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How to Host a Cocktail Party

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by Amber Danz (subscribe)
Published August 27th 2012
A party to impress your friends
Cocktail parties are a fantastic way to celebrate birthdays, special events, or just to have a fun night out. There is a lot to organise when hosting a cocktail party so try out some of these entertaining tips and your night will be everything you wished for.

Organise a drink menu
Be creative and design a menu list of drinks for the night. You could make up interesting names for each drink and make your own tasty recipes. Try making a small book with the recipes and images of each of the cocktails so that guests will be able to make a decision on what they would like to drink. It would also be smart to laminate the pages of the book if possible, as they may get wet during the night.

Cocktail food
It's a good idea to make finger food, or little nibbles that can be passed around the party and eaten easily. Meatballs and spring rolls are a great idea, as well as bite sized pizza slices. Using toothpicks makes eating food fun, especially novelty toothpicks in the shape of swords or with flags attached. This makes for less mess and easy snacking for the guests.

Cocktail glasses
fruit pieces
Plastic cocktail glasses are perfect for parties as they can be purchased in multiple colours and are easy to pour drinks into. As they are plastic this means there will be no accidental broken glasses and they can easily be recycled after the party. It is helpful to pre-cut pieces of fruit that guests can stick in, or on the sides of their drinks. This way they can choose what they like and their drinks will look colourful. Paper umbrellas are also a fun addition to a cocktail glass.

Labelling drinks
Another great idea is to purchase a pack of alphabet stickers, the stickers can be stuck onto the glasses so that they are easily distinguished from one another. This is also an entertaining party activity as party goers can use nicknames and fun words to name their glasses.

Cocktail party decorations can be formal and classy, or bright and fun, depending on what type of look you are trying to achieve. Try printing out images of cocktail glasses and sticking them on the walls, and using coloured table cloths. These can be in single themed colours, or multiple colours. Covering tables with glitter or sequins also ads some sparkle to the party theme. Gold coin chocolates can also be scattered on tables for an extra spark. To set the mood fake tea light candles are great as they give the appearance of real candles, and can create mood lighting without any accidents occurring.

Extra Fun
You could even go all out and have a chocolate fountain at the party. This is great fun as guests can cover a range of foods from bananas, strawberries, doughnut holes, apricots, and lollies such as bananas and snakes in melted chocolate.
Drink fountains
Drink fountains are also entertaining at parties as they look great and guests can fill their cups up from the continuous flowing fountain.
Themed parties are also a fun idea, these can range from Hawaiian themes, to movie themes where certain types of drinks can be made and guests can dress up.

The main thing to remember is to be creative and have fun! A party that is well thought out and organised is one that your friends will remember for years to come.
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