Everything You Need for a Fabulous Cocktail Party
Summer is practically here, and if you have a nicely-sized backyard or a garden, there’s no better way to spend pleasant summer evenings than to throw a fabulous cocktail party.
Having your group or friends and families enjoying tasty drinks and eating finger food is a great way for all of you to catch up, without stress and pressure. So, if you’re looking to organize a cocktail party, here’s everything you’re going to need.
Food that your guests will love
It’s quite disappointing to get ready for the party, only to go there and find the food inedible. Therefore, it’s important to ask your guests about dietary preferences, or simply make sure that they’re all represented. In that case, make sure you have vegan, gluten-free, and meat and dairy, so everyone will be full. Some popular vegan options are spinach pinwheels, broccoli balls and sweet potato fries. As for gluten-free food choices, you can go with anything, as long as it is free from any of these ingredients. Basically, you can go with food that has meat, fish, nuts, foods, and vegetables. So, if you want your party to go smoothly, just make sure that everyone feels included.
Drinks to die for
Well, not literally diet for, but you cannot have a cocktail party without a selection of tasty drinks that aren’t just vodka cranberry or beer. That’s why it’s always important to make a list beforehand and if possible, ask your guests to give you feedback of what they’d like to drink. If you don’t know where to start, you can opt for gin cocktails, as they’re tasty and easy to make, so there’s no need for expensive equipment. Other popular cocktails that you can serve are Bloody Mary, mimosa, watermelon and mint cooler, margarita, negroni and of course, cosmopolitan. It’s up to you to decide if you want to have classic party cocktails or if you want to spice it up a bit by offering something more unique and refreshing.
Music, music and more music
A party without music isn’t a party at all. So, if you want your guests to have a blast, having music is a must. Now, it’s extremely important to ensure that music at your party will match everyone’s tastes. So, before you decide to book a band or a DJ, try to determine what kind of atmosphere would you like at the party? Do you want people to just walk around, stand in groups and have a chit-chat? Or do you want them to dance with each other? But, whatever the case, if you want to have a fun and relaxing party, you won’t go wrong with choosing reggae, ska, Latino or jazz. Of course, if you have other ideas or you’re certain that your guests would enjoy, let’s say, classical music, feel free to include that, too.
A nice and pleasant atmosphere
This might sound corny, but whoever has been to a party with a tense atmosphere will know how important it is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome and relaxed. For example, if there’s a newly divorced couple who are both your friends, inviting them to the party may cause some tension and raised eyebrows, especially if the divorce was ugly, and they still feel bitter towards each other. Same goes for friends and relatives who don’t communicate for whatever reason. You, as a host, should make sure that everyone’s on friendly terms so you’ll avoid unnecessary stress. And after the party, you should thank your guests for coming, so they’ll feel appreciated.
These ideas will definitely help you have a fantastic summer cocktail party. Being a good host means being organised and forthcoming to your guests’ needs. Only when everyone feels involved and respected, your party will be successful and fabulous, and your guests will want to come back again.