Are you looking for a fun new party idea? Try hosting a shot-glass mini-servings party. This post will show you how to host a shot-glass mini-servings party like a pro.

How to Host a Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party Like a Pro with dessert shooters, appetizer shooters and more

A Shot Glass Party is a Fun Graduation Party Idea

The best way to host a party is to have a daughter who is going into culinary school. I admit I am spoiled. Bekah was the chef for this occasion and I became her sous chef as we prepared all the food. But, we are here to share all of our secrets with you of exactly how we did it.

We were celebrating Bekah’s graduation from high school and my son Josiah’s confirmation of his Christian faith. What a great day.

Bekah's graduation party

Bekah’s graduation from high school

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Josiah's confirmation party

Josiah’s confirmation

Best Products for a Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party with Appetizer Shooters and Dessert Shooters

These are the items we used and ones we recommend for your shot-glass mini-servings party.

 

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The Candy Bar for Your Next Party

I do NOT take credit for this idea, but if you are looking for super-simple, no prep whatsoever idea in case you don’t have time to pull off a shot-glass party, (and don’t we all need that sometimes!?), check out this fun one that was at a different graduation party we attended: THE CANDY BAR. I love it.

The Candy Bar party idea

Super-simple party idea: THE CANDY BAR

How to Host a Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party Like a Pro

Mini-Servings, or Shot-Glass Apps and Desserts, are hot right now and are actually not as difficult as they look. These are so much fun for people to eat! Clean-up and serving is simple too, so it’s great as a hostess if you want to spend time with your guests.

The two biggest things to keep in mind are advanced prep time the day before and allowing for plenty of refrigerator space for all your adorable little cups of yumminess.

The Menu for Your Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party

This is the exact menu we used. You can find lots of other ideas by checking Google or Pinterest. Click on the links below for recipes. Recipes without a link are simple enough that they didn’t require a recipe. There are plenty of pictures below for how we arranged the food in the glasses.

We purchased pre-made hummus and artichoke dip from Costco, but making your own would be wonderful as well. We made all our dessert shooters but there are purchased options you can consider too, like pre-made cheesecake filling with graham crackers for dipping.

A Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party Menu

Appetizers

Shot Glass Vegetables with Ranch Dip

Shot Glass Vegetables with Hummus

Caprese Skewer Shot Glass Appetizer

Pretzels and Pita Chips with Artichoke Dip

Pita Chips with Hummus

Desserts

Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Shots

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta Pomegranate Shots

Cherry Almond Parfait Shots

Vanilla and Chocolate Cake

Drinks

The BEST, Easiest Raspberry Punch Ever!

Tea, Coffee, and Lemonade

How to Plan a Shot-Glass Mini-Servings Party

Not having hosted a shot-glass mini-servings party before, we weren’t exactly sure how to plan for how many servings of each item to make. Many of the recipes on Pinterest do not give an exact number of servings the recipe makes, either.

We planned 1 of each appetizer and 2 desserts per person. We had a few apps and 1 tray of desserts left over, so this method worked well. Left-overs are never a problem in our family.

We purchased plastic shot glasses. This is by far the least expensive option. You can also purchase cups made especially for these types of mini-servings, but they are much more expensive.

Mini-servings cups - plastic

Other options of mini-serving cups are available, but much more expensive.

 

Mini-Spoons are a must for your shot glass or mini shooter party

Don’t forget the mini-spoons. These totally make the Shot-Glass party.

For this type of event, plan for several hours prep time the day before, and about one hour before the party.

Shot-Glass party glasses

We laid out all the glasses the day before and planned out servings.

Appetizer prep

Appetizer prep

Piping pudding into cups

Piping pudding into individual cups. We used a ziplock bag and snipped off the corner.

How to Serve a Shot-Glass Party with Style

Have fun serving your adorable creations! You can go around offering your guests servings on trays or have them available on display, or some of each.

Appetizers

Appetizers, including Caprese Shots

Appetizers

Pretzels and Pita Chips with Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Veggies with Hummus and Ranch

Veggies with Hummus and Ranch

Shot-Glass Appetizers

Shot-Glass Appetizers

Desserts

Desserts

Awesome DIY Party Decorations

My friend Janet made these absolutely adorable cupcake paper homemade garlands for us. These are WAY classier than paper garland, and not that difficult. Click here for details on how to make your own. We provide step by step directions.

Graduation Display table

Add a display table to make your party personal, and photo albums always give people a conversation piece. A cat-who-thinks-he-rules-the-world is optional.

Now you have everything you need to serve a shot glass mini-servings party with style. With a little bit of prep time, you’ll have fun party food that your guests will love.

Have you hosted a shot glass mini servings party? What are your favorite shot class appetizers and desserts to serve?

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11/4/15 Update!

Click here to read about Bekah’s culinary school adventures:

What Becoming a Chef is Really Like Game Day Uniform

 

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