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15 Classy Bites to Pass Around at a Wedding Cocktail Hour

May 28 2014 - 3:15am

The best part of any wedding [1] is the cocktail hour. It's after the ceremony but before the dinner, so it's the first time that all the guests mingle. Plus, the drinks are flowing and there are plenty of delicious hors d'oeuvres to nibble on. If you're planning your wedding and are looking for inspiration when it comes to the appetizer hour, we've got you covered. Here are 15 of our favorite finger foods.

Photos: Lauren Hendrickson, Anna Monette Roberts, Katie Sweeney, and Nicole Perry

Gruyère Gougères

Gruyère gougères [2] are airy cheese pastries in bite-sized form. Need we say more? These snacks are guaranteed to fly off the appetizer table before you can say "pate-à-choux."

Photo: Nicole Perry

Red Potatoes With Tomato-Avocado Salsa

These colorful canapes [3] would be delicious at a Latin-themed wedding [4]. Offer them with a dry sparkler or a fruit-forward tequila cocktail.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Lamb Lollipops

These lamb lollipops [5] are juicy and addictive. The mint-pistachio pesto that's on top of the lamb pairs wonderfully with buttery white wine.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Parmesan, Black Pepper, and Thyme Shortbread

Instead of serving cheese and crackers, serve cheese crackers (with cheese if you want to go the more is more route), like these savory parmesan and black pepper shortbread cookies [6]. Tender, buttery, and flecked with thyme, they're elegant, unusual, and most importantly, delicious.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pimento Cheese and Prosciutto Biscuits

For a Southern-inspired appetizer, choose pimento cheese prosciutto biscuits [7]; they're both hearty and addictive.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Antipasto Skewers

For a casual outdoor affair, pair these antipasto skewers [8] with sangria.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Red Lentil Terrine

A spreadable red lentil terrine [9], savory with a hint of natural sweetness, pairs perfectly with salty Japanese rice crackers.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Parmesan Fricos

Although a frico [10] is simply cheese that's baked until it's crisped and browned, it's a sophisticated appetizer that's downright scrumptious. Serve with dry sparkling rosé.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes

This vegetarian appetizer [11] is the perfect bite of potato. It's cheesy, creamy, and delicious.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Apricot, Goat Cheese, and Almond Bites

One of the best things about these goat cheese, apricot, and almond bites [12] is how easy they are to make. And trust us — they're so good, you'll need a lot of them to keep people satisfied.
Photo: Nicole Perry

Brie and Fig Preserve Pie Bites

Guests can get their sweet and salty fix with brie and fig preserve pie bites [13] that are delicious and adorable.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Gravlax and Crème Fraiche Toasts

Don't worry; these gravlax toasts [14] may look complicated, but the assembly couldn't be simpler.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cranberry, Pear, and Orange Crostini

A cranberry, orange, and pear mostarda joins forces with smooth triple-cream goat brie to top off these baked crostini bites [15].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Stuffed Mushrooms

These meatless stuffed mushrooms [16] with arugula, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes make vegetarian look really good.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Spinach, Bell Pepper, and Parmesan Tartlets

A sprinkle of spice gives these spinach, bell pepper, and parmesan tartlets [17] just the kick they need to be a hit at any gathering.

Photo: Becky Tarala

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