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