After the year that was, it’s a great feeling being able to come together and safely welcome those closest to us into our homes to entertain - whether it’s a backyard BBQ, dinner party or cocktail night, however many of us are a little out of practice.

So, we had a chat with renovation, style and home bodies Kyal and Kara about how they entertain at home and what tips they can share to help Aussies host the perfect get together with products from homewares, to wines, snacks, and outdoor furniture, all from Amazon Australia.

There’s nothing like a cocktail to kick off a party at home! Who needs a fancy bartender when you’ve got a stocked drinks trolley and a cocktail shaker to impress your guests?

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Kyal and Kara's tips for hosting a cocktail party

There’s nothing like the classics

It’s all about sticking to the classics – they’re the easiest when you’re serving up for a crowd and everyone loves them. Think margaritas, espresso martinis, a Bellini or a refreshing mojito. Starting with a selection of cocktails that people know will make them more likely to join you and you’ll look like a pro bartender as they are the easiest to master.

Products:

· VinoBravo Bartender Cocktail Set

· The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes

· XCSOURCE Bar Carts for The Home

· Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin

· Espolon Blanco

· Cointreau Orange Liqueur

· Aperol Spritz Gift Pack

Don’t forget the snacks

What’s a cocktail party without a cheeseboard? It’s always important to have some nibbles for your guests while they enjoy their spicy margaritas, so make sure you’ve got plenty of snacks available! It also helps tide people over until the main meal and shows you’re a safe and responsible host.

Products:

· Genoa Foods Cashews Honey Roasted

· Mission Deli Style Strips

· Aurelio Organic Mediterranean Olives

· Fantastic Delites Sour Cream and Chives

· cobs Popcorn Natural Slightly Sweet Slightly Salty

· Goodies & Grains Gourmet Dukkah Chilli

Get the glasses

Having the right glasses for your cocktails can make the experience all the more enjoyable. Make your guests feel like they’re at a real bar as they sip on a martini through to a Moscow Mule.

Products:

· Luigi Bormioli Spanish Gin & Tonic Cocktail Glass

· Moscow Mule Copper Mugs Set of 2

· Luigi Bormioli Bach Hi Ball Cocktail Glass

· Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Paris Barware Collection Highball Cocktail Glass

· Luigi Bormioli Whiskey Decanter and Tumbler Set

· Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece Martini Glasses


It’s all in the detail

Take your cocktail night to the next level with a little extra flair. Experimenting with specialised ice trays and garnishes, or even cracking out the blender for some granita can be the cherry on top of a great night. You could even theme your evening with cocktails to suit – 007 Martini anyone?

Products:

· ARSSOO Gold Cocktail Shaker Set

· Drinks Trolley

· Easy-Release Silicone and Flexible Ice Trays

· Reayouth Lemon Squeezer

· Tasmanian Tonic Smoked Eucalyptus

· Italian Carrara Natural White & Grey Marble Stone Tray Server With Gold Handle

· Elegance Round Mirror Tray


Don’t mock mocktails

If some of your friends are taking it easy or are not really drinkers don’t forget to have a few non-alcoholic options available, like mocktails! You can have fun learning some bright, unique and tasty drinks that might even have the cocktail drinkers envious.

Products:

· Seedlip Garden 108 Non-Alcoholic Spirit

· StrangeLove Soda Water

· Bundaberg Ginger Beer

· Wild Organic Pineapple Juice

· San Pelligrino Sparkling Mineral Water

So, whether its outdoors, dinner or a drinks night, Amazon Australia has you covered when it comes to reconnecting at home with family and friends.

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