Cocktail hour was established in weddings for few reasons. Primarily it keeps guests occupied and entertained while the couple, wedding party, and family members take pictures. This is a time where guests can enjoy a drink and a couple nibbles between the ceremony and dinner reception.
Here are a few examples of hors d’eourves done right created by Catering Connection. The combination of perfect bite-sized snacks, stations and pre-plated size nibbles, showcase delicious options for your guests, and will for sure have you salivating by the end of the blog.
Using a homey decor vibes such as this Tent Merchant’s shelving, proves that placing forks in the drawers, and salad bowls on shelves make for an eye catching adornment which doubles up and serves a salad (or a purpose).
Adding a station adds heartiness to the cocktail hour and fills bellies a bit as guests imbibe. In this case, Catering Connection had 2 action stations (an action station has an attendant preparing or finishing off the dish in front of your eyes), which creating entertainment and essence which again creates a dual (feeding) purpose. These stations included braised short ribs and gnocchi three ways served in mini cosmo glasses.
Skewing is serious business. The most important aspect of having a skewered item is to ensure that each piece is indeed bite size. That way guests can easily pop the food item into their mouth and discard the stick without being cumbered and having to hold it whilst talking, holding their drink or grazing.
Spooning can absolutely be done during cocktail hour. Catering Connection showcases their spooning skills in two ways, one with specially designed, self standing silver spoons of scallops, and then edible spoons nestling a fresh and delectable bite size bruschetta.
One of the important aspects of serving food, is having the menu items labeled, that way guests know what is on the tray and can make an easy decision if it is something they want or are able to eat, or not. PS – did you notice the shrimp on the tray below are already “de-tailed?? That is one “detail” that should not be overlooked, I hate having to hang on to those things…..)
Finally, a dessert, or in this case, fresh fruit toppings and and flavors, can make for a fun ‘do it yourself’ station, where items are laid out for guests to add to their liking.
We hope this gives you some ideas and appetite, happy many planning!
catering: Catering Connection
photos: Matt Roberts Photography
rentals: Ventura Party Rentals