Wondering what to do this weekend? Well, why hit a fancy pub or go to a happening nightclub when you can have the time of your life, without even leaving your house! The truth is a house party has its own charms and people tend to come out of their shells, to create memories which are cherished for a lifetime. So go on, turn your weekend plan into an amazing cocktail party at home.
The idea of a cocktail party may sound pretty high class and jazzy, but you can still host one with a limited budget. Here’s everything you need to keep in mind if you are planning to host a fun and delightful party at home:
Decide the Day
Generally, cocktail parties start late in the evening and continue up to the early hours of the morning. So, it is recommended that you host one on Friday or Saturday, so that you have a much needed day to recover. Moreover, you will also need the time to clean up.
Plan the Menu
If you plan to do it all by yourself, it is best to restrict the menu to a few cocktails, which are easy to make. Remember, mixology is an art, which requires time and dedication to perfect. Keep things simple, with easy to make cocktails like Margaritas, Mojitos, Daiquiris, Mint Juleps or Martinis on the list.
Size up the Crowd
Your guest-list may be 10 people or it could be a large gang of 50; know the exact number of people, who are going to attend your cocktail party. It is best to send invites well in advance to get an exact head-count. Depending on the number of people invited, it would be a good idea to stock up on your ingredients so that you don’t run out. As a rule of thumb plan for 25% more than what you require, just to be on the safe side.
Buy Adequate Spirits and Ice
Are you wondering how much liquor to buy? This is most difficult part of hosting a cocktail party because you do not want to run out and leave your guests, to make a last minute run to a booze shop. Thus, it is better to plan the head-count in mind.Check this awesome tool to help you calculate how much to buy. Bartenders recommend following quantities with respect to the servings.
For Wine Cocktails – 1 bottle of Four Seasons for every two heads, or 5 servings in total.
For Whisky Cocktails – 1 bottle of Signature Whisky for every six heads or 12 servings in total.
For Vodka Cocktails – 1 bottle of White Mischief Vodka for every five heads or 10 servings in total.
(Note- Choose cocktails which are a combination of few types of liquor)
Plan some Snacks
As the phase goes “Wine and Dine”, you are expected to keep some snacks at the party, so that your guests don’t go hungry. Keep light snacks like sandwiches, chicken skewers, peanuts, and other finger-foods to keep the party spirit high.
Arrange the Departure
It’s true that most of your guests may get a little high. Make sure that they are responsible and that they do not drink and drive. It would be advisable to keep the number of a cab service handy, to make sure that they reach home safely.
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