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The Ultimate Cocktail-Hour Guide

Your cocktail hour should be like a souped-up version of your favorite happy hour. Think about it: It's early in the evening, and you have all of your friends together with your favorite drinks, apps, great music and comfortable seating. Here's what you need to pull it off (plus a few extra-genius ways to wow your guests).

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Cocktail-Hour Must: Provide Comfortable Seating

You'll want to give people room to mingle easily, so don't crowd the room with chairs. Just provide enough seating so that your older guests have a comfy place to rest.

Top-Shelf Idea: A combination of low chairs, coffee tables and higher tables with bar stools will give your cocktail hour a different feel than your sit-down reception dinner. Want a cozier vibe? Build a virtual outdoor living room with overstuffed armchairs, rugs and vintage wooden end tables.

Photo: Jonathan Ivy LIfestyle Photography