No matter what the event, food is always an important aspect. If want your wedding to be memorable and enjoyable for all, food is a great way to win your guest’s hearts. When it comes to your food choices don’t fear being original. Traditional is great, but unusual foods can set your special day apart from the rest and make it a great experience for all of your guests. Here are a few of my top suggestions for unusual foods your guests will love!
1. Milk & Cookies
Who doesn’t love this classic pairing of two favorites?! This is great for a midnight snack to serve your guests after they have been dancing the night away. This could also be used in place of cake if you are looking for a more non-traditional dessert item.
2. Mini Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
Mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup shooters work great as an hors d’oeuvre during cocktail hour. This delicious comfort food combo is perfect for those chillier fall/winter months.
3. Macaroni & Cheese Bar
Guests love interactive food options where they are able to personalize their item. With a Mac & Cheese Bar, you have a ton of fixings displayed around the traditional and always delicious, mac & cheese. Let your guests get creative by adding whatever they wish to their classic favorite allowing for a truly original dish.
4. Fish Tacos paired with Margaritas
Who doesn’t love fish tacos and margaritas? Whether they are together or on their own, they are always delicious! This pairing is a great option for a summer event when margaritas are in full demand. You could do this as a station with full-size tacos and drinks or change it up a bit for hors d’oeuvres and use mini tacos and margarita shots to make it fun!
5. Popcorn Bar
A popcorn bar is also another great option for late night snacking! Have a selection of savory flavors mixed with sweet flavors for guests to munch on as they celebrate with you! Guests of all ages will love it and because popcorn is such a great grab and go treat, this snacking won’t stop the party!
So there you have it, 5 foods for your wedding reception that your guests will love! Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and stray away from the traditional. The most memorable aspects of a wedding are often the things you have never seen done before. While shrimp cocktail and wedding cake will always work for the occasion, mini grilled cheese & tomato soup or sweet & salty popcorn mixtures can really make an impression and leave your guests talking about your special day for years to come. Happy wedding planning!
If you and your fiancé do not have children, the decision whether or not to have kids attend your wedding can be a delicate one. It’s best to be clear on the save-the-dates or actual invites if children are invited or not. Addressing the envelope to the whole family, for example, The Smith Family, versus addressing it to Mr. and Mrs. Smith helps clear up some confusion and is the most polite and subtle way to approach the issue. Since today’s blog is about those who do wish for kids to take part in the festivities I will leave out the best ways to say “No Children Please” and continue on to how to make kids a sweet and fun addition to your celebration!
If you don’t want restless children at your event you will need to provide some entertainment options for them. Here are 3 helpful trends I have been seeing:
Unfortunately, during the time the children are expected to sit still and be quiet is when they seem to experience the most restlessness. Ask your caterer to make the kid’s small individual bags of popcorn, or something similar, to keep them occupied during this time.
- Kid’s Meal Options
Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer for kid’s meals. Young children don’t typically like the adult food served at receptions and a group of cranky, hungry little ones is the opposite of what you want. Most caterers are happy to provide a kid’s buffet or boxed meal option, this can even save you a couple bucks!
- The Tot’s Table
If the children are old enough to be at their own table (think kindergarten and up), a Kids Only Table is the best way to keep them entertained throughout dinner and can be really fun. Don’t shy away from asking one of your closest mommy or daddy friends to help you get creative with this and even help you decorate it on the big day. Close friends, for the most part, like to be involved in the wedding planning in some shape or form so now is your chance to make them feel included, it’s a win-win!
Some ideas for the kids table include bubbles, glow sticks, crayons, coloring books, and play dough. The Crayola website, along with quite of few other free websites, provides downloadable coloring printables. I have even seen wedding themed coloring printables at receptions before. Don’t forget snacks and possibly juice boxes. Centerpieces should be interactive, so swap that floral arrangement for pinwheels for example. Stay away from glitter, paint, or confetti to avoid any venue restrictions and possible clean up fees if it gets all over. Also, be sure to put signage on the kid’s area so parents can easily find it.
In the end, parents will also bring the items needed to help entertain their children so don’t feel too much pressure. However, providing a few kid-friendly options definitely doesn’t hurt. If all else fails, hire a babysitter to watch the children in the Kids Only Space at your wedding. This is an especially good option if your venue has a space that can be used as a kid’s lounge. I hope these kid-friendly wedding ideas come in handy, happy wedding planning!