Cocktail parties have been one of the most popular ways to celebrate events or host a social gathering to bring friends and family together for years. They came into vogue during the early decades of the 20th century and first sparked when Prohibition made gathering at home or in an exclusive location to drink became both a beloved pastime and unmistakeable mark of status. The Prohibition years are far behind us these days, but the tradition has stuck and the cocktail party has now evolved to to most commonplace of events. Cocktail parties are great for entertaining friends or business associates, or a combination of the two. They’re also great for holiday parties and receptions, both business and personal.
While old-school cocktail parties often took place at the home of the host or at an establishment owned by someone in attendance, reserving a location for your party is de rigeur in the current decade. There are many reasons for this; when you host a party at home, you’re committed to it until the last guest decides to leave, or find yourself in the uncomfortable position of kicking your guests out. Even worse, some of your more indulgent guests might have overdone it with said cocktails and end up sick or passed out on your couch until the next day! When you rent a professional party space, the venue’s business hours and local ordinances do the dirty work for you; it is simply understood that there’s a time at which everyone must leave.
Speaking of guests drinking too much, food is an important part of any successful cocktail party. A full course meal is not necessary, but plenty of tapas, hors d’oeuvres, finger sandwiches, and other pass-around party foods will go a long way in keeping your guests upright and feeling good. Allow guests to graze throughout the event as they feel the need. Even something as simple as a cheese, crackers and cut fruit is perfect. To be a good host you should have some kind of food available and if you don’t want to deal with food at all, consider making use of our catering services as well!
The drinks are, of course, the most important part of a cocktail party. You can go one of two ways with providing the cocktails:
Full Bar: If you opt for this you give guests the option to choose their favorite drink. This is great if you have a well-stocked bar or if you’re willing to buy the essential spirits and are able to mix up a variety of drinks (or have a good bartending guide). You also have the option of contracting a bartender from our catering staff or an outside company.
Set Cocktail Menu: This is my favorite because it encourages people to step out of their comfort zones to try new drinks and craft cocktails. You can also create the theme and ambiance you want for your event by expressing it through a custom drink menu. Additionally, it saves money because no one will be sneaking expensive Scotch on your dime!
Safety is the third critical element of a good cocktail party. As the host, you are responsible for those drinking at your party. Be aware of guests who have had too much to drink, cut them off when necessary and arrange for designated drivers. Also, have a few non-alcoholic drink, or mocktails, available for non-drinking guests. Some events even offer an exclusive food and beverages menu to their sober guests to make them feel comfortable and extra appreciated.
De Luxe Banquet hall is an excellent space for your personal or professional cocktail party. Our comfortable De Luxe Lounge or elegant De Luxe grand ballroom can accommodate parties of different sizes, and both are equipped with their own full bar and a variety of furniture arrangements for ideal seating and socializing. To make a reservation, request a quote, or view the space, contact us now!