Your wedding reception is the celebration of one of the most important moments in your life, and the food you serve is crucial to the success of the party. Instead of simply serving guests standard wedding fare, think outside of the box to create wedding reception food your guests will be talking about for years to come. Here are four great ways to wow your wedding guests with food.
Perhaps you come from an Italian family, or maybe your spouse to be is has a Jamaican background. Whatever your ethnicity, you can celebrate it in the food you serve. If you both come from different cultures, consider combining those foods into one incredible meal that actually represents the two of you joining together in marriage.
Even if your family doesn't identify with a particular ethnicity or culture, you can still choose a type of food to make your guests' taste buds tingle. Simply consider your favorite fare and create a menu that surrounds that culture.
Food bars are becoming very popular at weddings. These clever stations mimic a buffet but add a sense of fun. You can also use your food bars for your cocktail hour or an appetizer reception in addition to offering them as part of a whole meal. Consider these choices.
- Serve creamy mashed potatoes in martini glasses, and let guests top them with cheese, sour cream, bacon, or anything else you like.
- Allow guests to grab a soft pretzel and a variety of dips—offer chocolate, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and salsa for starters.
- Have crispy and soft taco shells, and let guests build their own tacos, using a variety of meat fillings as well as tomatoes, lettuce and other veggies.
Is your guest list filled with foodies? Grant your guests their dream reception by offering stations where they can taste small plates of various foods.
- Your cheese station can include cheeses from all over the world.
- One station can offer tiny versions of comfort foods like mac and cheese, tomato soup, and meatloaf.
- A station with a variety of gourmet chocolate will be the hit of the event.
- For alcohol, include local wineries and breweries for a taste of the area.
The Dessert Table
It's fun to include lots of desserts in addition to your wedding cake, especially if they are small enough to let guests sample several.
Make your dessert table fun and festive with lots of bright colors and pretty candies. Let guests grab a pastry from a doughnut tower or a giant cupcake tree. Serve pretty desserts in a jar like strawberry shortcake or chocolate layer cake. Have candies for guests to grab from pretty containers.
Use these four inspirations to start thinking about ways you can use unique food to make your reception unique and special and give guests an experience they will love.
For more information, contact local professionals like Halls of St. George.