Everything You Need to Throw a Fabulous Cocktail Party

updated May 9, 2022
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We love a good cocktail party. Great drinks, delicious snacks, and lots of laughs with good friends. Whether yours is large or small, everyone you know or a few close friends, The Kitchn has some tips to make it the best one you’ve ever hosted.

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First, The Drinks

First things first: Let’s start with the drinks.

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But Food Is Just as Important

A cocktail party without food can turn into a brawl faster than you can say “liquor on an empty stomach.” Or maybe your friends are more well-behaved than mine. Either way, there are plenty of great party appetizers you can serve, from simple to fancy!

Don’t Break Your Budget

Bank account a little light this time of year? Here are some great tips to throw a party on a budget.

  • Booze on a Budget! 12 Wines and Cocktails That Won’t Break the Bank

  • Reader Intelligence: What Are Your Best Strategies for Throwing a Party on a Budget?
  • A Cocktail Party for 20 for Just $140

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Party Tips & Inspiration

Whether you’re throwing your first cocktail party, or looking to make a few changes in your routine, we hope you can find inspiration on The Kitchn.

Are you ready? When’s your next cocktail party?