With the advent of Mad Men and the recent obsession with all things mid-century, cocktail parties are once again all the rage. If you like to entertain, but without all the fuss of a dinner party, a cocktail party is an elegant alternative to spending the entire night worrying about food service and place settings! The key components to a good party are first, the right amount of people. Keep it under 20 people for a more intimate and special affair. Second, be sure to have the right appetizers. Remember, the cocktails are the main attraction so the food needs to be bite-sized and pair well with the drinks. And last, the right setting can make all the difference. Little touches like pretty napkins, the right glasses and a glass charm can go a long way.
To set your party apart, focus on the setting by first picking a theme for your party and centering all the cocktails around that theme. You could doing a wine and cheese party with all the featured wines from one particular region. Or perhaps a martini party or a color theme with all the drinks being pink or orange, etc.
Depending on the theme of your party, you will want to first make sure you have the proper glasses. Though it is easier to serve out of plastic ware, part of the fun in having a martini or a Tom Collins is drinking it out of the right glass. A fancy glass is the finishing touch to a well-made cocktail and adds instant class to your party. Also, consider personalizing your guests' glass with a cocktail charm. Charms make it easy for your guests to set their drink down while they eat. It also allows you to customize your friends' drinks with a charm that is relevant to his or her personality or interests. For instance, you could give your friend the golf aficionado a golf club charm. Think about charms that work with your theme and the purpose of your party. If you are throwing a bridal shower, consider using shoe charms or handbag charms. It is an inexpensive way to add a little flair.
These small gestures are the key to making a big impression. Choose the right charms, and your friends will be talking about your party for days!
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