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Alexandria Cocktail Party Caterers

Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Alexandria.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maxine D.
Verified review

Chef Serge is so great! He is professional, charming, and super flexible! We hired him for a dinner party and the guests loved him too! I would recommend Chef Serge to everyone!

Top Pro
Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Mercedes Jo & Staff, thank you for Catering my 50th Birthday party and the food was absolutely amazing! All of my guests raved about the taste of each dish, many thanks and I am forever grateful!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
Verified review

Best value you could get in a wedding catering company! Quick basic info on my wedding since yours might be different: Late May wedding in Maryland, 7-hour reception with cocktail hour and dinner, approx. 100 guests, Manor, garden & tented reception setting, buffet dinner including a mix of food and drinks representing the cultures of the bride & groom (salvadoran, thai, new orleans, baltimore). Just two days after our wedding day I am feeling so good about the decision we made in booking Top of the City Catering. Maribel and her team were absolutely fantastic and we received soooo many compliments on our food, desserts, and cocktails, which were all provided by Top of the City. They had also done a great job of setting up décor for the guest tables, around the venue, and for the buffet and bar areas. In addition, the service throughout the day and night was phenomenal and we (bride & groom) always felt taken care of. For planning, we wanted a rustic, elegant feeling and they did a great job of presenting us ideas that were aligned with our vision. Top of the City Catering is a smaller catering business, but that does not make it any less in quality. When we were first looking into Top of the City I was a little leery because it was much more affordable and it usually is said, "You get what you pay for," but in this case that was NOT true at all. Maribel and her team are very responsive in communication, are very open and welcoming to your ideas and direction, and will always give suggestions from their expertise but still respect your wishes should you want something different. I really hope that Top of the City will gain momentum in growing its business and gaining the respect it deserves. Don't let the size of the company distract you from the amazing service, quality of food, flexibility, and affordable price you will get from Top of the City catering. Get a consultation with them and see for yourself!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Chef Jackie. She is a delightful person, who also did a lovely job cooking, serving, and cleaning up for a small (4 people) dinner party. She arrived late, but did call to let us know, and she was ready when the guest of honor and her partner arrived. The presentation was nice, and the food was good. Her chocolate mousse was outstanding! She also did a great job of cleaning up. This is not a knock, but she doesn't stand on ceremony, so if you are looking for very formal service, this isn't it (which fit my style just fine). I definitely recommend her for catering a party, and expect she would be a wonderful teacher for a cooking class.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Theresa M.
Verified review

George is awesome. He brought a sever with him and they both did a fantastic job. The food was the best for our occasion and every single person ranted and raved how good it was. I've had my party catered every year and can't seem to find good staff and food. This company surpassed them all. Great job guys thank you.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie A.
Verified review

I loved everything about working with Dianna of Catering reserved! From start to finish she delivered everything she promised, including delicious food! She was prompt, creative, and thorough in her proposal; she worked with me to refine my needs and I was very comfortable with my final decisions; Her pricing was affordable and fair and most importantly she promised there would really be enough food to feed everyone and there was! She promised it would be delivered on time (it was), that her staff would set it all up nicely without my help (he did!) and that it would be hot and delicious (and it was!). Nothing was forgotten; nothing was omitted. The serving utensils were there, the sterno, and the clear containers were perfect for serving the food in. I didn't need china serving dishes for my event, but Dianna does offer that and if my next event needs Catering Reserved's full service, I won't hesitate to use it. (Food plus waitstaff for setup and clean up.) I've never met Dianna in person, and I never tasted her food prior to hiring her for my very important event, but from our first conversation I just knew I could trust her, and I was right. I highly recommended her! Thanks to Catering Reserved, I got to visit with my guests and totally enjoy my "after-the-wedding" party.

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Rahsaan C.
Verified review

I selected Sweet Bazil to cater a small cocktail party in celebration of my Mother-in-law's birthday. Chef Celestine was EXTREMELY professional with all the contracting/payment procedures and made me very clear on what to expect and even suggested other things that I should plan to have or have her provide (chafing dishes). The quality of the food can not be overstated! Everything was fresh and very tasty. My guests were asking for the contact information after having a few bites of food. Chef Celestine set up all the dishes and the accompanying sauces very quickly and she also told me exactly how to keep the extra food warm and ready to refill. I will definitely be using Sweet Bazil again. My Mother-in-law and our guests enjoyed everything from beginning to end!

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill J.
Verified review

Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Alka D.
Verified review

Esther takes great pride in her work. We had a lovely dinner party with 10 adults and 10 children. She made the entire experience so enjoyable and the good was delicious! She left our kitchen spotless and we could truly enjoy her evening. Looking forward to the next time.

