Food, drinks for your outdoor wedding

It has often been said that entertaining is an art, but have you ever thought about moving the canvas outside for your wedding? That’s right, perhaps we can look to the vast outdoors for inspiring ideas on how to entertain wedding guests. And there’s no better way to entertain guests than with delicious food!

However, having an outdoor wedding does indeed present a few challenges. Here are some factors to consider and some ideas to go along with them:

How food will be served

It is best to avoid serving food items that are too sticky, saucy or sweet when having a self-service buffet, since these tend to attract bees and flies.

However, if your hors d’ouevres will be passed on trays by wait staff you can have a wider selection of food types, since the food will be monitored and brought out in fresh batches.

The time of the day or, type of reception

If you’re having a cocktail reception, some choices for appetizers could be: stuffed mushrooms, spring rolls, mini quiches, meatballs with a dipping sauce, shrimp or scallops wrapped in bacon, chicken satays, vegetable crudités, pot stickers or a cheese tray.

For dessert you can have cupcakes and fruit kabobs or chocolate-covered fruit. Always ensure that dishes containing seafood, mayonnaise or onions are kept at the correct temperature to avoid the threat of bacteria.

Let your location lead you

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For example, if you’re giving a garden wedding, foods incorporating fresh garden influences such as lemons and herbs would be lovely: grilled vegetables, stuffed tomatoes, wild rice pilaf, pesto pasta salad and lemon-infused chicken.

A beach wedding could feature seafood dishes such as: chowder or bisque, ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices and seasoned), accra, crab cakes, mini shrimp cocktails served in shot glasses or grilled meats.

Theme of your wedding

Your food choices will be much easier if you have a specific theme for your wedding.

For an Indian theme, you can try samosas, biryani, tandoori chicken, naan bread, vegetables, and an assortment of curries and chutneys.

If you’re having a more casual wedding, you could try a “picnic theme” for the wedding and have a selection of fried chicken, barbecued meats, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn on the cob.

If you are going with an Italian theme, you can choose stuffed olives, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, caprese salad, and top it off with a dessert of tiramisu or panacotta.

Get inspired by our own local favourites

Try miniature versions of your favourite foods. If you enjoy fast foods, you can certainly have sliders (mini burgers), doubles, gyros, aloo pies, tiny shark and bakes, “coo coo” squares, meatballs, mini pizzas, shot glasses of souse or cassava fries served in beautiful paper cones to match your décor.

Let food guide your drink selections

Ensure your drink selections do not clash with your food selections. For example, if you’re going with more Mexican-inspired foods, choose margaritas.

If you’re having an Italian-inspired menu, serve your guests some limoncello or an assortment of Italian wines.

Japanese-inspired weddings could have sake on offer, and garden weddings would do well with lemonade, daiquiris, and a selection of iced teas.

To close your reception, a nice idea if you’ve had an “all-Trini” menu would be to serve some Trini cocoa tea in takeaway mugs, which serve as wedding favours.

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