First you must decide on what type of party you want to have. Will it be large or small? Will you invite your friends from work? Will you invite only your closest friends? Are you hoping to become closer to your friends at work? It may be fun to have only your work friends at the party. That way you wont need to worry about having to entertain separate groups of people at the same time or worry about personalities clashing. You are setting the tone of the party just by making the decision of who to invite. The size of the party will dictate how much work you will have ahead of you in preparing. It will be a great help to you to leave yourself enough time to do everything; waiting until the last minute will only cause you more stress.
A great way to have your guests get excited for your cocktail party is to come up with a theme. The theme could be centered on the kind of food you are going to serve or the style of which you want your guests to arrive. Make all of the food one type of cuisine or have it be appetizers only. Tell your guests to bring their favorite game and have a game night if you are inviting a small number of people. Are you a movie buff? Have everyone come dressed as his or her favorite character and pick a movie to screen in the background while the party goes on.
How do you want to invite your guests? If you are planning a small last minute get-together you could send an email or call everyone on the phone. A larger more elaborate cocktail party will require you to know how many people are going come; a mailed invitation may be the best idea with a specific response date. The way in which you invite them will give your guests an impression of the type of party you are having and an idea of what to expect when they get there.
The type and manner of the invitation to your cocktail party should also give your guests an idea of what they should wear. A casual party will of course mean casual attire. What if you are going for a more formal atmosphere? How formal is a question that you need to answer. Will it be cocktail party dresses and suits or gowns and tuxedos? Keeping that in mind you are going to want to make sure you have the perfect outfit for yourself. If the party is going to be on the more formal side finding a new outfit or dress should be on your list of things to do. For many women finding the perfect cocktail party dress can be just as frustrating as planning the party. You want to wear something that is sophisticated, fits the appropriate theme or season and most importantly highlights your unique style. You want your guests to walk in and know that this is your party!
The food and drink that you serve is the most important element of any cocktail party. The theme or style of the party will help you to decide on your menu. Is it a quick get-together with a few friends? Some delicious appetizers that everyone can share is always a party pleaser. Having friends will help you a lot because you can make sure you have some of their favorite choices. A larger party will require you to have more options and if your party is formal you will want a formal menu to go with it. Some time honored favorites mixed with some special new treats to try will be sure to make everyone happy. You may want to hire some help on the night of; it will make things a lot easier for you and will allow you to have some fun. It is your party after all!
Anyone can throw a party. It takes some careful planning and attention to a few minor details to have a great party that your guests will enjoy. It will be hard to make sure that everyone has a great time but your effort will definitely show through. A cocktail party is always the perfect way to start off the weekend. A great menu and a great host will mean a great time. The most important thing to remember is to have fun; it’s always the best thing to have!