If your reception runs into the wee hours of the morning, make sure the party doesn’t peter out because your guests are out of fuel. Keep them going with some well-timed, high-energy refreshments that will fill them up without slowing them down. Here are some ideas for late-night snacks that will keep the dance floor full.
If your reception is outdoors, or has a patio with a fire pit, a S’more’s bar is a great way to provide a sugar rush for your guests. If you’re feeling especially into Pinterest, make your own marshmallows, flavored with cooking extracts, and go for chocolate graham crackers instead of messing with drippy melted chocolate. Your guests will appreciate the reminder of childhood camping trips and the extra jolt of energy. Just make sure to provide some wet-naps for cleanup.
Mini Corn Dogs
You’ve already had your fancy dinner, so why not go more lowbrow and carnival-fun with some mini corn dogs? You can go full miniature and get the corn dog bites, but we prefer little 4” breaded corn dogs on sticks. Food on a stick is always a decent idea for wedding snacks, since everyone’s already a tad tipsy and wearing formal wear. Provide some ketchup and mustard for dipping, and you’ll have a nice greasy, salty treat that provides energy without the sugar crash.
In keeping with the carnival/movie theater vibe, soft pretzels are another good way to fill up your guest without getting too messy. Don’t forget the bright orange “cheese” to dip them in, and they’re a perfect portion size for a late-night pick-me-up.
If you want to go a little more upscale, but still stay handheld, take the best parts of a caprese salad and make them to-go finger foods. Each bite of goodness consists of a cherry tomato, slice of mozzarella cheese, and a basil leaf skewered on a toothpick, with the whole tray of them drenched in tangy balsamic vinegar. It’s got a little healthy kick, a little cheese to make it filling, and a whole lot of flavor.
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
You’ve already stuffed our guests with wedding cake, but these little dessert bites are a good deal lighter and far more portable. They’re pretty simple–just alternated layers of strawberries, whipped cream, and shortcake, stuck on a shish kebab and presented for consumption. It’s got the refreshing taste of strawberry, plenty of sugar, and a little bit of carb to provide a perfect pick-me-up. There are even companies that sell sparklers for weddings that can be safely used with food so you could plunge one into each kabob and use them like a glorified birthday candle.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cups
You can always count on Paula Deen for filling, country-style snacks, and her mac ‘n’ cheese cups certainly fit the bill. Their Ritz-cracker crust makes them portable and easy to eat. They also have that built-in portion control that works so well for late-night snacks. And there are no utensils or plates involved–your guests can grab one, scarf it down, and be back on the dance floor in less than ten minutes.
Not all weddings go for the late-night snacks, but whenever they do make an appearance, the food’s always a hit with the guests. If you’re asking your guests to stay up past their bedtime dancing, make sure you’re providing the fuel to keep them going.