Whether you’re planning a private party, intimate dinner or anniversary soirée, a cocktail party promises the perfect event to celebrate with friends and family. But don’t be fooled, pulling off a flawless party can take some serious expertise. As Luxury Event Planners in London, we’re unlocking the secrets to throwing a seamless, styled-led cocktail party.
First things first, choose one or two signature cocktails for your guests to enjoy and work the evening around them. If your cocktail party has a theme, such as an engagement party or birthday celebration, make sure your chosen drinks offer a subtle nod towards the occasion. For instance, if it’s an engagement party you could choose a ‘Mr’ cocktail and a ‘Mrs’ cocktail. Choosing three signature drinks offers enough variety for your guests to enjoy without overwhelming yourself with the stress of catering for lots of different choices. If you’re having a large guest list, we suggest swaying towards cocktails that can easily be part or fully prepared in advance. And of course, it goes without saying, they need to look delicious and taste just as good.
It’s time to think about the logistics: guests will probably enjoy one to three cocktails over an hour and it’s always better to be overstocked rather than running out of drinks after half an hour. Mixers and garnishes are essential for a successful cocktail party, and again these can often be prepared in advance. Ensure you have enough ice for the duration of the event for both the drinks and keeping everything chilled – especially if you know the weather is going to be warm.
It’s not just the flavours that you need to consider – the type of glasses used are just as important for an epic cocktail party. Different drinks require different glasses, and they can effortlessly add style and sophistication to your soirée. Research whether certain cocktails require a particular glass and make sure you have spares at the ready as there is guaranteed to be a few breakages. You can invest in the glassware or there are plenty of reputable companies to hire them from.