The best thing about cocktail parties is that you don’t need a reason to throw one! The perfect way to unwind after a hectic week, cocktail parties are the simplest and one of the most spontaneous means of relaxing. However, just good food, peppy music and an inexhaustible supply of spirits isn’t all that you need. If you want your cocktail party to be the talk of the town for days to come, here are some other ways to make it a memorable affair.
Get Creative with The Bar
Space doesn’t have to be a constraint if you’re creative when it comes to setting up a bar for your cocktail party. Look around and you’re sure to find a vintage suitcase or an unused cabinet to hold the liquor bottles and glasses. Getting a bar cart that can be stored away when not in use is another option. The key here is to ensure your bar is in an easily accessible location. The bar should be well-stocked with an array of spirits, ranging from the usual favorites like wines and whiskies to a few which evoke curiosity, like good grappa or tequila. And don’t forget the ice!
Use The Right Glassware
Make sure you have the right kind of glasses for the drinks that you plan to serve. It’s no fun drinking beer out of a wine glass or scotch our of beer mugs. A margarita definitely looks more appealing in a stemmed glass with a broad rim for salt. If you’re someone who likes to push creative boundaries then perhaps you can serve some of the cocktails in unusual containers like small glass jugs or edible cups made from fruits.
Light Up The Ambiance
A good party is not just about food and drinks; even the ambiance plays a vital role in brightening the mood of the guests. A very good way to create a bright and memorable party space is to deck it up in candlelight. Floating candles in a basin filled with water, or in large glass bowls placed strategically, can help create a perfect party space. Lanterns in interesting shapes and patterns are yet another option you might want to consider. Ensure that the lighting in the kitchen and the space where you serve the food has sufficient illumination.
Everyone’s A DJ!
Give a unique twist to your cocktail party by having guests bring their own music instead of doubling up as a DJ all night! Set up quality speakers with docking stations so guests can plug in their smartphones and play their choice of music in turns. This way, everyone gets to listen to some of their favorite music!
Serve Exotic Yet Easy Finger Food
Besides comfort food like fried chicken and french fries, serve your guests an antipasti platter with some fine cheese, olives and salami or ham slices. Grilled veggies with a smattering of dips are a safe yet great choice to add color and texture to your spread. Be sure to give some thought to where the food will be placed. Instead of putting it all in one place, keep a few dishes at a central point such as the breakfast counter or in the kitchen and spread the rest of the dishes across various points of the party area.
Tapping your hidden creativity is all that’s needed to make all the difference between a regular cocktail party and ‘the’ cocktail party of the season! Alternatively, if lack of time or energy is what you’re faced with, you can always hire professional party organizers via QuikrServices and let them organize your dream cocktail party for you!