A cocktail party is a great excuse to invite everyone over to your house or another location to hang out, relax, and get to know one another. A lot of people have forgotten how much fun a cocktail party can be, but it's really a great forum to get people that you don't see often enough together, or even people that you haven't gotten to know well as the atmosphere of a cocktail party can serve as an icebreaker so every can have a great time and there are none of those really awkward moments.
A great time to have a cocktail party is when you move to a new neighborhood, when you start a new job, or when you haven't seen some old friends for a while. Inviting people over for cocktails and munchies almost always gets people to come over and get to know you better. Almost everyone is up for a drink and some great stuff to eat! Plan for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as an assortment of little munchies.
If you're looking for good cocktail party ideas, let your imagination run wild. You can always base your cocktail party themes on the season, such as a barbeque theme in the summer, which would be casual, but fun. You could have a costume cocktail party in the fall around Halloween, or a break out of winter spring cocktail party in spring. Any time is a good time for a cocktail party, but browse the internet if you want to really brainstorm for some creative cocktail party ideas, as there is a lot of information out there that can spark your imagination.
Cocktail party dresses are almost always an issue when people plan to attend a cocktail party. If you want to have a formal cocktail party, let your guests know what the dress code is. Cocktail party dresses used to be very popular, but in recent years this type of party has become much more casual. If you want something fun and fancy, go for the formal wear, if you'd rather have cocktails with burgers and hotdogs, than go the casual route. Your theme should sort of follow the level of formality you desire, so put some consideration into both.
For a really fun cocktail party, invite all of your guests to bring a different type of cocktail for everyone to try. This can be an icebreaker if none of the attendee's really knows one another and an easy way to try some new drinks that you wouldn't have tried otherwise. This type of cocktail party will entertain guests, and surely be a memorable experience for all involved. The only issue with throwing such a great party is your guests will expect such an experience from you every time you invite them over for a drink!
Having a cocktail party in your home, or anywhere else is a great idea. Even with hectic lives, we should be able to fit in a little bit of time for our friends, and the people we wish to make friends with. A cocktail party can take a lot of planning, or very little, it doesn't really seem to matter how you do it, just that you do it and you and your guests enjoy yourselves. Try to make a habit of having little cocktail parties from time to time, to stay in touch, and to always have an excuse to nurture friendships and create new ones.