Posted Sunday, January 11th, 2015 by & filed under #fabulouslysocial.

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Celebrating the recently engaged or looking for ideas on a not-so-serious post New Year’s get together? Look no further. A cocktail party is your answer! Next up, you hostess with the mostess, perfecting the 4 M’s; music, mood, mingle + menu.

THE MUSIC ::

Music is a must. Let the party theme drive your jam, but don’t be afraid to compile genres. Cocktails are best served over everything from jazz to disco to hip-hop. Need a little assistance? Check out our Spotify mixes.

Cocktail Party | Red Stamp


THE MOOD ::

Truly timeless and always gorgeous, nothing say sophisticated like a black and white cocktail party with *pops* of shimmer. {We’ll drink to that!} From fresh flowers to soft lighting to inviting scents, your home should make your guests feel welcome. Make sure you are taking care of your guests from start to stop by doing a mock entry and walk-though. Think about what would make you feel warm and welcome? Be critical so your guests don’t have to.

Cocktail Party | Red Stamp

THE MINGLE ::

The cocktail party is all about the mingle, so at least one week before your party, close your eyes and picture where you want your guests to gather, mingle, and sit. Offer seating, but leave more room than you think you need around furniture. Offer multiple places to grab a little snack so you don’t have traffic jams at the food table. Leave room for empty plates and glasses and sweep the room regularly to make sure these areas stay tide.

Cocktail Party | Red Stamp

THE MENU ::

The key consideration is easy to hold and even easier to eat. Full-flavored, bite-sized and easy-to-chew-fare reigns supreme. You really don’t need to spend a lot of money to impress your guests. Just keep it simple and keep it fresh. Make trays ahead of time, stick in your fridge, and you’ll love how quickly you can replenish your devoured bites. Our current fave? Ham pea puree crostinis!

Cocktail Party | Red Stamp

SHOP THE POST ::

Happy Laser Cut Garland Banner

Entertaining Mini Flags

Celebrate Mini Flags

Clink Clink Custom Cocktail Napkins

Confetti Custom Paper Placemats

Create Your Own Custom Coasters

Happy Happy Acrylic Cake Topper

Ham + Pea Puree Crostini Recipe Card

Confetti Custom Table Runner

p.s. Get more party ideas, tips + tricks in our lookbooks!

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