Its Cocktail Hour, Everyone!

You have one hour or less for this start-the-party, mingling affair.  You can go traditional with the standard bar and passed hors d’oeuvres or really play up your event’s personality by offering uncommon food, drink, decor and entertainment!

Here are some ideas that add a lot of ooh & aah to any soiree:


A smoothie bar, pictured by The Knot, which showcased an event that offered strawberry and pina colada shakes during cocktail hour.  Who wouldn’t love that?

A steel-drum band played as guests sipped champagne, noshed on appetizers such as caramel-seared Caribbean prawns and Thai-style vegetable curry baked in phyllo dough, courtesy of The Knot


Fresh lemonade that looks absolutely irresistible, perfect for an outdoor reception.

Beautiful and original cocktail napkins from Loft Party.

Champagne scented candles by Illuminations.

Beach house chandelier by Illuminations. On items such as these with heftier price tags ($119) consider them if you will take them and use them in your home afterward.  Or buy for your home, use for your party!

Wall art by Wonderful Graffiti – use on mirrors, doors, walls, etc.


Mini donuts made right on the spot by The Fry Girl.  I can tell you that these sweet, little wonders will keep your guests happy the rest of the day!

With goodies & looks like these before your reception starts, the anticipation of the night ahead will definitely get your party going.

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