Post # 1
My wedding is at the end of October and the SO and I would like to have hot spiced apple cider at the wedding as a drink option for guests. It’s a DIY wedding with about 100 guests. We want to do self-serve, but have a pretty presentation. I was thinking large glass jars (3 gal) on hot plates. Will this break them? A crockpot is an option but how do I beautify this? A coffee urn works but again is rather ugly.
Post # 2
KKATIEB: I doubt that it is safe to place glass jars on a hot plate.
If you rent this type of carafe, you coud make an insulated cover in the fabric of your choice- basically a tube of fabric.
restaurant supply places may have a black electric soup kette to rent. The nice thing about them is that they are plain and all black.
a copper kettle on a hot plate will look great
or a copper dutch oven
If you have a large number of guests, you could use an igloo cooler (which also keeps drinks hot)- you would have to heat the cider in something else
and make a wrap for it like a keg wrap
Post # 3
My friend had a really elegant wedding, but served hot cider just in an igloo server type thing. It was in the cocktail area, and not her formal reception space, so I didn’t think anything of it. You could definitely make a pretty cover for them though.
Post # 4
How to serve hot spiced cider? With rum!
Post # 5
KKATIEB: Mmmm I love this idea. From seeing your thread title, I’m now craving this lol. I like julies1949: idea of getting a fabric warmer as this could then tie in with your colours.
Post # 6
KKATIEB: IDK how set you are on serving it warm but we’ve decided to have glass jugs of cold cider and a menu of suggested “spikes” for it. People can serve themselves then take it to the bar for a shot of something.
Post # 7
Thanks for asking this question! I will probably want to serve hot cider & spiced wine at ours, so it’s good to keep logistics like this in mind.
Post # 8
julies1949: LOVE that copper idea!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden
Seconding the copper kettle! A red flag goes up for me when i think about guests serving themselves hot beverages, but the kettle idea seems rather fool proof, yet still pretty.
Post # 10
KKATIEB: I really want to do this too. While these suggestions are all great, I was hoping for the large glass jars too. Let me know if you find another way please!