When it comes to my friendship group, there is one thing that we will all agree on. When it is someone’s birthday, we celebrate and in general, we celebrate hard. Whether it is a night out in our local town, an adventurous day out or a bbq in the sunshine. We like to do something special for everyone’s birthday as it is a real excuse to get everyone together in one place (which with our group, is a rare occasion, trust me!)
With summer approaching fast, and a vast amount of celebrations beginning to take place, I wanted to use the opportunity of my friend Lauren’s birthday to host a mini cocktail party. I did this with the aim to bring a few of my hosting tips together and to create something I could not only enjoy with my friends but something that I could also share on my blog.
Beginning with the theme of the whole evening: rose gold, because let’s face it, would it really be a cocktail party if there wasn’t some form of rose gold involved? There is such a craze for this theme when it comes to parties and celebrations and I have to admit, I am definitely a fan of it as well. It looks simplistic but chic at the same time, and of course, it’s just rather Instagram-able!
I am such a perfectionist and I definitely have an eye for detail and perfection. I like to tie loose ends to ensure that nothing is done half-heartedly.
The main focus of the whole set up was these amazing curtain fairy lights that I purchased from Amazon. Now I am not going to lie, it was a rather impromptu purchase and I didn’t really know how they were going to turn out… but OH MY, they looked amazing. For £16, it completely transformed the room and made it look like I had made a lot more effort than I actually had. And it made the best background for photographs.
With it being Lauren’s birthday, she did, of course, also have a say in what she wanted at her birthday celebrations so she did give me some bits and bobs to include in my set up. This included these glamorous ‘Happy Birthday’ balloons which she also purchased from Amazon.
When it came to what I wanted to place on the table, I wanted to be sure that it wasn’t too busy. I began by laying out a pink/gold table cover that I found in Sainsbury’s and I placed out a wire string of fairy lights, because well, I simply can’t get enough of them! This gave me a base to work with and I used this to draw in the different colours I wanted to use.
The idea of the party came from how we wanted to have a little gathering before jumping on a train to our night out so I knew that people would be spending the majority of their time having a drink and socialising. With this in mind, I tried to keep the different things on the table relevant and easy to access.
With the paper cups and the champagne flutes, I really wanted to make these look a little bit different to just simply placing them on the table. So I decided to use some wooden circles which I purchased last year for Blogmas from Hobbycraft. I used these as stands for the different things on the table.
I included my Polaroid camera because I wanted to have something to document the evening, and who doesn’t love a good old polaroid snap?!
The paper cups, straws and cocktail stirrers were all purchased from Partyrama for less than £10. They have some fab little bits for every occasion at very reasonable prices. The delivery was quick and the products arrived as expected. I really would recommend having a look if you are planning an event.
Across the other side of the table, I set out the champagne flutes with stirrers, next to a stand of cupcakes – these were shop bought, but if you are more organised, you could bake and decorate them to match your theme! I also included a wire basket that I found in Primark a few months ago and I used this for some napkins. I tried to use things that I already had and avoided spending too much money. It can be so simple to make something look fab once you set your mind to it!
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make something look good, you just need to be creative.
Finishing in the centre of the table, I placed a rose gold tray that I purchased from TK Maxx, along with some pink bowls that I found in Sainsbury’s to serve a few snacks and nibbles. I only chose to do crisps and snacks but you could definitely serve up more if you wanted to. As I mentioned, our evening was purely a ‘pre-drink’ type of party, but if yours was going to be lasting longer, you could definitely elaborate and put on more of a yummy spread!
Planning and hosting a party can sometimes be a bit daunting as you want everyone to enjoy themselves, but you really don’t have to go to much effort to make something special. Little details go a long way and although it might look like I went ‘all out’, in reality, when you break it down – I only placed things on the table in a pretty way and went a bit mad on fairy lights!
Don’t stress about the cost of a party, as long as everyone has fun and are smiling, that is all that matters.
Our evening was most definitely a success and I can’t wait for my next hosting opportunity, because I absolutely loved getting so creative.
I hope this post has inspired some of you to get creative at your next social event! I’d love to see your creations so please tag me in your pictures!
Thank you for reading!