Entertaining Essentials for Hosting a Cocktail Party

Hosting a cocktail party requires a variety of entertaining accessories.  While it is a fact that certain accessories are needed to entertain comfortably, the degree to which you choose to expand that entertaining equipment collection is entirely up to you.

I am sure that there will be many posts in my future where I talk about all of the different types of entertaining equipment available, but for this post I wanted to keep it to the basic essentials for hosting a small and simple cocktail party at home.  

Entertaining Accessories

  Red Wine Glasses from World Market  are paired with the Orange Zebra Caspari Cocktail Napkins 

Red Wine Glasses from World Market are paired with the Orange Zebra Caspari Cocktail Napkins 

 

  • Candles - See my post on Coffee Table Candles for ideas on different types of candle lighting that you could use to create a lovely ambiance at your next party.
  • Music- Music in the background is a must for any party I host.  To me, there is nothing worse than a party without music (totally makes the party feel sterile).  Party music doesn't have to be an expensive addition.  Spotify and Pandora are great apps for finding songs and playlists that you can download right to your phone.  If you have a sound system in your living room already then thats perfect! If you don't, I would definitely suggest getting a bluetooth speaker.  They are inexpensive, produce great sound and can connect to your phone's playlists.  I actually gave this Triple C Bluetooth Speaker as a gift recently and it was a huge hit!

These are my foundations for hosting any cocktail party in my home.  While nothing is required, I strongly encourage you to consider these different aspects before hosting your next party.  The right entertaining equipment will make hosting easier and more comfortable for both you and your guests.