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How To Host A Cocktail Party in 6 Easy Steps

How To Host A Cocktail Party in 6 Easy Steps
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And just like that, the holidays are back! We still have some time before Christmas is here, but every year it seems like the prep for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s begins earlier and earlier. And what comes with these holidays? Family, friends, and (most importantly) food & drinks! This Christmas season, be bold and host a cocktail party! With these 6 tips, your party is sure to steal the holiday season!

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How To Host A Cocktail Party in 6 Easy Steps

This Christmas season, be bold and host a cocktail party! With these 6 tips, your party is sure to steal the holiday season!

Know your audience

How many guests will be attending? If hosting a smaller gathering, make sure you know what each guest typically drinks and have it on hand (estimating 2-3 drinks per person). If having a bigger crowd, decide between having a full bar or creating a drink menu (still estimating 2-3 drinks per guest). Having a full bar is a great option if you already have a well-stocked bar, and creating a drink menu is ideal if you’re trying to save a bit of money! 

Have a festive drink ready when guests arrive

Something like this Cranberry Martini is sure to get your guests in the Christmas spirit! Garnish each drink with a blood orange for an extra touch.

Make sure everything is ready to go

This might go without saying, but make sure all the glassware you plan on using is clean and sparkling! Put your bar accessories out (shot glasses, martini shaker, cutting board, utensils, etc.), and have plenty of cocktail napkins on hand. This way you won’t be running around looking for these things later on in evening.

Create an ambiance

No Christmas party is complete without Christmas music! Turn on the classics and add some simple yet chic decorations. Put a wreath on the front door, have some festive-colored candles burning, and maybe add some reindeer to your mantel or bar.

How To Host A Cocktail Party in 6 Easy Steps

Whip up some easy appetizers

It’s important not to drink on an empty stomach. Have a few finger foods ready to go such as cut up veggies with dip, spiced pecans, or a charcuterie platter. Guests won’t become “hangry” (anger due to hunger!), and food will help prevent any guest from becoming tipsy too quickly.  

Have non-alcoholic beverages on hand

In addition to eating while having a few drinks, it’s also crucial to stay hydrated. Make sure you have a pitcher of ice cold lemon water, or maybe even some sparkling water. If any guests don’t drink, have other options like pop, coffee, and tea. 

And there you have it! With these tricks up your sleeve, you can easily host a cocktail party! 

Kristen May
Kristen May
Kristen is a rising senior year at DePaul University in Chicago, studying communications. She has a passion for health and wellness, and a weakness for good crime stories. When she's not working or studying, you can find her with a glass of rosé in her hand!