House parties are a great way of getting friends together and socialising. Organising the party can be a big task, so here’s our guide to the kitchen essentials you’ll need to keep everything running smoothly, and everyone having fun.
Cocktail making can be a lot of fun when you have a few guests - everyone has their own recipe they have mastered! It’s a fun and easy way to get people together, serving as a great ice breaker. You don’t need to invest in a professional kit; even a simple cocktail shaker is enough to make plenty of inventive drinks! Put together a cocktail bar in a corner of the kitchen and watch as your guests stir and shake their way to a memorable evening.
A great way to serve punch or soft drinks, a drinks dispenser has a tap feature to reduce spillage, not to mention they look great too. You can fill them with creative cocktails or homemade lemonade, and your guests can quickly and easily help themselves. They come in a variety of attractive colours and some can hold an impressive 8L, ensuring the drinks keep flowing all night! Stand them on top of the kitchen worktop, or on tables in the garden if you’re taking the party outside.
There’s few things as frustrating as losing your corkscrew or bottle openers when there are plenty of drinks waiting to be opened! They are easy to move around and misplace, especially when lots of guests are using them. Look at purchasing bottle openers that screw onto the wall, or buy a couple of back ups so that there’ll always be one on hand.
The essential accompaniment for drinking games, stock up on shot glasses to keep the party going well into the early hours of the morning. Perfect for chasing shorts or spirits.
Some of you will hate to use disposable cups for a house party, but if you’re expecting lots of people, then we definitely recommend it! Not only does it make the clean up easier, they prevent your real glasses from being accidentally smashed. Resuable plastic glasses are a great compromise, and offer lovely designs as well as practicality.