  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Emmanuel N.
Verified review

PHG personnel where very professional and helpful from the get go. Candi, who set up the reservation for us, was understanding and very helpful to meeting our needs. The delivery was punctual. The food was great and everyone at the office party enjoyed the meal with complements that a great caterer was selected and a job well done. I wasn't to thank the PHG team for their service to DC Water and look forward to more opportunities with PHG. God bless PHG and may He grow their company beyond borders in Jesus name, amen.

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Srilatha M.
Verified review

We hired Shovanna for my sons 1st birthday party. Only one word to describe , it was Fabulous!! The moment my guests entered they were only talking about the decorations and how beautiful and mind blowing they were!! We thoroughly enjoyed our sons birthday. It's going to be a life long memory for us. Thank you Shovanna Williams for making our day more memorable!!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan F.
Verified review

We had an amazing experience with Sandra planning our sit-down dinner party at our home. Sandra worked with me to finalize a menu that would work for 8 unique preferences, allergies and tastes. She provided amazing service and value at every step of the way. From the menu to the table setting and decorations, the experience was better than what a restaurant could have provided, all in the comfort of our own home. Every dish prepared was more delicious than the last, and we are still talking about the desserts. I truly cannot recommend Sandra enough, and hope we have reason to hire her again in the very near future. Even our visiting family members were asking if she would be willing to travel!

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nick M.
Verified review

With the invaluable help of Chef Candace I surprised my wife with a Birthday dinner party. I had never hired a personal chef and must have contacted ~20 different ones to try to find the right one. I cannot overstate how glad I am that I went with Chef Candace. I also utilized her offer of hiring a server and using a table setting provided by her. It was fantastic. The food was incredible. The guests raved. Chef Candace showed up 2 hours before hand to cook and prep. I turned over my kitchen to her and she did the rest and created a magical meal. At the end of the meal she cleaned up and left my Kitchen just how she found it. If you are looking for an incredible experience where everything is taken care of and flawlessly executed look no further than Chef Candace. The wife and I are already planning to hire her again and again.

  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra B.
Verified review

Olive Express provided an affordable and delicious catering for my engagement party. Everyone LOVED the food and the set up looked fantastic. I would recommend them for any event! The staff is very flexible and willing to work with you on any menu that fits your budget and theme. Additionally, Yvonne is especially responsive to email and phone calls. I am looking forward to using Olive Express again at my friend's baby shower!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rory M.
Verified review

Kimmy was prompt, easy to communicate with, and very professional. I would happily work with her again!

3MT LLC dba Mac&Cheese
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
LaShemma S.
Verified review

Mac&Cheese catered my birthday party one year and played a big part in making my event a success. Not only was the food exceptional, but through consultation provided by Mike, I was able to get all of the other details in too. Music, food, drinks and dessert. All I had to do was show up! He is extremely professional and I would definitely use this company again.

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn W.
Verified review

Justin was friendly and responsive, and was very helpful in creating a wonderful menu for my husband's 40th birthday party at our home. I am vegetarian, so he made sure all the sides were veg-friendly and filling for me, while also being delicious for everyone else. He was communicative during the day of the event, and showed up on time (a little early even!), set everything up, and even surprised us with some delicious red velvet cake shooters, that went along nicely with our cake. I think one of my sons ate four of them! Everyone loved the food and complimented everything--I made sure to tell them all where it came from! I wanted a stress-free party with great food, and Justin made that possible! Thank you for helping to make it a wonderful night for everyone, especially my husband!

The Red Pimento
4.4
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret H.
Verified review

Sally focused my plan for a bridal shower, had a tasting for me, and made me feel confident that all would be perfect. She ran with my idea of lunch boxes, enhanced simple wraps to be delicious, and thought about and delivered every detail. She was amazing, a pleasure to work with, and made it fun for me to be the hostess. I will recommend her to friends and use her again.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tamille B.
Verified review

Creative Cuisine catered my mothers 60th Birthday party and I couldn't be happier with their performance. The food was so delicious that guests of the party kept stopping me to inquire about the chef. The owner of the company Deshawn was an absolute professional he created a wonderful menu, he provided a great tasting of the menu options, and he executed the menu flawlessly. I will definitely be using this catering company for all of my catering needs in the future.

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tish W.
Verified review

Marcus went above and beyond my expectations! He arrived an hour early and stepped right in to help out wherever needed. My party wouldn't have been the same without his help....thank you Marcus!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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