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In its strictest terms, a cocktail party is a gathering where cocktails are served.
The first ever cocktail party is alleged to have been held in May 1917 by a Missouri housewife who invited 50 guests to her house on a Sunday for a one-hour affair which, according to the local paper, “scored an instant hit” and within weeks had become “a St Louis institution”.
Not too long after, the first cocktail party in England was hosted in 1924 by war artist Christopher Nevinson.
Over time, these events gave rise to the concepts of “cocktail hours” often held at wedding receptions and other formal gatherings to allow guests to assemble before a meal. Cocktail hours are still often held in bars and clubs. These days the definition of a cocktail party has widened somewhat and they lend themselves to a wide range of celebratory occasion, often being held for networking corporate events, family occasions, birthdays and engagements.
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If you are throwing a cocktail party then consider using a specialised catering company to take the stress out of the organisation. They will be able to guide you through the entire process and provide detailed advice and suggestions. A good local catering company will have many years’ experience and will be able to provide a professional service and a delicious menu to fit your budget.
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