Cocktail Reception Catering

Deliver The Wow With A Corporate Catering Cocktail Reception

A Corporate Catering Cocktail Reception is the perfect way to mark an event or celebration. Cocktail parties deliver loads of PR mileage in a budget-friendly format, with a lot of built-in flexibility to customize the catering for your event. You can easily create an event that guests will talk about for weeks to come.

Elenas Café serves the greater Boston area with 13 locations. If you are looking for Boston catering, we offer a selection of corporate catering packages designed to meet your needs no matter what the occasion. Cocktail parties create the right environment for a productive networking event. Whether it’s being held to kick off a regional sales meeting, recognize employee or company milestones, or any other corporate event, a cocktail reception marks the occasion with memorable style.

Hors d’oeuvres

These finger foods are designed to entice the palate and the eyes with bite-sized concoctions that feature savory flavors and an elegant presentation on a tray, and they will be just as popular as the drinks with guests. Hors d’oeuvres trays become part of the reception’s overall appeal. Your guests will enjoy sampling a range of different cuisines.

At a typical late afternoon or early evening event, you can expect your guests to go through about six hors d’oeuvres each, every hour.


One of the options in deciding how to cater your event will be whether to serve the finger foods on trays with servers working through the crowd or to present the hors d’oeuvres buffet style at stations set up throughout the venue. When servers pass through the crowd with trays, creativity and taste combinations will give your guests the wow factor. Some ideas include:

  • Themed trays, such as a seafood tray combining scallops wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon, Maine crab cakes with chipotle aioli, and jumbo cocktail shrimp on ice.
  • Combining a super popular favorite like chicken satay with a lesser known treat like smoked salmon and goat cheese crostini.

When it comes to setting up buffet stations, it's typical to combine similar items together, such as:

  • Kalamata olives, roast eggplant, roast zucchini, hummus, feta cheese, and crispy pita triangles;
  • Popcorn shrimp, bacon wrapped scallops, and red snapper.

A cheese station with artisan crafted Brie, chevre (goat's cheese,) Gorgonzola, and blue cheese is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Corporate Events

Cocktail parties create a sophisticated atmosphere and the combination of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will keep guests entertained. Catering the affair elevates it to an event that will be anticipated and talked about by your guests even after it's over, which benefits your company in many ways from employee engagement to corporate goodwill. The purpose is only limited by your imagination.

  • A company or employee anniversary;
  • A new sales record set;
  • Launching a new product or line;
  • Greeting a visiting corporate colleague;
  • Fundraising for a corporate endorsed charity.

Catering cocktail parties with a selection of hors d’oeuvres keeps your guests happy as they network, or donate, or listen to speakers. It tells your guests that they are valued and engages them as the event unfolds. Your memorable reception can combine social and corporate goals in an enjoyable few hours. The sky's the limit. Best of all, the emphasis on quick bites to eat and drinks means it’s easy to set up and manage.  

Elenas Café

When you’re looking for Boston catering, our tasty menu options and attention to detail will help make your cocktail party a success. We can help you with menu planning and much more. For more information on Boston corporate catering, check out Elenas’ catering packages and menus, or simply order online.