Cocktail parties are probably the favorite type of events for planners to host and organize. They are incredibly fun to plan as they can get glamorous.
You might feel a little bit nervous if you have a cocktail party coming up and you are not quite sure what to keep in mind when planning it. Luckily for you, we decided to put together a few tips which are going to help you throw a fantastic party.
Let’s see what you need to do.
1. Send Out Invitations
Forget about calling the guests or sending them a formal email. Of course, you can do those things as well, but they will not have the same impact.
In the invitation, make sure you include the location, date, hour, RSVP info if there’s a theme for the party or a dress code. We recommend having a theme as it will make it more fun, especially if it will match the food, drinks, and decor.
2. Plan the Food Menu
At a cocktail party, people should feel comfortable enough to eat the food while they are standing and talking to others. That is why hors d’oeuvres is the only food you should have at the party.
There are tons of options when it comes to finger foods which will suit any taste. What we can tell you is that you do not want to forget about the cheese.
If you want to keep the cocktail party formal, then you should hire a butler service. This means that the hors d’oeuvres will be passed on trays. If you want to keep the party casual, then you can serve the food buffet-style.
3. Moreover, the Cocktails
You cannot have a cocktail party without cocktails, right? The host should greet your guests with a cocktail as soon as they arrive at the party.
For the bar, you can choose between these options:
- Full bar. You can serve a wide variety of alcoholic drinks;
- Themed bar. It focuses on one or two types of alcohol;
- Signature bar. The guests have a few cocktail choices.
Cocktails are not complete if you do not add garnish, so don’t forget about:
- Pickled onions;
- Lemons or lime;
- Superfine sugar.
4. Hire Entertainment
Entertainment is the life of the party. People are dying to have a good time when they decide to come to your event, so you want to make sure they are not disappointed.
Surprise your guests by inviting a stand-up comedian, a magician, an illusionist, a hypnotist, or even a band.
Depending on the theme you chose, you can go for something more wild, like a mentalist or for something more toned down, such as a motivational speaker.
5. The Lights
You know how in the movies cocktail parties always have that particular romantic, cozy, sophisticated vibe to them? It is mainly due to the light, which is not bright at all. On the contrary, it is more yellow toned, and the intensity is enough so that people see each other’s expressions.
Make sure you are going to dim the lights just so that your guests will be able to make their way without stumbling onto people.
Make Your Cocktail Party Memorable
Cocktail parties may seem more formal than other parties, but they are as much fun to plan. One way to make it memorable for your guests is to do everything you can do so that they will have the best time ever.
Looking to hire entertainment for your cocktail party? Then don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 283-0039 so we can talk more about your event.