Top Five Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party

How to Host a Cocktail Party | hhgregg

Are you hosting a cocktail party and want to make it extra fabulous? Follow our cocktail party ideas below to really wow your guests.

Set the Tone with Your Invites

There’s no formal rule on how invites must be sent out for a cocktail party. While sending a simple group text message could suffice, if you want to set the tone for a more formal party, you may want to up your invite game. Several sites, like Shutterfly, make it easy to order customized invites online. You can also stop by a local party or paper store to order custom invites. Or, if you are crafty or have design skills, consider making and printing our own. Online invitations are popular too. Eventbrite is an easy-to-use site to send out email invites, and Facebook also makes it easy to create online groups. No matter what method you use, be sure to include the following info:

• Date and time
• Address of party
• Name of host/hostess
• RSVP instructions
• Theme or type of party (if applicable)
• Honoree(s) (Birthday girl or boy, names of engaged couple, etc.)


There’s no hard and fast rule for what food must be served at a cocktail party, but it’s generally customary to have hors d’oeuvres and light snacks. If you plan to serve a heavier meal, you may want to include this messaging in your invite.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms: Sophisticated and delicious!
Cucumber Roll with Creamy Avocado: A great option to have for vegetarian or gluten free guests
Miniature Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake: Add a little dessert for those with a sweet tooth


While cocktail party rules are pretty flexible, there is one thing that is mandatory when learning how to host a cocktail party – drinks! Cocktail party implies that cocktails – namely alcoholic beverages – will be served. Most hosts will include a variety of beverages including non-alcoholic options such as water, soda pop, coffee and mixers as well as beer, wine, liquor and a few signature cocktails. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a cocktail, but here are a few that are easy to make and will stand out:

Strawberry Rose Sangria: Fruity and light, this is a great drink for summertime cocktail parties
Dirty Shirley: What kid didn’t love Shirley Temples? The adult version is just as delicious, but with vodka
Pomegranate Whiskey Sour: This is a great option if you are looking for a pink drink to match a party theme


Decorations will be dependent on your theme. You don’t have to go over the top with decorations by any means, but a few simple ways to pull color and the theme together include:

• Napkins, paper plates, cutlery, drink cups
• Balloons
• Paper pom poms
• Flowers
• Lanterns
• Signs
• DIY crafts

If your theme is really specific – such as a viewing party for a TV show – you can get more creative with your décor.


If you’re wondering how to be a good party host or hostess, ensuring your guests have a great time is key. Entertainment is an important part of the equation. There are a lot of different ways entertainment can go. It could be as simple as having soft music playing in the background and arranging several places for your guests to mingle to encourage conversation. Or maybe you plan to have a movie projecting or a TV show streaming on your 4K TV. For some cocktail parties, a dance floor is a must – so you’ll need to make sure you have a great playlist and Bluetooth speakers ready to go. Your entertainment will be guided by your guests and the theme of the party.

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