Late-Night Snack Recipes for Weddings
An After-Party Menu
Serving snacks at a wedding reception is becoming more popular -- not to mention the guests love it! Keep everyone dancing until dawn with these recipes for your reception.
One-bite burgers make playful hors d'oeuvres, but they're even better served as late-night snacks after guests have worked off dinner by dancing. Plus, their size makes them appropriate for any wedding, formal or casual.
Nothing says “so long ” as sweetly as, well, sweets. Leave guests on a sugar high by piping bakery-made mini cookies with homemade buttercream. No piping tools? No problem. Just use a gallon-size plastic bag with a corner snipped off.
Roasted Mixed Nuts
As a late-night snack (or served during cocktail hour), pass candy cups of sweet-and-savory nuts for a delicious, no-fuss treat. Each paper "bowl" holds just the right snack-size amount. Our homemade mix is served alongside cups of purchased Marcona almonds.
Mushroom and Blue Cheese Crackers
The complex flavors of blue cheese and wild mushrooms mingle in these tender golden crackers. By lining them neatly in a row, you encourage guests to take just one, though anyone who has a taste is sure to return for seconds.
Caramel and Fleur de Sel Popcorn
This popcorn is a crunchy and delicious treat to serve to guests after dinner and dancing, but something they can also take home with them to snack on later.
The fanciful quality of this dessert will instill childlike anticipation in anyone and makes it the perfect late-night snack.
Trio of Savory Madeleines
Savory madeleines can be flavored with many varieties of herbs, seasonings, and cheeses. Some options are Gruyere cheese, fresh rosemary, and cayenne pepper.
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese becomes an elegant passed appetizer when served in dainty ramekins. Our version features sharp white cheddar and Gruyere.
Iced Coffee Frappe with Cotton Candy
When this icy, foamy frappe is poured into glasses, it separates into layers that intensify in flavor from top to bottom. A cloud of cotton candy gives a jolt of sweetness when stirred into the drink. You or your caterer can buy cotton candy premade or use a machine to make it. These are ideal after dinner at warm-weather weddings; they'd also be stars at the cocktail hour, even without alcohol.
Miniature Candied Apples
The diminutive scale of Lady apples transforms a fall favorite into a dainty nibble. Make guests feel like kids again by displaying the apples on passed trays after guests have been dancing.
Perfect for a casual affair, we packaged this Southwestern popcorn in cones made out of paper. The spice mixture can be made in advance; store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place up to six months.
Spicy Asian Brittle
This Asian brittle combines sweet and hot flavors in each bite. Each sticky cluster includes almonds, cashews, sesame sticks, and wasabi peas and is spiced with ginger, crushed red pepper, and soy sauce. The intense flavors are an especially good match for a glass of cold beer.
Indulge the sweet tooth of your guests with this grown-up twist on milk and cookies. Plush, pillowy beignets -- a New Orleans treat whose name is from the French word for "fritter" -- are spiced with nutmeg and dusted with sugar, and they taste really good with malted milkshakes.
Dusted with pistachios, tiny bavarians (a rich custard-and-gelatin-based dessert) are a cool finish to your party. Have fun with the shape by making them in small molds that fit in with your wedding theme.