By Alicia McCarthy – July 30th 2010
A wedding cocktail party is a great way to save money. In this type of reception, you do not have to serve main courses because the hors d’oeuvres will be the main food event. Do not think that your reception will be dry and boring if you prefer to go for this route. Actually, you will be surprised at the countless choices you have for this.
Delectable Hors D’oeuvre Ideas
* Bacon wrapped scallops
* Stuffed deviled eggs topped with caviar
* Teriyaki ribbon chicken or beef
* Italian sausage with marinara sauce
* Grilled mini sausages
* Chinese won tons with a plum sauce
* Swedish or Italian meatballs
* Stuffed deviled eggs with coconut and chutney
* Salmon mousse on toast rounds
* Vegetables with a fresh dill dip
* Tea sandwiches
* Grilled mini burgers
* Various types of eggrolls
* BBQ pork
with fresh baked rolls
* Grilled tuna on skewers with bell pepper and onion
* California Baja rolls
* Tomato, mozzarella and Bermuda onion salad
* Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with sun dried apricots
* Fresh melon wrapped in honey baked ham
* Calamari Tapas
* Brie cheese with nuts spread on French bread
* Glazed chicken legs
* Tomato, cucumber and green bean salad
* Mushrooms with cream cheese
* Sushi tray
* Smoked salmon and cream cheese on brochette
* Teriyaki chicken skewers
* Sautéed mushrooms in garlic butter
* Crackers with different types of dips and spreads
* Cheesecake tray
* Fresh fruits for chocolate fondue dipping
* Grilled and raw oysters and clams with wine butter garlic herbs
* Bruschetta topped with tomato, pesto sauce and mozzarella
* Flat steak with blue cheese
* Nacho chips with cheese, beef, salsa, garlic sauce and onion
* Shanghai rolls
* Mini crab cakes
* Stuffed shrimp
* Cheese puffs
* Toasted bread with hot spinach dip
* Shrimp with cocktail dip
* Grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto
* Stuffed mushrooms with artichoke and parmesan cheese
* Spinach with goat cheese
* Pear salad with vinaigrette
* Cheese tray veggie tray
* Freshly baked breads tray
* Caesar salads
Some Tips to Keep in Mind
* Serve hors d’ oeuvres on tables for a buffet style meal where guests can help themselves. Alternatively, you can have these passed around on trays by waiters and waitresses. If you want to save money, go for the first option because guests tend to eat less.
* When choosing what to serve, consider the need for refrigeration or heating. Determine if these would be available in your venue. Choose your food accordingly.
* Take into account the time of the day. Serve lighter hors d’ oeuvres for day receptions and heavier ones for an evening wedding cocktail party.
* Stay away from expensive or labor intensive choices. Have one or two expensive hors d’ oeuvres and for the rest, choose inexpensive ones.
* Remember any severe allergies that some guests may have.
* Choose hors d’ oeuvres that complement and do not clash with each other. If possible, keep up with the theme.
With so many choices on hors d’ oeuvres to serve in your wedding cocktail party, you surely would not have a hard time selecting what to hand around. Have fun in picking your choices!