How to Have a Great Outdoor Cocktail Party (Plus a Drinkware GIVEAWAY!)

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The weather is getting warmer which means the great outdoors are calling, even if only to your backyard. Now’s a great time to celebrate the coming of summer, and what better way to do so than with an outdoor cocktail party? Here are a few things you should keep in mind when setting up your shindig.

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You want this party to be laid-back and fun, so encourage your guests to be comfy! A simple cot or hammock with loads of fun pillows will do the trick.  Bring out a few folding chairs or stools for more options.

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Even a budget DIY cocktail party deserves some good barware.  Make sure you have necessities like a cocktail shaker and ice bucket, and then get creative with some fun glasses, stainless steel straws (they’re environmentally friendly!), and unique ice molds.

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Since this is a cocktail party, don’t worry about a meal or anything. Some simple snacks will be fine. To liven up those peanuts and pretzels, however, serve them in margarita glasses or bright mismatching bowls.

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What you serve is up to you, but to cut down on prep time. Try something light and refreshing  like a simple gin and rosemary fizz. Plus, avoiding lots of sugary drinks will help reduce the chance of a hangover the next morning.

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16 Comments

  1. amrita chachar May 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Berry Lemonade its perfect and refreshing

  2. Tarrah Wentzell May 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Favorite summer time cocktails are Long Island Ice Tea and Strawberry Daiquiri’s!

    • Talia May 13, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      Love a good Long Island!

  3. Gareth May 13, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    A Nice ice cold dirty water – basically half a glass of coke mixed with half a glass of Fanta orange.

  4. nga_robinson May 13, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria for sure! orange juice, strawberries, rhubarb, chilled seltzer, chilled champagne, sugar. I could drink this forever but I’d be so drunk. hahaha

    • Talia May 13, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      That sounds amazing! The drink, not the being drunk part ;)

  5. Susana Santos May 13, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    My favorite is the Cinderella cocktail. It’s strawberry, raspberry and watermelon (with a little touch of vodka to spice it up) and it looks pink and cute :3

    • Talia May 13, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      That sounds absolutely delicious (and super refreshing for summer!)

  6. christopher May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Blackberry-BOURBON Iced tea. it has a sweet-tart flavor and a pretty purple color!

  7. daham dias May 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Dubonnet a l’Orange Cocktail.. orange juice is always great…with the mix of Dubonnet Rouge it will turn to a rocking cocktail

  8. Heather Coirin May 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Strawberry juice and white rum! mm

  9. Verito Glez May 14, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Mojitos :D

    ngredients

    2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
    2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
    1 cup crushed ice
    12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
    1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
    2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda

    Preparation

    In 10-ounce glass (such as Collins or highball), stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then add rum, remaining crushed ice, and club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.

    • Talia May 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      I think we have a winner! Congrats! Check your email for instructions on how to receive your prize!

    • Veritoo Glez July 6, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Nunca recibi el premio :C :( ;/

      • Talia July 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

        Hi there! I never received your address! Were you able to send an email to us?

  10. robin May 15, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    Ginger Shandies
    Hoegaarden beer
    chilled ginger beer
    sliced lemon and mint! it’s so refreshing in summer! you will like it

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