A Simple, Modern Holiday Cocktail Party
Holiday parties don't have to be complicated or expensive. With a trip to the grocery store and a little DIY elbow grease, you can pull off this sophisticated, modern cocktail party.
Simple + Sophisticated
Host friends for a cocktail party to celebrate the season, complete with custom cocktails, DIY decorations and simple, store-bought appetizers.
Set the Sparkling Mood
Custom invitations adorned with sequins will set the mood for your glitzy party. Place dots of tacky glue on the paper where you want to glue individual sequins. Use a few different colors of sequins; random patterns look best! Add a handful of sequins in the envelope as a fun surprise for your guests.
Every hostess needs a party-perfect hairpiece, like this black-and-gold tulle accent.
No glitzy holiday cocktail party is complete without a sparkling and colorful tabletop. Cover a basic white tablecloth with oversized sequins. Multicolored pieces in green, red, black, pink, gold and silver set a fun, lively mood.
All in White
White dishware pops against the sequined base, and can be easily reused for your next soiree.
Dressed-Up Deli Bites
The premade appetizers that can be found in your grocer's frozen food section don't have to look mundane. On modern, all-white platters, store-bought snacks appear homemade.
Any good party always has a cheese plate. To put together the perfect assortment, choose one soft cheese, like brie, one hard cheese, like aged cheddar, and one made from goat or sheep's milk, like peppered goat cheese. Serve with crackers and seasonal fruit.
Use store-bought rolls and thinly-sliced deli meat to create a mini sandwich bar. At the store, forgo everyday items in favor of ones that feel special; skip sliced turkey and white bread in favor of bakery-fresh onion rolls and Italian hard salami.
Arrange your table asymmetrically to give it a more interesting look. Displaying floral arrangements on one end of the table and tiered snacks on the other Meaning, put more floral arrangements on one side and more snacks on the other. It helps it look more interesting and inviting.
Handmade, sequined balls and bright, cutout snowflakes hung on clear monofilament create a festive backdrop for the party.
Incorporating a patterned fabric is great way to tie a party together. Patterned napkins can get pricy, but you can easily make your own from a unique fabric. Here, a custom, painted snowflake fabric from Spoonflower picks up on the bright hues featured on this tabletop. Stock up on a little extra and use it to cover a cocktail table or even dress up an unattractive wall.
When buying flowers for a party, sometimes the best place to look is at your local grocery store. An easy way to make everything cohesive is to stick with one type of flower or green. To get this look, pick up two bunches of eucalyptus, which is readily available at any grocery store. Group an odd number of clear vases to create a thoroughly modern arrangement.
A Bit of Sparkle
Dress up the basic bouquets with flecks of oversized glitter. Add the glitter inside the vases before adding the water to give the arrangements some festive sparkle.
Create a Cocktail Table
Every cocktail party needs a cocktail table. Serve one or two signature drinks to set a festive mood and keep the cost of the party down.
Mix up a big batch of drinks before guests arrive so you can play host instead of bartender. Keep garnishes and extra glassware handy for mid-party refills.
The best part of this drink is the edible glitter rim. Sweet citrus and tasty mint make an unexpectedly delicious pair in this festive party cocktail.
Tulle Cocktail Stirrers
It's the fun details that make a party memorable. These tulle cocktail stirrers do just that! Purchase a yard of brightly-colored tulle at your local fabric store. Cut it into 1-inch strips. Tie the strips around the top of plain, wooden stirrers. Glue into place at the very top of the stick.
Warm your guests as the night gets cooler with a kettle of homemade chai tea.
Hot Cocktail or Non-Alcoholic Nightcap
Spicy, sweet and creamy, this yummy drink can be enjoyed with or without an extra kick of bourbon. Top with star anise and a sprinkle of cinnamon.