6 Cocktail Party Hosting Tips From Big Fin Seafood Kitchen

Good company, good drinks, good food. What more could you want from a night out? If you’re planning to host an event, we’ve put together a few cocktail party hosting tips to help you create the best experience possible for your guests!

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Ask Yourself the Basic Questions

Before you even contact the restaurant or bar, you should be prepared with some key information. This will save you time and make your initial communication with the venue much easier.

Some key information you might want to sort out before you reach out:

  • How many people are you inviting?
  • When do you want to have the event?
  • Is it going to be a casual or formal event?
  • Will the party be held outdoors or inside the venue?
  • What is your total budget?
  • Do you have a theme in mind?

If you know the answer to these preliminary questions ahead of time, your conversations with the venue will go more smoothly throughout the planning process.

Get to Know the Venue

As the cocktail party host, it’s your job to make sure everything’s in order. It helps to ask questions ahead of time, so there are no surprises on the day of the event. Some questions you might want to ask include:

  • Is your date/time available? Are there any other events at that time that might interfere?
  • What is the maximum number of guests?
  • Is the space private or will it be shared with normal customers?
  • Who can I contact before and during the event if necessary?
  • What is the size and layout of the space?
  • How will the cost be broken down?

These are important logistical questions that you’ll want to have answered before your cocktail party. Getting this information will save you a headache when the day of the event rolls around.

Decide on a Menu

For a cocktail party, guests won’t be expecting a meal. You may want to communicate with the menu about creating a mini appetizer menu so your guests have something to munch on with their drinks.

The most important part of a cocktail party? The cocktails!

You have two options here. First, you can go with a full bar cocktail party, which means guests can order anything the restaurant or bar normally offers.

Or, if you’re sticking to an important theme, you can create a mini drinks menu. You can rename classic drinks with names that are fun and related to the theme of your cocktail party. You might even want to have themed mini menus printed yourself to add that extra personalized touch.

Whichever you choose, make sure to discuss your preference with the venue ahead of time.

More Cocktail Party Hosting Tips

The whole point of a cocktail party is for everyone to have fun. The best cocktail party hosting tips we can give you are to relax and have fun yourself! As long as you planned effectively, the rest will take care of itself.

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