Planning Your Holiday Cocktail Party

Serving up appetizing aperitifs this holiday season!

December 2011 by Kaity

Every year the holiday season seems to sneak up on us. One minute it's October and you're putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume - and all of a sudden it's time for your annual holiday soiree!

Between setting your guest list, sending out your holiday cocktail party invitations, and choosing the perfect festive outfit, there's a lot to plan! Of course you've still got to fit in holiday shopping and mailing letters to Santa. Who has time to set a full party menu? Particularly if you're planning a cocktail party, you've also got to stock your bar.

One way to simplify the party process is to stick with heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and signature drinks! Rather than break into the entire liquor cabinet, offer a few, specific holiday cocktails to simplify your preparation and shorten the lines at the bar!

  • Egg Nog
    A delicious holiday classic. Is it really Christmas without some of this tasty treat? Ok, yes, of course it is - but it wouldn't be quite as sweet! Be sure to offer a non-alcoholic version for the kiddies, of course!

  • Peppermint-ini
    There are a few variations of this twist on a martini floating around, but nearly all involve vanilla-flavored vodka and peppermint schnapps. Garnish with a mini candy cane and perhaps some red and green sugar around the rim to add some sparkle!

  • Winter Brew
    Choosing just one type of beer to serve can be a challenge to say the least. Serve a holiday ale made with cloves or orange peel, or perhaps a dry-hopped brew that will warm your guests up from the inside!

  • + BYOB
    You can't go wrong allowing your guests to provide their own libations. This ensures that everyone will get to drink exactly what they like! Adding "BYOB" as an addition to the signature drinks is also a great way to limit your party budget, but still be a gracious host or hostess. These lovely libations are just a few suggestions for your next holiday cocktail party. But, the most important ingredients for a fabulous fete are good friends and family. Cheers!