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Monday, August 10, 2009


Putting on a fun cocktail party is easier than you may think. You just have to have food, drinks, and friends to join in. Here are a few things to consider before you set your plans.

This type of party typically lasts between two to three hours. It has a different feel to it than having a regular party. It is a little more formal too.

The first thing to consider is how much ice you will need during the party. You will need ice for the drinks as well as for drinks to be kept cool in. Figure on having 1 lb of ice per person.

You can put on a cocktail party with just providing beer and wine, but typically you will have a larger variety of drink choices. Consider the different types of glasses you should have on hand. You will not only need beer and wine glasses, but straight sided highball glasses for tall drinks, tumblers for spirits and juices, and martini glasses. You could also consider having margarita glasses. Plan to have twice as many glasses as you will have guests.

Stock your bar in the following manner: Wine-Have 1 bottle for every two wine drinkers. Beer-Have 1 six pack for every two beer drinkers. Get a couple of different liquors which may be used to mix a variety of cocktails. These are some to consider: vodka, rum, gin, scotch, bourbon, whiskey, or tequila. Also, make sure you have other liquids to use as mixers such as orange juice, sodas, and tonics, as well as garnishes such as olives, lemons, and celery.

The next step is to prepare the menu you will be serving at the cocktail party. I would recommend sticking to light finger foods. Keep it simple! Try to offer a variety such as meat, veggies, hot, cold, and sweet. Estimate six bites per person, but have extras just in case. It is definitely better to have too much, than not enough!

You might consider serving coffee, tea, or soft drinks toward the end of the cocktail party. Be a responsible host, and make sure you have options lined up for those who are not able to drive. This might even include having local taxi service information available for your guests.

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