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Holiday Cocktail Party Essentials

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Holiday season means cocktail party season! It may be easy enough to get yourself glammed up to be a guest, but what are the essentials when you’re hosting? We’ve put together this guide to help ensure you're perfectly party ready.

Holiday Cocktail Party Essentials

The Cocktails

It’s right there in the name — if your cocktail party is lacking cocktails, you’re really doing something wrong.

Be sure to have a signature cocktail on hand for guests to sample on their way in. For the holiday season, may we recommend this golden apple holiday cocktail or this delicious pear sparkler.

As for additional selection, Cocktail Deeva Dee Brun recommends keeping it simple with beer, and wine. If you feel you need spirits, go for vodka, rum and good tequila.

Also be sure to have a non-alcoholic option on hand, like a punch or this mocktail bubbly.

The Look

Who doesn’t love a chance to dress up? Cocktail parties are the perfect chance to glam up your look a little bit.

Sparkles, jewel tones or winter whites are perfect to really pop at a cocktail party. Just take a look at these gorgeous party options. On a budget? These fabuless looks are festive and budget friendly!

The Food

Cocktail Party Essentials: The Snacks

What’s a party without great snacks? Our friends at Best Recipes Ever have everything you need for a holiday party with the best pickings. The show-stopping appetizers found here — from an antipasto platter to a shiitake-stuffed brie — will have your guests reaching for seconds!

Need a few gluten-free options? Best Recipes Ever has got you covered there too with recipes including prosciutto-wrapped nectarines and vegetarian salad rolls. One word: yum!

The Music

Nobody wants a dull atmosphere at their cocktail party! Keep things upbeat and lively with the right music. To start, check out this selection of holiday tunes. They’re modern, upbeat, and keep our audience in the celebratory spirit during the holiday season!

The Decorations

Cocktail Party Essentials: The Decorations

Bring some holiday sparkle to your decor with a quick and easy DIY you can place on a coffee table, buffet or mantle. All you have to do is take your old burnt out Christmas lights, brush them with white glue, and roll them in festively coloured sparkles. Pile them atop a pile of fake snow in a clear vase or bowl, and you’ve got a lovely festive focal point for any room!

Looking for more decor ideas? From festive florals to candleholders that wow, we’ve got more simple and chic DIYs right here.


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