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How To Host a Cocktail Party

Cocktail parties are not just for girls enjoying a ladies-night-in; they’re becoming one of the most popular ways to entertain anyone from neighbours to business associates. They’re a more relaxed way of entertaining, without mixing guests who may feel uncomfortable sitting at a formal setting with a stranger. Cocktail parties encourage mingling and only last a couple of hours!

Tips for the Cocktail Host:

  • Different cocktails require being served in different cocktail glasses. Ask your event hire company for advice once you decide on the cocktail menu!
  • Have twice as many glasses as you have guests; they have a tendency to put their glass down and forget all about it!
  • Stock up on ice - crushed ice for frozen cocktails and it will be needed to chill champagne or wine too.
  • Glass charms are a great idea for guests to use to remember which glass is theirs.
  • Don't forget to stock up on mixers including orange juice, cranberry juice, 7-Up, tonic, ginger ale, coca cola and the lemon and limes for decoration too!
  • Have coffee available for any guests needing an extra hand at the end of the night… having a local taxi number available for guests is a good idea too.
  • Cocktail parties don’t require a 3-course dinner, but having some canapés, snacks and cocktail-bites always go down well. Take a look at our disposables - perfect for canapés at cocktail parties! 
  • When estimating food quantities, plan on serving approximately 6 bites per person, per hour for a two hour party, when no dinner will be served. 
  • It is always better to overestimate than underestimate the amount of food you serve, although it’s recommended to serve approximately 6 bites per guest per hour.

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