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13 Cocktail Party Secrets Your Mother Didn’t Teach You!
Cocktail Parties may seem simple and appear easy to organise, but the best cocktail parties often take a lot of careful attention to get right. When planning a successful cocktail party it is essential to have a clear understanding of your objectives before you start.
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13 Cocktail Party Secrets Your Mother Didn’t Teach You!A Cocktail Party should be Fun, Glamorous & Exciting! Just like you right!!! Make sure you have the right entertainment and you follow these event planning basics.
1. Do you have a theme?Your choice of Venue, decoration & entertainment should all reflect the theme? If you need ideas just check out our event theme section.
2. Budget for everything your cocktail Party needs
As an event planner you need to account for everything. Make sure you don’t have any nasty surprises in your budget by having a thorough budget from day one. Remember to ask for packages or bundles of services from your suppliers to deliver more bang for you buck!
3. Make a good first impression
Make your invitation inviting! Whether it is a physical invite or a digital one, make it attractive, glamorous and fun, just like you!
4. Get in the right space for your cocktail party
Choose your venue wisely! The choice of venue will not only effect the bottom line for your event, but create a large part of the atmosphere or ambience for your event.
5. Guests lists: Make sure you get them all
From Instructions to invitations- set the scene and build excitement. Don’t forget to include details of where to park and how to access the building. Have a good database system to track who was invited and who has sent their RSVP’s.. Instructions to invitations–from Instructions to invitations- set the scene and build excitement. Don’t forget to include details of where to park and how to access the building. Have a good database system to track who was invited and who has sent their RSVP’s
6. Special Dietary Requirements
Do you have it covered? It’s extremely important to make all guests feel welcomed, and that you have their dietary needs covered. No one likes to go hungry! Who is in charge of managing this on the day?
7. Make your cocktail party fun & fantastic
The best events will touch their hearts & captive their minds! The Entertainment is critical in the success of the night. Touch their hearts, Captive their minds! Live Music is key!
8. Make them dance their butt off
9. Always be Prepared, Plan in detailFrom concept to completion, from design to delivery, you have to plan. Fail to plan, then plan to fail. simple as that. ALWAYS engage a professional event manager
10. Short is Sweet
Keep formalities to a minimum. Your guests are there to have fun, dance and enjoy them selves
11. Know the Right People
From set up to pack up, know everyone on the team and have their contact details on you at all times. The best events are the ones where the whole team comes together and feels connected in the delivery of something special. Choose your suppliers carefully, and where ever possible, work with professional event managers.
12. Turn on the tech talk!
Know it or have someone there who does! Technology is a big part of the Cocktail partyl. Good sound systems for music and lighting is critical.
13. Go with the flow, be flexible
You plan for everything, but even still things come up! Deal with it! Remain flexible and focused on solutions not blame!