Cocktail Hour Woes

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think it depends how long the cocktail “hour” actually is.  If it’s really an hour, I don’t think popcorn is enough with an open bar.  

Our cocktail hour was really only 1/2 hour and it was pre-brunch, so we just had drinks and no food at all (brunch was immediately following).  But people standing around with a bloody mary or mimosa for 1/2 hour is different than a full blown cocktail hour.  

Post # 4
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If it’s that short I think it’s fine!  A little something to munch on is good.  

Post # 5
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Soft pretzel bites with various dips like cheese or mustard. Granola in different flavors could be fun or nut briitles.

Pop corn and pretzels are both salty so people will want more to drink. I would for go cocktails and just serve soft drinks during that time.

Post # 6
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

alliebeth:  I agree with oneofthesethings. If it’s a true hour, you need to provide other horse doofers (as my fiance calls them).

Maybe a s’more bar? Go to whole foods and order from their catering menu, like cheese and fruit plates? Enough to sate peoples’ hunger but not enough to ruin their appetite.

Post # 8
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alliebeth:  Personally I love popcorn and would welcome it in any situation. I would serve a limited bar during this short period of time as salty foods make people thirstier/ drink more.. A small snack and a signature cocktail sounds find for a mere hour.

Post # 9
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

alliebeth:  Is it possible to put out something just a little more substantial for those 30 minutes like a cheese and fruit plate with crackers without having to have the extra servers and staff? It’s not that you won’t be providing enough food with your dinner (four stations sounds great!), it’s just that some guests might get a little tipsy on drinks and popcorn!

Post # 10
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ehhh I’d go for more food if possible. I was just at a wedding where they did something similar expecting a very short cocktail hour, but they ended up running late and having to do more pictures after the ceremony. Needless to say many of the guests were uh..well lubricated by the time dinner rolled around.

Post # 11
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

I personally hate popcorn, so this would not be ideal for me.  My fiance loves popcorna and he’d be super excited.  I think having something to munch is nice, but if I didn’t want popcorn I’d be fine sipping a drink for 30 minutes before heading to dinner, longer then 30 minutes and I’d be annoyed that there was no food to munch on besides icky pop-corn. 

Post # 12
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Agree with the others – cheese, crackers, and a veggie/fruit plate are soo much better than popcorn in case things take longer than expected, guests are hungry (and potentially accidentally getting tipsy), etc.

Also, personally, popcorn reminds me of going to the movies, so it just seems a little…odd?  I would even prefer chips and dip over popcorn, I think.

Here’s another idea – crackers and spreads (like hummus or something) w/ veggie plate?  That would be cheaper than cheeses, and you can even make your own hummus ahead of time (so easy).

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