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The best thing about a cocktail party? You don't need a reason to party!

A Friday, Saturday, or any night during the week is the perfect time for kicking back with your best friends, or for networking with business associates.

There's also no easier way to entertain a larger group of people. A cocktail party is a friendly get together where the basic activity is conversation, and the food is light hors d oeuvres or one-handed snacks -- to leave the other one free for imbibing!

Make it extra fun by picking a theme for your cocktail party. Throw a Prohibition party with favorite drinks from that era. Or, bring out the blender and go tropical with frozen daiquiris and Pina Coladas for a great summer theme.

The music should always match the theme, but remember to turn down the volume. Cocktail get-togethers are more about mingling and conversation than rockin' the house to a party beat.

bartender serving a cocktailAlthough the hard stuff is always a major ingredient in cocktail recipes, the modern cocktail party may also include wines of the world or even non-alcoholic "virgin" cocktails in place of stronger alcoholic drinks for some guests..

Before throwing your next cocktail party, check out top sites around the Web featuring expert tips and recipes for food and drink to help make your cocktail party planning a breeze...

Have fun!

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