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How to Throw a Kickass Cocktail Party!

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If you want to know how to throw a kickass cocktail party then look no further! After working as a barmaid for many years, I know how to throw one. I used to work in a bar where we arranged themed parties regularly and they all involved fancy cocktails and shots. I decided to make this post for those of you who would like to throw a kickass cocktail party in your own home! Given that the bar I worked in was a really small venue, I can help you set the scene right in your own living room at relatively low cost. Whether you have a theme in mind, are undecided or just want some decent party ideas, all are catered for below. Check out these cool ideas for a kickass cocktail party!!!

1 Decide on a theme, if you want to make things a bit more fun and interesting for yourself and your guests. Most people jump at the chance of dressing up. We are all big kids at the end of the day! Here are some theme ideas –

  • Hawaiian theme
  • Masked night
  • James Bond
  • 20’s theme
  • 50’s night
  • 60’s theme
  • 70’s style
  • 80’s theme
  • 90’s night
  • Rave theme
  • Who I wanted to be when I grew up 
  • Bro’s n Hoes
  • Jungle theme
  • Mafia night
  • Hollywood theme
  • Mardi Gras
  • Pop Idols

2 Set up a bar area with a table for making the drinks. You can decorate it in accordance with your theme if you are having one. You can make your own decorations, there are tonnes of DIY decor ideas on Pinterest so no need to spend a fortune, just some imagination and craftiness go a long way. Check out your local pound shop or dollar store for little bits and pieces and craft supplies to set the scene. While you’re at it, check out dress up items for your costume if you plan on fancy dress.

a cocktail lineup on a bar

3 Visit local charity shops and recycling centres if you want to find some cheap props or dress-up items. There is no need to go buying expensive outfits online. You are most likely only to wear it once after all, and it is better for the environment anyway. This can be a great fun way to spend an hour or so with friends getting ready for the party. You can find some really cool vintage stuff.

4 Have everyone bring a bottle of alcohol. It will save you a lot of money and people normally don’t mind. It is understandable that having to pay for all that liquor would be a really expensive night and most parties are bring your own anyway. It is best to make a cocktail list in advance. I advise making the list of around 10 cocktails and a few shots. Now work out what liquor you need. Make a list based on the amount of people. If you run out of a certain cocktail ingredient you can just scrap that one, there will be plenty more to choose from.

5 Make invitations and send them to people via email or else in the post! How cool. Design them on Canva or similar and match them to your theme. Mention bring a bottle and ask if people can RSVP so you know how many people to expect. This creates a little excitement and a buzz around the event. It also helps you inform everyone of the theme and have an idea how many people are coming. Give a date or day to RSVP by. That way you can call or text nearer the time to confirm and let them know what liquor to bring. You don’t want to end up with 10 bottles of vodka or gin!

a cocktail

6 Arrange a prize for the best dressed outfit/s and maybe also for the worst or runner ups. It makes people make more of an effort plus the entertainment factor is great at the end of the night. Maybe not the very end of the night as that can get a bit messy but in the middle of the evening once everyone has arrived.

7 Buy in some cheap cocktail glasses or plastic ones in case of breakages. It makes it a bit more interesting and fun. If you can’t manage it, just try to have plenty of glassware available. Buy or make some cool stirrers and some cardboard or re-usable straws. You could write peoples names on them with a little tag or something in case anyone loses theirs or just have extra. Drink markers are a nice little party favour. Little umbrellas are always cool.

a cocktail shaker set

8 Buy in some fresh fruit for decorating and garnishing your cocktails. Also for best quality cocktails you could have some fresh, frozen and/or tinned fruits. A blender is a must for creating most cocktails so if you haven’t got one, see if you can borrow one. If all else fails, just make your cocktail list with stirred cocktails rather than the blended kind. If you can crush some ice then it will make a difference. We had an ice crusher but you can crush ice by putting the ice cubes in a double bag and bashing it off the ground or with a rolling pin and keep in a lock-tight container in the freezer. Take it out in advance for use during the night but keep the lid on it once it starts to thaw.

9 Create a picture frame that people can hold up and get photos in. You can make it yourself with some card or wood and get some props such as dress-up glasses, fake moustaches or wigs. Feather boa’s are always fun and also masks for effect. A dress up box is a great addition to any party, especially for anyone who forgot to dress up!

10 Create some fun lighting effects. Having some light features can make things look and feel awesome. Take your kickass cocktail party to the next level by bringing in a disco ball, using laser lighting or just putting coloured filter plastics over your current lighting. You could even make a stencil to go over your light if you don’t have any resources.

11 Have a snack bar or send plates out every so often with yummy bar type snacks such as cheese toasties, chips, tortillas and dips, crisps, tacos, salsa, bread boards, themed food, fruit platters, cheese boards or antipasto selections. You could also arrange people to bring a plate or some snacks. Whatever suits yourself and your friends tastes.

cocktail party appetisers

12 Have plenty of fruit juices, mixers, ice and fruit ready and prepared for your cocktails. This means defrosting any frozen fruit, making plenty of ice ahead of time, keeping your fruit fresh in the fridge and having extra stock of juice  handy for when you run out as well as for the time being. 

13 Have cream and/ or milk for any cocktails that are creamy or milky. Have your syrups handy in case you are making syrup style cocktails such as grenadine, creme de menthe, blackcurrant, lemon, etc. If you can manage it, get some pourers to make it easier to pour your drinks. Cookie shots are a great idea, shot glasses made out of cookie biscuit! See Pinterest for tutorials. Jelly shots are fun too, make the day before as they take a while to set. You can have lemon wedges handy with salt for the tequila drinkers.

14 Have some shot measures and shot glasses. I prefer the metal type shot measures for making cocktails but a shot glass will suffice. Use plastic shot glasses if you are worried about breakages. You will need a fair amount, depending on the amount of people you have. Think at least one tray amount. Most people like to knock back shots in unison so a tray full will be sufficient.

15 A cocktail set is an important piece of equipment for your cocktail party and you can pick one up cheap enough. Unless you are planning on doing this regularly (which you might after this kickass cocktail party!) then a standard one will do. Practice your cocktail shaking moves in advance or on the night. Obviously in advance if you fancy yourself as Tom Cruise in Cocktail, lol.

Cocktail

What is important is not to spend your night stuck to the bar. Make the first few rounds for people and while you’re at it, show them how its done so they can make their own. You want to relax and enjoy yourself too! Get plenty of photos at the start of the night, then put that camera away – for the love of God, no one wants to see the drunken photos of themselves cropping up for years to come!

Next week I will be posting my fave cocktails since I have a few bookloads, including ones we invented ourselves and some secret recipes. Stay tuned for that!

Here’s hoping you have a kickass cocktail party to remember 😉

Cheers!

If you want to know how to throw a kickass cocktail party then look no further! After working as a barmaid for many years, I know how to throw one.

 

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