We’re having a brunch reception, so my food options are different than most weddings, but I’ll tell you how it will be set up.
We’re having a short “cocktail” hour (our wedding will be dry) with a big fruit, cheese and cracker display. We’re also having “centerpieces” of mini cinnamon rolls on skewers on the cocktail tables. The larger display will have small plates and cocktail napkins, not sure about forks, my mom says people will just use their fingers but I’m leaning toward giving them the (more sanitary) option. The cinnamon roll displays will have stacks of napkins but no plates because they are one bite and on a skewer.
The “cocktail” hour will also have a smoothie bar that I am very excited about! They will be able to choose from Blueberry Banana and Strawberry Lemonade smoothies. We’ll have a beverage station as well with water and iced tea.
At the actual reception, we’re having a large buffet that guests can go through four different ways. It will be double sided, so both sides of the buffet will have the same items. Additionally, guests can go around back as well as the front. I’m hoping this will cut down on the lines but I’m not sure about how to tell them how to do this or if they will figure it out. The buffet will have five items: a green salad with strawberries and blueberries and two dressings, hashbrown casserole, creme brulee french toast, mini ham and biscuits, and small pieces of sweet and spicy chicken wrapped in bacon.
Guests will pick up their luncheon-sized plates at the center of the buffet. Their silverware and water goblets will be at their tables. Their water goblets will be filled when they arrive and there will be carafes of water so they can refill themselves as needed. Servers will keep the carafes full.
In addition to the five-item buffet, we are having two omelette stations, each manned with two servers, who can each make two omelettes at a time. This means that we can have a total of 8 omelettes being made at once! We are putting each station on either side of our tent to help spread out the traffic. There will be luncheon plates at the stations also just for the omelettes.
At the reception tent, there will be a beverage station with iced tea, cranberry juice and orange juice. We are keeping the “cocktail” hour area open for people to go hang out during the reception, and so the smoothie bar will remain open there. The food will be cleared but the beverage station will be switched out to apothecary jars of iced tea and iced water with ladles so guests can replenish their drinks while they are meandering around.
Hope this helps with your planning!