After drinking and dancing, your wedding guests will work up an appetite. Even though most wedding receptions include a cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, by the end of the night, guests sometimes find themselves going to a drive thru window on their way home. Many couples don't want guests to leave the wedding on an empty stomach, so they are surprising guests with late night apps during the last hour.
Standard type appetizers would certainly be a welcome site at the end of the night but many couples are taking the late night bites beyond the traditional stuffed mushroom caps and shrimp cocktail. They’re offering fun finger foods that can be served buffet style or butlered and passed right on the dance floor.
Late Night App Menu Ideas
Menus for these pop in your mouth morsels are usually customized based on tastes and interests of the couple. If you’re considering late night apps, here are suggestions to inspire and spark your own ideas.
- Cultural Foods: a fun way to celebrate your cultural heritage is to look to your culture for appetizer inspirations. Lots of traditional ethnic foods can turn into finger foods by making them bite-size. One-bite Asian inspired appetizers might include mini spring rolls or scallion pancakes while Italian inspired small bites could include mini pizzas or ricotta fritters.
- Comfort Foods: comfort foods you loved as a child add a bit of nostalgia to the wedding festivities. A selection of miniature-sized comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeseburgers and fries, mac and cheese cups, or corn dog mini-muffins are sure to bring the kid out of everyone.
- Snacks on a Stick: eating food off a stick is always more fun! “Lollipop” style snacks on a stick could be sweet or savory and might include mini-meatballs and melon balls wrapped with prosciutto, or, s’mores on a stick and donut holes with dipping sauce.
- Sweet Snacks: caramel or kettle popcorn, mini cookies or brownie bites with milk are simple yet satisfying snacks to serve late night. Easy to pop in your mouth, these sweet treats are also a perfect choice for dance floor food.