The Perfect Time to Serve Dessert at Your Reception

Timing your wedding reception is key to keeping your guests engaged and having a good time. While there is a typical order of events, when you serve dessert will determine how the rest of the evening will flow. Here are some tips to helping you plan ahead.

Let it flow

If you are hosting a sit-down meal, let the courses flow naturally and offer your sweet treats once the main course is complete and the dirty plates have been removed. At this point, direct everyone’s attention to the cake display and begin serving slices as soon as you finalize the cutting celebration. If you are hosting an open buffet, let your wedding coordinator determine when your guests are wrapping up their final course. Then you can cut the cake and set out dessert alternatives.  Find great options for a sweets table here.

Don’t delay

Some guests will be ready to leave after dinner is served, yet they will want to see the newlyweds cut their cake. While dinner should not be rushed, do not delay for too long! Timing your dessert will allow these guests to fully enjoy your celebration and head home before the party and dancing takes over. You can leave the sweets on display and available for your long-term party guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

Setting the party mood

Cutting the cake is a great way to direct the attention of your guests away from their table members and towards the happy couple. This can lead smoothly to toasting and first dances. It is understood to be the finality of your meal and the introduction to the reception party. Have fun with it and allow the DJ to take the floor. It’s only fun from here!

 

Fantastic Summer Wedding Refreshment Ideas

Summer weddings are a perfect time to gather outdoors and take advantage of sunshine and nature.  If you are planning your nuptials over the summer months, be sure to include some of these cocktail and snack ideas that are sure to keep things cool.

Cocktails

When you consider what cocktails to serve at a summer wedding, think “refreshing.” While it is important to offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks such as tea, lemonade, fruit punch, and water; add in an assortment of fruity cocktails with seasonal garnish. Stock your bar with fruity vodka and liqueur choices, rum, and tequila to mix with fruity mixers or juices. Carry an assortment of cherries, cucumbers, lime, and mint leaves for garnish.   The more colorful the better!

Find the recipe here.

Appetizers

When you are planning appetizers for a summer wedding, consider lighter options. Snacks that infuse fruits and vegetables are popular and will not fill up your guests in the summer heat. Shrimp cocktail is a great addition alongside a beautifully arranged salad bar, cucumber sandwiches, and a tray of bruschetta mixed with fresh basil.

Find the recipe here.

Desserts

Your wedding is not complete without delicious seasonal treats that are light and refreshing. In addition to your wedding cake of course, considering offering ice cream choices alongside bitesize sweets. Cheesecake bites, chocolate dipped strawberries, parfait cups, and fresh banana pudding are great options to keep things on the light side.

Find the recipe here.

 

Don’t miss these great tips on how to keep your guest cool at your outdoor summer wedding!

Make Dessert a Fun Part of Your Wedding with a Sweets Table

If you have a sweet tooth, you will be happy to know that including a Sweets Table at your wedding reception is incredibly popular!  Don’t worry, we aren’t telling you to skip the wedding cake, just saying that it’s ok to add more sugar (despite what your mom always said) and go big!

Here are a few sweet ideas:

Cupcakes

No one will argue, wedding cakes are beautiful, but unless you are going overboard with the tiers you can be limited to only a few flavors. So why not add cupcakes? You can combine many colors and tastes, plus incorporate your theme into the decorations to add some flare and décor!

Candy Station

Candy stations are another new trend popping up in wedding receptions. They are budget friendly and offer those who usually skip the cake an alternative. The best part is the variety of options! From chocolate bars, mints, hard candies, and jelly beans, to fruit chews, chocolate covered pretzels, and malts, the possibilities are endless. Be sure to include enough for each guest to take a few and even let them serve as a party favor to take home!

Ice Cream

Ice cream is cake’s favorite side kick and yet another way to add zest to your sweets table. Include whipped cream, chocolate or caramel sauce, candy toppings, and a cherry on top. If you are having a summer wedding, this is a great way to cool down after dancing the night away!

Cookies and Brownies

Cookies and brownies are an easy traditional favorite, especially if you serve coffee and milk alongside. These bite size treats are suitable for guests who want to try a little of everything. Besides, no matter which season you plan to tie the knot, these popular treats will fit the occasion.

Cutting the cake is a popular wedding tradition which you and your guests will enjoy, but no need to skimp on the rest of the sweet treats. Create a custom sweets table everyone will buzz about.