Travel the World During Cocktail Hour
After an emotional ceremony, everyone is ready to party. But you’ve got wedding photos to take! Keep your loved ones refreshed and entertained with some flavorful cocktail hour food that will get everyone excited for the evening ahead.
Dip into the Mediterranean
Whisk your guests off to the Mediterranean coast with fork-free bites that are full of flavor. Whether you’re thinking Italian, Spanish or Greek, the possibilities are endless when you choose to go coastal! Pair any of these bites with a citrusy limoncello cocktail, homemade sangria, or even shots of Ouzo! Spanish tapas are a great way to offer little plates before the actual reception. Everyone loves arancini - who can resist fried balls of cheesy rice? Patatas bravas, or fried potatoes, are sure to delight all the french fry lovers in the group as well. For a hearty treat that will satisfy your hungry guests, Greek-spiced lamb “lollipops” are the way to go. These savory bites will have everyone reaching for the tray!
Sources: Just a Taste, Chez Silvia, Jamie Oliver
Bring on the Southern Comfort
Every Southern girl knows the way to the heart is through the stomach! Full-flavored and irresistible, Southern-inspired food is a great cocktail hour option when you want to set a casual vibe. A quintessential southern favorite, cheese straws are crunchy, cheesy, and easy to grab. Corn fritters, dangerously delicious and perfectly poppable, are another true southern treat. Or try mini fried green tomato bites for a spin on a classic dish. Paired with sweet tea and bourbon or a mint julep, your guests will be in the party mood in no time!
Sources: Saveur, Alexandra Cooks, Little Miss Party Planner
Big Bold Asian Flavors in Small Bites
The bold flavors of Japanese and Thai cuisine will be sure to spice things up for cocktail hour. Mini pork belly onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, are unique one-bite appetizers that will keep your guests coming back for more. Sweet and aromatic, Thai Chicken Satay skewers with peanut sauce are sure to be a hit, especially when paired with refreshing cocktails like a Gin Gin Mule or a Singapore Sling!
Sources: Food Republic, CBC
Zesty Mexican with a Kick
Get festive with south-of-the-border flavors! If a fiesta is your favorite way to celebrate, a Mexican-themed cocktail hour is sure to keep guests partying right through the reception. Cheesy, delicious, and filled with a kick that makes you want to say “Ole!”, stuffed jalapenos are a great appetizer for a zesty cocktail hour. Try them with a refreshing watermelon mojito to cool down the heat factor. Other one-bite appetizers like individual shrimp tostadas keep guests free to mingle! Try this Latin favorite with a nod to traditional ceviche, and serve margaritas to match.
Sources: The Hopeless Housewife, Closet Cooking