Be Your Fabulous Self: A Guide to Surviving Cocktail Parties

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Cocktail events are a staple in New York and other cities. It’s chic, easy to plan, and can take place in galleries, ballrooms, or upscale bars.

Word of warning: there’s nothing casual or laid back about cocktail events. If you don’t know what to do at these social gatherings, read on.

  • Dress Up for the Occasion – Cocktail parties still follow a dress code. While it isn’t a black tie affair, men are still expected to wear a coat or at least a dinner jacket. Women, on the other hand, should wear cocktail dresses and matching heels. Cocktail dresses usually have hemlines ranging from mid-thigh to just above the knees. It’s not a requirement to wear black, but dark colors are better than pastel ones. Keep accessories to a minimum; and remember, less is always tasteful.
  • Know Why You’re There and Arrive on Time – It could be a corporate event, a product launch, a charity ball, or a fund raiser. The point is to be aware of what event you are attending and what time it starts. Arriving fashionably late can be very awkward, especially if you make a dramatic entrance with all eyes on you. To be on the safe side, arrive at the venue 5-10 minutes early.
  • Drink, Don’t Guzzle – The phrase “open bar” sounds extremely appealing, but there’s no need to be greedy. Whether you’re attending a business function or a wedding reception, it’s considered polite to have only one drink at a time. Sip each drink slowly. After you’ve finished, politely ask the bartender for another one – never two.
  • Mingle and Socialize – Cocktail parties are social gatherings. When attending one, try to talk to people other than your circle of friends or coworkers. Go around and mingle. If it’s a corporate function, be sure to bring plenty of business cards. When accepting business cards from someone you’ve just met, make sure to read the name and title before keeping it inside a card case. It’s not polite to shove a business card inside your bag, or tuck it inside a book.
  • Don’t Take Photos of the Buffet – It’s a fun thing to do at weddings, but not during formal functions. It’s also considered crass to take pictures of your plate. If possible, keep the selfies and groufies to a minimum.
  • Don’t Hang Out at the Bar – Even if you aren’t enjoying the party, make an effort to socialize and talk to people. Hanging out by the bar and starting a long conversation with the bartender doesn’t look too good. You can take a stroll around the event venue with a drink in hand, or go out for some fresh air.
  • Don’t Overstay Your Welcome – Cocktail events normally don’t last all night, so make sure you aren’t the last one to leave. Before you go, look for the host and thank them for the invite. Being courteous and polite will ensure that you’ll get invited to more events in the future.

Following these unwritten social rules can help save you from embarrassing situations. These are just general guidelines, though. It should never take precedence over being yourself and having fun at an event.

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Sail Away at Your Next Corporate Event

The Yacht Party Difference

Convention halls, ballrooms, and the office rooftop are the most used venues for corporate events. While posh restaurants serve the purpose, the crowd and noise makes it lose its air of exclusivity. Since corporate events are important in the New York City lifestyle, it’s no surprise that event planners have become creative.

Holding a corporate event on a private yacht is a great alternative to conference hall events and black-tie affairs. A private yacht will send a message of exclusivity and elegance to partners, shareholders, and employees. It’s a great venue to toast the success of a new partnership or a record-breaking campaign.

Charter a Yacht and Relax

A luxury yacht offers a wonderful environment far from the stresses and distractions of the workplace. How often have employees dashed back into their offices in the middle of a party to attend to a pressing matter? Sailing away ensures that their attention is on this intimate gathering or celebration.

Hosting a party on a yacht is not as complicated as people think it to be. For one, a private yacht is already an elegant and sophisticated venue, so you only need to add minimal décor. The yacht also has its own dining area, sound system, and other amenities.

Best of all, you can have your party with the yacht either moored, anchored, or cruising.

Corporate yacht charters are available in New York and other cities. They can be for small, intimate groups or an actual corporate event. The rates are  reasonable compared to land-based venues. Organizers may also extend the hours depending on their discretion.

The A-List Treatment

Corporate event planners can choose to host a cocktail party or a sit-down dinner on a chartered yacht. Most of the charter services already offer packages that cover food and drinks. Of course, given the upscale venue, it goes without saying that the food and drinks must be luxurious as well.

For cocktail parties, you can never go wrong with platters of hors d’ oeuvres and champagne. At the same time, the charter services have chefs who can prepare sumptuous dinners for VIP guests.

When you’re at a corporate event on a luxury yacht, it’s important to cover your bases. Elegant music can set the tone for the evening. It could make a big difference on how your guests decide on an important business matter.

Instead of a violin player or pianist, why not take things up a notch with some classy jazz, R&B, or Top 40 tunes? Hire musicians for your event for a tasteful and sophisticated playlist that mirrors your guests’ preferences. It will surely make your event more memorable.

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