21st Birthday Ideas Cocktail Party Theme
by Steve W.
(San Antonio Texas )
21st Birthday Ideas Cocktail Party Theme: A perfect invitation for a cocktail party involves a party drink theme. I came up with a martini glass invitation that let everyone know that the party would be classy. Yes, it was a 21st birthday drinking party, but not the stereotypical kind.
The ticket to taking pleasure in your own party is having taken the time to do things in advance and making a provision for a self-serve bar. On the other hand, you can always bring in a bartender or serve the drinks yourself. I had a close friend act as the bartender for the night. He had a lot of fun doing it because he cracked jokes with everyone all night long. This freed me to enjoy the party without worrying that everyone had a drink.
One of the things I suggest considering before hand is to settle on the number of glasses you will use, and what type. This more often than not is an overlooked item on this part of the planning stage, even though it is actually a high-priority aspect of any celebrated event, especially one that involves lots of drinks. I had twice as many glasses on hand as invited guests, because people put them down and forget which one is theirs.
Another thing to consider is to make sure to offer bottled water and a few non-alcoholic cocktail options as well. Give your guests the option to delight in their non-alcoholic drinks in a similar glass as that of the other guests who prefer the alcoholic brew so that it is not so obvious they're not partaking. This is helpful for designated drivers, anyone who doesn't drink, or anyone who has had enough to drink for the night.
Another thing I discovered is do not put too many chairs in the main setting. You'll have a few shy guests who take over the chairs and couch, rather than mingling with everyone else. Have seating set up in a secondary room for those folks. I really recommend clearing out the living room furniture so it can be a standing party.
To make your cocktail birthday party stand out, use unique recipes in concocting your drinks. Give them fun names that relate to the birthday guest of honor. As for all-spirits cocktails like Manhattans, you can mix them in advance without the ice, and refrigerate them in pitchers. This makes it easier on your bartender buddy.
You'll also want to place a nice plastic table cover or sheet underneath the main tablecloth to shield your bar or dining table from spilled drinks. Moreover, put a sensible container beside or under the bar for bits and pieces of garbage, lemon rinds, things like that.
Another thing that will make your party go smoother is to unfasten a few of your wine bottles ahead of time and put back the cork stoppers partially. Have those set out near the bar with wine glasses next to them for a self-serve wine station. This way, your guests will be able to help themselves with the drinks, and can open the bottles without difficulty.
Get ready with your coffee maker beforehand. Prepare some sugar, creamer, and cups for guests who might request for coffee.
Another must-do is to serve both snacks and food. Drinking on an empty stomach can be obnoxious. Make sure, though, not to present your guests with highly flavored and oily food because these will just make them thirstier.
Make the essential arrangements ahead of time for guests who may need to stay overnight. Plan on it! Also, close down the bar at least an hour before wrapping up the party, and give out water, coffee, and more food, instead.
My 21st birthday cocktail party was great!
Categories: Adult Birthday Parties, All Party Themes