Cocktail Party Catering

Cocktail parties are a great way to bring friends or co-workers together with style and elegance. Guests can freely mingle and chat with friends while enjoying great drinks and hors d’voures. Corky’s Catering can provide the essential elements to making the best possible cocktail party.

Corky’s offers full-service catering, which includes supplying bartenders, servers, liquor, and rentals. Everything from cocktail napkins to complete event management is possible with Corky’s Catering. We recommend appetizers like our caprese kabobs, fresh vegetable trays, chicken quesadillas, fruit and cheese trays, and bruschetta. A great way to cap off the evening is with some sweets. Corky’s dessert options include our famous Crybaby cookies, cheesecake lovers, custom decorated cakes and more.

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Our sister company, Cork Catering & Special Events, can take your cocktail party catering to a higher level of elegance to truly “wow” your guests. Cork Catering can provide an elegant cocktail and hors d’oeuvres party in your home or at exquisitely decorated venue. Our experienced event coordinators are here to work with you to make your event perfect.

We have over 40 years experience as one of the premier cocktail party caterers in Chicago. So take a look at out our downloadable menus and remember us for your next event. Contact us at (630) 396-3030 today or fill put our contact us form and we’ll get back to you right away!

The Secret To Hosting a Great Cocktail Party

Everyone wants to know the secret to hosting a wonderful cocktail party. People want to be aware of this secret because a great cocktail party is something to look forward to from time to time.

Conversely, a dull cocktail party can leave people with a neutral or less positive feeling.

We have had significant experience dealing with cocktail parties. Our team at Corky’s Catering has found that the secret to success with these events is rather simple.

What is the secret, you ask?

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It is a combination of three components.

These three components are people, partnerships, preparation, and planning.

If you invest the right amount of energy and planning, then you will notice that the party goes on without any problems. All it takes is the right strategy, then quickly taking the right actions.

We Can Help!

Remember that you do not have to take up the burden by yourself, our team has had a great experience in dealing with cocktail parties and we are pleased to work with you on yours. We know that you want to make sure that it is perfect and would like to be known for hosting great cocktail parties.

That is why we ensure to have a sister company that can ensure to take care of all the details for your event. Our experienced staff will ensure to present the food, fun beverages, and more.

You can simply have a conversation with our fantastic consultants and let us handle the nuances of planning it out and ensuring that everything is up to par.

You’ll be glad you did and we’ll be pleased to bring the right level of energy, creativity, and more to your event! Of course, we will also think about the fresh vegetables and delicious food at our food stations, customized menus, buffet-style offerings, the right wait staff, and ensuring a festive nature and fun environment is present.

We know that you seek to work with a cocktail service with a strong catering manager and professional staff that will make your party a huge success. Talk to us about your need for catering services at your corporate events, home, or another wonderful venue.

When Should You Have the Event?

Choosing the right time is important when it comes to your event. In our experience,  evening cocktail parties start around 6 pm or 7 pm. We also see that the perfect time duration for a cocktail party is at least two hours with a maximum of fewer than four hours.

Let’s think about the perfect days to host this event.

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We have seen that successful cocktail parties usually take place near the weekend or over the weekend. For instance, we notice that many of our clients have theirs around Friday or the following day.

It is because it is great to close out the week with a party then start the next week with one for most people. For instance, if you host it on a Sunday, people may not be able to show up due to work the next day. They may have other obligations to attend to have a successful work week ahead.

The prime time always seems to be Friday and Saturday for evening cocktail events.

Think about Your Guests

Always think about your audience. Too often we can get caught up in all of the details and ensuring that we have a beautiful presentation without remembering the guests are the main focus.

What are the demographics and general makeup of your guests? Are they retirees? Are they hard-charging individuals who are ascending in their careers? What will their schedules look like and how can you best accommodate them?

Do they have specific dietary restrictions?

Do they like meals served in a specific way? Do they want specific table arrangements at their dinner? Does all the food have to fall under a specific theme? Is there a need for a specific type of bar? These are all details that you would want to have thought out so that your guest list can have a relaxed and great time.

You let us know what you need for your special occasion. Our business will make sure that our chef, catering team, menus, desserts, and general dishes are all up to par. From the right type of glassware to quality materials across the event, our team can ensure to help you prepare a fantastic night.

Cocktail Party Catering Checklist

Below are some great ideas to make sure you don’t forget a thing for your next cocktail party!

  • Music
  • DJ’s
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Rentals
  • Linens
  • China
  • Bartenders
  • Servers
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Appetizers
  • Finger Foods
  • Deli Trays
  • Fruit & Cheese Trays
  • Beer & Keg Service
  • Champagne
  • Wine
  • Mixed Drinks

Contact Us

Are you planning on having something soon? No matter if you’re having an event next week or next year, fill out our easy contact form and we’ll get right back to you in 24 hours.

Download Menus

Corky’s makes parties memorable! Take a look at our amazing selection of menus to choose from. No matter if you’re planning a company picnic or a simple lunch, we have menus for any occasion.

Cork Catering

Cork Catering & Special Events was founded to provide the next level in catering services and cuisine. From Corporate Catering to Weddings, Cork provides fresh innovative catering that will leave a lasting impression.

Douglas, Addison

... other than Thanksgiving dinners cooked by my mother and my wife, the food was the best.

– Douglas, Addison

Kim, Evergreen Park

We compared other companies and you offered the most for the best price. I love that the salads and tableware are included in the packages.

– Kim, Evergreen Park

Robby & Edith, Chicago

Best food in town!

– Robby & Edith, Chicago

Joy, Arlington Heights

(Our server), on a scale of 1 to 10 was a 12.

– Joy, Arlington Heights

Fred, Chicago

We find that catering is the only way to survive a party. I must say by far your food is the best...

– Fred, Chicago

Marcie, Hillside

I was thrilled with the food. The compliments are pouring in and I enjoyed myself!

– Marcie, Hillside

Nadine, Addison

Believe me when I say (our server), is a jewel!

– Nadine, Addison

Mary, Bensenville

Your staff did an excellent job with the food, bingo and children’s games!

– Mary, Bensenville

Bob, Chicago

It was an easy party, I had time to enjoy myself.

– Bob, Chicago

Maureen, Waukegan

Improve? ... you already do it all. Oh, maybe you can come clean our house before the party! Just kidding!

– Maureen, Waukegan

Lois, Oaklawn

You made it so easy! Your customer service is great and the food is yummy!

– Lois, Oaklawn

Peter, Chicago

The good food made the evening a success – thank you.

– Peter, Chicago

Jill, Wheeling

Why cook? Corky’s did it all!

– Jill, Wheeling

Connie, Addison

I heard nothing but raves and compliments on the food and our servers.

– Connie, Addison


The Driver Was On Time, Friendly And Helpful. It Was Great That He Explained All The Food, So We Wouldn’t Have Any Problems. Everything Was Hot And Delicious. We Had Enough To Serve The Additional Team Members That Attended. Corky’s Helped Make Our Team Meeting A Huge Success.

– Susan