Hosting a cocktail party can be exciting, and it can make you feel like a real and actual adult. However, when the time to host a cocktail actually comes, excitement can quickly turn to stress and panic.
Trying to pick the perfect decorations, prepare enough food, create a playlist, and triple-check the guest list all at once can ruin your pre-party buzz. Use these tips and tricks to whip up a beautiful boozy bash, without the stress and mess.
1. Make Sure You’ve Got Enough
Do a little research about how much of everything you need based on your guest list. Assume 50 to 75% will come, total the numbers and then hop online. Caterers and party websites have guides to how much flatware, food, and beverages a party needs based on guest count. For example, remember that when planning a cocktail party, assume each guest will need two or three glasses.
2. Keep Cleaning Supplies Close
Parties are messy, even without adult beverages involved. Keep spills from becoming disasters by stocking up on paper towels and napkins before the party. Martha Stewart’s blog recommends making sure that stacks of napkins are placed close to food platters and drink bars so that guests don’t have to look around for them. Also keep a mop, broom, dustpan, and extra trash bags close at hand, too, for easy and quick cleanup.
3. Enlist Some Helpers
Throwing a party alone is a big job. Trying to do it all yourself could mean that you don’t get a moment to enjoy a drink or a conversation with all the wonderful people you invited. Ask a friend or a few family members to bring a dish, or have people take turns playing bartender. If it’s in the budget, don’t be afraid to hire caterers or a cleaner to help with planning, set up, and clean up. After all, you should be able to enjoy your own party!
4. Keep it Simple
Finally, sometimes simple parties are the biggest successes. Rather than trying to prepare a wide variety of foods and drinks or choosing elaborate decorations, opt for a less-is-more approach. Pick one or two cocktails to serve, and select snacks and meals that can be prepared ahead of time. Your guests care more about the music and the company than they do about perfect table settings and fancy foods. Finally, remember to serve small bites that can be eaten with one hand, since the other hand will be holding a drink!
By following these tips, you can host a cocktail party a stress-free and create night to remember!