Cocktail Party Ideas

Pop the cork off of that champagne bottle and raise a glass to the happiest of happy hours! Impress your guests with our party-planning tips, bartending tricks from the pros, everything needed to stock a home bar, and signature mixed drinks.

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How to Host a Casino Night at Home
Invite over some friends, put out a few snacks, pour drinks, and play games a la Las Vegas.
These 19 Holiday Cocktails Are Full of Festive Cheer
Make your spirits brighter with any one of our dazzling drink recipes, including martinis, punches, eggnog, and so many more seasonal favorites.
How to Assemble the Cheese Board of Your Dreams
It's the easiest and most impressive party appetizer ever! Here, our tips and tricks for putting it all together.
Hot Appetizer Recipes You Need for Your Next Party
A satisfying spread of hors d'oeuvres is essential to any cocktail party, family get-together, or holiday open house. This collection of hot appetizer recipes has something for everyone, from the traditional to the adventurous. We're talking dips, toasts, fried foods, and so much more.
Shake Up Your Summer Entertaining and Host an Aperitivo Hour
It's the easy, casual way to gather and we've got everything you need right here.
13 Make-Ahead Cold Appetizer Recipes for the Busy Host
You know what we love about cold appetizers? No last-minute baking, sautéing, simmering, or frying. These recipes can be prepared ahead of time, so you can enjoy your party sans stress. Whether you're a Martha-level host or new to entertaining, you'll want to add some of these cold appetizer recipes to your list of party must-makes. Ultimately, having dishes made before a gathering is like having money in the bank—you'll be comfortable knowing that your menu is handled, no heat necessary. Best of all, these light bites are total crowd-pleasers that just might persuade you to prep all your appetizers ahead, or at least the majority (so you have time to focus on that special last-minute dish). Whatever your approach, you can rely on these trusty cold appetizer recipes to delight your loved ones time and again.
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17 Vodka Cocktails You'll Want to Make Again and Again
The smooth, easy-to-quaff liquor plays well in classic drinks like martinis and vodka tonics, as well as more elaborate newfangled cocktails. Here are our favorite recipes.
15 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving Appetizers That Your Guests Will Adore
Let friends and family gather around the appetizers while dinner is being prepared. Choose from finger foods such as stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, and shrimp cocktail—our recipes are so delicious they won't notice if the turkey's running late (get our complete turkey tutorial here)!
How to Host a Happy Hour with Your Quarantine Pod, According to the Founder of Estelle Colored Glass

As the founder of her own glassware line, Stephanie Summerson Hall is inspired by the Southern charm and hospitality of her grandmother.