Fun Winter Foods You’ll Love For Your Wedding (Or Any Party)

Winter weddings reap the benefits of serving crowd-pleasing comfort foods and rich sweets. Warm cheese appetizers, soup shooters and creative food bars (an all-spud bar and poutine station top our favorites list) provide guests hearty snacks at the serving size of their choice. After all those savory foods, make sure your guests satisfy their sweet tooth with go-to winter treats like a hot cocoa bar (with mint stirrers and donut holes!) or individual chocolate lava cakes. Create your winter wedding catering menu with these nine mouthwatering options below!

Baked Cheese Appetizer

Start off your cocktail hour with winter-friendly snacks like warm breaded cheeses, savory nuts and pear slices.

From the album: An Eclectic Modern Wedding in Lawrence, KS

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Take a classic cold weather combo and shrink it down to cocktail-hour size, like these winning tomato soup shooters and grilled cheese wedge plates!

From the album: A Traditional Romantic Wedding in Baltimore, MD

Potato Bar (With Toppings!)

There’s a potato for everyone when you set up a table at your reception topped with tater tots, baked potatoes, french fries and stuffed potato skins. There won’t be any leftovers at this food bar!

Soup Sips in Mini-Mugs

Get creative with how you serve winter staples. Mini-mugs make soup a portable hors d’oeuvre!

From the album: A Romantic Winery Wedding in Woodside, CA

Macaroni-and-Cheese Bites

Turn comfort foods like mac and cheese into bite-sized appetizers for the cocktail hour.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Photo: Millie Holloman // Featured: The Knot Blog
Photo: Millie Holloman

With all the heavy winter foods, simple roasted winter vegetables are a welcome addition to the dinner menu.

From the album: Southern Spirits: A New Twist On Tradition

Hot Chocolate and Toppings Bar

Treat your guests to a cup of hot cocoa (with calligraphed drink sleeves!). Set out a buffet of toppings choices, from rock candy and peppermint stick stirrers to whipped cream and sprinkles.

From the album: A Modern Winter Wedding in Aspen, CO

Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes

In place of, or in addition to, the wedding cake, offer warmed individual chocolate lava cakes!

From the album: A Coastline Wedding in Little River, CA

To-Go Poutine Bar

Set up a to-go poutine bar at the end of the reception to satisfy guests’ late-night cravings. This Canadian tradition starts with a base of french fries and is topped with gravy and cheese curds.

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  • Anne Driscoll
  • 03/28/14 at 03:46

    Though spring is approaching, I think the roasted root vegetables would fit as well to include in the wedding’s food menu. It would be great if you include the recipes as well. Great article! Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  • 05/21/14 at 12:58

    My mouth waters as I read your blog. Winter weddings are really great occasions to prepare some great food like cheese bites, different varieties of soup, roasted root vegetables and some great chocolates. Thanks for the pictures, liked it very much. Catering has indeed become a creative art these days.

  • 06/26/14 at 07:25

    I think the blog provides maximum information on the types of winter food for wedding and other parties. The catering unit need to have all these dishes in their menu along with some customization. Keep posting.

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