20 Ideas for Cocktail Hour Finger Food
After the ceremony, the cocktail hour begins while you and your wedding party take photos. Have waiters carry appetizers on trays to keep your guests entertained until it’s time to sit down and watch the arrival of the newlyweds. You’ll also want to keep your guests energized and chipper with delicious finger food to hold them over until dinner is served.
Nothing satisfies quite like Mexican food, and your guests will be drooling over these spicy, cheesy, and crunchy appetizers.
Taco Bowls with Mixed Bean Sprouts Salsa
These adorable taco bowls taste as good as they look. They’re healthy and light, which means your guests will enjoy the reception dinner too!
After a tearjerker wedding, nothing will hit the spot and get you ready to dance like a mini burger and beer.
You can never go wrong with French fries. Pass them around in tiny containers for an easy-to-eat appetizer.
Chicken Waffle Sliders
This original cocktail hour idea will have people talking, considering this is a bucket-list food to try.
Pesto Stuffed Shrimps
Shrimp is a classic wedding appetizer, but make this recipe burst with flavor by adding a savory dose of fresh pesto.
Herb Roasted Smashed Potatoes
This recipe makes potatoes look pretty, and they are the perfect way to foreshadow an exquisite dinner.
Spinach & Ricotta Puffs
A warm pastry stuffed with rich cheese and greens? Say no more.
Smoked Salmon Bites with Mustard Crème Fraîche
This simple recipe is classy and eye-catching. The refreshing crème fraîche will cool off your guests after an outdoor ceremony.
Mini Orange Tarts
Tart and satisfying, but not too sweet, these orange treats are small enough to hold guests over until dinner without ruining their dessert!
Fried Mac & Cheese Balls
Mac and cheese is a guilty pleasure of ours—isn’t it everyone’s? This recipe warms our hearts by turning mac and cheese into mouthwatering finger food.
Caprese Salad Skewers
If you’re looking for something more light and cool, then look no further. These caprese bites are simple, but full of bold Mediterranean flavor.
Avocado Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a must-have at any gathering, but this avocado version will throw everyone for a joyful surprise.
Pigs in a Blanket
Serve these delights with ketchup for a snack that combines everything great—hot dogs, crescents, and delicious ketchup.
Mini Cheesy Quiche
For a bite-sized appetizer that everyone will love, try these mini quiches with peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites
Impress your guests with this gourmet app that combines flavorful and bright artichoke with a nutty pesto.
Mushroom & Mascarpone Tarts
Part sweet, part hearty, these tarts are the perfect combo for a fulfilling, pre-dinner bite.
Mini Greek Salad Pita Pockets
Throw some Greek flavor in the mix and start the night off right with a salad appetizer.
Melon Shapes with Mint & Feta
Refreshing melon with mint is the perfect way to re-energize your guests for the night’s festivities.
Bite-Sized Spaghetti Nests with Chard & Bacon
We guarantee this appetizer will be a new one for all your guests. Everyone loves a zesty spaghetti, and this creative recipe won’t disappoint.