Since the party will be to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you need to decorate the area in reds and set up a welcoming environment. Request the guests to adhere to the theme and dress up in the same color, adding to the whole effect.
The next thing to do is plan a menu for the party. Don’t keep all the dishes that are solely meat or vegetable based. There are some people who eat one and not the other. Therefore, it is imperative to keep an assortment of dishes to cater to everyone’s demand. However, this does not mean that there should be a buffet set, which will go to waste later. Quality matters, not the quantity.
If you want people to mingle together and socialize, then the environment created should help serve the cause. It would help to push the sofas near the walls and make room for people to move freely and talk to each other.
Dedicate a room solely for people who wish to rest a little, sit down, wash up to get cleaned up. Someone might accidentally spill a drink or some ladies might need to lay down for a bit after having a few drinks, in either case, you should have a room ready for them.
Since it is going to be a cocktail party, you will have to make sure that there are drinks flowing everywhere, and, in abundance. You may want to hire a bartender for the purpose, and let him serve your guests. However, if money is tight, you can set up a bar with different ingredients and juices for them to help themselves. It may, however, get messy if you allow your guests to make their own drinks, especially if they are too drunk later on. If you must, you can make a batch of drinks yourself and label the jugs so your guests can pour them on their own.
Remember NOT to put wine or beers on the bar. It is a fancy cocktail party, not a downtown pub.
If you are thinking of making a few cocktails yourself, here are a few recipes you can try:
Air Mail Cocktail Recipe
Dog’s Nose Cocktail Recipe
Vera Rush Cocktail Recipe
Aviation Cocktail Recipe
Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe
Boilermaker Cocktail Recipe
Rum and Coconut Water Cocktail Recipe
Suburban Cocktail Recipe