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Party on!

From lively mixology sessions at home or wild pub crawls, how partying hard is serious business

By: | Published: December 20, 2015 12:04 AM

IT’S THAT time of the year again. With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, many of you must be planning to call friends over and have a lively celebration with lots of food, drinks, music and entertainment.

But planning a party is not easy. And even more difficult is to present your guests an innovative and enjoyable party experience that is a significant departure from last year. However, this season, you needn’t worry, as we tell you the latest party trends that will help you up your game.

To begin with, there’s the booze. Accountable for keeping your guests in ‘high’ spirits, alcohol often gets the party started and keeps it lively till the wee hours. But how often have you waltzed into another party or bar and were disappointed to find the same set of cocktails on offer? You wouldn’t want your guests to feel the same way at your party, right? Enter professional bartenders and mixologists whom you can now hire for your home parties. Not only will these experts stir, shake and pour your guests some high-end cocktails, they will also teach them the intricacies of cocktail-making. “Bartending as a service has gained more traction because New Delhi has a huge demand for private events. Expats, especially, are more open to this idea,” says Archit Singhal, CEO and founder, Elixir Coterie, a community that helps you hire bartenders and also provides exclusive mixologist sessions at home.

And the fun travels over to food as well. From Halloween to Holi, private party menus are being customised to suit the occasion. For instance, if you’re throwing a bachelor’s party for a friend, then you can have cocktails or dishes named after the bride and groom. Singhal says customisation is quite popular among people these days.

Elixir Coterie also launched a cocktail week recently, which will be held frequently, and will spread to cities outside the national capital soon. A week-long celebration of cocktail craftsmanship, the Delhi Cocktail Week involved some of the world’s best bartenders, parties, tasting sessions and masterclasses in one glass and on the rocks.

But what if you don’t want to hang out with the same set of people on New Year’s? In that case, it’s time you went for a pub crawl. The plan generally involves hopping from one pub to another, interspersed with drinking games and free shots. All this while, you get to meet new people.

“More than 100 people come together and form a group. They go to different pubs and bars, socialise with each other and find like-minded people,” says Gautam Kapoor of Delhi Pub Crawl, which recently organised its first event in New Delhi in which around 130 enthusiasts took part. “Once Delhi gets used to it, we plan to introduce this concept to other cities as well, primarily the metros,” says Kapoor, adding that they are also planning to incorporate themes such as food and photography in the coming months.

So whether you plan to stay home or venture out this party season, make sure you do it in style.

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