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jimingso Dec 4, 2011 02:38 PM

When you're invited to a cocktail party, do you expect cocktails (liquor) to be served? We went to one recently where beer and wine only were served. My feeling is that it is OK to not serve liquor but please don't put "Cocktail Party" on the invitation. I'm sure you'll let me know if I'm wrong. Cheers!

  1. davis_sq_pro Dec 4, 2011 04:00 PM

    I think a lot of people consider a "cocktail party" to be any early-evening mingling event with some drinks and finger foods. Personally I'd also like to have a cocktail at such a party, but I wouldn't be surprised to be offered only wine or maybe wine and beer.

    1. yarm Dec 4, 2011 09:47 PM

      Having thrown cocktail parties where the preparation was immense including juicing lime, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, getting ice, and the like, and being stuck behind the bar making drinks for 3-4 hours of the night, I don't blame people. Although I wouldn't call a non-cocktail party a cocktail party. I do understand the implications of a booze-forward, dress up event regardless of what is served. Sort of how I expect "cocktail hour" at a wedding or other to have nothing close to a cocktail being served (highballs, spirits neat or on ice, beer, and wine).


      1. Up With Olives Dec 7, 2011 10:47 AM

        You're right. Their terminology was wrong. Oh well, at least there was beer and wine!

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