Post # 1
Has anyone ever heard of this?
This was brought to my attention by a friend after discussing our wedding changes. We are now having a Destination Wedding and coming home to have a reception the weekend after. We were thinking we could do a bar tab with a decent limit for those that drink, have cake, cupcakes, Derby pies, a chocolate fountain w/ fruit, marshmallows, and pretzels and a candy buffet w/ both regular and sugar free candies for favors. We plan to have a reception of 150 people from approximately 7 – 11 pm, with us and close friends hitting the town after the reception.
Does this sound cheap or just different??
Post # 3
Dessert receptions are quite popular, especially for late evening or afternoon receptions that fall outside the normal dinner hours. With a start time of 7pm, the only caution would be to make sure it says in the invitaion “dessert reception” or something like that so folks know to eat an early supper if they want.
Post # 4
Ooh!!! I like it… it sounds so laid back. And people can eat dinner whatever, wherever, whenever they want. If it were a daytime thing I would say definitely not, but at 7pm, it’s perfect.
Post # 5
I think it is ok to have a dessert only reception.. however I think your time is wrong. After 7 seems to be a dinner time and people will expect to come and be served dinner. My suggestion would be to move it up maybe 4-8 or something similar so that people still have the option of not starving and filling up on sweets.
Look at it as most people won’t eat dinner at 6 or 630 before attending your reception.
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Post # 7
I love the idea of a dessert reception. Just let the guests know (so they can eat beforehand if they chose). Have a bunch of different options (fresh fruit, cakes, cookies, pie, sugar free, low sugar, vegan options, macaroons, maybe some great fruit punchs, tea, coffee, etc.)
If you are doing tea/coffee you may also think about having different kinds of biscotti, dippable cookies, tea cookies, coffee cake, etc. Those would go great as a pairable option with the drinks.
Love the chocolate fountain idea with fresh fruit, cookies and marshmellows. The pretzels will be a big hit! Small, thin slices of pound cake or lady fingers would work well too (Lady fingers are also great as dippers for tea/coffee). People can drizzle those with chocolate, put some fresh fruit on the slice and bam…a tasty dessert.
Post # 8
Yay! I’m glad this is something people like to do!
We were thinking of making a play on words about it being a “Sweet Affair” on the invitations, and definitely noting that this a dessert reception only.
I got the idea of the pretzels and fruit this past weekend when we went to Gattlinburg, TN – they had a fudge shop with chocolate dipped pretzels and huge caramel covered apples. Makes my mouth water!!
I love the idea of the coffee and tea with the biscotti and dipping cookies and cakes as well.
I’m trying to keep the later crowd involved with this as well – I think 7 – 11 or 8 – midnite will work best for our families and friends. They will be able to have dinner beforehand and still enjoy desserts and drinks. I even think we may incorporate a dessert cocktail or two 🙂 Pineapple upside down cakes are awesome and match our sunset theme colors.
Post # 9
@MrsGibby2Bee: I think 8-12 is better than moving it earlier. Plenty of time for people to grab dinner beforehand, and then everyone can relax – not be thinking that they need to leave so they can finally eat a real dinner.
Post # 11
Dessert only receptions are my favorite! Most I attended started at 8pm but that depends on your guests. At most dessert only receptions people started to leave at 10pm so know your crowd. If you have a bunch of night owls it will be a smashing success!