- 3 years ago
- Wedding: December 2015
SO and I own our own home, so we are hosting a New Year’s Eve cocktail party this year for our friends.
Now, the last time we tried to throw a shindig, it was a BBQ, and we planned too late, so pretty much no one came. We don’t have birthday parties (SO prefers to go to bars to celebrate, and I have a day of panic attacks for mine), we don’t host dinners…and I kind of want that to change. Unfortunately, i really have only done the “red solo cups and Circle of Death” parties. I’m 28 and want to do this one up in classy style- actual (paperless) invitations, fancy dress, and we are even sending the furbabies to grandma’s!
So, party time! I have made the guest list (22 if everyone comes), sent invites through Paperless Post, and am working on a menu with one of my besties, who used to do catering with her mom. (Menu so far: Endive boats, marinated shrimp, jalapeno marinated chicken, Brie-en-croute with apples, dipped strawberries).
We have a small home, but I’m going to open it all up for the guests, I jsut don’t exactly know how to decorate for a cocktail party… I’m thinking twinkle lights over a picture window, tea lights on the bookshelves, and centerpieces of painted white bottles with taper candles. I’m going to gather up and put away all of our random clutter that ends up in decorative baskets, and clean like a mad woman.
Basically, I want to hear suggestions for addtiional decor, tasty-easy hor d’oevres to accompany, and help with the following:
I want this to be classy; should i get plastic cups/plates, or spring for a decent set of clear glass cocktail plates and glasses?
We want to serve champagne, wine, beer, and probably whiskey cocktails. Should I use all one style of glass (like clear plastic tumblers), or use drink specific glassware (we have 6 pub glasses, 4 champagne flutes, 8 wine glasses, and a set of 6 crystal highballs)?
What about for the midnight toast- real glasses or plastic flutes?
Any and ALL suggestions are welcome!! ALL help is appreciated!!