Longer days and warmer weather makes spring the perfect time to host a cocktail party with friends. Below, a few tips and tricks – along with a shopping list at the end! – to get the night just right.
Have plenty of ice. Nobody wants a warm drink.
Just as important as a well-stocked bar, snacks (good ones!) are a must at any cocktail party. My advice is to keep your snacks simple. Opt for easy, crowd-pleasers like salty potato chips served in chic bowls. Tip: Keeping the bites light will keep guests from lingering as they’ll be motivated to head elsewhere for dinner.
GOOD MUSIC GOES A LONG WAY
I think we can all agree that a dinner party with no music is a total buzzkill. Make your own playlist ahead of time or find one on Spotify and tweak it to suit the mood. My rule of thumb: a mix of Jay-Z, Sam Cooke, and Vampire Weekend.
Tip: Cover all the genres.
LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING
People really underestimate how important lighting is to a party. Even the most casual of cocktail parties need good lighting. Dim your lamps and add a mix of votives on tables throughout the house. If the party is outside, twinkle lights are quick way to set the right vibe.