Birthday Cocktail Party Ideas

Birthday cocktail parties provide an ideal opportunity for friends and family to get together and celebrate. As with any form of party though, an extensive selection of good food is an absolute prerequisite. Below are just a few recommendations with regards to cocktail party foods that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone who will be attending the event.


Although these are usually intended as light snack options, it is entirely possible to pull off a birthday cocktail party by serving only appetizer dishes – provided that there is more than enough of a variety available. Popular items to serve as appetizers can include shrimp cocktail canapes, sausage rolls, assorted mini sandwiches, shrimps and assorted dips, mini quesadillas, oysters with lime dressing, cream cheese and salmon mini pies, cherry tomato and zucchini tartlets and candied tomato on basil leaves.

Other Food Options

Birthday cocktail parties can be formal or casual affairs. However, nowadays, more people are opting to go casual, as it enables everyone to mingle without having to be seated in one place. Barbecued chili and garlic shrimps are normally a popular option, along with beef and shallot skewers, lobster rolls, cucumber rounds with cream cheese and smoked salmon pieces or even open-faced ham or beef sandwiches with pineapple relish. Mini BLTs, beef or mutton curry puffs and calamari bites served with lemon and garlic relish can also be a delicious addition to a cocktail party menu.

Dessert Choices

As with other cocktail menu options, it is recommended that desserts be limited to foods that can be eaten easily while mingling with the crowd. Sweet cookies, small portions of ice cream and sauce, vanilla or chocolate fudge blocks, white chocolate-covered caramel popcorn, mini brownie muffins and small cake or pie slices are highly popular options. Vegan chocolate cupcakes can be provided for guests who have specific dietary requirement. If nuts are being used in any of the desserts or food dishes, these should be clearly labeled so that allergy sufferers know which foods to avoid.

If you would like to host a cocktail party but don’t want to spend most of your time in the kitchen preparing the food or refilling plates, we will be able to assist. Feel free to contact us today to see how we will be able to help you plan a cocktail party that everyone will remember for many years to come.