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For some time now, having friends over has been a more casual, spontaneous affair with beers and wines. But lately, there has been a resurgence of cocktail parties. While beer and wine are still very much enjoyed, mixed drinks have gained in popularity, offering a more formal gathering, complete with appetizers and small bites.
If you’re looking to create a more upscale celebration and host your own small cocktail party, don’t be intimidated about learning to make the cocktails and creating delicious food. In fact, it’s actually easier–and a lot less stuffy–than it sounds!
While you can still dress up in cocktail attire with shapewear and fancy heels, it can be very relaxed, too. From discovering new craft cocktails to creating a delectable spread of appetizers, here are our top tips for hosting a small cocktail party at home to entertain all your closest friends.
When hosting your first cocktail party, it helps to know a few tips to ensure everything is successful and your guests enjoy themselves. Here are some extra essential tips and tricks to remember and keep in mind.
With an endless array of cocktails you could make, and a list that could go on forever, try your hand and practice some of these classic recipes. Better yet, if you find a new cocktail you really enjoy, create a signature cocktail for your party for everyone to try.
One of the best parts of a small cocktail party at home is how easy food can be. The food doesn’t have to be involved. You can find an array of frozen apps that can be quickly heated and served. Or you can even hire a caterer or order some appetizers and takeout from a favorite restaurant. Regardless of how you go about creating small bites and nibbles for guests, here are some basic rules and tips to keep in mind when planning your cocktail party menu.
Remember, however, that it’s always better to overestimate than underestimate your servings. If you’re unsure of how many guests will actually make it to your cocktail party, have a few spare boxes of frozen apps on hand, just in case.
Need more ideas? Here are some easy and classic cocktail party bites and appetizers that are sure to please everyone:
Besides the cocktails themselves and your food spread, consider these extra tips for your party. When you invite guests over for a small cocktail party, request it to be adults only. Encourage any guests with kids to leave the kids at home and find a sitter for the night. A cocktail party should be a means to allow the adults to cut loose and relax without being distracted.
Hosting a small cocktail party at home is a wonderful way to invite over all your friends, neighbors or family members. But as a host to what are soon-to-be buzzed guests, take the liberty to make sure they get home safely. At the end of the party, brew some coffee to perk everyone up. You can also keep on hand the number for a local taxi or request an Uber or Lyft for those who shouldn’t be driving.
Remember most of all to have fun! While a cocktail party was all the rage in the ’50s and ’60s, you can make it your own and be as formal or casual as you want it to be.