Ditch the delicate bites: Host an engagement party with hearty hors d’oeuvres

If you’re hosting a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres engagement party for your favorite spouses-to-be, keep guests happy with hearty treats, rather than itsy​-bitsy bites. Here are some of our favorite ideas for the tastiest cocktail hour ever:

For carnivores
The meat-eaters among us will love these easy and original bacon, smoked mozzarella and blueberry jam crostin​i​. You could also opt to serve up something reminiscent of Latin street food, like mini tacos, burritos or tortas with supreme ingredients. We like these fun mini pulled pork tacos, which are just small enough to be hors d’oeuvres but just large enough to be satisfying.

For vegetarians
You can definitely find some mouth-watering veggie dishes that people of all culinary predilections will enjoy – even the staunchest of meat-lovers. We like these rustic, Sicilian-inspired eggplant caponata crostin​i from Martha Stewart, which incorporate rich and complex Mediterranean flavors. Another great vegan option is this slightly messy but surely Heavenly Tomato Tart, which is hearty and just mainstream enough to satisfy any palette.

For pescetarians
Serve up these easy to eat and make crab salad and green apple canapes on endive for an awesome cocktail party. Or if the newly engaged love Asian flavors, try something like these succulent lemongrass shrimp with a sweet chili dipping sauce. The lemongrass serves as a skewer (or use our personalized stir sticks!), adding subtle flavor to the shrimp, and the use of mirin, fish sauce, fresh ginger and curry paste add distinct Asian flavors.

For dessert queens and kings
Mini desserts are all the rage right now, and they’re the perfect addition to a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres party – they might even be the best addition. How about these pretty pie pops? You can find many easy recipes and variations online. We personally love these vibrant Italian mini raspberry panna cotta cups garnished with a fresh mint leaves. Or, if the newly engaged are chocoholics, go for these scrumptious and cute mini red velvet cheesecakes.

No elegant engagement party should be complete without customized products that show the couple how excited you and the other guests are to celebrate their commitment to each other. You can design custom cocktail napkins and custom coasters – including adding custom text and graphics – that perfectly match the couples’ style.

Check out our high-quality custom products for an engagement party with sumptuous food and drink.

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