Spring food station ideas

Posted by admin on 31 August 2016 11:00:34 CAT

With the warmer weather upon us, now’s the time to head outdoors and make the most of lovely sunny days by having a food station (or a few!) at your reception or cocktail hour. It is fuss-free, can cut down on costs, plus allows you to add a little bit of your personality to your big day.

Here’s are some ideas to try…

A popcorn bar is a great food option – particularly while you’re having photographs taken. It gives everyone something to munch on and is a wonderful way to get guests mingling if they help themselves.

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Drinks stations are a fantastic choice for day weddings; you could use them for welcome drinks or throughout the day. Opt for something ‘easy-drinking’ such as Pimms or G&T. Try to have a non-alcoholic option too such as iced tea, plus water with fruit, to keep people dehydrated. A must if you have lots of kids at your wedding too.

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Surround glass decanters with pretty flowers for a whimsical, inviting look and feel.

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A beer bar will not disappoint on your big day. You can stick to a few favourites or add in a couple of local craft beers to keep things interesting.

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Or simply use wooden crates to serve your drinks, with a selection for everyone: soft drinks, beers and ciders. This is a good idea for big and low-key weddings.

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If you don’t want to do a plated meal, add the wow factor with a seafood station. A must with champagne, you can follow it with substantial canapés for an elegant (day or night) cocktail party.

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A ‘harvest table’ type station allows you to combine an array of delicious food: more substantial offerings such as gourmet sandwiches and sliders, plus ‘nibbly’ food like fruit and crudités. You can also tailor what you serve your food in to your theme.

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Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake, a dessert table with smaller cakes and cupcakes, jellies and cake pops allows guests to choose what they want.

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Or simply have a selection of miniature desserts, which are easy to carry around, so that dessert doesn’t ‘interrupt’ the party.

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A batch of biscuits at the tea and coffee station could easily be made into wedding favours too.

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Or opt for mini doughnut balls with a simple dusting of icing sugar. Easy to carry; even easier to eat.

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If you’d prefer a sweet station, then keep things old school with a vintage bicycle and bunting. Stack marshmallows, suckers and more in glass jars. It’s a fun, interactive way to keep people mingling.

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No matter what your main course, when it comes to dessert, you really can have a bit of fun. A doughnut bar is a little bit different, plus you can really go to town when it comes to flavours.

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Pair the doughnuts with coffee for a great midnight feast.

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Happy planning!