Cocktail party catering that's sure to impress

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Hundreds of cocktail party catering options, including canapés, finger food and even wait staff to help.
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We cater for special events and occasions

Whatever you’re celebrating, we’ve got you sorted.

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With EatFirst, it has never been easier to organise a corporate event
Expert advice

Expert advice

Our catering experts work with you to meet your exact catering needs. Our job is to make you look great (and we're great at it!)

Consolidated billing

Consolidated billing

Your accounts department will love you. Get a single invoice for all your catering services, kitchen supplies and event catering.

Find your food style

Find your food style

From the trendiest burgers on Instagram to roaming waiters with platters of canapés.

Event expertise

Event expertise

From product launches to annual conferences, our team can cater to just about any corporate event.

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Impressive cocktail party food menus

Whether it's the canapés at the office Christmas Party, fresh sushi served a new product launch, a tailored menu for dinner or end-of-day drinks and nibbles at conference, make your next cocktail party catering experience a night to remember.

We've partnered with the best corporate caterers in Australia, giving you access to hundreds of top-rated catering menus without having to check hundreds of sites.

If you're organising a corporate cocktail party in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra and need to make a great impression on your co-workers and guests, speak to us today for all your event catering needs.

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Your complete corporate event solution

We're here to take care of all aspects of your cocktail party from start to finish. This includes menu development, alcohol delivery, gourmet finger food, professional wait staff and equipment sourcing, decorations, seating, tables and even bartenders and mixologists working the bars.

Plus, enjoy the convenience of a single invoice for all your corporate catering and event services. Your accounts department will love you!

Hear from our happy clients

We happily support offices all across Australia

Genuine service & easy ordering!

Spotify uses EatFirst for our staff lunches and pantry. The wonderful team at EatFirst makes my life easier by offering a wide range of food for staff to enjoy, as well as keeping everything running smoothly. Thank you Mel, Michael & Leanne!

We helped with: 

Staff Lunches
Meal Plans
Kitchen Supplies
Brigette Brown
Office Manager

So easy to use!

We use EatFirst for event catering and weekly fruit and milk deliveries. The website is so easy to use and offers a wide range of catering choices. We especially love the festive packages on offer each year, such as the Easter Hotcross bun boxes. Rose, our account manager, is so positive and always ready to assist us when we need something. Thank you Rose and the team for everything you do 😊

We helped with: 

Functions & Events
Kitchen Supplies
Corporate Catering
Sarah Jahn
Office Manager

It makes my job significantly easier

EatFirst is the easiest possible way to access a great variety of caterers around. It makes my job easier and allows me to have some fun choosing on the way. Thank you for all your help and support.

We helped with: 

Corporate Catering
Functions & Events
Lazarela Devrnja
Project Officer
Equity Trustees
Tech / Automotive

‘Delicious food & great customer service’

Order In is perfect for keeping our kitchen well-stocked with food & drinks. We love the wide selection of snacks and fresh fruit. Michael from Order-In always goes out of his way to make sure we have what we need, and to recommend new products for our pantry. Highly recommend!

We helped with:

Kitchen Supplies
Corporate Catering
Alex Kelly
Building and Facilities Manager
Health & Care

‘Excellent company to deal with, great food, great staff!’

They have a great selection of suppliers, and their customer service staff is second to none! I have had nothing but great service from them time and time again.

We helped with: 

Corporate Catering
Functions & Events
Daren Weippert
Scrum Master @ Bupa

‘It makes my job significantly easier’

Order-In is the easiest possible way to access a great variety of caterers around. It makes my job easier and allows me to have some fun choosing on the way. Thank you for all your help and support.

We helped with: 

Corporate Catering
Functions & Events
Lazarela Devrnja
Project Officer @ Equity Trustees

FAQs for Cocktail Functions

How many drinks should you serve per person?

We recommend preparing for one glass per person, per hour.

To help with the calculations when buying bottles in bulk, keep in mind that for wine, there's about five glasses per bottle. So if you're planning a two-hour party of 50 people who will all be drinking wine, that's 100 glasses of wine in total. So have at least 20 bottles at hand for the event.

If you're serving beer, factor in one bottle per person, per hour. If you've got a keg, the standard size comes with 50 litres of beer, or about 115 schooners' worth of drink. They do come in various sizes so best to double check when ordering so no one goes thirsty at your cocktail party!

For cocktails, you can either opt for one on arrival, or, like beer and wine, one per hour.

How much food per person for a cocktail party?

If you're serving finger food and canapés at your cocktail party, we'd suggest prepping the following:

  • 1 hour event: 6 pieces of finger food per person
  • 2 hour event: 9 pieces of finger food per person

Remember: Generally, cocktail parties aren't dinner parties, so your guests shouldn't be expecting a full meal. But, having some extras just in case certainly can't hurt!

Do you need waitstaff at a cocktail party?

You don't have to, but it would be a lovely touch! If you're not sure where to start, we can help you find waitstaff by the hour for your event. Something to keep in mind when budgeting though: you'll need to include some time before and after your event for their shifts as well for prep and clean up.

How EatFirst can make your cocktail functions sparkle

We'll craft the perfect finger food menu

Whether you're after a traditional canapés service or finger foods with an exotic twist, like Thai finger foods or sushi platters, we'll find the perfect food for your cocktail party.

No matter which city you're in, we've got the perfect menu ready and waiting for your special event.We work with top caterers right across Australia.

We'll sort your drinks with beverage packages

Trying to figure out how many people are coming and how many bottles of wine and beer to get? Skip the maths. Let us help!

We can help you with your drinks order or can arrange for bartenders to come to your office or event venue to serve the crowd.

Want to make it extra special? We've even partnered with drinks specialists who can custom make cocktails just for your event!

Waitstaff and bartenders are our specialty

If you're feeding a large crowd or just want to make it a truly special event, we can help fill all your staffing requirements with our on-call wait staff, bartenders, baristas and mixologists.

Guest and staff dietary requirements are no hurdle for us

We've been working in the catering biz for more than two decades and have come across just about every allergy, intolerance and religious diet there is.

So, whether it's nut-free, dairy-free, meat-free or sugar-free, we're well-versed in working with caterers to ensure that there's something for everyone on the menu.

We're cocktail function catering experts

We have tons of experience under our belts and can plan cocktail parties for an EOFY function for 20 guests or an annual awards night for 2,000.

Our account managers and customer care team are here to help if you're not sure where to start planning your cocktail function and can make recommendations on who can provide delicious party catering, find the perfect chefs to create your menus and staff to make sure everything is served to perfection.

On the left, is a waitstaff carrying a tray of cocktails and on the right are a few different canapés, including salmon and caviar.