Throwing a cocktail party is one of the most impressive and fun ways to entertain and although even the word sounds glamorous, hosting a cocktail party needn’t bust the bank.
Cocktail parties are an easy bet for hosts because guests don’t expect to be fed, other than a few nibbles, making them far cheaper than hosting a dinner party. At the same time, cocktail parties tend to me more memorable as well.
Here’s how to throw the perfect cocktail party that your guests will love.
Throwing A Cheap Cocktail Party
A lot goes into throwing a cocktail party, so we created this list to help you to remember everything. Most of the ideas here take frugal approach to throwing a cocktail party so that you don’t end up breaking the bank.
Planning For The Party
Decide on a theme for the event. Are you going for 1930’s Great Gatsby glamour? Or a 1960’s Austin Power vibe?
Asking people to dress for the occasion will really add to the event. It needn’t be full-on fancy cocktail dress, even just feather boas and ties makes a big difference.
Decide On Drinks
Cocktail parties could be hideously expensive if you had to provide all the drinks yourself. Instead, decide in advance what drinks you’ll serve and ask friends to bring certain items when you invite them, so you know you’ll have enough for three or four great choices.
Alternatively, just choose one cocktail and theme the night round that. If what you serve becomes your signature cocktail, so much the better.
I once had a great night hosting a champagne cocktail party. It actually wasn’t very costly because of course we weren’t drinking real champagne. I detail how to make a handful of cheap drinks for your party below.
Send Out Invitations