entertaining: how to plan a cocktail party

By no means am I claiming to be an expert, but throwing and attending cocktail parties is one of my favorite things to do! I think it has a little to do with my love for hors d’oeuvres but it can also be easy to build a healthy meal with cocktail party fare, while enjoying delicious food and great company.

Choosing the Menu:

Choosing your Cocktails:

Setting Everything Up:

  • Fresh flowers are a must!
  • Set aside a specific bar area: glasses, bottle openers, wine, pitcher of signature cocktail, ice, etc.
  • Have 2 or 3 different food areas so the guests can mingle
  • Area of plates, napkins and necessary utensils

Planning Ahead:

  • Choose things that can be made ahead and don’t need to be served immediately as they will be sitting out for a few hours
  • Make everything as much ahead as you can and give yourself an hour for last minute things that will come up (they always do)
  • Make a great playlist
  • Have your friends help!

Make sure to have fun! That is the whole point after-all, isn’t it?

What are your tips for throwing a great party?

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8 responses to “entertaining: how to plan a cocktail party

  1. I love throwing cocktail parties! You’ve listed some great tips. I also love to have unscented candles lit around the room and try to make sure all the food is easy to eat and dont require utensils to eat πŸ™‚

  2. actorsdiet

    these are terrific! i would also add some candles to the list. or xmas lights πŸ™‚

  3. this post put a smile on my face. 1. because i love entertaining as well and 2. you’re thrown such great parties for me. you’re an expert in my book. πŸ™‚

  4. I love cocktail parties as well.
    This sounds like a great way to celebrate an engagement after a trip to Napa πŸ˜‰

  5. Kate

    i too love a good cocktail parties. i think the name “cocktail party” even sounds classy!

  6. Cindy

    I know it sounds passe but I love deviled eggs. They’re such a classic! I saw this funny video about this guy who’s obsessed with them: http://www.itsasickness.com/lounge/seth-herzog-obsessed-deviled-eggs.

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