Engagement Party Food Ideas
When it comes to engagement party food ideas, lighter snacks and finger foods that guests can eat while standing up are the way to go, says Blanks. Now is not the time to plan an elaborate sit-down dinner (unless you’re keeping the guest list intimate). These five engagement party food ideas are casual and crowd pleasing.
Everyone loves tacos. Create a build-your-own taco bar where guests can choose their own filings and toppings. Offer ground beef or grilled vegetables, plus add-ons like tangy slaw, salsa, avocado, sour cream, pickled jalepenos, and cheese.
Get the recipe: Spicy Ground Beef
Slow Cooker Pork Adobada Chili
If you’re hosting an engagement party during cold winter months, hearty bowls of chili are sure to warm everyone up. Prep a make-ahead recipe like slow-cooker chili that can easily be served straight from the vessel with a side of skillet cornbread.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Adobada Chili
Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Bombs
An engagement brunch calls for bagels! Pick up a selection from a local spot and offer a variety of spreads, from flavored cream cheeses to peanut butter. You can also surprise guests with these homemade bagel bombs, which have a little sweetness that pairs perfectly with mimosas.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Bombs
Brussels Sprout Pizza With Lemon and Pecorino
This seasonal flatbread feeds a crowd, making it perfect for a weeknight holiday party (or any party, really). Store-bought pizza dough saves you time, and the Brussels sprouts cook entirely on the flatbread—so it comes together faster than you think. For even faster prep, use the slicing disk of a food processor to create thin shavings of Brussels sprouts, or buy pre-packed shredded sprouts. Each bite has a kick from the crushed red pepper, and Pecorino provides just the right amount of saltiness. It's just as delicious warm as it is at room temperature, so no need to worry about serving it straight from the oven. Pair it with a dry white wine.
Get the recipe: Brussels Sprout Pizza With Lemon and Pecorino
Baked Brie With Cranberry Compote and Pecans
Seasoned party hosts know baked brie is an easy appetizer that looks as delicious as it tastes. With a round of brie, fresh cranberries, and toasted pecans—plus some seasonings you already have in your kitchen—you can whip up this engagement party appetizer in less than 30 minutes. Serve with toasted crostini or crackers.
Get the recipe: Baked Brie With Cranberry Compote and Pecans