When your guests arrive, greet them with a festive cocktail or mocktail to get things off on the right foot.
For large gatherings, it's best to prepare pitchers that everyone can help themselves to. This way, you'll spend more time with your guests instead of playing mixologist. Sangria, mojito, pina colada, think of cocktails that are even better prepared in advance.
Buy plenty of kitchen accessories like ice trays, nice plastic wine glasses, paper straws to make it more festive.
For the little ones, top off their glass of water or juice with pre-made ice cubes in which you've frozen pieces of fruit like strawberries, orange slices, blueberries or even jujubes. It's a sure-fire hit!