12 Cocktail Party Essentials to Light Up Winter Nights

Winter nights are dark.  Light up the night.  Family time is essential around the holidays, but be sure to plan time for special moments with friends.  If you’re looking to plan a party or need a suitable gift for a party or lodging hostess, here is everything you were hoping for and more!  There are the twelve days of Christmas, but have fun over the winter season and light up with nights with these twelve cocktail party essentials.

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Party Essentials – Decor & Serving Pieces

Gold Sequins Table Cloth

Gold Sequin Table Runner

Let’s be honest, nothing is more important than where the food (and the booze) goes.  Let your guests know this is a party with this fun and festive tablecloth.  What better to carry over the celebrations from Christmas to New Years than with a sparkly gold sequin table runner.  Other colors and patterns are available to add just the right sparkle to your party venue.

Mercury Tealight Holders

mercury votives

You will definitely want to scatter a number of these sparkly tealight holders around the food, drink, and party venue to create even more light and charm.  Feel free to use battery powered tealights to reduce any risk of fire in case one of your excited party guests knocks over a tealight.

Customized Stemless Wine Glasses

custom stemless wineglasses

Stemless wineglasses with a customized message are a sure way to add a special touch to your party.  These glasses also make great party favors so your guests are reminded of their fun cocktail celebration experience long after the party ends.

Metallic Foil Straws

sparkly foil straws

Even your drinks can have seasonal bling with these metallic foil paper straws.  They are available in gold, silver, red and blue, perfect for all of the holidays and any other special occasion.  Take your drinks to the next level with this unique accessory for sipping, enjoying, and celebrating.

Gold Holiday Plastic Stadium Cups

gold holiday stadium cups

A bonfire is a perfect way to warm up and light up long winter nights.  These festive stadium cups are perfect for beer and cocktails, especially when the party heads outdoors.  Make sure you have plenty of blankets or extra sweaters and jackets available to keeps guests comfortable and enjoying the party.

Festive Beverage Napkins

cocktail party essentials

Every party cocktail party needs beverage napkins, so why not make them fun to match the spirit of your get together.  These napkins have plenty of gold and champagne sparkle.

Party Essentials – Entertainment

Gold Wireless Karaoke Mic

Wireless handheld Karaoke mic

We’ve talked a lot about drinking, so what do we do once we’ve hit the limit.  KARAOKE!!!  This 3-in-one mic will get the party going no matter where you are.  Grab a Karaoke app on your phone and use this gold wireless to get the crowd singing their favorite traditional and non-traditional holiday tunes.

Prosecco Pong

prosecco pong

Because no party is complete without games, Prosecco pong will be the go-to game from now until…well forever.  A classic spin on the traditional college game, up the class and the fun with these champagne glasses designed to keep you playing, drinking, and having fun.

The Ultimate ‘Reindeer Game’ – Unicorn Snow Tube Races

cocktail party games snow tube races

Who says unicorns are only for kids?  If you are fortunate to live in a locale with snow, this fun snow tube is certain to bring out the kid in everyone.  The adult antics are certain to provide the perfect photo opportunity during your holiday party.

Party Essentials -Goody Bags and Hostess gifts

Silver Snowflake Bottle Stoppers

snowflake wine stopper hostess gift

When its time to say goodnight, nothing “tops” off a holiday party like these festive silver, snowflake wine stoppers.  They’re the perfect way to send everyone home with a surprise party favor they’ll use over and over again.

Gold Foil Snowflake Treat Bags

Treat bags for party favors

Your guests brought gifts (well mostly drinks) so why not send them home with something too?  These shiny gold foil treat bags aren’t only festive, they’re functional and fabulous.  Perfect for candy, favors and, well alcohol infused gummy bears since this is cocktail party for adults!

Champagne Gummy Bears

champagne gummy bear party favors

If you don’t have time to prepare homemade cookies or other candy treats for party favors, everyone will love going home with a cute packet of champagne gummy bears.  The labels can even be customized to add just send just the right message to your wonderful party guests.

If you are looking for a classic cocktail recipes check out this article on bar accessories or this collection of lemon cocktail recipes.

What are your must-have items when you host a cocktail party?  I’m always interested in new ideas.


all the items you need to add sparkle to a cocktail party on a dark winter night


  1. I just love the sequined tablecloth. That must sparkle so nicely in the candlelight.

    • Provenance2016

      December 3, 2017 at 12:06 am

      Joanne. Thank you for your comment. I love to add sparkling items around my home in winter. On the mantel, buffet, table, and anywhere else I can add light to the cold, dark nights here in the Midwest. Shimmering lights helps make winter feel a little warmer and the sequin runner adds a lot of light and certainly inspires conversation. Take care. Laura

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