Cocktail parties are probably the favorite type of events for planners to host and organize. They are incredibly fun to plan as they can get glamorous.
You might feel a little bit nervous if you have a cocktail party coming up and you are not quite sure what to keep in mind when planning it. Luckily for you, we decided to put together a few tips which are going to help you throw a fantastic party.
The Recipe for Throwing a Fantastic Cocktail Party
Let’s see what you need to do.
1. Send Out Invitations
Forget about calling the guests or sending them a formal email. Of course, you can do those things as well, but they will not have the same impact.
In the invitation, make sure you include the location, date, hour, RSVP info if there’s a theme for the party or a dress code. We recommend having a theme as it will make it more fun, especially if it will match the food, drinks, and decor.
2. Plan the Food Menu
At a cocktail party, people should feel comfortable enough to eat the food while they are standing and talking to others. That is why hors d’oeuvres is the only food you should have at the party.
There are tons of options when it comes to finger foods which will suit any taste. What we can tell you is that you do not want to forget about the cheese.
If you want to keep the cocktail party formal, then you should hire a butler service. This means that the hors-d’oeuvres will be passed on trays. If you want to keep the party casual, then you can serve the food buffet-style.
3. Moreover, the Cocktails
You cannot have a cocktail party without cocktails, right? The host should greet your guests with a cocktail as soon as they arrive at the party.
For the bar, you can choose between these options:
- Full bar. You can serve a wide variety of alcoholic drinks;
- Themed bar. It focuses on one or two types of alcohol;
- Signature bar. The guests have a few cocktail choices.
Cocktails are not complete if you do not add garnish, so don’t forget about:
- Pickled onions;
- Lemons or lime;
- Superfine sugar.
4. The Lights
Do you know how in the movies cocktail parties always have that particular romantic, cozy, sophisticated vibe to them? It is mainly due to the light, which is not bright at all. On the contrary, it is more yellow toned, and the intensity is enough so that people see each other’s expressions.
Make sure you are going to dim the lights just so that your guests will be able to make their way without stumbling onto people.
5. Hire Entertainment
Entertainment is the life of the party. People are dying to have a good time when they decide to come to your event, so you want to make sure they are not disappointed.
Surprise your guests by inviting a stand-up comedian, a magician, an illusionist, a hypnotist, or even a band.
Depending on the theme you chose, you can go for something more wild, like a mentalist or for something more toned down, such as a motivational speaker.
Ideas Make Your Cocktail Party Memorable
Cocktail parties may seem more formal than other parties, but they are as much fun to plan. One way to make it memorable for your guests is to do everything you can do so that they will have the best time ever.
Are you preparing a cocktail party in the near future? Have you considered hiring entertainment for your event? It is an excellent way to increase attendance and make the networking process run smoother.
It may be an extra aspect to take care of, but it is one which can boost your event’s overall success by turning it into a memorable night.
Do you have a hard time finding the right entertainment ideas for your cocktail party? We are here to help. Read on to find out what are some of your best options and how to book them.
1. Get the Element of Surprise with The Three Waiters
This act is a guaranteed success. It works regardless of your event’s size, demographics, country, religion or venue.
The Three Waiters ensures your cocktail party entertainment has an element of surprise since your guests will never guess the entertainers are the ones who serve the drinks and food. Here’s what you should expect:
They are a team of Broadway performers who, at a certain point into the event, will get on the stage and start singing. The Three Waiters are not only vocally outstanding but also possess a dynamic personality with a flair for character acting and comedy.
They will also give your event extra style and classiness.
2. Throw the Best Cocktail Party with Tenors Undercover
Keeping it in the same area of stunning performances, Tenors Undercover are masters of disguise. They will blend in and pose as business people, waiters or chefs. Then they would go on stage and reveal their real identities and talent.
Your guests will never see it coming.
In fact, Tenors Undercover is an entertainment group brought to you by the same brilliant minds behind The Three Waiters.
They have performed at countless corporate events so far and have received standing ovations even from two royal families. Booking them gets you a dynamic performance which will wow any audience.
3. Choose a World Famous Magician
Magic is something which appeals to any audience, regardless of age or social status.
However, Simon Pierro is not your average card-tricks magician. His act is more in-the-present than you may think. Instead of using old tricks which many of your guests may have already seen before, he makes use of an iPad.
Simon takes magic to the digital realm which enables his illusions to amaze your guests. His iPad magic is a huge success online, with over 80 million views so far.
Here’s what your cocktail party guests can expect:
4. Add Style and Class with a Live Painter
Believe it or not, art is a great form of entertainment. Especially when it is done right, in a creative way, and emphasizes your event.
Heidi Schwartz is one of the most talented, well-known and appreciated live painters in the world. Her performance is meant to entertain your cocktail party guests’ eyes as she unfolds and immortalizes your event with the move of her brushes.
Her piece of art is far more valuable than what any photographer could ever pull off. You will be able to reflect and mark your event for years to come.
Looking to hire entertainment for your cocktail party? Then don’t hesitate to contact us at (615) 283-0039 so we can talk more about your event. We are a professional booking agency working with some of the best talents in the world.