How to Host an Outdoor Cocktail Party

How to Host an Outdoor Cocktail Party

Outdoor Cocktail Party Ideas


As we finally roll into Summer, and restrictions are easing. What better way to reconnect with friends outside than hosting an outdoor cocktail party?

Hosting a cocktail party at home can make the occasion more intimate. Also, an outdoor gathering can ensure safe social distancing and a limited amount of people. However, hosting a cocktail party can take a bit of planning and work.

Here are our tips on how to host a cocktail party at home:

Let There Be Light


Once the sunsets, create a beautiful ambiance with plenty of lighting. Oversized lanterns are perfect for path lighting and tea lights are great for lighting up pod tables. String battery-powered outdoor bistro lights between trees for a nice touch to your space.

Raise The Bar


Make it a real cocktail party with a cocktail bar! CaterHire has a range of barware available for hire so you can show off your mixology skills to your friends with a real bar.

Light Bites


A four-course dinner is not needed for a cocktail party. Cocktails are quite heavy so choose simple canapes so your guests can graze throughout the event. Some crowd-pleasers include bruschetta, cheese with crackers, and a fruit platter.

Keep It Covered


Some of your guests might want some shade from the sun. Trees, a gazebo, or umbrellas are all great ideas for cover at your cocktail party. Think about where the sun will be during your party and plan where to put your cover accordingly.

Cocktail Menu


Let your guests get create with their cocktails and have them make their own! Stock up on ice as you will need to keep your drinks chilled. For a basic cocktail bar, make sure to have vodka, whiskey, beer, and wines. Mixers are also important such as tonic and soda water. Garnishes complete any cocktail including mint leaves, lemons, limes, and berries.

Cocktail Party Package for Hire

Let us help you in organising your outdoor cocktail party with our exclusive new package.


  • Illuminated Bar Counter
  • 3 cocktail tables with covers and 6 stools
  • Selection of pint, juice, wine, cocktail, and gin glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

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13th May 2021

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