What’s my secret formula to hosting a successful desserts-only wedding reception?
Wedding receptions aren’t one-size-fits-all. Today’s couples want to customize the event to reflect who they are.
1. Wow Guests with Cake, Candy, Pies, Pops & a Bit of Bubbly
My secret formula to hosting a desserts-only wedding reception begins with your dessert selection. Since dessert is the focal point of this type of reception, serve the most amazing, delicious cakes, pies, cake/pie pops and candy you can afford. Be sure to taste test all baked goods. Decide upon buffet or dessert cart service (where guests are seated and waitstaff bring a variety of desserts to their table from a cart or platter.
A few years ago, we provided espresso bar service for a bride who adored a blueberry pie recipe handed down through the generations. Her mom took this special recipe to a baker and surprised her daughter with a blueberry pie station! I guess that was the bride’s something blue…but I digress!
We suggest you kick off your event by passing champagne and espresso martini shooters (more on this in a minute). This mini-cocktail hour gives guests time to mingle and for the DJ or band to get the party started. We also suggest a limited bar service.
2. Kick it up a Notch with a Specialty Coffee Service
An equally important element in my secret formula to hosting a desserts-only wedding reception is great coffee. A specialty coffee station or bar goes perfectly with a desserts-only reception. Espresso Dave’s Coffee Catering is one of the best choices in Boston and New England when it comes to serving handcrafted, specialty coffees to your guests. A plain old cup of joe served from a percolator or air pot just won’t do on one of the most important days of a couple’s life together.
Here’s a sample wedding menu I suggest:
Specialty Coffee Menu for a Desserts-only Wedding Reception
Café Della Casa
Espresso topped with a cap of thick, frothed milk
Espresso with a shot of chocolate topped with a cap of thick, frothed milk
Espresso with gently steamed milk
Rich, intense, dark roast with a smooth body
Espresso with a dollop of frothy, foamed milk
Typically, we start with this menu and customize it with syrups, seasonal drinks and toppings as well as designing signature drinks named after the couple, their hobbies or the theme. Kosher and non-dairy options are available.
Starting your reception with a round of passed espresso martini shooters is a great way to boost your guests’ energy level and get the party started. This is possible if you have an espresso bar as well as a bartender serving alcohol. In many cases, such as with our service, we do not serve alcohol but can provide fresh, brewed espresso to enhance your martinis, etc.
Now you know my secret formula to hosting a desserts-only wedding reception. Remember, there’s lots more to making your guests feel welcome at your wedding reception, but I feel serving fabulous food and fantastic coffee is a great place to start.
1. CONTACT US: To learn more about my specialty coffee bar service for your desserts-only wedding reception or special event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-221-9029. We serve the Greater Boston area and New England region. Or, fill out our online quote request.
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Photo: Dessert Table, Sewall Photography. Eat Drink Pretty Stylist.
I love the idea of having a specialty coffee station at a wedding. I am getting married this summer, but it will be a small wedding. A coffee cart would be a great option to keep the wedding sophisticated but simplified.