(Closed) “Cocktail” Hour

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Apple cider is awesome.  I think you should have another drink choice like lemonade.  I also think you should have a not sweet snack choice like crackers and cheese.  I also like the idea of a DIY photobooth to keep guest busy.

Post # 4
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yum!! I agree with the pp though, you should probably offer two drink options, and 2 different snacks (sweet and salty).

Post # 6
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Oxon Hill Manor

Oh my gosh, that sounds so delicious! I love the idea, and who doesn’t love, love, love apple cider in October? I think your guests will really enjoy that. You can call it the “Cider Hour,” or call the cider, “Mocktails.” There’s so many fun things you can do in the fall, which is why it’s my favorite time of year <3 Love your idea!

Post # 8
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What about caramel corn?

Post # 9
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ooh, be sure to include some pumpkin flavor! I just bought some Pumpkin Pie Torani syrup at World Market/Cost Plus for $7 which can be added to coffee (DIY pumpkin spice latte anyone?)

Post # 10
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Jac: Sounds good. I love caramel corn!

How about popcorn balls (I love eating those in the fall), or apple slices with caramel dipping sauce?


Post # 11
272 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think you need anything complicated – coffee and cider (hot or cold) would be great, and you could do some sugar cookies and sliced apples or some dishes of nuts.

Post # 13
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing something like this before cocktail hour and after the ceremony too! We have about 45 mins or so before cocktail hour. We’re doing “fall delights” as I call them. Apple Cider and “Spa” Water (water with orange and cranberries) for drinks and then Fall treats, Leaf shaped Pumpkin Bread, Apple Strudel Bites, Cider Donut Holes, and assort. fall cookies. At one point I was thinking chocolate dipped apples or carmel apples but it would be too much work to make. For 300 people, I’d think 10 gallons at least.

PS we got the leaf shaped molds at Christmas Tree Shop and we got all sorts of jars, platters, stands, and drink dispensers on save on crafts.com and also TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Homegoods. I made cute little signs for each of the treats too! I’d be happy to send you the template– very fall themed obviously 🙂

Post # 14
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The pumpkin pie sounds yummy. If you want the pumpkin pies then don’t let anyone stop you. Since the reception is in a church, you aren’t restricted to what a caterer is willing or unwilling to make, and they can be made ahead of time.  It’s your wedding you are paying for so you call all the shots.

There are a ton of fall desserts you can serve that people will enjoy. Anything pumpkin, apple, cranberry, etc. Do a Google search and see what catches your eye.

As far as the cider, you can serve hot mulled cider, which everyone loves. Figure on at least 2-3 beverages per person.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Hot-Apple-Cider/Detail.aspx sounds good. You can just heat cider with mulling spices (found in the coffee/tea section at any grocery) in a large coffee maker (the tall industrial restaurant size that most churches have on site) and be done with it since cider doesn’t need anything else like butter, sugar, etc that most recipes call for.

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