Wedding reception food…in my area it doesn’t seem to have changed for as long as I can remember going to wedding receptions. Doing research for this post about unusual and fun ideas/themes for reception food, I sincerely hope I get invited to one of these weddings soon!
Here are a couple of really neat ideas for your reception or really any large gathering.
a. The His and Hers Buffet
The one side of the buffet has the favorite foods of the bride and the other side has the favorite foods of the groom.
b. Food Stations
Having tables/stations with different “do it yourself” bars. Here are some ideas
1. Grilled Cheese
2. Mashed potatoes
3. Baked potatoes
4. Taco Salad
6. Fruit Kabobs
7. Hotdogs and Hamburgers
10. Dessert Pizza
12.Root Beer Floats
19. Trail Mix
c. For outdoor weddings is the Food Truck Idea…having one or multiple food trucks at your wedding reception.
d. Food in Mason Jars. Several options with various foods already in mason jars..salads, desserts. There are lots of ideas on the internet for these.
e. A “cheese cake”…instead of a traditional cake, use whole wheels of real cheese layered like a wedding cake. A cheese and wine theme goes well with this.
Something for everyone…Enjoy!
If you recall, the last time we chatted, Alice was falling, falling, falling down the rabbit hole. It wasn’t long after she hit bottom that she found herself swimming in her own tears along with “a Duck and a Dodo, a Lory and an Eaglet, and several other curious creatures.” Once clear of the water the Dodo recommended they dry off by means of a “Caucus-race.” What followed was nothing short of a running circus sideshow containing any number of bird species.
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Cut to today – your wedding day! You know you’ll be racing hither and thither so why not own it with your version of a Caucus-race? Start with a whimsically romantic, spiraling race course – er- aisle.
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For the reception, I love the idea of decorating with birds. I’m not talking Hitchcock-ian, Poe-ish, or even Portlandia birds. I’m talking flights of fantasy, Wonderland birds. Imagine spending your first evening as a married couple under a sky of swirling birds.
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You can also find a good tutorial on the Etsy blog. Even better, WedEclectic team member, Stacy Blair of Little Red Button, is happy to put her paper-folding skills to use on a custom bird order just for you! (Bird mobile bonus: no droppings)
I adore these moss-filled ravens, available in several colors, from our own Teresa Kessler! Imagine them nestled amongst greenery throughout your reception site!
Caption: “Metal Bird by Teresa Kessler. Click for details.”
Whenever you are dealing with any sizable crowd you can expect only 20% of people to get involved. Only 20% are going to shake it on the dance floor. Only 20% are going to get silly with the photo props. Only 20% will stick around to the very end. The other 80% will sit quietly on the sidelines absorbing the atmosphere.
I don’t know about you but these numbers have never sat well with me. I’m always a part of the 20% doers and really appreciate it when others get involved too. So what are you supposed to do to get the reception hopping??
Hire excellent event entertainers first! If your entertainers are mild mannered or not super qualified for weddings, expect a ho-hum response from your guests. There is nothing worse that an event where there is no chemistry between the entertainers and the crowd. I would even go so far as to hire one or two professional crowd pleasers. You know the people that walk around getting everybody hyped (think cruise ship director). If you need to save some cash ask an outgoing friend or relative to take on this task, just make sure to have them introduced to the crowd first.
Activities are a great way to inspire people to get off of there rears. The typical guest book can be transformed into more elaborate spectacles. Right now there are a ton of new options for unusual guest books. Fingerprint trees get everyone excited about the visual outcome. Receipt box guest books invite people to write more than their signature. Have you heard of a cootie catcher? These area really fun interactive way to educate your guests on your quirky habits and tid bits.
Remember that no matter what, this day will be amazing because a couple has decided to become one. Even if no one jumps up to the Electric Slide or shoots off finger pistols with the photo props this is going to be one of the very best days EVER!
If chocolates are for courting, then the next edible milestone has to be the wedding cake. Ceremonial feasting has always been an important part of weddings. One thing very special about the presentation of the wedding cake is that it has become a dazzling haute cuisine creation that one eats with their eyes as well.
However, to gather some inspiration for your own haute cuisine wedding feast, off the multi-tiered track, here is a little history on the wedding confection as we know it today as well as some inspiration from nuptial sweets abroad.
It all started with a ring-bearing pie, in fact. The first wedding cakes in Anglo-Saxon tradition were pies which came a quaint tradition much like the tossing of the bridal bouquet or garter. In this ancient custom, a glass ring was baked into the pie. The wedding guest who received the ring-bearing slice would be next to marry. Just be sure you announce this to your guests before serving, so no one cracks a tooth on their romantic good fortune! Instead of making entire pies, you could even make these sweet little heart-shaped single slices by Old Time Favorites and hide the ring in one of them for a fun wedding game!
And though the white frosted multi-tiered wedding cake first introduced by England’s royal bakers in 1859 for the wedding of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter is what we have come to know as the “traditional” cake for the wedding feast, the idea of stacked confections came long before this. The French have been known to stack cakes for centuries for their wedding dessert tableaux and have been known to have a dispute or two in claiming who created the modern wedding cake. The traditional Croquembouche, a delicious pyramid of cream puffs stuck together with drizzled hot caramel could be the original inspiration for the stacked sponge cakes familiar to Americans today. Sometimes these Croquembouche were stacked very high to invite newlyweds to lean over and try to kiss over the tower of sweetness, each time with more cream puffs being added. The higher the Croquembouche was piled without disturbing the kiss, the more children the newly wed couple would have. Does this mean only tall people are destined to have many children, you ask? Probably not, but it is a charming game, anyhow, which predates the Cake Kiss. You can make your own Croquembouche with any cream puffs recipe of your choice stacked and coated with caramel. And easier yet, you can just go to a nearby bakery for the cream puffs already made and then enjoying the fun sculpting part at home as you caramel-glue them together. Here is a lovely painting of this dish by artist Janet Hill.
In the Caribbean, a very rich and decadent cake of native rum-infused fruits is made for the wedding feast and drenched with more rum before serving to guests. In Jamaica, guests who can’t make it to the wedding festivities are mailed preserved slices of this rum-pickled cake as a thoughtful souvenir. A very different kind of wedding cake souvenir is taken home by the bride & groom in Bermuda, in which a tiny seedling used to decorate the top of the wedding cake is planted in their new home as a symbol of their growing love. Ideally a long-living tree or herb bush.Whether or not you want a rich rum fruitcake, you can easily have a cake of your choice made while embracing this same tradition, embedding a contained sapling plant into the center of the wedding cake as a romantic gesture. Another alternative is this lovely cake topper inspired by the tradition.
The Kransakaka wedding cake of Iceland is a towering structure of stacked almond cake rings decorated with icing and filled with an assortment of chocolates and sweets. A great idea for those who may not want to commit to eating an entire slice of cake.
And if you are feeling really ambitious, there is a very similar almond ring cake served in Denmark which is the same recipe, but only turned over on its side and made into a cornucopia shape and filled with cookies and marzipan treats, or sometimes with whole candied fruits. The horn of plentiful fruits and sweets is supposed to represent a bountiful union in the years ahead.
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