Crowd-Pleasing Engagement Party Food Ideas

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Photo: Jenn Emerling

Keep guests happy as you celebrate the big news with one or more of these yummy bites.

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kendall jackson rehearsal dinner fried chicken
Jenn Emerling

There's tons of inspiration out there when it comes to wedding menus, and even events like the bridal shower get a lot of culinary coverage. But what about the first of all your pre-wedding events? If you're wondering what to serve at the engagement party you're planning, your search for answers is officially over. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite ideas for any kind of occasion, whether you're throwing a formal affair or a casual get-together.

Many couples and hosts choose to stick to finger foods for engagement celebrations. If you're one of them, you're in luck. Ahead, we've spotlighted some delicious appetizer options, including both traditional and creative suggestions. That being said, you aren't limited to hors d'oeuvres. You can either supplement small snacks with larger bites or decide to serve a complete meal. Take this delicious Dawn Ranch spread, for example, which was the perfect blend of laid-back and celebratory. Think about when you're having the party, where you're having the party, and who you'll be inviting. These factors—along with the bride and groom's tastes—can help you make your selection.

Ready to start brainstorming? Click through for a comprehensive array of engagement party food ideas. From classic and elegant fare to unique and unexpected options, there's something to suit any event theme, venue, or season. Supplement your cuisine with bubbly to really set the tone and don't forget desserts to end the day off strong. For an occasion as exciting as this one, it's only right that you indulge.

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Aaron and Jillian Photography

These tasty snacks are ridiculously easy to make. Cannon Green catered the bites shown here.

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Dawn Derbyshire

This spread may seem tough to recreate, but Sapphire & Lace sourced these delectables from the ever-accessible Trader Joe's!

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Mini Meatballs

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Jaka Vinsek

All you need are toothpicks and napkins to serve the popular starters. Tutto Il Giorno catered these.

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French Toast

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Blue Rose Photography

Want a delicious brunch party idea? French toast cups. Simply slice up the breakfast meal and serve in cups of syrup, like Ravishing Radish did for this event.

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Fried Shrimp

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Esther Sun

It's hard to say no to a passed hors d'oeuvre when they look as good as these Temecula Creek Inn shrimp did.

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Rebecca Hollis Photography

Fire up the grill for a casual feast that's extra convenient thanks to skewers. Or, get your kebabs catered, like these PRLR ones.

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Kylie Morgan

Pizza A'fetta crafted multiple pies for this cheesy, doughy display.

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Beggar's Purses

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Joel Serrato

If you haven't heard of these catering favorites yet, it's time to put them on your radar. Paula LeDuc prepared these with short rib inside.

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Mini Tacos

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Loreto Caceres Photography

How adorable is this idea for an engagement fiesta? Marcey Brownstein cut grooves into limes, then stuck tiny tacos inside them!

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Ulysses Photography

For an elegant affair, try the always-glamorous caviar. Peter Callahan put these scoops on cracker spoons.

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Chicken and Waffles

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Erin Wilson

A southern celebration—or any celebration, for that matter—can't go wrong with this mouthwatering pairing. Natalie Scott Events put together these bites.

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Popcorn Bar

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N Barrett Photography

Depending on the time of day, you might just offer snacks to graze on. We love the look of these Popcorn Papa baskets, which contained the stuff with different kinds of seasonings.

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Crab Legs

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Michael and Anna Costa

Crack into some of these for a seaside soirée.

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Mini Pancakes

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Blue Rose Photography

The brunch party options just get cuter and cuter, as these mini, syrupy stacks from Ravishing Radish went to show.

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Kayla Barker

For something a little heartier (but a breeze to prepare), try a BBQ buffet. Biltmore catered this version, containing watermelon slices, macaroni salad, and more.

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The Mullers

A crudité platter is another party classic, but that doesn't mean the setup has to be boring. Arrange your favorite veggies uniquely (like Attitude on Food did here) alongside an array of dips.

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Rachel Red Photography

Raw bars work for formal events, but you can also have fun with the offerings. Lindsay Bishop Events worked with Cru Catering to serve this shellfish with lemon wedges and itty-bitty bottles of Tabasco.

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Egg Scrambles

Elizabeth Messina

Egg scrambles like this one from Bacio Catering allow for customization, and everyone appreciates some say in their meal.

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Soup Shooters

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Rachel Solomon

This little soups by Gusto on the Go came with baby grilled cheeses.

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Deviled Eggs

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Ryan Ray Photography

Keswick Hall catered a flavorful version of the passed appetizer for this event.

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Pigs in a Blanket

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Stephanie Brazzle

This comfort food will make everyone—you guessed it—squeal with delight. Breadwinners cooked up these ones.

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Salad Bar

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Yasmin Khajavi Photography

It never hurts to provide a vegetarian option or two, but bowls of greens like these by King Cuisine will appeal to far more guests than those with dietary restrictions.

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Cheese Cake

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This Love of Yours

If you have more of a savory tooth than a sweet one, consider this modern take on the traditional dessert. Park Avenue Catering stacked this version.

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Lobster Rolls

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Emily Delamater Photography

Celebrate in the summertime with rolls made to your liking.

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Rebecca Yale Photography

These Marcey Brownstein sliders were served alongside what else? French fries.

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