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Hosting a Cocktail Party

PHILIPPINES Restaurant and Wine Bar:

Date:  3rd October, 2010

Cocktail parties have been a popular social gathering for years. They were a hit during the first few decades of the 1900′s, were fueled by Prohibition and died off a little during the last part of the century, but they’re back. Typically a cocktail party lasts 2-3 hours during which guests snack on a simple spread of food and imbibe on great cocktails while chatting with other guests. Cocktail parties are great for entertaining friends or business associates, or a combination of the two. They’re also great for open houses or receptions, both business and personal.

Party Decisions:

A cocktail party can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it. There are a few questions you should ask yourself to begin planning a party…

1.    How many guests will be attending?

2.    Is this a casual event for friends or a formal business networking event?

3.    How much time and effort do I want to put into it?

4.    Will there be a full bar or a limited cocktail menu?

5.    Will the party be indoor or outdoor? If outdoor, do I have a plan for inclimate weather?

6.    What type of food will be served?

7.    Is there a theme for the party?

8.    Should guests be asked to bring anything?

9.    How much money do I want to spend?

The Food:

A full course meal is not necessary for a cocktail party. Simple foods, such as hors d’oeuvres and other finger foods, allow guests to graze throughout the event as they feel the need. Donna Pilato, Entertaining Guide, suggests some of her favorite cocktail party foods such as Salmon Tarts and Mocha Shortbread which are perfect for almost any taste. Even something as simple as a cheese, crackers and cut fruit is perfect. To be a good host you should have some kind of food available and if you don’t want to deal with food at all, call a caterer.

The Drinks:

The drinks are the most important part of a cocktail party and there are two options.

1.    Full Bar- If you opt for this you give guests the option to choose their favorite drink. This is great if you have a well-stocked bar or if you’re willing to buy the essential spirits and are able to mix up a variety of drinks (or have a good bartending guide).

2.    Drink Menu- This is my favorite because it encourages people to step out of their drinking routine. You’ll also save money because you don’t need a fully stocked bar. Make up a list of the drinks (including ingredients) and set it on the bar for guests to peruse.

Get Some Help:

Only the ultimate host or hostess can do everything on their own and still be available to socialize with guests. The rest of us need some help. Ask friends or family if they’d be willing to handle the food or bartend for the event and if that doesn’t work hire out the work. Many catering companies also provide bartending services so this is logical if you’re already calling the caterer or you could ask an aspiring or young bartender if they’d like the experience. It’s always nice to offer your bartender a tip jar for guests to contribute to.

Helpful Hints:

  • Make sure you have all of the essential bar tools.
  • Send invitations early, but not too early, 2-3 weeks should be sufficient unless it’s a busy time of year like November and December.
  • Get food pairing suggestions from What to Drink with What You Eat.
  • Have plenty of cocktail napkins, plates and glasses available.
  • Plan on 50-75% of invited guests to attend to estimate the number of drinks you’ll be pouring and how many bottles you’ll need.
  • Estimate 2-3 drinks per person.
  • Add a “WOW” factor. This could be a drink, garnish, food dish, activity, display or whatever fits your party.

More Party Planning Ideas & Advice:

Every good host or hostess is responsible for those drinking at their party. Be aware of guests who have had too much to drink, cut them off when necessary and arrange for designated drivers. Also, have a few non-alcoholic drink, or mocktails, available for non-drinking guests.

Are these articles useful for enhancing your wine and dine experience in the Philippines.  Do they also help you with travel, leisure, vacation, dining out, nightlife and other leisure activities plans in Philippines?  Yats Restaurant hopes to provide you with ample information so you can plan your trips to Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone whether you are travelling from Manila or other Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia or Korea.

Restaurant reservations in Philippines, planning of menu, selection of wine for dinner and booking a private function and event in Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone can all be handled.  Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar has been regarded by many to be the premier restaurant north of Manila Philippines.  Its 3000-line award-winning restaurant wine list has kept many wine lovers happy dining in this restaurant in Angeles City Clark Philippines for over a decade.

Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar was built by Hong Kong-based Yats International in 2000 to provide a world-class fine dining restaurant, business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and functions in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone.  Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic.

For comments, inquiries and reservations, email or call these numbers:

(045) 599-5600 0922-870-5178 0917-520-4401   ask for Ernest or Pedro.


Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines

How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines?  Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa.  After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left.  Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.


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