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50 Fun Menu Innovations for Your Reception

By: Mary Wozniak

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  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Trending: stylish mini appetizer and drink pairings, like these mini Patron margaritas with taco bites.

    Photo Credit: Feast and Imbibe

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Another fun mini-pairing: hot dogs and beer.

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    This clever fork display features one-bite cheese pairings like camembert and jalapeño, manchego and fig, and blue cheese with cranberry and walnut.

    Photo Credit: Ten22 Studio / Style/Design: Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio and Real California Milk

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    A gorgeous cheese wheel wedding cake is embellished with fresh flowers and succulents. Calligraphy tags label each cheese selection.

    Photo Credit: Ten22 Studio / Style/Design: Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio and Real California Milk

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Who doesn’t love melty grilled cheese? Try this mini comfort food accompanied by tomato soup shooters.

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Novel green tomato gazpacho shooters are topped with toasted almonds and micro cilantro.

    Photo Credit: Feast and Imbibe

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Ahi tuna tartare gets an elegant presentation in a crisp cone, with sriracha, mango, and lime-avocado cream.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Goel of Bite Catering

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Spaghetti and meatballs go upscale for a clever and tasty one-bite appetizer.

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    Everything is better on a stick! Freshly-grilled chicken yakitori, lamb, and falafel skewers are served with a variety of dipping sauces. 

    Photo Credit: Savoury City

  • Distinctive Presentation

    Distinctive Presentation

    A unique multi-tiered wedding tart is artfully adorned with seasonal fresh fruit and flowers.

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    A delightful and functional display idea from Simple Bites: present your outdoor buffet in an old canoe, accented with pretty wildflowers.

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    Offer healthy avocado halves with an assortment of tasty toppings, like shrimp ceviche, fresh salsa, and flavored salts.

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    Impress your guests with an innovative interactive experience: an olive oil tasting station.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Goel of Bite Catering

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    A winter wedding calls for a hot chocolate bar, made special with a selection of peppermint and chocolate toppings and extras like caramel drizzle and sea salt.

    Photo Credit: Pen & Paper Flowers

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    A salad course served in this striking display is lovely for an summer outdoor meal.

    Photo Credit: Adeline Leigh

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    Calling all French fry lovers! Handmade signage provides a rustic display.

  • Creative Displays

    Creative Displays

    There’s something for everyone when you offer a variety of fresh-baked pies. Decorate individual pie slice boxes with ribbon or rustic twine for a pretty and practical serving idea.

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    Show some hometown pride with well-loved treats. Guests of these Philadelphia natives experienced authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    An outdoor New England celebration features a traditional Martha’s Vineyard clambake by The Kitchen Porch.

    Photo Credit: Adachi Photography

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    Top off your seaside dinner with these amazing decorated cookies from Sweet Ambs.

    Photo Credit: Amber Spiegel of Sweet Ambs

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    This Tuscan-inspired wedding featured a lavish pizza buffet. 

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    Recall your Italian grandma’s Sunday dinner with this pasta and meatball snack.

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    Honor your cultural heritage with a special dish like this bibimbap, a signature Korean rice bowl.

  • Hometown Favorites

    Hometown Favorites

    All you need is love and churros.

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    A towering display of colorful French macarons — over 200 in 10 tiers! — is a trendy wedding cake alternative. Dana's Bakery offers fun flavors like cookie dough and fruity cereal.

    Photo Credit: Dana's Bakery

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Pretty in pink cotton candy martinis are a fun signature cocktail.

    Photo Credit: Clark + Walker Studio

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Favorite sweet s’mores get a tasty upgrade with homemade graham crackers and artisanal marshmallows.

    Photo Credit: Spencer Jones at Glass House Assignment via Indigo Jones Eats/Etsy

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Imagine your charming shabby-chic dessert display with these edible sugar doilies.

    Photo Credit: Sweet Marve Lace/Etsy

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Try something new: a mobile gelato bar, bringing amazing flavors like Tiramisu, Strawberry Fresca, and Salted Caramel. Yum!

    Photo Credit: Popup Gelato

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Get in on the craft beer craze with beer tasting flights.

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Set up a stylish Italian soda bar with a variety of fruity flavors. Don’t forget the whipped cream!

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Display your creativity with signature drinks and DIY this customizable and printable cocktail menu.

    Photo Credit: The Doodle Coop/Etsy

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Go for ultra-trendy with a siphon soup station.

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Give cake pops a glittery makeover for a glamorous addition to a dessert table.

  • Unique and Trendy Elements

    Unique and Trendy Elements

    Stylish chalkboard décor inspires the dessert table with chalkboard wedding cookies.

    Photo Credit: Lila Loa/Etsy

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    No one will miss the cake when you serve up funnel cakes and sweet toppings.

    Photo Credit: Vinson Photography

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    Salty soft pretzels with honey mustard and beer cheese adorn a delightful display by Layered Vintage.

    Photo Credit: Kaysen Photography via 24 Carrots

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    Watch your guests dig into this lavish nacho bar. Margarita, anyone?

    Photo Credit: Chef Tony McClanahan of First Fruits Catering

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    A macaroni and cheese station, complete with toppings, is comfort food at its best.

    Photo Credit: Erin Lee at The Collection via Fete Nashville

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    PB & J gets a style upgrade with glazed jalapeno bacon.

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    After a night of dancing and partying, a delish deli sandwich is a perfect late night snack.

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    What groom wouldn’t go wild for this “Man Cave” station, featuring cheese and pepperoni calzones and buffalo wings?

  • Favorite Snacks

    Favorite Snacks

    Treat all-night partiers to an amazing breakfast sandwich: egg, cheese, and New Jersey’s own Trenton pork roll.

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    The sweets table gets special treatment in this backyard wedding with a vintage carnival theme.

    Photo Credit: Randy + Ashley

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    Everybody’s favorite hot dogs can come right to you in a fun hot dog cart.

    Photo Credit: Adeline Leigh

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    DIY a rustic popcorn bar with downloadable chalkboard signage from Pen & Paper Flowers.

    Photo Credit: Pen & Paper Flowers

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    Childhood favorite rice krispie treats are transformed with a charming design by The Cookie Star.

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    Watermelon on a stick is a simple and refreshing idea for an outdoor summer celebration.

    Photo Credit: Kara's Party Ideas

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    Assemble mason jars and all the fixings for a fun interactive trail mix buffet.

    Photo Credit: Jordan Remke of Kojo Designs

  • Have Some Fun!

    Have Some Fun!

    Cool off with a rainbow of frosty snow cones.

    Photo Credit: Olivia Leigh Weddings

50 Fun Menu Innovations for Your Reception

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