The holidays are here again and that means gatherings, parties, and get-togethers galore. If you’re looking for a way to shake things up this year, doing a holiday cocktail party might be the way to do it. Hosting a “Make-your-own” cocktail party is a great way to really get people involved and do something different for the holidays.

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And since it involves you focusing on the drink menu, you can count on our Red Bank catering experts to be there to provide the snacks and light fare to go with your delicious concoctions. We have a wide variety of salads, soups, platters, and appetizers that can provide the perfect light fare for your event. Since we’ve got the food taken care of, here’s what you’ll need to throw an unforgettable holiday cocktail party:

Get Festive

It’s the holidays so make sure you decorate your bar or kitchen to feel like a bar at Christmas time. You want that warm, inviting feeling that welcomes people in. A few extra Christmas lights in your kitchen can really change up the atmosphere. You can even set up a mirror behind you to give it that bar feeling. Make sure you select a playlist that fits the mood you want to create whether it be classy, cheesy, or festive.

Get Organized

Organization is key, as you want to make it easy for everyone to get the mixers, shakers, and garnishes they need to make cocktails. It helps to do research and find some great holiday-themed drink recipes and type them up on little cards so people can follow along. You can also encourage guests to bring their own recipes to share! Make sure you have plenty of ice and shakers as you’ll be using both of those quite a bit, and each shaker should be cleaned between each drink.

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That’s all it really takes. With music in the background, shakers clinking, people having a good time with cocktails they’ve made themselves, and enjoying food from the special Holiday Catering Menu at our Red Bank restaurant, it’s sure to be a night your friends will be talking about—and looking forward to next year.

Contact Mangia Brick Oven Pizza online if you’d like to inquire about our catering services, or give us a call at (732) 578-9000 to learn more.