10 Ways to Make Your Cocktail Hour More Fun

Think beyond drinks and snacks -- your guests will have a blast getting to know each other doing these cool activities.
Wood wedding sign pointing to activities for guests
Photo by Meg Cooper Photography

Instead of asking yourselves how to keep the kids occupied during the cocktail hour or reception, think about your entire guest list. Adding a few games or ice-breakers is the best way to get people mixing and mingling before they sit down to dinner. Creative ideas below!

Croquet on the Lawn

From the album: A Rustic DIY Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Walker, Minnesota

A Giant Jenga Set (You can actually buy one here!)

From the album: A Preppy Waterfront Wedding at Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Florida

Cocktail Table Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic Tac Toe tables at wedding reception

From the album: A Romantic, Glam Wedding in Kansas City, Missouri

Customized Cornhole

From the album: A Pavilion at Pepper Plantation Wedding in Awendaw, South Carolina

A Mini Petting Zoo

From the album: A Kuhs Farm & Estate Wedding in Spanish Lake, Missouri

A Game of I-Spy

From the album: A Romantic Vintage Wedding at the Weatherwood Homestead in Columbia Falls, Montana

Roasting Marshmallows

Reception bonfire with guests roasting s'mores

From the album: Rustic DIY Wedding at Smolak Farms in North Andover, Massachusetts

A Caricature Artist

From the album: An Elegant New York Wedding at Renaissance Event Hall in Long Island City, New York

A Game of Checkers

Rustic hay bale checkers at wedding reception

From the album: A Rustic-Chic DIY Celebration at Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship in Youngsville, North Carolina

A Custom Piñata

Bride and cowboy boot pinata

From the album: An Elegant Barn Wedding at Crooked Willow Farms in Longmont, Colorado

The Knot and Crate & Barrel teamed up to bring you the ultimate happy hour—tips and inspiration for personalizing all things cocktail-related, whether it's at your wedding or at home. Visit CrateandBarrel.com to check out their stylish barware!

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