Let's face it—prom night is a pretty big deal. Rather than sending off the gang on their big night with empty stomachs, be sure to help them fuel-up with a few early evening snacks (perfect for the pre-prom photo sesh/gathering). Here are some of our favorite low-effort, full-fun finger foods that are sure to please.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane
Updated May 09, 2017
Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

As another school year comes to a close, another class of students graduates from their beloved (or despised, same difference) high schools. However, before they walk across the stage with “Pomp and Circumstance" rattling in their ears, there’s one major thing left to do before they can say they’ve officially left their mark on their hometown stomping grounds. And that, of course, is to go to prom.

With all the build up (Who’s their date? What will they wear? How will they get to the venue? What are they doing after? Who is going to take pictures of them?), it’s important not to lose sight of what’s truly important here—are you sending them off to the big event well-fed? Whether you’re hosting the whole teen squad for a little pre-prom shindig or you’re headed elsewhere to watch your baby strike a pose in their formalwear, here are some of our favorite summer-inspired snacks to start their big night out on the right foot.

Chipotle Shrimp Cups

Credit: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

A spicy, smoky app for your little smokeshow.

Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus

Credit: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Robyn Glaser

Flaky dough > flaky dates.

Mini Caprese Bites

Wooden skewers ensure mess-free eating, because nobody wants to be scrubbing balsamic off of their prom dress.

Pigs in an Everything Blanket

Credit: Rebecca Longshore

Just do your son or daughter a favor and make sure they don't have a poppy seed in their teeth before they take any pictures.

Jalapeño Cheese Straws

Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Crowd favorite. Every time.

Simple Guacamole

Simple Guacamole

If the hair and make-up appointments took longer than expected and you're short on time, guac' is always the obvious option.

Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Bruschetta

I mean, school is out and summer is here! Celebrate with fresh, seasonal produce.