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December 4, 2006

How to Throw a Party for Any Occasion

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Photo Credit: Philip Gay

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WEEKEND PARTY: “Mint juleps are delicious and perfect for a weekend hangout,” says Cheney, who adds that the drink is associated with lazy days and relaxation. “Then again, you can never go wrong with fun mojitos!”

WEEKDAY OFFICE PARTY: If there’s a no-alcohol policy, opt for virgin lemon spritzers, which consists of syrup, lemon juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint. For a weeknight office party, simple wine and beer is appropriate, depending the formality of your office.

HOUSEWARMING PARTY: When you think home, do you think “comfort” or “relaxing”? We do too, so go for a cozy, aromatic option, like a spiked apple cider or mulled wine (especially great in the colder months). For a housewarming in the summer, a giant bowl of rum punch fits the bill.

BACHELORETTE PARTY: This is your excuse to be a little naughty, and go straight for the “Sex on the Beach” cocktail. SATC fans, pink cosmos are in order. But, if that’s a little too racy, go for a sweet, decadent drink, like a Mudslide with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlúa.

BON VOYAGE PARTY: You want to send your friend or family off right, but not give the wrong celebratory message champagne would. “Sangria is a fun drink from overseas, plus a perennial fav!” says Cheney. Or, choose a drink from the destination, like a vodka-based drink if the guest of honor is going to Russia, for example.

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