10 Items That’ll Ensure Your Next Cocktail Party Is a Huge Hit
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10 Items That’ll Ensure Your Next Cocktail Party Is a Huge Hit

Written by Charles Thompson-Wang on March 13, 2018
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Great friends. Delicious drinks. Riotous laughter. Juicy gossip. Everyone loves an entertaining cocktail party. Having the right mix of people and the perfect ambiance will enhance the party mood and fun cocktail party décor will surely spice up your shindig.

We’ve gathered some simple, fun party ideas that will take your upcoming cocktail party to the next level.

1. 3D Skull Ice Cube Trays

must haves skull ice cube tray


Ordinary ice cubes are so basic. These cool skull-shaped molds (you can’t call them “cubes” anymore!) are not only easy to make but they’re a great conversation starter at your cocktail party. $11, amazon.com 


2. Cock/Tail Coasters by Jonathan Adler

cocktail party stuff jonathan adler coasters

Everyone loves a good cocktail, and now they’ll have somewhere to set them without getting a water ring on that antique credenza. $88, jonathanadler.com  


3. Bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts

cocktail party bacon wraps

Who doesn’t like bacon? This appetizer from ultimate domestic goddess Martha Stewart is guaranteed to be an instant cocktail party hit. Recipe from marthastewart.com 


4. Oversized sequins

cocktail party sequins

Shiny sequins create an upbeat mood for any occasion, so why not add some pizzazz to your next cocktail party with oversized sparkling sequins? $20 from joann.com 


5. “Drinking Buddies” Drink Markers

cocktail party stuff drink markers

Personalize your guests’ wine glasses with these cheeky “Drinking Buddies” markers in the form of hunky swimmers. Now you can relax and enjoy your cocktail party without worrying about your guests losing track of their drinks. Set of 6, $10, bedbathandbeyond.com 


6. Pink lemonade jello shots

cocktail party jello shots

Make something unexpected for your cocktail party! Surprise your guests with a simple DIY recipe like this one for pink lemonade jello shots. They’re a delicious treat for grown-ups, and they’re cute AF. Recipe from notey.com 


7. Photo booth props

cocktail party photo booth

Everyone takes selfies at cocktail parties, so why not add to the fun by giving partygoers some props? $6, target.com 


8. That’s What She Said game

cocktail party thats what she said

With a title like “That’s What She Said,” you know your party is going to be off the hook (but maybe also off the rails?) with drunken guests trying to outdo each other with witty bon mots. $25, target.com 


9. Ice Mold and Wine Bottle Chiller

cocktail party stuff wine holder

This bottle chiller from Crate & Barrel doubles as a beautiful décor piece. Freeze it before the party and incorporate berries, citrus slices or fresh flowers before you throw it in the freezer. You’ll instantly have a lovely centerpiece for your cocktail party. $40, crateandbarrel.com 


10. Cucumber and Mint “Fauxjito”

cocktail party stuff mocktail

This easy-to-make cucumber and mint Fauxjito is the perfect refreshment. Plus your teetotaler friends will love a special drink created just for them. Recipe from foodandwine.com 


Are you ready to host your next cocktail party? Maybe you have some ideas or items of your own? Sound off in the comments.


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