Tips for pre-party drinks – At Home.

Greet each of your guests personally - the most important element for a warm welcome is you! After that…

  • Provide a warm, inviting atmosphere, with no harsh lighting. Strategically placed lamps or candles and tea-lights in pretty containers (so they don’t get knocked over!) instantly transforms any space into something special.
  • No one wants to walk into an ice-box so ensure the heating is on or the fire is lit to provide atmospheric focus. A cautionary note though…bodies create heat so if the house is too hot, the temperature will soon become uncomfortable.
  • You need to circulate and look after your guests so unless you fancy being a barmaid for the evening, limit the number of options of pre-party drinks. Usually a couple of options is sufficient, remembering to cater for your guests who may not be consuming alcohol.
  • Something sparkly always goes down a treat or depending on the weather, a nice warming punch. Both translate well into identical glassware for those non-drinkers too as there are many alcohol free drinks with some sparkle and non-alcoholic punch is a great option too.
  • Avoid “the wine’s on the kitchen worktop…go and help yourself”! Whilst you want your guests to have a good time, depending on the type of party, you don’t want them paralytic before the starters. Besides which, circulating with a re-fill allows you great conversation time with your guests.
  • Depending on the type of party you’re having and the number of people, don’t use the family heirloom glassware – accidents do happen and you will be upset if it gets broken! There are many options for cost-effective and specialist glass hire. Depending on where you purchase your drink, the glass-ware may even come free of charge!
  • Often party goers eat little pre-event in anticipation of party food…it’s a good idea to offer nibbles or canapes to counter the effect of alcohol. A word of warning here though, there’s nothing worse than trying to juggle food and a drink (and in the case of ladies, the clutch bag too!) at the same time, so make sure any pre-party food is no more than a single mouthful at a time.
  • Finally, whatever the size of your party, it is a good idea to have an idea of the running order before you start. Accounting for late-comers and allowing all your guests to arrive and settle in before the main event, we would advocate you allow approximately an hour for pre-party drinks.
  • myEventGenie.com can help you plan your party and create the itinerary to help you stay organized and able to enjoy your evening, from start to finish.

Salut!

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