What to have for apps? And do we need a late snack?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
2458 posts
Buzzing bee

2 of the 3 appetizers you’re mentioned are a no-go for shellfish allergies.  I’d make sure you have something more substantial than watermelon for those who can’t (or don’t) eat seafood and any vegetarians.  Especially since it’s during cocktail hour! 

Post # 3
4578 posts
Honey bee

Hot creamy (assuming not Manhattan style) soup in the middle of summer sounds horrid.

Fruit salad, fruit skewers, or fruit and cheese skewers would probably be better than just watermelon.  Cocktail hour is when people start downing booze, so they need something in their stomachs – I would worry less about theme and more about doable if you are buying them and need them to be a certain temp.  If you can find someplace that does a roasted veggie tray, I find that goes over better than your standard veggie tray,  I would also have something a little carb-laden for boozing purposes, whether that is cheese and crackers, a roll-up sandwich tray, pita chips and hummus, bruschetta, or spinach dip in a breadbowl.

Post # 4
405 posts
Helper bee

I like the fruit kabob idea PP mentioned as well as cheese and crackers and maybe veggies and some kind of dip. I think any of those things would be reasonably easy to purchase. If you want to do a seafood option you could look into doing a crab dip, neptune salad, or even a potato salad with some crab meat in it (Gordon Ramsey does a nice one with a light vinaigrette). Or include some smoked salmon that people can eat on crackers. 

Post # 6
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mini lobster rolls! 

We also had small crab cakes as apps and they were a hit. Fancy cheese and crackers/charcuterie and fruit. 

Post # 7
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

It’s not New England but it is bbq… Fried Mac & Cheese.  They’re little balls, easy to pop in one bite and freaking delicious.  Plus as others said, the fruit and veggies.  Despite being an east-coaster, I am sinfully icked out by most shellfish, so I’m not into the meatier suggestions above.  Still if you do them small, no one is going to be too full for dinner.

Post # 8
9579 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Potato chips and pretzels are both good for drinking and on theme.

Artichoke dip or hummus and pita chips show up at many bbq potlucks I go to.

Watermelon alone may be strange but skewers of watermelon with feta is very appetizer-y.

You don’t need too much, since dinner is quite early, just enough to help people soak up the booze.

Post # 9
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Artichoke dip perhaps, or maybe even some mini quiches?

As for your late night, if you are endign at 10pm, definitely not worth the hassle and extra cost. My venue includes a late night station and we’ve been told they open it usually at 9:30-10:00pm (ceremony starts at 4pm as well). 

I agree that maybe you could do watermelon and other fruit/cheese on a skewer to give a little variety? You can also play with color for those and make them match your wedding colors!

Post # 10
72 posts
Worker bee

I would do shrimp cocktail and a cheese, crackers & charcuterie board for sure.  Veggies with dip is also nice to have.  I am having some passed hot hors d’vours, but our venue is providing them (crabcakes, bacon & scallops, beef wellington.)  I wouldn’t be able to make them myself!

Late night snacks are not necessary with a 10pm end time.  People will have plenty to eat.  If you are having an after party I would just peovide snacks there.

Also, what do you mean by New England BBQ theme?  I’ve never heard of this.  Is it a clam bake?  Or a wedding taking place in New England serving bbq?

Post # 11
4926 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Don’t underestimate the power a full, heavy selection app table and a late buffet table. People WILL be hungry again by 9, esp if theyre drinking. Our guests ate and drank all throughout our wedding, even the ones I thought wouldn’t be big drinkers. This isn’t the time to be stingy with food. You only get married once, right? (Hopefully!).

Post # 12
10 posts

Shrimp cocktails and cheese platter seems a good choice

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