Post # 1
My Boyfriend or Best Friend if Lebanese and we have decided on a Lebanese restaurant for our reception site. We get it to ourselves for 4 hours. We are Catholic but the restaurant owners are Muslim. Thus, they do not have a bar at the restaurant and frown on alcohol on premisis. I only got permission to do a champagne toast after I assured the owner that that would be the only alcohol served…So, if there isn’t a “bar” for people to mingle with a drink – what can I do for a “coctail hour” at the restaurant unil we arrive?
Note: the church and restaurant are very close, so the lapse in time between when the guests arrive at the restaurant and we arrive will not be a great deal of time. Thanks for the advice!
Post # 3
By the way, the food will already be out and its buffet style including appetizers. The guests CAN have appetizers while they wait….
Post # 4
I would serve fun non alcoholic beverages and hor’ douvres
Post # 5
Since a coctail is by definition a mixed alcoholic drink, you should probably rename your coctail hour if you’re not actually serving alcohol during it. Maybe you can call it a “social hour” or something. I would recommend having a colorful signature drink served in fancy glasses, to give people something to talk about. Maybe the restaurant can have a buffet with fancy fruit juices garnished with candied cherries, or something like that.
Post # 6
What about serving whatever the traditional lebanese tea/coffee is? I also don’t think you need to “call” that time anything, most people will understand that they are waiting for you to arrive to be seated for dinner.