August 4th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Color Coordinated

COLOR cocktail party (small)

Add a fun twist to your next cocktail party by decorating with COLOR!  Choose a color palette of three hues and break up your party into color-coordinated sections.  For example, I have chosen a fuchsia, orange and yellow color palette for this party inspiration.  Set your table up in three sections and include flowers, cocktails, appetizers, barware and edible garnishes in each section.   Use neutral elements such as a tall glass vase, or votive candles in each section to unify the look.  It’s somewhat of an “organization by color” project – but the final product will be so visual appealing!

When planning your food and drinks, try to keep your color palette in mind.  Serve a signature cocktail for each color.  For example, try a raspberry champagne cocktail (for the fuchsia), a mango cocktail (for the orange), and a lemoncello cooler (for the yellow).  Get creative with your food presentation too….instead of serving one large crudites tray, separate the veggies by color.  Place radishes on a plate with a small bowl of dip, carrots for the orange section, celery for the yellow section, and so on….

Bring in your pop colors with accessories.  This festive invitation from Wedding Paper Divas is perfect for my color palette, but it comes in other color ways as well…perfect for any party!  I found these great colored-glass votive candles at Plum Party Supplies.  They come in all different colors, and I was thrilled to find them in all three of my pop colors – fuchsia, orange, yellow!  These are great for placing in the different colored sections of my table, but will still give a unified look.

cocktail party candlelight

Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), shrimp cocktail (epicurious.com), wine glasses (thenest.com), table setting (potterybarn.com)

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