Does planning the menu for a special event seem like a stressful process? Our guest writer, Dana Smith, from Chez Hay is giving us some simple suggestions on how to make thoughtful decisions for your menu.To make it easy she has counted down the seven most important tips and tricks to keep in mind when planning for your wedding or special event.
1. We recommend first looking at the time of day the event is taking place when deciding on the type of atmosphere you want to create for your guests.
2. Light Appetizers are great for early afternoon or late evening receptions. If you take this route, state so on your invitations so your guests know to eat something beforehand.
3. Heavy Appetizers are becoming more and more popular, especially if couples want more of a cocktail reception with happy and full guests. The possibilities are endless in the variety of food options available, making it ideal for anyone’s palate.
4. Traditional Dinner buffets are a classic and loved option. Usually these dinner buffets include a salad, one to three entrees, and two sides. Salad and entrée combinations can be as exotic or as classic as desired. Also, carving stations are a great option for couples who want traditionally prepared meats.
5. Make sure you pick options that you will love! If Chicken and Waffles has a special meaning to you as a couple or family, go for it! More and more, couples are using the food and drinks at their weddings and events to reflect their personalities. It gives the event a unique aspect that no one else can imitate.
6. Be mindful of your guests’ dietary restrictions. If your wedding is on a Friday during Lent and 25% of your guests are Catholic, having a fish or vegetarian option for your guests is a great idea.
7. The last tip from Chez Hay is to trust your caterer or wedding planner to guide you in the right direction on some decisions. We know you saw the cutest thing ever on Pinterest, but the pictures on Pinterest don’t always show the price of the item, or the quality of the product. Let your vendors know what you would like them to do, and let them figure out the best way to execute it!