Hudson Valley Weddings – 5 Fun Cocktail Hour Pairings for Your Wedding


Hudson Valley Weddings – 5 Fun Cocktail Hour Pairings for Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is the most exciting time of your life. One of the most difficult aspects of organizing the perfect Hudson Valley wedding is to do with the food and drinks. Creating a fun menu that doesn’t cost a fortune is sometimes a tough challenge. Yet, there are plenty of ideas that help you achieve this. Creating a cocktail hour themed menu is a fun way to provide your guests with a lovely taste experience without breaking the budget. Check out these fun cocktail hour pairings for your Hudson Valley wedding.

1. Mini Chicken Nuggets with a Small Bottle of Coke

When it comes to picking foods that everyone loves, nothing beats good old chicken nuggets. If you get them in a mini bite size you can add a lovely twist to this simple food. 
Serve your mini chicken nuggets in a tiny basket with a small bottle of coke. You could even play with a movie theme with this pairing and serve the food in a little old-fashioned movie box.

2. Mini Tacos with Mojito

Another big favorite in wedding menus at the moment is tacos. Taco food bars are very popular in Hudson Valley weddings and you shouldn’t be afraid of using them at your wedding. 

If you want to add a cocktail hour twist to your tacos, then you can serve mini tacos together with mojitos. This is a very sophisticated idea for your wedding menu and something that the guests will definitely love.

3. Clams with Bloody Mary

Want to add a bit of elegance and glamour to your wedding? Then why not serve some clams with bloody Mary drinks. This is a divine taste combination and you can easily create an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version of the drinks.

Clams also make an impressive dish, since they look very elegant even on their own. You don’t need to worry about plates and serving platters too much. You could even use empty clamshells and fill them with a chicken or salad filling for the people that don’t like clams!

4. Mini Sushi with Sake

Another trendy cocktail hour menu includes sushi together with sake. Mini sushi rolls will look very colorful and you can create tiny bento boxes for your guests to enjoy. Sushi is definitely one of the up and coming menu options for Hudson Valley weddings. 

You could even use bamboo leaves and plate your mini sushi on top of these. Make sure you also serve your sake from a traditional Japanese cup.

5. Mini Burgers with Small Beer Jugs

Burger and beer might not sound like a sophisticated cocktail hour food, but there is a classy way to do it. Serve mini gourmet burgers and pair them with cute tiny beer jugs. This will look glamorous and fun.

Mini burgers are also great cocktail food because they are so filling. You won’t need to worry about leaving your guests hungry with this meal.

The above cocktail hour food and drink pairings are perfect for any kind of weddings. If you need help with organizing entertainment for your wedding, then take a look at our website. You can find plenty of ideas for Hudson Valley weddings from our FREE e-book as well, so be sure to sign up!
What fun ideas do you have for YOUR cocktail hour food pairings? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy Planning!

Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director
Platinum Party Events Entertainment