A beautiful and sophisticated party at home is something anyone can accomplish. As we show you, with a few simple touches you can really take a stay-at-home cocktail party to the next level.
The Set Up
Be sure to choose a theme or colour inspiration for the decor of your party that suits your existing home decor. Pull your table far from the wall and make sure there's ample room for traffic to flow freely. We always suggest pulling your chairs out and creating small conversation zones around your home.
Create a bar by using a piece of furniture like a console from your living room. Make sure to place it in separate area of your home, away from the food, in order to disperse the crowd.
Because the table is set up like a buffet you want to make everything very easy and accessible for your guests to pick up. If the table is feeling flat, rent or borrow some simple vases and elevate your food. To jazz up clear vases, we like to fill them with water and floated some beautiful flowers in them; this not only gives your serving vessels height, but will wow all your guests.
We're big advocates of using your existing items -- there's no need to go over the top here. Keep it simple and clean, and use your existing white plates. If you don't have matching platters or plates, then this is something you can easily borrow from friends or rent. China town or the dollar store are great places to buy any inexpensive white plates. We did, however, splurge on a few green trays to keep everything clean and tidy!
Pay attention to the details, they will really impress your guests. For a bit of whimsy, trying using blackboard contact paper on brown paper to create a table runner and label what you're serving. You can also paint small boxes from the dollar store for convenient garbage receptacles. Add a label, which you can download here, so everyone has a place to toss out their used napkins or tooth picks.