We have all received a cocktail party invitation at one point or another. Cocktail parties have been socially accepted for many years. They are easier to put together than a dinner party and require less work and less planning. If you need to entertain friends or coworkers, a cocktail gathering is your best bet. Cocktail parties have been used intentionally to seal major business deals. Potential customers tend to be less intimidated when they are relaxed and having fun. Relationships are forged in a casual environment that can carry over into the business arena.
Cocktail parties are normally very informal and relaxing events. Simple foods, such as hors d'oeuvres, are ideal for these kinds of parties. To encourage guests to stroll around and engage others in conversation, strategically place food stations throughout the area to create a flow as people sample everything. Even foods as simple as a cheese, fruit and veggie tray with a choice of dips and some crackers will do the trick. A selection of wines, beers and effortless cocktails will accommodate most guests (it is a good idea to have at least one non-alcoholic drink). Mix and match glasses for an eclectic look along with drink markers, garnishments for the cocktails, cocktail napkins and plenty of fresh ice (don’t use ice that has been in your freezer for weeks collecting food odors).
As usual, drink responsibly and have a designated driver if you decide to make many trips to the cocktail station.