How to Host a Successful Cocktail Party

Having a cocktail party for your colleagues, friends, and family can be an exciting venture with the proper planning and attention to detail. In the article “How to Host a Cocktail Party,” author Donna Pilato says that there has “been a tremendous resurgence in the popularity of mixed drinks” since the casual 1960s and 1970s. Hosting a cocktail party can be an excellent way to mix various groups of your friends who would feel much more comfortable at a two-hour gathering rather than a longer dinner party where they are seated beside people whom they may not know.

Plan Ahead

You’ll have a light menu to plan, beverages and mixes to purchase, and many other preparations to attend to before your party, so hiring a professional bartender can alleviate some of the stress that you may be feeling. A professional bartender will be experienced and knowledgeable about the assortment of cocktails that you need to serve at your gathering. He’ll know the drinks that people prefer, how much and which brands of liquor and wine to buy, and how to spot guests who have reached their limit at the party. With professional help, you will have more time to mingle and enjoy your party, just as if you were a guest yourself.

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A mobile bar hire service helps you to provide your guests with professionally made cocktails while you enjoy your party

The Menu for Your Party

Your bartender will have experience with many parties, so it’s wise to ask him what he thinks your guests would like in the way of refreshment selections. No one will be eating a lot of any type of food, so this is a fun time to try new finger foods that include only one or two sweet dishes for guests. Cheeses and dips are great choices for your guests, as are fruit and salty snacks that will whet their thirst for the exceptional cocktails your bartender will be serving. For your two-hour party, plan on about six bites of food per person, with one ounce being equal to one bite. As you make your plans for food on the menu, overestimate just a little so that you won’t be short on the selections for your guests.

Be a Responsible Host or Hostess

By enlisting a professional mobile bar hire service, you’re bringing experts to your cocktail party who have been trained to spot guests who have reached their limit. Your bartender will know how to handle these kinds of situations and prevent any conflicts from arising. He will also know that, if minors are present, they are not to be served under any circumstances. By beginning to wind down cocktail service before the end of the evening arrives and by paying close attention to your guests and their consumption levels, your bartender will be a valuable asset to have at your party.

Cocktail parties are an enjoyable way to get to know your colleagues and neighbours in a casual setting. With careful planning and attention to detail, your party will be a memorable one for your guests.

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