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appetizer ideas please

I am looking for some "appetizers" I can make on my own and have set out at the hall for when guests arrive. I am looking for snacks that are cheap but not tacky.

The guests will only have to wait at the hall for about 45 min while we take pics outside on the golf course. 

I am going to make 2 cheese & cracker trays for sure (which will include those little spicy sausage things). Maybe chocolate covered cherries or strawberries? But I think strawberries could get expensive though.

We have 180 guests but 20 are standing up so they won't be there for cocktail hour. Also, there will be about 20 kids.

thanks in advance for the ideas!
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Re: appetizer ideas please

  • SSaltzman87SSaltzman87 member
    2500 Comments Third Anniversary
    edited December 2011
    Buying in bulk would definitely save you some $$$ :-)

    Bacon wrapped Scallops, Beef Tenderloin and/or Shrimp
    Bruschetta (sp?)
    Mini Meatballs with different sauces (i.e. marinara, gravy)

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  • edited December 2011
    Why the air quotes around the word appetizers?

    Will someone be able to heat the appetizers up before putting them out? If not, stick with things that are best served cold or at room temperature. I wouldn't do the strawberries and chocolate. That's something I associate with dessert rather than hors d'oeuvres, but fruit like grapes and melon would work.

    mini quiches
    marinated olives (do it yourself - orange rind, fennel seed and pepper flakes is my favourite version)
    prosciutto wrapped melon
    crab or shrimp salad in filo cups
    blue cheese stuffed dates
    mixed nuts
    summer rolls
    gourgeres (cheese puffs)


  • SD3194SD3194 member
    100 Comments
    edited December 2011
    I second the mini quiche. I make sweet pea, ham and gruyere ones at work and they're delicious.

    Here's a few more ideas that would be pretty simple to pull off,,,

    Pickled shrimp
    Bruschetta
    Grape tomatoes stuffed with smoked salmon mousse
    Chicken Satay
    Tapenade, Hummus or Baba Ghannouj with Pita points
  • edited December 2011
    thank you ladies! Some of those ideas I never thought of.

    I used quotes because I guess I just don't really consider cheese and crackers an appetizer. More of a snack in my opinion.

    I will definately do the mini quiches & bruchetta =)
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  • edited December 2011
    In Response to Re: appetizer ideas please:
    [QUOTE]thank you ladies! Some of those ideas I never thought of. I used quotes because I guess I just don't really consider cheese and crackers an appetizer. More of a snack in my opinion. I will definately do the mini quiches & bruchetta =)
    Posted by heinz11msw[/QUOTE]

    Hm. You didn't refer to crackers and cheese until your next paragraph.

    Sorry. I'm an English teacher. I spend my days railing against air quotes. They're the bane of my existence.
  • edited December 2011
    Lol okay. I'm a social worker. Good at talking but not grammar, hehe.
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  • peanutty2peanutty2 member
    Third Anniversary 100 Comments
    edited December 2011
    if you can do hot food, maybe chicken fingers?
    if your sticking to cold, i think fruit is good but you don't necessarily need to do chocolate covered fruit.  shrimp cocktail... hummus/dip and veggies/crackers... bruschetta... dumplings/egg rolls... stuffed mushrooms... sorry, that's all that's coming to mind at the moment.
  • edited December 2011
    thanks peanutty. shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushroom's sounds amazing!
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  • edited December 2011
    In Response to Re: appetizer ideas please:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: appetizer ideas please : Hm. You didn't refer to crackers and cheese until your next paragraph. Sorry. I'm an English teacher. I spend my days railing against air quotes. They're the bane of my existence.
    Posted by kaesha[/QUOTE]

    I want to be your friend.  Have you checked out the blog devoted to unnecessary quotation marks?
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  • edited December 2011
    lol no I have not. I did not know people were bothered by quotation marks... haha.
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