We are having an outdoor wedding and reception with a BBQ theme for dinner. I am struggling on what to do for appetizers that won't be too heavy so dinner will still get eaten. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
We are doing mini pulled pork sliders, buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips and assorted cheeses for cocktail hour. For dinner we have 2 types of salad (wedge and caprese), 2 types of mac & cheese ( 4 cheese and BBQ-chicken bacon and BBQ sauce drizzle), make your own baked potatoes with all the toppings, pork loin, beef brisket and mini corn muffins.
We’re doing BBQ too!! For passed appetizers we are doing mini pulled pork sliders, corn cakes with mango salsa, steak s’mores, and grilled rattlesnake sausage bites with a raspberry chutney. Pairing also with an artisan cheese and fresh fruit spread with some spicy bar nuts at the cocktail tables.
In addition to a couple passed apps, we had a Chip And Dip station that was a huge hit, with an array of chip types and dip options.
As long as you keep it snacky, you should be fine. When I’ve gotten full from cocktail hours, it’s been ones that had like, carving stations, pasta stations, slider stations (with fries!)— basically ones that had SO much food I started to think there wasn’t going to be a sit down dinner 🤣
Chips and salsa/dip, fruit, cheese and crackers, veggie tray, etc. I've found that even weddings with heavy apps, people still eat dinner. They will be drinking during cocktail hour, and generally will have at least 1 to 3 drinks during that time. Also, depending on what time your reception starts, they may not have eaten for anywhere from 4 to 6 hours so they will be hungry!
This was initially my dream wedding, but regulations in Chicago didn't allow for a BBQ Picnic to come in much under 30k. Geez! I wanted to have an afternoon event with a build your own bloody and mimosa bar with light snacks before the wedding, and a bbq after. I was planning on cheese/crackers, fruit/veggies, chips/salsa, and then caprese skewers as appetizers. Various salads, veggies, and sides with the bbq options at actual dinner.
You can do mini kabobs (fruit, chicken, shrimp veggie) pigs in blanket, mini sliders, or just a table with assorted dips ( Tortilla chips with buffalo chicken dip, salsa, faux, spinach dip, cheese dip, hummus, crudités tray, fruit tray, cheese tray )