The infamous cocktail party has recently been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in popularity and has made a welcome return to many a social calendar. The classic cocktail party is usually no more than 2-3 hours in length where finger food, canapés and drinks are served whilst guests chat and mix together merrily. Numbers of guests ideally will range from 10 guests upwards. The relatively short duration and slightly less formal atmosphere of a cocktail party as compared to other types of event make them an excellent option for a wide range of occasions. They are ideal for business mingling, birthdays, engagements, exam celebrations or just getting friends and family together. Many companies offer event catering services for cocktail party catering (corporate catering or friends/relatives) and using a local catering service can often prove to be key to throwing a memorable party whilst making it as stress-free an experience as possible at the same time. Whatever your occasion, here are some questions to ask yourself for smooth cocktail party planning: 1). What type of event is it? (Casual friends and family or formal business networking event?) 2). What kind of theme/feel do I want the event to have? 3). What is the budget for the event? 4). What food will be served? (Canapes, party platters, hot or cold plates/both) 5). What drinks will be served? (Full bar, limited cocktail menu, non-alcoholic drinks also) 6). What additional equipment will I need? (Glasses, napkins, plates, cutlery etc) 7). Will the party be indoors or outdoors? (Time of year, weather forecasts etc).
A good local catering service can often be invaluable in helping with these kinds of issues. A good company may have many years' experience hosting such events and be able to provide detailed advice and suggestions. They will work with you within your budget, carefully listening to your ideas and endeavour to make them a reality. There may be things you hadn't considered such as matching food with suitable drinks, whether the time of year, season or number of people attending may influence the menu, how to make best use of the venue and how to transport food and drink to the venue. They can provide high-quality staff and all equipment, can be involved in every step of the way from setting up the venue to washing-up and generally go the extra mile to make your cocktail party a rip-roaring success.
For more information and advice about your cocktail party catering, contact Gourmet Foods today by calling 01564 775268 or visiting http://www.gourmetfood.co.uk/corporate-events-catering/cocktail-parties