Hot chocolate bar and dessert buffet reception

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Would you enjoy a cake and punch style reception with a winter twist?
    Yes, it wouldn't matter to me that there isn't a sit down meal as long as we know in advance : (27 votes)
    82 %
    No, I feel you should provide a full meal : (5 votes)
    15 %
    it doesn't matter whether it is a full meal or not, as long as : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

     

    BritishBride2015: I would definitely do something like this, but I’m biased, because we just had our standing cocktail reception wedding and people loved it! We made sure that we had enough food to provide the equivalent of a decent meal, but noted on the invitations that it was a cocktail reception, so that combined with the late start time (7:00pm) meant that some people had already eaten. If you’re only expecting guests to hang around for 3.5 hours, that should be perfect!

    Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    One of my bridesmaids was a bridesmaid in another wedding that was like this.  They really wanted to get married and that is what there budget allowed, and it worked well for them.  The 2 things that are a must though are a late start time (7pm earliest), and make sure your guest know there won’t be a meal so that they eat beforehand.  

    In the winter I would be a fan of anything hot or of the season (cinnamin and spice are nice in the winter)- maybe some apple crisp, molten chocolate cake, gingerbread, candy canes.  Hot cider would be lovely too (a friend of mine served that at her winter wedding and it was very refreshing).   

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    I don’t see why this would be a problem at all 🙂 My only advise would be to tell your guests ahead of time so they don’t show up super hungry for a full meal and get cranky. Since your reception is so short they could just eat beforehand and not get the munchies.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    As long as your guests know what to expect, go for it! That would be a great, and it sounds like you’ll have a ton of options even though it’s not a full meal. 

    (Your post reminds me of a great exxperience I had: At a place in Colonial Williamsburg, VA, they serve hot apple cider with a bit of rum and a cinnamon stick in it. It was a perfect addition to dessert on a cold day, and my FI and his family literally talk about the cider as if it were a Prime Rib dinner, and have tried to duplicate it….just saying….you’d be surprised how great your ideas will go over!)

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    That sounds lovely!  I’d either do it at 2pm or 7pm. 

    Some suggestions are alcohol to spike the hot chocolate.  Candy canes or mint sticks to stir in to it, or crumbled After-Eight mints to sprinkle over the whipped cream.  I would suggest a nice cheese plate with fruits and nuts and bread, because believe it or not, some crazy people don’t enjoy sweets.      

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

    I was about to say the same thing. THAT is a lot of sugar and for those that do low card or are diabetic will not be able to have ANY of what you listed. Please have a variety if you choose to do that and make sure it is not at a scheduled meal time. If you have it at 2, will it be over by 4 or 5? If not, then a meal should be served.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    BritishBride2015:  you’re a uk lady like myself? Have you checked with the venue as some will require that you have a buffet of some sort? If it’s the room only then I think it sounds lovely, we are getting married this year & after our church ceremony are serving mulled wine mince pies etc.

    we are then having a Christmas lunch buffet. x

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

    I think not serving a meal is fine as long as you a) don’t expect your guests to be there for 10 hours and b) they know what to expect (e.g. “Cake and cocoa to follow.”) This way, people can make plans if they have special blood sugar needs, etc. They’re adults, they can handle it. I think your idea sounds wonderful 🙂

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

    BritishBride2015:  I think cheese and crackers improve every occassion. I wish they served cheese and crackers at my office, on public transit, in line at the bank … I’m very pro cheese and crackers. Don’t feel like you omg MUST have a savoury option if that’s not what your vision is, though. Like I said, people are adults, and you’re under no obligation to bend over backwards for people who have diet-related (as in, low carb, or Paleo, or whatever) restrictions. With fair warning they can figure it out.

    I do love a good mini quiche, though!

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee

    Wow, that sounds delicious- I LOOOOOVE hot chocolate. Can I come? Haha.

    I’ll echo what others have said though and add some non sweets. As much as I love hot chocolate, I don’t really care for desserts, so something like a cheese tray, maybe some crackers, or even some sandwiches? would be appreciated- not necessarily enough for everyone to have a meal but just to take the edge off 🙂

    ETA: I thought of another idea- not sure how into DIY you are or what your budget is, but you could easily make some chocolate spoons if you wanted- just put melted chocolate on a spoon, then you could even crumble some candies, nuts, etc  on them, for people to use when they stire their hot chocolate. Just another thought 😛

    http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=chocolate%20spoons

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  ClaudiaKishi.
    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I think this sounds like a fantastic idea. And now I’m craving hot chocolate 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee

    I would feel cheated as a guest, especially if I traveled from out of town… are you going to at least offer peppermint schnapps with the hot cocoa?

    I’ve been to a couple weddings where there was no meal and people pretty much left after an hour.

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