If you are looking to host the perfect cocktail party, creating an evening that can’t miss is as easy as turning on your favorite music, dimming the lights, and adding some bite-sized appetizers. To top it all off, add some splash to your party with a signature cocktail.
To get started, a stylish invitation is vital and there are endless choices. Eco-friendly options include paperlesspost.com and be sure to add the party’s dress code and embrace a theme! Welcome spring or summer, honor a friend’s engagement or throw yourself a stylish party! Whether it’s a rooftop soiree or a patio party with an ocean view, show your style with a party that is legendary.
Begin with your party décor. Throwbacks are making a come-back, so consider giving a 60’s party and include touches of vintage candy dishes, retro books and magazines. A table lamp with a large drum shade and various retro lighting can provide mood lighting for your event. Make sure to play chart-topping hits from the ‘60s, such as songs by Dionne Warwick along with a more modern take on music, Natalie Cole’s "Still Unforgettable," which includes a virtual duet of “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” with Nat King Cole.
A well-themed bar with drinks from the decade you choose is a party essential. Proper beverages make a party memorable. Having a signature drink will truly make your party stand out. Our Legendary Splash is an ideal choice. In addition to the signature beverage, a complete bar should be stocked with favorites, such as the classic martini (with a substantial amount of vermouth), the Manhattan, and even the 60’s Screwdriver. To dress up the bar, set out a white tablecloth over a table or sideboard and position small accent lights to help further create luxurious lighting. Don’t forget the drinkware - vintage, gold-rimmed glasses are a must. Have a few of those hot 1940s glasses out on display for your guests to admire. Remember to have other party necessities such as cocktail shakers, a chrome ice bucket, cocktail napkins and umbrellas, swizzle sticks, and bowls of munchies and nuts for your guests to enjoy.
Fabulous food is also a key ingredient to making your event distinguished. Set your table with a gorgeous piece of art or seasonal fruit and flowers mixed in the middle. No party is complete without bite-sized, finger-friendly appetizers. Create a buffet of choices that will fill up your guests. At the end of a fabulous evening, have a dessert bar, perhaps chocolate only or pull out that treasured family recipe and feature a lemon chiffon cake for dessert, which will have your guests scrumptiously satisfied. Check out Cocktails by Amy Sacco and Shaken – 250 very sexy cocktails – (Murdoch Books) for cocktail recipes at your fingertips.
Following these easy-to-do steps will have your guests thinking they stepped back in time and will leave them wanting more! Make sure to have a cocktail, relax, and most importantly, have fun. After all, you’re the hostess with the mostess!
A Legendary Splash Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz. Kettle One Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Chambord
- 3 oz. Lemonade
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with fresh berries or a lemon.
Formed in 1997, A Legendary Event has grown into a multi- million dollar full-service event enterprise, handling more than 2,500 events, corporate events, world class galas and weddings a year. Known for his Midas touch, Tony Conway is admired by top CEOs, celebrities and politicians for his attention to detail and penchant for providing fresh, trend-setting and uniquely presented fare, always with the client in mind. A Legendary Event is located in Atlanta and can be reached at (404) 869-8858. www.alegendaryevent.com.