Hosting family and friends is always a blast. The laughs and memories become “remember when” moments for a long time to come. But getting there takes a little bit of effort and sometimes can raise your heartrate a tick or two. It doesn’t have to when you use these simple tips for hosting with ease.
Sign of the times
Create a signature cocktail for the evening. Something outside the box, but simple. Then set the ingredients on a bar cart or counter and let everyone tap into their inner mixologist. This lets them tailor the drink a bit to their tastes, too. Plus, it frees you up to socialize. Just keep an eye on that ice bucket.
- Jack Apple Fizz – Only three ingredients, this bold and bright apple sipper couldn’t be a better, um, pick for parties.
- Authentic Paloma – Perfect for summer gatherings and easier to make than a margarita—just el Jimador® Tequila, grapefruit soda and a splash of lime juice.
- Chambord® Sangria – A party pleaser! Just make a large batch the night before. All guests need to do is fill their glasses.
- 10-Second Mint Julep – The most iconic cocktail of the South has never been easier—just open and pour.
Make it alcohol-free
Some of your guests won’t be drinking alcohol. Maybe they’re the designated driver, not in the mood or not simply old enough. No matter the reason, offering alcohol-free options is a more flavorful and fun alternative to water.
Not familiar? They’re basically cocktails, but without the alcohol. Sometimes they’re unique recipes; other times you just replace the alcohol with sparkling soda. But the quality of ingredients and flavors are 100%. And they’re something everyone can enjoy.
Check out our quick and easy alcohol-free recipes for your next get-together.
Dress it up
A little twist can bring a big smile You can get that from a simple garnish for your cocktails. Instead of a plain straw, try:
- Fruit cut into shapes, like stars or hearts
- Fresh herbs
- Herbed ice cubes (herbs in water frozen in ice mold or tray)
- Flavored ice cubes (juices and soda frozen in ice mold or tray)
- Edible flowers
- Festive straws
- Edible stir sticks
- Candied fruits
Food for thought
Small bites are the way to go, especially for a houseful. First, it’s easier for you because you don’t have to set a formal table, kiddie table, table in the garage… You know the drill. Plus, it’s easier for guests to socialize when holding small appetizer plates. Lastly, small bites are more casual and less filling, so people won’t be heading to the couch for a post-meal nap.
Be a responsible host
Set the tone by drinking responsibly yourself. That often carries over to your guests and keeps things at a low roar. But keep an eye out in case someone gets a little carried away. You want them to get home safely, so have the number for a taxi or ride-share service at the ready.
This one is most important. The dog will steal from the appetizer tray. Your little angels will be, um, not so angelic. You’ll forget an appetizer tray in the fridge and see it when you’re serving dessert. It happens to every single one of us at one time or another. And that’s okay. Because entertaining isn’t about being perfect. It’s about enjoying the moments.