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Reception Food Ideas

Reception Food Ideas

Planning an impressive menu for a wedding reception is a huge task. Here are some ideas for the different kinds of food items that you can include in the menu.
Amruta Deshpande
Weddings are one of the most important days in a person's life. The reception too, has to be perfectly planned and the decision of what kind of food has to be served, plays an important role in making the event a hit.

Food Ideas for a Wedding Reception
With so many alternatives, it may not be an easy task to narrow down the choices of food. There are many things to be considered before coming up with the menu. The most important factor in deciding the menu is the budget. Reception foods do not have to be expensive. It ultimately depends on your guest list. The more the guests, the more money you will have to spend on the food. So plan your guest list keeping your budget in mind.

Next comes the venue and the time of the reception. Not all wedding receptions take place at dinner time. There can be different types of receptions like breakfast or brunch receptions, lunch reception, an afternoon tea or a champagne and cake reception. So choose the menu accordingly. Those who want to save their money, can go for breakfast or early lunch receptions, as they cost less.

Main Course
Reception menus don't have to be seven course catered meals. You could simply go for spaghetti, or even sandwiches and salads. Chinese food serves the best for receptions and is enjoyed by many. Here are some food ideas:
  • Spaghetti with meatballs
  • Chicken fried rice
  • Crispy roast chicken
  • Kung pao Chicken
  • Fried noodles with shredded pork
  • Steak kebabs
  • Roast beef
  • Sausages
Finger Foods
Finger foods are the best to keep the guests happy. Have a variety of finger foods, that your guests would love to munch on.
  • Fried mushrooms with chili dip
  • Smoked salmon
  • Chicken wings
  • Steamed spring rolls
  • Vegetable rolls
  • Deviled eggs
  • Sushi
Side Dishes
You can have a variety of side dishes along with the main course. They are easy to prepare and serves as a delicious treat.
  • Baked beans
  • Creamed corn
  • Seafood medley
  • Sweet potato Pie
  • Pasta salads
  • Steamed or marinated vegetables
  • Rosemary new potatoes
Different varieties of salads can be served to complete the meal. Here are a few examples:
  • Caesar salad
  • Shrimp salad
  • Lettuce and tomato salad
  • Boneless chicken salad
  • Tossed green vegetable salad
Breakfast Buffet
At breakfast reception, guests will not be in a mood to have heavy meals with pork or fish. You could try these easy food ideas:
  • Eggs Benedict
  • French toast
  • Croissants
  • Danish pastries
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Breakfast potatoes
Desserts can be the best part of the wedding reception menu. You could also think of setting up a candy bar. Here are some desserts you could choose from:
  • Cream cheesecake
  • Pancakes
  • Puddings
  • Fruit pie
  • Pastries
  • Sheet cakes
  • Cookies
  • Strawberries with whipped cream
These were some food ideas that may help you finalize your reception menu.
Delicious Italian pastries
Pancakes with butter
Cream cheesecake
Croissants on plate
Chicken salad
Lettuce and tomato salad
Marinated vegetables
Sweet potato pie
Creamed corn
Baked beans
Deviled eggs
Fried mushrooms
Chicken fried rice