Crowd-Pleasing Engagement Party Food Ideas
There's tons of inspiration out there when it comes to wedding menus, and even events like the bridal shower get a lot of culinary coverage. But what about the first of all your pre-wedding events? If you're wondering what to serve at the engagement party you're planning, your search for answers is officially over. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite ideas for any kind of occasion, whether you're throwing a formal affair or a casual get-together.
Many couples and hosts choose to stick to finger foods for engagement celebrations. If you're one of them, you're in luck. Ahead, we've spotlighted some delicious appetizer options, including both traditional and creative suggestions. That being said, you aren't limited to hors d'oeuvres. You can either supplement small snacks with larger bites or decide to serve a complete meal. Take this delicious Dawn Ranch spread, for example, which was the perfect blend of laid-back and celebratory. Think about when you're having the party, where you're having the party, and who you'll be inviting. These factors—along with the bride and groom's tastes—can help you make your selection.
Ready to start brainstorming? Click through for a comprehensive array of engagement party food ideas. From classic and elegant fare to unique and unexpected options, there's something to suit any event theme, venue, or season. Supplement your cuisine with bubbly to really set the tone and don't forget desserts to end the day off strong. For an occasion as exciting as this one, it's only right that you indulge.
These tasty snacks are ridiculously easy to make. Cannon Green catered the bites shown here.
All you need are toothpicks and napkins to serve the popular starters. Tutto Il Giorno catered these.
It's hard to say no to a passed hors d'oeuvre when they look as good as these Temecula Creek Inn shrimp did.
If you haven't heard of these catering favorites yet, it's time to put them on your radar. Paula LeDuc prepared these with short rib inside.
How adorable is this idea for an engagement fiesta? Marcey Brownstein cut grooves into limes, then stuck tiny tacos inside them!
For an elegant affair, try the always-glamorous caviar. Peter Callahan put these scoops on cracker spoons.
Chicken and Waffles
Depending on the time of day, you might just offer snacks to graze on. We love the look of these Popcorn Papa baskets, which contained the stuff with different kinds of seasonings.
Crack into some of these for a seaside soirée.
The brunch party options just get cuter and cuter, as these mini, syrupy stacks from Ravishing Radish went to show.
For something a little heartier (but a breeze to prepare), try a BBQ buffet. Biltmore catered this version, containing watermelon slices, macaroni salad, and more.
A crudité platter is another party classic, but that doesn't mean the setup has to be boring. Arrange your favorite veggies uniquely (like Attitude on Food did here) alongside an array of dips.
Egg scrambles like this one from Bacio Catering allow for customization, and everyone appreciates some say in their meal.
This little soups by Gusto on the Go came with baby grilled cheeses.
Keswick Hall catered a flavorful version of the passed appetizer for this event.
Pigs in a Blanket
This comfort food will make everyone—you guessed it—squeal with delight. Breadwinners cooked up these ones.
Celebrate in the summertime with rolls made to your liking.
These Marcey Brownstein sliders were served alongside what else? French fries.