Cocktail parties work in nearly any venue. When hosting a cocktail theme party, food is one of the most important aspects to consider. Be sure to have many appetizers available for guests that will leave them drooling. Lost for ideas? Here are some great cocktail party appetizer and drink ideas. This also includes a variety of food and drink related ideas that can be incorporated into party favors.
Cocktail Theme Party: Beverages and Appetizers
1. Cocktails A’Flowin’
Since it is a cocktail party, make sure you have plenty of cocktails and alcoholic beverages such as lemon drop martinis, sweet and sour cocktails and much more. Create a signature mixed drink or a punch and also have staple items on hand to make other items.
2. Shrimp Cocktail
This is a perfect theme appetizer idea for your cocktail party. You have the option of buying the premade platter or you can cook your own shrimp and use your own platter and delicious cocktail sauce.
3. Mini Quiches
Give your guests something to look forward to by making mini quiche in individual mini quiche pans! Quiches are very simple to make but if you’re on a time constraint you can buy frozen quiches in the freezer aisle of your grocery store. Just bake them up before the party starts.
4. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are usually a fan favorite for your cocktail party. This simple appetizer is so simple to make and you can choose to get creative with the ingredients or toppings. Serve them on a deviled egg platter alongside other kinds like smoked salmon and dill, crabmeat and breadcrumbs and avocado bacon ranch deviled eggs.
Mini-meatballs are perfect for a mixed drink party appetizer. You can purchase one large bag of already cooked frozen meatballs from your grocery store and choose your own sauce. Or you can make your own and serve them up on a serving platter. Some suggestions are marinara, barbeque sauce and pineapple and soy sauce glaze.
6. Arugula Flatbread
Frozen pizza dough makes this appetizer that much easier! Just top the flatbread with olive oil and whatever toppings of your choice such as tomatoes, olives, deli meats or artichokes. Bake in the oven and while it’s cooling, top off the flatbreads with fresh arugula tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Cocktail Theme Party: Party Favors
Cocktail parties mean good friends and good drinks, but when the party’s over how will you make sure your guests remember the great time they had? Here are some favor ideas that will give your guests something more solid than memories to hold on to.
7. Fortune Cookies
Cookies are a perfectly sweet way to finish off the night, but fortune cookies are like presents with a satisfyingly crunchy wrapper. You can find them at your local grocery store and dress them up in fancy boxes or a simple bag-and-ribbon ensemble for a lovely and elegant favor your guests are sure to love. You can even order ones with custom messages!
8. Wine Bottle Stoppers
If you’re looking for a more cocktail-themed favor, why not treat your guests to a unique bottle stopper? There are so many different ones to choose from, you are sure to find one that fits the theme of your cocktail party. If you’re having a luau-themed cocktail party, for example, a starfish-themed stopper. This favor will surely have your guests leaving with a smile on their faces.
Gourmet party bags make really elegant party favors. You can buy miniature bottles of pantry staples such as balsamic vinegar, or you can make your own by mixing up a nice spice rub for your guests’ next barbecue. You can also opt for a more permanent favor and supply your guests with small kitchen accessories like an ice cream scoop or pepper grinder.
10. Cocktail Glasses
You are going to need cocktail glasses for your cocktail party so why not make them into a cute party favor? You can buy your party-specific glasses with your guests’ initials, or, if you’re feeling creative, personalize them with acrylic paint. Personalized cocktail glasses can be used by your guests during your party and then be taken home after.
11. Cocktail Package Mix
Give out margarita powdered mixers of drinks you served at your party as giveaways. These small packets can be easily transformed into a blended drink by adding the packet of mix, liquid (juice or alcohol) and ice into a blender.
12. Votive Candles
Votive candles are an inexpensive giveaway tip if you’re looking for an easier and more budget-friendly option. Give a few out in each bag so that guests can recreate the same setting they experienced at your party.
13. Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail shakers can be vessels for carrying other small favors or treats in them. It adds a modern twist on the traditional goodie bag and serves an additional purpose… making drinks!
14. Dinner Mints
15. Finger Bottle Opener
Looking for something unique that your guests will use all the time? Hand out finger bottle openers as party favors. These favors go along with any theme for your cocktail party. In addition, you can hand out beer bottles, martini glasses and wine bottle-shaped openers for a simple but still fun idea for bottle openers.
There are many fun ideas you can work into a cocktail theme party. Especially ideas involving tasty food and beverages. Several of the ideas mentioned in this article can be easily obtained and easy to work with. Hopefully you found these suggestions helpful and inspired you to throw an awesome cocktail party.
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