Serve Your Guests in Shooters!

Lemon Meringue ShootersServing party food in shooters is becoming popular for social events and wedding receptions … from hors d’oeuvres to buffet dinners. Serving in shooters can give a special elegance to any food. For example in the first collage below, the French Fries look much more appetizing than if they were in one big container. In the shooters they are “elevated”! And tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are taken to new heights, as well.

Serving beverages in shooters is something you’ve probably seen before, but there are ideas that are new, as well. Strawberry milkshakes with a decorative straw look elegant and hot chocolate shooters with mini donuts make an original treat. The last photo in the second collage is a different twist on a shooter … using a salt-rimmed lime to serve a Margarita shot! That will be a treat that your guests will likely talk about long after the wedding day!

Desserts are perfect for being served in shooters. Sometimes a huge piece of cake is more than most people want, nowadays. But a small shooter-filled goodie can be just the right size!

Shooters work well for vegetables, soup and shrimp

Mini Burgers and Fries, Vegetable Beef Soup, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Shrimp, and Variety of Vegetables.

A Variety of Beverages in Shooteres

Strawberry Milkshake, Chocolate Milkshake and S’Mores, Hot Chocolate and Mini Donuts and Margarita Shots in Lime Shooters.

Dessert shooters

Banana Pudding, Dark Chocolate, Lemon Meringue Pie, and S’Mores.

Update 2014: I have added a new post on this subject … more ideas!

For more ideas for wedding reception food and beverage, see our Wedding Food and Beverage Pinterest Board.

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Photo Credits:,,,,,,, and, Source for Last Photo in First Collage – Vegetable Shooters from Nieta Gates at NJ Gates Events, Chicago, IL

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Comments (20)

  • photographers01

    AWESOME post.I love all the pictures !

    May 14, 2012 at 7:00 am
  • Fine Frostings

    Thanks for the shout out!
    Jo-Ann with Fine Frostings
    Catering to the Sweet Life

    May 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    • Exclusively Weddings

      You’re welcome, Jo-Ann! I was glad to be able to share the recipe with our readers. Sometimes we have beautiful items but no instructions on how to make them! Your site is very helpful! Best wishes!

      May 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm
      • Fine Frostings

        I wanted to ask you what program you used to showcase the images like that on your page. I love the format! Very crisp, clean and the photos are a great size. You also are able to put in some great text.

        May 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm
        • Exclusively Weddings

          Hi Jo-Ann, I use Photoshop Elements to make the collages and add the text, etc. I’m so glad you enjoy the photos!

          May 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm
  • Casey B.

    Thank you for sharing all of these recipes. I really love this idea for gatherings. I was wondering where I would be able to purchase these different shooters? I’m planning a baby shower and would like to do dessert shooters with plastic shot glasses.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm
  • Frances

    I think that this is such a wonderful idea. I have a small space & this would sork for entertaining. Thank you!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm
  • Berts

    They sell these little desert dishes at Bed Bath and Beyond as well. I have picked up many of them but was at wits ends with what to do with them other than cheese cakes and pudding mixes. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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  • Sharon

    Can’t access the recipe for the dessert shooters. Is it still available and where

    September 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm
  • patricia

    I have looked thru the website but unable to find any of the recipes. I an looking for the recipe for the lemon meringue shooters?

    August 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Desiree

    I’m looking for the reciepe for the s’mores dessert shooters! Could you please send it to me I’d love to have them at the baby shower I’m hosting.

    November 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm
    • Exclusively Weddings

      Hi Desiree, I found the recipe and I copied and pasted it for you below because I kept getting a message that the blog URL expired and I was afraid it would not be there when you were looking for it! I also added the link, just in case! Enjoy!


      Marshmallow Frosting
      This frosting recipe is from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes and was featured on Martha Stewart Living.

      Yield – This recipe will fill 12 tall shot glasses with some leftover
      4 large egg whites
      1 cup sugar
      pinch of cream of tartar
      1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
      Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.
      Chocolate Glaze
      I absolutely adore this recipe from the Whimsical Bakehouse by Liv and Kaye Hansen. I was fortunate enough to visit their bakery a couple of years back and I met them both. Their shop is incredibly cute and their bakery delights are out of this world and so creative. Their books are a wealth of knowledge and the recipes are second to none. I use this chocolate glaze over cupcakes, cakes and of course in the Smore Shooters. This recipe will keep for a while in the fridge and also freezes well!

      12oz semi-sweet chocolate – chopped finely
      1 cup of heavy cream
      1 tbsp unsalted butter
      1 tbsp light corn syrup
      In saucepan on med-low heat, heat the cream until bubbles start to form – watch it very, very closely
      Add chopped chocolate to med size bowl. Add cream and leave it for 2 mins. Slowly stir to melt chocolate (whisking quickly creates air bubbles)
      Add butter and corn syrup. If mixture is not completely melted together, put in the microwave in 10 sec intrevals.
      The secret to these shooters and any layered dessert (Trifle) is to be very neat and tidy with your layers. That means making sure each layer is smoothed out evenly and touching the side of your dish but also the sides of the glass dish are kept clean. If you slop on the side and above the layer you are working on, take a cloth and wipe it otherwise the layers will not show properly. For creating this layered look in the shooter glasses, put your marshmallow frosting in a piping or ziploc bag. The glaze can be put in a bag but it will be in almost a liquid until cooled – use either a spoon or a ziploc bag.

      Layer the following: put 2 tsp of graham cracker crumbs in each glass, marshmallow frosting, chocolate glaze and then repeat. If you are using a piping bag for the frosting, just swirl it in the glass but make sure it touches the edges. Once filled to the top, garnish with graham crumbs and chocolate chips.

      November 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm
  • Martha

    Hi! have a question, I’m planing a wedding and I love the idea of the shooters(sweets ones) would you tell me if they will be fine setting on the table outside, I live in Argentina ( sorry my english) The wheather will be for spring time on the beach. Thanks you!! love you post!!

    June 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    • Exclusively Weddings

      Yes, shooters (sweet ones) would be fine outside as long as it is not too hot. Hopefully Spring is not too hot. If it is hot, you could serve them on a deep tray with ice surrounding them. Best Wishes!

      July 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Chef Bobby Hill Sr

    My name is Chef Bobby Hill, and I love these presentations. Outstanding!

    March 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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