When it comes to planning a party or a wedding, cocktail functions are the best way to go. You can plan a pretty nice party without having to provide the full meal. This can help keep the costs low and your stress level in check which is a good thing.
Think about what you would like to have at your party and how cocktail functions can fit into that. Think about your theme and what you would like to serve for food. Although you won’t be providing a full meal you will want to make sure you have enough food for everyone to snack on. Knowing how many people will attend ahead of time is very important.
One option is to provide appetizers that are your favorites and easy to make. People can snack on them while drinking a nice drink and talking to their friends. If it is a wedding reception you can have all the normal wedding traditions going on as well, just on a smaller scale. You can decide if you would like to hire someone to make the food or figure out how to make it yourself.
If your are just planning a big party it will give your guests a lot of time to visit with one another since they do not have to sit down and have a formal dinner. This will allow them to mingle and get to know other people who are there.
When you do go with a cocktail function instead of a full dinner, you will be able to save some money. Because you are not providing as much food the cost per person goes down. This is a good thing and means you can spend your money on another part of the party or you can simply put that money in savings for a later time.
If you don’t have any party planning experience you can learn a lot about what to do by reading up on the subject. There is a lot of advice out there about weddings or other types of functions. You also don’t have to do it alone and can work with other people to plan the cocktail party or your wedding which can be a lot of fun.
When it comes to the invitation it is a good idea to put that the party or reception is a cocktail one. That way people know not to expect dinner. This is, even more, important if the timing puts your party around meal times. You can avoid some of that by making your party in the early afternoon, sometime after lunch but before dinner.
The most important thing is to create a party that you will enjoy. If this is your wedding, you want everything just right. You don’t want to have a party that you wouldn’t like to go to yourself. Think about what makes a party fun and go from there. You will be glad that you did.