When the ceremony ends, the party begins. Give your matrimonial menus a twist with these food-focused reception ideas.
September 11, 2012
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Wedding Reception Ideas
When the ceremony ends, the party begins. Give your matrimonial menus a twist with these food-focused reception ideas. "Open bar" doesn't just apply to beer and wine anymore.
2 of 10Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Martin
Macaroni and Cheese Bar
Macaroni and Cheese Bar Recipe As the essence of comfort cuisine, macaroni and cheese bars are a growing trend on matrimonial menus. Start with your standard mac and cheese, while giving guests the choice of vegetables—mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, basil, red peppers, etc.—or meat—steak, bacon, or crab—to get creative with this classic.
3 of 10Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Shrimp and Grits Bar
Shrimp and Grits Bar Recipe Give your guests the option of dining with Southern style. Offer a shrimp and grits bar with additives like chives, cheese, green onions, spinach, and Andouille sausage for an extra kick.
4 of 10Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Bar
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Bar Recipe Try a grownup grilled cheese bar for a winter wedding. Give guests the options of goat cheese or cheddar cheese paired various veggies. Add a side of warm tomato bisque for added comfort.
5 of 10Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett
Buttermilk Biscuit Bar
Buttermilk Biscuit Bar Recipe For winter or summer weddings alike, nothing is better than a biscuit bar. Take our five-ingredient buttermilk biscuit recipe and dress it up with an array of jams, preserves, honey, and butter.
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Mashed Potato Bar
Mashed Potato Bar Recipe This ubiquitous side dish is easily updated with options of fresh herbs, garlic, cheese, bacon, and chives. Serve in a cup or martini glass for an elegant affair or a mason jar for a downhome feel.
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Sweet Potato Bar
Sweet Potato Bar Recipe Try a sweeter side item that rivals your dazzling desserts. A sweet potato bar with the options of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon is sure to have guests swooning before they even see the cake.
8 of 10Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Popsicle Hour Recipe For a dry wedding, try a popsicle hour rather than a cocktail hour. These Instant Watermelon Pops are fuss-free, affordable, and refreshing for a sweltering summer soiree.
9 of 10Iain Bagwell
Coffee Bar Recipe If you are planning to dance the night away, provide guests with a gourmet coffee bar so they stay caffeinated and the party lives on.