I’ve always been a big fan of cocktail hour (and not just because I enjoy a good specialty drink), but it sets the stage for the entire evening. Cocktail hour typically begins as guests start to file into the reception venue and are anxiously awaiting the bride and groom’s arrival. As they wait for the celebration to kick off, it’s always nice to treat your guests to a preview of the menu to come. It’s a great way to get the party started and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love being greeted by servers with trays full of delicious appetizers! I’ve rounded up some of my recent favorites that are very fitting for a spring/summer affair!
Image by Serena Grace
Fish and Chips via Adeline and Grace Photography
Lasagna Cupcakes via Quick Dish
Mini Wine + Cheese by Peter Callahan
Mini BLT Bites by Sunday Supper
Antipasta Kebobs by The Hungry Housewife
Chili Lime Shrimp Cups by Inspired Taste
Okra Cornmeal Cakes by Annie's Eats
Mini Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Bacon by Jana Laurene
Samantha Dockery is the Owner of Durham, North Carolina’s Bliss by Sam. She recently sent over this perfectly style shoot where she mixed a little bit of Southern Charm with a cool Caribbean theme at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. What I’m really loving about this shoot is that they haven’t left one stone un-turned. From the flowers and venue to the food and cake (can we please talk about how amazing that cake is!?), this is a completely cohesive event. With my background being in catering, I’m a sucker for all things food. I feel like while catering is obviously an integral part of a wedding, it’s often left out when telling the story. But not here Rocky Top Hospitality created a ridiculous Caribbean-inspired menu (are there any leftovers?) for the event that perfectly complimented the beautiful florals from Creative Touch Designs and the table layout from Bliss by Sam. The ah-mazing cake I’ve been drooling over was made by Sugarland, the rentals from Party Reflections and the talented Robin Lin was on hand to capture it all…Enjoy!
Is it just me or does mini food taste better? Bite sized hors d’Oeuvres are the perfect sized morsel to serve your guests during cocktail hour. They’ll leave your guests with a taste of Lowcountry cuisine and have them begging for more by the time the main course rolls around. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite appetizers to kick off your wedding reception and even a few late night snacks. Jazz up your menu by adding a few of these options and your guests will be raving about it for years to come!
Open faced Roast Beef Sandwiches via Jai Girard Photography
Sliders and Fries via Pizzazzerie
Milk and Cookies via Audrey Magazine
Image via Bridal Bar
Key Lime Pies via My Sweet and Saucy
Spinach Dip in Mini Bread Bowls via Picky Palate
Miniature Pies via Project Wedding
BBQ Sandwiches via Martha Stewart Weddings
Fish Tacos and Tequila via The Knot
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches via The Girl Who Ate Everything
Doughnuts via Think Splendid!
French Toast via Creative Party Place
Veggie Crudite via Simple Bites
Miniature Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup via Fresh Tart