10 Great Tips for a New Year cocktail party

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It’s the peak of the cocktail party season and time to pull out all the stops to create a fantastic get-together that will be the the highlight of the year which will last until New Year.

Cocktail parties used to last only a couple of hours either side of sunset but these days they are often an all-night affair while some even carry on until the sun rises!

Ideally, that’s just the way it should happen. But on the down side this means you have to prepare a little better and add a bit more food and drink .The guests don’t lack for anything as they start celebrating the end of the year.

Mr Fingerfood have put together a their top cocktail party entertaining tips.

  1. First of all, make a list of all the things that need to be considered: How many guests? What’s your budget? Do you have enough seating, tables, cutlery and glasses for everyone?
  2. Send out invites in good time – you’re not the only one throwing a party this time of year. The Care2 network has beautiful e-cards, and be sure to follow up with a quick phone call.
  3. Venue: It’s always best to host your party at your own home, as you are familiar with your surroundings. It also saves you money.

    That said, a stylish marquee tent can be adorned with sheer linens and fairy lights that twinkle against the evening sky, instantly extending your entertaining area.

    If you’re hiring a venue, ensure it’s clean, has parking, kitchen facilities, there’s space for a music system, tables for food and a bar area.

  4. Ensure a good selection of bite-sized treats, such as cold finger foods, delicious dips and good extra virgin olive oil with crusty fresh bread, miniature warm pizzas, laden with fresh gourmet toppings and a few sweet delicacies.

    Click here for 10 gourmet-inspired finger foods.

  5. Arrange platters around the space of your home where you andyour guests will be moving about and keep an eye out for when you need to top up.
  6. Napkins are essential, and should be ready available to guests.
  7. There should be a variety of soft drinks, waters, wines and champagne. Or you could mix up large pitchers of fruity cocktails rimmed with flavoured salts. And don’t forget, one can never have enough ice.
  8. Good lighting sets the mood; use huge candles, dim lighting or beautiful pieces of art lamp work (feather lights) to soften and compliment the surroundings.
  9. Hook up your I-Pod to the house music system and play a mix of your favourite tunes. Or keep a stack of easy listening CDs close at hand, like the complete collection of Café del Mar and the global sounds of Putumayo.
  10. Don’t forget to tell the neighbours you’re having a party! Or, if all else fails, invite them along.

Check out Mr Fingerfood website and book your catering for your cocktail party food.

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