Who doesn’t love a good cocktail party? Great drinks, delicious snacks, and lots of laughs with good friends. Whether it is large or small, colleagues, business associates, new clients, or a few close friends, here are some tips to make it the best one you’ve ever hosted

1. First the Drinks – Keep it simple. A well-stocked home doesn’t need to be expensive. Keep these 5 mixers for quick and easy cocktails.  Mixers add flavour, sweetness, and fizz to drinks and are essential in cocktails. They’re also inexpensive and also go with non-alcoholic cocktails.

Tonic Water – great for summer as a Frozen Gin and Tonic

Soda Water – make a Sparkling White Cranberry Sangria.

Ginger Beer – throw together a Dark and Stormy cocktail

Citrus/Grapefruit flavoured soda – make The Paloma

Apple Cider – not to be confused with appletizer!  Mix up a Stone Fence

2. Then the Food – The food is just as important –  always a good idea to “line those empty stomachs”!  There are plenty of simple but fancy party snacks you can serve your guests. For example a Mezze platter – olives, cheese cubes, salami, artichoke hearts, Palma hearts, or a cheese platter with biscuits – if you don’t have time order a platter from your local supermarket.

3. On a Budget – not to worry here is a tip to help you have a great party without spending a fortune. Decide on a theme for your cocktail party – here are some examples:-

 Pimm’s Cup and lawn bowling or croquet

 Manhattans and Monopoly

The Sybil, the Mary, or the Edith and Downton Abbey

 Blue Moon Cocktails on a full moon night

The Great Gatsby, bring out the The Fitzgerald

4. Don’t forget the Music – Compile an awesome playlist  – keep music uptempo with a mix of instrumental and some classics including dance music.

Cocktail parties are the time to put on the red lipstick, drink the fanciest of drinks, regale and tell the funniest stories, and dance to the beat of the music.

So are you ready???

Lets put together the next cocktail party that will have everyone talking about it!!


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