Should your Party Invitations state Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres?

Appetizers and Hors d'oeuvresMany invitations state appetizers and/or hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Are they just synonyms or is there really a difference?

Well, the difference between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres is that hors d’oeuvres can be associated with finger foods, i.e. no utensils provided, and are served BEFORE the meal, while appetizers are served DURING the meal as a first course.

Some examples of hors d’oeuvres would be something on a piece of bread, toast point, cracker, etc. such as pate, smoked salmon and caviar, etc. Also, if you see that your invitation says heavy hors d’oeuvres, that means that there is no meal afterward, they ARE the meal vs. appetizers, which usually means there is a meal to follow.

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