Food stations are a great way to add some pizzazz and eye-catching flair to a reception menu. Common themes include dessert, oysters or even antipasto, but we reckon things can get way more creative than that. Here’s 10 inspiring ideas…
Because who doesn’t love a baked potato? And with everything from potato skins and tater tots to blue cheese dressing, it’s the perfect way to carbo load everyone for a big night on the dance floor.
Picture: Milou + Olin
Unlike the speeches, this is one part of the wedding where ‘waffling on’ will seem irresistible. You could serve them for dessert or just as a treat later in the night, with toppings ranging from fresh fruit and ice cream to Nutella or even honey.
Image: Veronica Em
We didn’t say stations always had to be about food – and mimosas and weddings are a perfect combination. People may not need instructions, but a variety of juices and fruit mean it’s a really easy way to have bespoke cocktails on offer.
Photo: Smarty Had a Party
Donut hole station
Just like the top is the best part of a muffin, the hole is the best part of a donut. Everyone has a different favourite flavour, so give people carte blanche to go DIY, with everything from cinnamon sugar and glazing to buttercream icing.
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Most people think only of savoury when it comes to popcorn, but it works just as well as a sweet treat. So set up barrels of natural flavouring and let people choose their own adventure, from cheese through to candy.
Photo: Pen and Paper Flowers
Tutti frutti station
Can you believe this dessert bar is made entirely of fruit? It’s perfect for a daytime or summer celebration, with the key being the use of treats with a twist, for example, watermelon cubes topped with whipped cream and fresh mint.
Photo: Sibella Event Planning
Mexican is always appealing, and the beauty of tacos is the versatility of topping options, from a classic option based around meat to gourmet offerings with everything from salmon and mango salsa to chicken salad and chorizo.
Photo: Aislinn Kate
Bread is no longer just bread. It’s organic, it’s earthy and it’s especially artisan. So it deserves to be a standout feature in its own right. Accompany it with bowls of olive oil, dukkah and other goodies to almost create a course in itself.
Photo: The Goodness Blog
Trail mix station
This is a great drawcard – and not just as a reception snack station. It could tide people over during post-ceremony photos or also provide an ideal accompaniment to pre-dinner drinks. Think everything from nuts, cereal and chips to pretzels, lollies, marshmallows and more.
Photo: Pink Peppermint Design
Late night snack station
Modern couples will sometimes produce a late night snack for guests, but a late night food station really ups the ante. Think grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders and potato skins – in short anything that might also fall under the definition of comfort food.