If you want to have a debut party with minimum hassle, consider a cocktail party. Cocktail parties are usually short and sweet but sophisticated at the same time. They are a great way to celebrate your very special 18th birthday!
Flowers for decoration
Wine / beer / cocktail drinks
Large and small tables
First, send out invitations, whether electronic invites (E-vites) or the actual physical invitation itself. Don’t forget to include the nature of the party – COCKTAILS – because through this, your guests will know how to dress up for your debut party! Include the occasion (your 18th birthday party), the date, start and end times, which is usually from 6 to 10pm or from 6 to 8pm (for a simple party with no debut program whatsoever).
Make arrangements with a caterer and bartender if you are holding a party for more than 25 people and if you have a budget for it. Otherwise, you can prepare a cocktail menu and plan out how you will get everything ready.
For drinks, you can include wine and beer as well as several types of cocktails. But include options for non-alcoholic beverages as well. Of course you don’t want to get any guest drunk, so make sure that your guests know their limits. Make sure also that you have enough ice.
Set up 2 large tables – one for the drinks and one for the appetizers or “pica pica”. Put these two tables a good distance apart, preferably at the opposite sides of the room to cut down on traffic around them.
Set up chairs and small tables around your venue. Cocktail parties usually don’t have huge tables where guests eat on huge plates. In cocktail parties, you eat finger foods, so that’s a space saver indeed! You just need a smaller table for your guests here. Don’t forget to decorate your tables with linens, candles and floral arrangements!
Organize some party games to break the ice. By doing this, you encourage your guests to mingle.
Of course you can also insert a debut program. After all, it’s your 18th birthday celebration. Just make sure to make your party budget-friendly and as simple as possible to make it hassle-free!
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