DIY wedding horderves?

by DIY wedding planner on December 11, 2011

Ok. The catering is so damn expensive!!!! On top of that it occurred to me that I hadn’t even THOUGHT of the cocktail hour!!! So, I was wondering if anyone has or is planning to make their own horderves for cocktail hour. (Of course it would really be my sisters, not me.)

It’s a Country Western themed wedding and the reception will be in a barn. Cocktail hour will be upstairs in the barn. Approximatley 80 people. This is what I was thinking;

Jalepeno Poppers,
Fruit and cheese platter,
Spinach dip bread bowl
Lil’ smokies in bar-b-que sauce
Veggie stray
Deviled Eggs

These are all relatively easy to make. (The deviled eggs take some time but my sister makes them for every holiday.) I know 80 people is a lot, but they shouldn’t be filling up on horderves anyway, right? Please tell me what you think and feel free to give me ideas. Think Country! Thanks! (Oh, there will be alcohol of course!)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

April Marie December 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

All of those things you can do ahead of time, so it shouldn’t be to hard to do it yourself with help from your family/friends.
I think everything that you have sounds really good. I know it’s not very “country” but a big appetizer hit at my wedding was baked brie with crackers/sliced baguettes. You could also do cheese and crackers – everyone loves that.
You could also do some BBQ Chicken Wings and maybe some cornbread. You don’t need too much – just enough so everyone can have a few appetizers.
For more easy ideas you can look at Costco/Sam’s Club/Grocery store appetizer sections – this way you can just heat up things in the oven.
Good luck!


Weddingzilla December 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

Yummy! And what a fun reception!

I think they are all good suggestions. The only problem with deviled eggs is that they need to be refrigerated so they don’t spoil.
You could also do nachos with cheese dip. Everyone likes something salty to munch on when they are having a drink.


Angelina December 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

Don’t forget the chicken wings. You could also do little finger sandwiches. Sounds great!


PugMom December 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

Those choices sound good and can be prepared ahead of time. A littgle time saver with the deviled eggs: Boil the eggs beforehand and then scoop out the yolks into a large ziploc bag, add additional ingredients, seal the bag and then just squish the ingredients together, cut a corner of the bag and squeeze the contents into the eggs. and then no cleanup!


SirenSong December 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

Go to Costco in the frozen section and see what catches your eye. You can do meatballs cooked in bbq sauce. Chicken tenders served with bbq sauce. Potato salad reminds me of country but be careful since mayo can make you sick if left out.


riversconfluence December 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Drummies in cowboy sauce would be nice. You could make meatballs for the bbq sauce instead of lil smokies, if you want to fancy that up.
Some mini skewers with some beef and veggies would be good, marinate and grill them the day before, and just heat them up for the reception. Beef and 3 colors of peppers would be pretty.


Suz123 December 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Check out DIY tips here:

You may want to look at this menu here:

Or another way to go?
This bride served cider and doughnuts for her cocktail hour.
The site says: “Apple Cider & Apple Doughnuts – In order to keep the barn closed for the two of us to sign our marriage certificate and have a bit of alone time, we had a cocktail hour under the tent outside. Instead of traditional appetizers, we had apple cider and apple doughnuts from a local orchard. They were a big hit! Total Cost = $77.63″

Sorry, the pics at this link don’t seem to be working today. But I like the idea of doughnuts and apple cider for the cocktail hour . . . especially for your country themed wedding.


Chasity C December 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

A hit appetizer that I take to all parties is stuffed jalapenos
you slice them in half length wise…brown some sausage…mix the sausage with cream cheese and shredded cheddar…add some cajun spice to the mix…stuff the peppers and bake until warm
you can prepare them the night before and have someone throw them in the oven right before the reception as long as there’s a way to keep them warm in the barn
Sorry I don’t have measurments on the ingredients it just varies
Don’t forget to scoop the seeds and membrane out of the peppers, this way they aren’t too spicy


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: