It has become very popular to throw a cocktail hour for wedding guests after the ceremony and before the reception. It allows time for the wedding party to take pictures and gives the guests a place to go and hang out before the reception. It is especially great for guests who drove a ways and they just don’t have quite enough time to drive home and back between wedding festivities. Generally cocktail hour implies there will be drinks and some food, such as small appetizers. It is a great way to keep the guests occupied and tied over until dinner is served. So we gathered a few of our favorite hors d’oeuvres to help you figure out what yummy snacks you want to serve at your cocktail hour.
First off, anything wrapped in bacon is a go. If mini sausages wrapped in bacon aren’t quite classy enough for your formal event (darn!) then consider scallops wrapped in bacon! They are delicious and you can steer clear of BBQ hour.
Pot stickers are another great idea for cocktail hour. They are an easy dish to serve to a lot of people and you won’t divert too many picky eaters! Set out some cute bottles of soy sauce and little cups, and you are set!
Stuffed peppers and stuffed mushrooms require a little bit more labor to put together, but it’s well worth the extra time! So many stuffing possibilities, you could create a whole table with just different varieties of stuffing such as goat cheese, spinach, crab, and so on.
Pigs in a blanket are a classic and will put a smile on your guests face by just seeing them! They are perfect for the backyard or barn wedding.
Meatballs might seem like an odd thing to serve at a cocktail hour, but they are simple and sweet! Guests can easily serve themselves so it makes it easy on both parties. Meatballs can also be mixed up with a variety of different sauces!
Fondue is a great idea for a small more intimate cocktail hour. It works best if you can set up pots of cheese or chocolate on each table. Then set out a variety of bread, veggies, fruits, cake pops, desserts, and whatever else the guests will enjoy dipping in the fondue!
Sliders, or mini burgers are all the rage right now. They are a great because they are simple, and again can be customized. Chicken, beef, and veggie burgers provide options for all the guests and are the perfect amount of food to hold guests over till dinner time.
Cheese and crackers is one of the simplest ideas and probably the most overlooked. Throw in a variety of breads, crackers, cheeses, and meats, and you have yourself quite a selection of hors d’oeuvres. Finish the table off with some veggies, olives, and fruits and you are set.
Shrimp cocktail is another classic starter and easy assembly! Fresh or frozen shrimp placed on the edge of small glasses filled with cocktail sauce.
Egg rolls are another great party food. Again, super easy and pair perfectly with an adult drink!
Hopefully some of these ideas have you so excited that you are bummed the hors d’oeuvres will probably already be gone by the time you and the rest of your wedding party roll in (might as well accept that fact now because that’s how it will go) and you will remind yourself it’s okay because now your guests aren’t starving and cranky and they are ready to dance and celebrate your special day as it transitions to evening and into the late night! 🙂