Lemon Zest and Sunflower Wedding Ideas: Wedding Reception Food
Decisions, decisions. Should the reception be formal or casual? What’s the budget size, and how many guests will be attending? These are your major wedding planning considerations when it comes to deciding on the type of reception.
The “WOW” factor is in the small details to take your wedding reception meal from the rubber-chicken-circuit to fun and fabulous. Be sure to include food items that use your chosen colors. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg but it can look like it did.
Picking the Best Time to Serve Your Wedding Reception Meal
Your budget is set; your guest list has been confirmed. Your food choices are determined by the reception time and setting.
Wedding Reception: Morning
Having your reception early in the morning means breakfast and brunch items. The traditional fare would be pastries, assorted fruits and cheeses and maybe made-to-order yummies like omelets and waffles.
Personally, I like to offer taste samplings of lots of items served in interesting ways. It gives your guests a chance to try food they wouldn’t normally have eaten. And of course it provides a lot of eye-candy.
Greet your guests with mint lemonade with an attached name and table tag. How about mini pancake stacks held together by a toothpick and topped with a single blueberry? Try delish french toast slices served in shot glasses filled with hot maple rum syrup. Maple bacon on skewers would be a yummy addition to your buffet table.
You could substitute your Belgian waffle served on a plate with a mini-2-bite version, presented in a small sundae glass, sitting on top whipped cream cheese and drizzled with a salted caramel syrup. A lemon souffle served in a real lemon as one of your dessert items would be a delicious conversation piece. Are you hungry yet?
I think Brunch is better served buffet style and that lends itself to all sorts of wonderful food styling to “WOW” your guests. It could also be a seated meal or a combination of the two.
Notice that the food items included are all very close in color to your Lemon Zest and Sunflower pallet. And just a note—I prefer to have the french toast cut in triangles rather than straight slices. The triangles are sturdier for dipping.
1. Mini Pancakes photo credit Pincookie
2. Mint Lemonade photo credit marthastewartweddings.com
3. Smoked salmon and deviled egg photo credit cupofsugarpinchofsalt.com
4. Lemon Souffles photo credit marthastewart.com
5. French Toast photo credit marthastewartweddings.com
6. Individual table setting with napkin bow photo credit marthastewartweddings.com
7. Pretty yellow table setting with flowers photo credit stylemepretty.com
Wedding Reception: Afternoon or Midday
Afternoon reception meals provide that same flexibility as your morning reception. Your wedding guests can enjoy formal, seated meals with a number of courses, or casual lunch dishes and hors d’oeuvres.
You could go with a comfort food or a back to the 50’s theme for lunch with mini grilled cheese and tomato bisque soup in shot glasses or demitasse cups. Bite sized burgers with fries served in shot glasses and ketchup or gravy in the bottom. How about mini macaroni and cheese served up in ramekins. For your signature drink–rum and coke served in those small vintage coke bottles. Tip: I wouldn’t have the grilled cheese sitting in the soup; mushy bread.
If you didn’t want to serve the soup hot you could have gazpacho instead.
1. Grilled cheese shooter Peacock Wedding
2. bit-size burgers Martha Stewart
This is one of hundreds of options. Just let your creative self have some fun with your reception meal. The meal should be reflective of the wedding theme with a dash or a dollop of the bride and groom’s personalty.
I guess my husband and I should of had everything made with chocolate (sigh) from the signature drink, the main meal to the grand finale dessert. Bet you didn’t know that dark chocolate in gravy enhances the depth of the beef flavor and gives the gravy a rich brown color.
Here are some lovely designs for table numbers, placecards and stamps from our incredible designers.
Wedding Reception: Evening
Traditionally, evening wedding receptions are reserved for more formal settings—complete with programs,place cards, menus, multiple courses and alcoholic beverages. This too is such a large area I’m leaving it to another part so stay tuned for more wedding reception ideas.
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