Planning an enjoyable meal is as fun for some people as planning what to wear to a special occasion or party. Since food is such a big part of entertaining, it makes sense to spend some time thinking about such details as the time of year (seasonal cuisine), and how food can reflect the mood and even the personality of the bride and groom when making menu choices. Still not sure what to serve at your wedding? Maybe these suggestions will help inspire you . . .
1) Location inspiration. I recently attended a wedding at a local ranch that was known for its lemon orchards. The wedding was held in July so it was a very warm summer day. Nothing tasted better to me than a glass of refreshing strawberry lemonade under the stars. The lemonade was served in a glass with a cute striped straw. There was a decorated refreshment table with a huge mason jar dispenser containing floating slices of strawberry and fresh lemon. So summer in the county chic! Check out this yummy raspberry watermelon lemonade recipe: http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2013/watermelon-raspberry-lemonade-recipe/
2) Personality. Comfortable and casual describes my best friend so it wasn’t a surprise that her choice of wedding cuisine included fried mac and cheese, meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting, and tom soup shots with a triangle of grilled cheese. Yum, yum, and yum! Of course for a wedding, these dishes were dressed up, just like my friend for her special day! Check out the recipe for this inexpensive comfort food, stuffed cheese puffs: http://www.myrecipes.com/course/appetizer-recipes/inexpensive-appetizers-for-a-party-00420000001300/
3) Mood. Food choices like swordfish and caviar scream ex-pen-sive! But my latest wedding experiences have proven that wedding menus can be thoughtful without having to break the bank, and memorable without boasting hefty dollar signs. My favorite wedding food was an evening hazelnut coffee with cinnamon sugar coated donutball. It set the mood for mingling, added to the hip indie music flare the couple loves, and made my tummy feel cozy too. Wow, food can do all that? Look for a similar serving in this fun article full of mini food delights: http://itsabrideslife.com/tag/wedding-cocktail-hour/
Wishing you fun, great food, and fond memories!