Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Menu Ideas for a Summer Wedding

Menu Ideas for a Summer Wedding


Menu Ideas for a Summer Wedding

As the weather warms up, there is a lot to look forward to. If you are a summertime-bride-to-be there is even more reason to be excited! Not sure what culinary display you would like to go with? There are many great summer themes you can work into your reception, you just need to be a bit creative. The reception, along with the food, is one of the main focal points of a wedding. Luckily, for couples planning a summer wedding, the summer season come with all kinds of wonderful and delicious menu possibilities to choose from. Whether or not your wedding has a particular theme, atmosphere, will be indoors or outdoors, or you have a limited budget to work with, your menu can be one to remember.


The Barbecue
For summer weddings, if you are having your reception outdoors, the barbecue is a big favorite. If you choose to go with a barbecue reception, first decide on your main course items. These could include lighter fare dishes such as fish and chicken or a true Southern style BBQ with fried chicken and saucy ribs. If you have vegetarian guests attending, make sure to include a veggie friendly option as well, such as grilled stuffed Portobello mushrooms. Grilled corn on the cob is also another menu favorite.

To go with the main course, select a couple of “backyard barbecue” style side dishes. Pasta and potato salads and crudités all make lovely side choices.


The Picnic
This is a great option for a tighter budget. It is simple, light, low key and quaint. Offer up a variety of sandwiches for guests to choose from. Include a green salad with a basic vinaigrette dressing. Other side possibilities include coleslaw or chicken salad. Dessert choices could chocolate dipped strawberries, mini tartlets or even a fun option such as ice cream cones or a “make your own sundae” station.


Formal Sit Down
If you want to stick with a more traditional, sit down reception, fish is an excellent summer menu choice. From assorted sushi, to grilled sides of salmon fish is light, healthy and elegant. Looking for something a little different? Try grilled Ahi tuna, poached prawns, steamed mussels or freshly shucked oysters. Include a baby spinach salad tossed with feta cheese, red onions and a simple vinaigrette. Keep with the fish theme and offer shrimp cocktails or vodka capers during the pre-reception hour. Hors d’oeuvre options can include various topped crostinis as well as charcuterie with fine cheeses.


This is a guest post by Mark Lynch. Mark recommends finding more great information on culinary ideas, and recipes at

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cocktails for Beach Wedding Receptions



Beach Wedding Drinks


Getting married on the beach is certainly the most fun and laid back reception you could have, which in turn definitely needs a touch of tropical Cocktails!

Whilst you admire the magnificent sunset and squish your bare feet in the sand, your dream won’t be fully complete without one of those wonderful, I would even say, colourful magic potions.

Make your beach wedding extra special by serving one of my 3 favourite cocktails. You can either suggest these to the barman or even prepare them in advance.

Enter into a journey of colourful beverages!

1.       Green Jade – Creamy & Minty Delight

This lime green cocktail reveals a subtle and unctuous minty smoothness that your guests would sip with style in a martini glass!

What do you need?

To make this cocktail, all you need to do is shake all the ingredients with crushed ice. The ingredients include: 2 shots of Gin, 1 shot of crème de menthe, half a shot of double cream, half a shot of milk, and don’t forget the decisive ingredient, a fresh white egg to get the consistency right. Add a leaf of fresh mint and a fresh cherry for garnish.

2.       Pina Colada – Coconut Enchantment

Here is another creamy cocktail! The sultry Pina Colada is one of those classics that won’t disappoint your guests. The combination of juicy pineapples with the tropical taste of coconut makes this drink a perfect beach cocktail.

What do you need?

Combine the following ingredients in a jug or a blender and pour them into a shaker filled with ice. Simply add 2 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of light rum (Bacardi for example), and 1 and half oz of Coconut cream. Blend it, until smooth and pour it in a chilled Collins Glass.

Add a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry for a tropical touch! You can even make it a non alcoholic drink by omitting the rum.

3.       Strawberry Champagne – Tangy & Bubbly Joy

This fantastic Jamie Oliver recipe is perfect to start a long night of festivities!

The harmonious match of strawberry purée and vanilla sugar topped up with refreshing prosecco or champagne will be ideal for a beach wedding.

What do you need?

Bring out the flavour of 250g of strawberries by sprinkling vanilla sugar.

Mash the mix until you get a thick purée and add a hint of balsamic vinegar. Pass them through a sieve and fill the champagne glasses with the mixture just a bit over an inch! Then pour the delicious bubbly beverage, stir it all up and serve it with a cranberry garnish.

I know what you are all thinking, they sound absolutely scrumptious!

What are your favourite cocktails?

Have you invented any cocktails yourself, that we could all try?

Elise Lévêque loves organising dinner parties and wedding receptions as she is always full of sparkling ideas! She writes for Wedding and Party Store, who provide a brilliant range of wedding supplies and party accessories.