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10 November 2011

Bite by Bite

The few hours between your wedding ceremony and wedding reception are crucial – what happens here will most probably set your guests’ moods for the rest of the night. Guests may get bored and impatient or irritated because they’re already hungry or because their heels are killing them. The MOB might even throw a fit because the program hasn’t started yet and her guests are already antsy, hungry, and threatening to leave (uh huh, true story).

Antsy guests are no fun, but you avoid it by serving cocktails. Oh, and wine. Wine’s good, you know, to calm the nerves. But this post is about cocktail food. Stinkin’ cute cocktail food, to be precise.

While nuts and chips are okay, consider taking it up a notch by serving appetizers. Take inspiration from these adorable bites by Peter Callahan, a New York-based caterer who’s just released his first book, Bite by Bite. Serve cuties like these and your guests will love you for it. And while everybody else is mingling, catching up, and enjoying good food, you can have your hair and makeup retouched and couple photos taken without being in a hurry.

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Right: Baby Coca Colas; Left: Mini Fish Tacos and Margaritas in Mini Patron Bottles

A two-sip shot cleverly matched to a small bite is an incredible icebreaker, especially when the appetizer is playfully served on an edible spoon or inside a miniature Chinese take-out container. Bite-size cheeseburgers are served on tiny home-baked poppy seed buns with all the trimmings. Mango-marinated shrimp are served individually on lollipop sticks sprinkled with fresh cilantro; diminutive plantain cones are filled with dollops of tuna tartare; and chicken is rolled into nori “cigarettes.” And for an impressive encore, how about shots of coffee with sugar donuts, or mini bagels with lox and cream cheese paired with caviar cones and champagne?

Are you drooling yet?

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Caviar served on edible spoons paired with a shot of vodka.

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Left: Mini Hotdog Sandwiches; Right: Artichoke Lollipops and Mango Shrimp Lollipops

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Top-right: Spaghetti Twist-ups on a Meatball
Lower-left: Pheasant Under Glass: potato nest topped with plum glazed pheasant under individual glass domes; Lower-right: Mini Sugar Doughnuts 

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Pigs in a Blanket Two Ways: traditional and smoked salmon shaped pigs with wasabi caviar blankets.

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Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Mini Milkshake with a Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Left: Tiny Ice Cream Sandwich Lollipops; Right: Mini Ice Pops

Images via Merci New York and Martha Stewart

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