Cocktail parties are the best way to celebrate a birthday, job promotion or engagement announcement. They’re also ideal for paying back a lot of hosts for including you in past social events. Throwing a cocktail party can be easy and fun, especially when you include a gourmet food truck caterer on your guest list. Here’s how to do it:
Set the date, time and location. Most cocktail parties are held in the evening and run about three hours. Invite everyone by email and put the start and end times on your invitation. Be sure to tell guests the party attire. “Business attire” is easy. “Cocktail attire” is dressy.
Create the guest list. Make up for all those dinners your friends have cooked for you by inviting them to your cocktail party. Having a slightly crowded event is always more interesting that having a few people sitting around the living room staring at each other. Invite more people than you expect to attend, but be sure your venue has adequate parking.
Determine what drinks you’ll offer. It’s easy to serve wine and beer, but also set up a bar with bottles of liquor, glasses and ice (and keep plenty in the kitchen in order to replenish the ice bucket). You can simplify your work by creating a signature drink (Martini? Margarita?). Make up a couple of pitchers ahead of time.
Choose the party menu. No one can drink safely for two or three hours without consuming some food. Choose non-messy appetizers, such as mini-quiches or pizzas, pre-made beef or chicken sandwiches, cheeses and nuts.
Make party planning a snap. Hire a gourmet food truck caterer to create upscale party appetizers at your party location. The caterer can also arrange for beverages and even a bartender or server, if you prefer. A food truck caterer won’t mess up your own kitchen, and thanks to professional refrigeration equipment, can easily keep your ice stored and replenished.
Three Los Angeles-area food trucks with cocktail party experience are The Hungry Nomad (877-NOMAD-10), Greenz on Wheelz (855-6Greenz) or Hang 10 Tacos (855-5-Hang-10). Each food truck crew is made up of veterans who know food, drinks and parties. We can create any party menu you want. Phone us to discuss your cocktail party ideas. We’re ready to help make you’re a most popular host.
For the perfect cocktail party, be sure that any guest who celebrates too much gets home in taxi or hitches a ride with a sober friend.
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