Mad Men-Inspired Cocktail Weddings
Re-think a sit-down reception dinner and go for more of a cocktail party, inspired by the cocktail hour era of the 1950s and 60s. Serve old-school cocktails (like gin and tonics and whiskey sours), hire a live big band (or ask your DJ to stick to the classics), and order up a menu of heavy hors d'oeuvres and food stations.
Really (Really) Local Menus
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Make menu choices that showcase your city. So have Idaho potato crisps wrapped in paper and passed around during the cocktail hour, serve mini pulled pork barbecue sandwiches for a Kansas City wedding, get mini deep dish pizzas for a Chicago wedding, or cheese steak sandwich bites for a Philly wedding -- you get the picture.
Family-Style Table Service
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Give your sit-down dinner reception more of a dinner party vibe by having dinner passed family-style. So instead of plated meals, each dish is passed around the table for guests to help themselves.
Interactive Food Stations
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Consider yourselves total foodies? Get guests excited about the menu with interactive food stations, manned by talented chefs who can chat ingredients and cooking methods. Some interactive food station ideas: stir-fry stations, grilling stations, sushi-rolling stations, tortilla-making stations, and more.
Just as the evening is nearing the end, surprise guests with a late-night snacks. Treat everyone to milk and cookies, have a souped-up french fry table complete with specialty sauces or hire a taco cart, waffle truck, or ice cream truck as a special treat before sending guests on their way.
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End the night on a sweet note and order a dessert course. Make it the late-night snack or to go along with wedding cake after dinner. Do mini creme brulees, a s'mores station, or even a ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings!
Personalized Cocktail Napkins
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