Limited edition taos print 📦

Cocktail
May 15, 2023

How To Host The Perfect Cocktail Party

If you are planning a social gathering, one of the best ways to make it fun and memorable is to host a cocktail party. Here are some tips for perfect hosting.
Written by THE ART OF SHAKING

Last update: May 15, 2023 -

2 min read

Index

It’s almost summer and the social calendar is filling up fast. If you are planning a social gathering, one of the best ways to make it fun and memorable is to host a cocktail party. This gives you the opportunity to get creative and show off your drink making skills, and also to offer your guests more interesting alternatives to the usual beer or wine.

Here are some top tips for hosting the perfect cocktail party this summer!

 

Decide on the guest list

Cocktail parties are more suited to smaller gatherings of ten to 15 people. If you want to invite any more than this, you will need plenty of time to prepare so it’s best to keep the numbers manageable. Send out invitations well in advance so that you will have a good idea of the numbers attending.

Also think about the formality of the occasion—do you want your guests to have business networking opportunities, or is it going to be purely a social gathering to catch up with family and friends? This will influence the dress code and the type of food and drink you will be serving.

 

Plan your drinks menu

Of course, the drinks are the most important element to get right and pull off your party successfully. It’s best to go for simpler recipes unless you are already a cocktail making ninja with plenty of time on your hands. Jugs of sangria and bowls of fruit punch that allow guests to help themselves are great party standbys.

Do as much of the fiddly preparation work beforehand as you can, to allow you to spend time with your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole party. Use good quality liquors and fresh ingredients whenever possible to make sure that your drinks taste great.

 

Have all the bar tools in stock

You will need to have sufficient accessories such as glassesses, napkins, ice, garnishes, and plates in stock. It’s not essential to have exactly the right glasses for each drink unless you are really out to impress. Some short and tall tumblers, champagne flutes, and wine glasses should be fine for most drinks.

If you do want to have everything perfect, you may be able to rent out more specialised cocktail glassware, such as martini glasses and coupe glasses.

 

Have a home bar set up

A bar area where guests can help themselves to top-ups is ideal, to take some of the work as host off your hands. This could just be a dedicated space on your kitchen counter, or a drinks trolley.

If it’s going to be a larger and more formal occasion, you may want to consider hiring some professional bartenders.

 

Don’t forget the nibbles

It’s traditional to serve snacks at a cocktail party to help absorb the alcohol and prevent your guests from getting too peckish. Prepare a range of sweet and savoury canapes such as smoked salmon blinis, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, and tomato and garlic dips.

 

If you are looking for an online cocktail making class, please get in touch with us today.

 

SHARE
Top Articles
3 Fun Cocktail Recipes That Can Be Scaled Up For A Crowd

3 Fun Cocktail Recipes That Can Be Scaled Up For A Crowd

It’s a beautiful time of year as the fresh promise of summer is just around…
How Is Digital Technology Used In The Bartending Industry?

How Is Digital Technology Used In The Bartending Industry?

Bartending is an art with a long and proud history, but no industry can afford…
How To Recreate These Four Celebrity Cocktail Favourites

How To Recreate These Four Celebrity Cocktail Favourites

Certain cocktails have transcended their status as barroom favourites and become icons of popular culture,…
Innovation Meets Tradition: Five Modern Classic Cocktails

Innovation Meets Tradition: Five Modern Classic Cocktails

When it comes to the art of mixology, you may cut your teeth learning how…

Watch, learn & Practice

With A World Class Team

Claim your limited edition taos gift

For a limited time only, The Art Of Shaking is offering a free gift print, simply completing the form and to stay connected to our community.

-Free gift application- In order to claim your free gift, you must complete the form with your information. Completing the form does guarantee you a free gift.

-Your Free Gift print will only be sent to you once you have completed the online form.

-All the update in regards of TAOS DAY will be communicated by the newsletter, so register here.

Form Free Gift