During my engagement, I spent a lot of time and effort planning the perfect centerpieces and flower arrangements for my wedding reception, but you know what my guests are still talking about all these years later? THE FOOD. For your guests, your wedding menu is one of the most important and memorable parts of your big day. Eating doesn't always need to be a sit-down affair, so why not kick off a pre- or post-ceremony cocktail hour with some creative and delectable finger foods? Whether you're planning a grand affair or something simple and intimate, these mini-foods can help set the ambiance by reflecting your theme and your own personal tastes.
Here are the 10 best finger food ideas for a wedding menu.
10. Mac And Cheese Bites
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but who says it can't be elegant? The Curvy Carrot has come up with the perfect bite sized, wedding-friendly version that's just as creamy and flavorful as the original! In addition to the classic white cheddar, Boursin garlic and herb cheese is added for a sophisticated (and delicious) twist. Don't worry, crushed Ritz crackers make up the buttery crust, so there's still a little "down home" involved. Feel free to decorate with a sprinkle of parsley if you're feeling fancy.
9. Loaded (Mini) Baked Potatoes
Finger foods can be more than just celery sticks, chicken fingers or french fries! Why not take a popular dinner item and serve it as a bite-sized portion? Almost every dish can be reimagined as a finger food, including these loaded (mini) baked potatoes. They're almost too cute to eat, aren't they?!
The Curvy Carrot has really outdone themselves with this miniature display by using little red potatoes and a variety of toppings. Do you have vegetarians at the wedding? Add some sour cream and herb filling or a dollop of vegetarian chili and everyone's happy.
8. Shrimp Cocktail
I saw this easy and elegant idea on Mon Cheri Bridals, and I am totally obsessed! Can I just get married all over again so I can serve these to all of my guests? Despite being really simple to put together, these mini shrimp cocktails pack a powerfully sophisticated punch (both in looks and in taste). Seriously, all you need to pull these off are are mini champagne or cocktail glasses, cocktail sauce and shrimp. This is a particularly cute idea if you're having a beach wedding or a coastal theme.
7. Mini Gazpacho Soups
The Knot did a feature on a wedding in Colorado that was set in a gorgeous, rustic venue, and included on their mountain-themed menu were these adorable mini gazpacho soups, served in their own little mini pots (so cute). For those who aren't familiar with it, gazpacho is a Spanish-style soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices and is traditionally served cold. That's the best, right? No need to worry about keeping these warm until serving time and they can even be enjoyed on a hot day.
6. Slider And Mini Beers
One couple's quirky wedding menu was inspired by the bar they met at, and during cocktail hour they smashed peanuts on the floor and served craft beer and bar food, including the sliders and mini beers pictured above. Amazing, right?! Why can't I be invited to weddings like these? I love how they were served on flight racks for an authentic touch. Options could include pork sliders, veggie sliders, beef sliders, chicken sliders, etc. What a great (and easy) way of using food to support your theme!
5. Fried Chicken and Biscuit Sliders
The southerner inside of me is screaming right now.
In this hip, vintage Americana-themed wedding in New York, the couple celebrated with some delicious down-home cooking that included these adorable fried chicken and biscuit sliders. Um, YES. What better way could you incorporate biscuits and fried chicken into your menu without putting everyone into a food coma? These sliders are the perfect size to satisfy your guests without stuffing them like turkeys (remember, they need to save room for the cake)! These would be a great addition to any rustic, southern-inspired theme.
4. Caprese Salad Bites
Clever, right? I can't think of a better way to serve a salad to someone in one bite!
This traditional Italian salad is made up of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, sweet basil leaves, and is usually seasoned with salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. That's a lot of ingredients, but these tiny tomato bites are the perfect way to incorporate all the necessary components and achieve the same flavor. Simply hollow out some grape tomatoes and fill them with basil leaves, marinated mozzarella balls, and a drizzle of balsamic and you've got an entire salad ready to pop in your mouth! Easy peasy.
3. Antipasto Skewers
Forkly.com has a nice list of elegant, no-fuss finger food recipes, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. Who doesn't enjoy a large antipasto platter, paired with a glass of wine? While large platters aren't exactly something you can carry around with you and nibble on, these antipasto skewers are a great way of enjoying all of the different flavors and ingredients on-the-go. The hardest part of this recipe is the assembling, but it's definitely worth the time and effort (and most of the ingredients are store bought).
2. BLT Bites
"BLT Bites on Sourdough with Tarragon Mayonnaise."
When I saw these BLT Bites on Moncheribridals.com I knew I had to add them to this list because the description alone was drool-worthy. You can't go wrong with a traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, but these have been modified with thicker bacon, Campari tomatoes, artisanal bread, and herbed mayo. Yum. My advice? Make sure to make a big enough batch, because these are sure to go fast.
1. Baked Brie, Pear, And Pecan Bites
I thought I'd end this list with something sweet and savory because finger foods don't have to be one or the other! These cloud-like brie, pear and pecan bites pack quite the bold, flavorful punch despite their diminutive size. In this recipe from Unsophisticook.com, puff pastry is topped with a piece of brie cheese and a piece of sweet Bosch pear. To finish, each bite is garnished with a toasted pecan and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. This flavor combination is sure to have your taste buds singing in no time!