7 Ways to Add Style to Your Adult Get-Togethers

Once we hit our adult years, getting together with close friends to kick back and have fun just isn’t as easy as it used to be.

From settling down, raising a family and working to pay the bills, finding time for a get-together is a matter of extreme schedule juggling. Then, even if you find the time, you have to contend with the stresses of life leaving you exhausted by the time the big day comes.

So, as you get older, every get-together obviously has to be the best it possibly can be. There’s no time to waste when you’re scrounging for every hour you can get to catch up.

To help you make the most out of your adult get-togethers, we’ve put together this list of 7 stylish ways you can add some flare to these rare occasions.

1. Location, Location, Location!

Planning an adult get together doesn’t have to be hard, but it can be adventurous if you wish. From a simple house party to a weekend away in the countryside, or maybe just a night out at a specialty venue.

Choosing a location for the event will help with the rest of the decisions that follow.

2: Set the Mood

Your friends probably aren’t expecting some high-class event every time they come to your house, but even if the get together is at your place, it’s still a good idea to set a relaxing mood that matches the occasion.

Play around with your indoor and outdoor lighting and add some scents to the area. Just don’t be overbearing with it.

Also, try to arrange your furniture in a way that’s conducive to allow good communication. Just a little bit of playing around with the environment can pull all your other efforts together for an amazing time away from adult responsibilities.

3: Fanciful Drinks for New Experiences

Whether you’re getting together for a Sunday brunch, or you’re squeezing in some friendly banter while the kids are at a sleepover, coffee meets the occasion.

However, just brewing a cup of Joe and slapping it down in front of everyone doesn’t highlight the special nature of the event. Instead, try serving one of the countless unique coffee drinks aficionados have blasted across the internet for a unique and “fancy” spin on the classic.

We’d like to recommend one of these 9 African coffee recipes. They’re easy to make, and the coffees they’re based on are a step above your average Folger’s cup.

4: Add a Bit of Novelty

Just because you’re trying to impress doesn’t mean you have to stick to the traditional stuff. Novelty cups and even tankards open up a world of possibilities.

If you want a real conversation starter that’s just as functional as it is impressive, pick up some Viking drinking horns for a unique drinking vessel. Sure, they are very “1100 AD” in nature, but they are also stylish, have a surprisingly high-class feel, and are sure to jumpstart the conversation.

5: Finger-Food with a Fanciful Touch

Plating some finger sandwiches, bruschetta, pinwheels, or other utensil-free foods is a great, and relatively cheap, way to add a bit of style to your get-together in a meaningful way.

Everyone loves to eat but prepping a full meal can be a bit much or take you away from the get-together. Take half an hour ahead of the meet-up to get these appetizers ready, and don’t forget to put some effort into their presentation.

Few things can enhance the mood and turn even a simple chat among friends into a sensory stimulating experience such as a well-made dessert, and any time you get the clique together to reminisce on the good old days, it’s a good idea to have some pre-prepared or quick-to-assemble goodies on hand.

Our favorite is this orange shortcake parfait due to its fruity flavors and cakey goodness not being too heavy or overly unhealthy, but you can easily substitute it with any dessert you and your friends can agree on.

6: Put the “Adult” in Adult Get-Togethers

Let’s say you and your friends haven’t been together in one room since your glory days in college. It’s 12 years later, and while you’re eager to catch up and have a good time, it’s hard to deny you’re all a little bit nervous to share how your lives have gone and what you’re up to. What better way to ease those nerves and get back to that youthful energy you once had than a few drinks?

Serving cocktails is a great way to get into the mood for a friendly chat. Just make sure you do it responsibly, and put some effort into crafting some unique, memorable cocktails. A quick Google search will bring up thousands of recipes you’ll be dying to try.

7: Plan Ahead!

As we get older our calendars fill up fast. Gone are the days when you can plan an event on the same day and expect a solid turnout. Make sure to plan well in advance, and even start a poll for the group to decide on the best dates to get the most people in attendance.

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