appreciate the gesture.
3. Maintain simple elegance
A cheese board is a cocktail party must-have that most people would expect. Apart from this, think of 2-3 more recipes that you feel your guests will enjoy. Consider how many people are coming to your event and make it simple by picking out recipes that you can make ahead of your event. Think of those you can cook up the night before so you can relax and enjoy the party with your guests. Since you are not preparing full meals, it is much easier to come up with finger foods, cold cuts, and other delectable recipes to pair with your drinks from your stocked bar. Finally, bring out your fanciest cocktail napkins for an added elegant touch.
By making early preparations, you can iron out minor details early and be a part of the festivities of your perfect cocktail party.