Archive for January, 2015

Cocktail Style Wedding Reception Ideas

Progressive cocktail style wedding ideas

Turn the mingling hour into the main event with a progressive cocktail style wedding reception.  This more intimate, casual affair is quite the hot trend right now.  Many couples are shying away from the traditional multi-course dinner and opting for endless appetizers.  The perfect balance of light and hearty snacks served throughout the night will keep your guests satisfied – and free to continue chatting it up or cutting a rug on the dance floor.  This non-traditional style also lets you forego the table assignments.  Guests can mingle with who they want, when they want.

How To Throw A Successful Cocktail Style Wedding Reception

1. Start with simple, refreshing bites like Blue Crab Canape or Caprese Skewers.

Caprese Skewers for Progressive Cocktail Party

2. Add some stations to encourage mingling.  Imported Cheese Boards and Crostini Displays are an elegant touch.Cheese Board for Cocktail Wedding Reception

3. As guests move to drinking and dancing, start to serve something a bit more hearty, such as Lobster Bisque Sip, Risotto Spoons, or Sirloin and Guinness Shepherd’s Pie.  This will give everyone sustenance to keep on 3 (12)

4.  Move on to a more sit-down dinner type dish miniaturized.  Sesame Crusted Rare Tuna, Filet Mignon Goufrette, and Spinach and Feta are great finger food options.

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5. Wind down with desert.  Hot chocolate fondue, cupcakes, and truffles are some fan favorites.chocolate fondue


If you are considering a cocktail style wedding reception, our event planners can help you create the perfect menu.

Add Some Whimsy To Your Affair With Stations

Incorporating stations is a great way to showcase your personality and add some fun flair to your wedding or event.  Whether it’s during the cocktail hour, dessert, or when you’re saying farewell, there are many delicious ways to wow your guests.

deli station

New York Deli 

Love a real New York sandwich? Then this station is for you! Pastrami on Rye, Potato Kinish, Cole Slaw, Chips, Pickles, and a soda will quench that yen.  The vintage style soda machine completes the look.

grilled stadium pretzels and hot chocolate

Hot Pretzels off the Grill

Welcome, or say goodbye to your guests with hot pretzels  - quintessential New York!

Napoli Pizza Station

Napoli Pizza

Your guests can personalize mini fried pizzas, choosing from sundried tomato, diced salami, roasted garlic, truffle oil, Grana Padano, roasted crimini mushrooms and more!

hills of tuscany station

Hills of Tuscany

Bring out your inner Italian with:

  • Fresh Mozzarella and Vine Ripe Tomato with Tuscan Olive Oil and Fresh Basil
  • Marinated Artichokes
  • Fire Roasted Red Peppers
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks
  • Roasted Plum Tomato and Asiago Foccacia
  • Roasted Garlic Ciabatta

crostini display

Crostini Display

A variety of crostini make an elegant statement.

  • Fig and Ginger Jam with Cranberry Cheddar
  • Tomato Concaise with Fresh Basil
  • Proseco and Peach Marmalade with Boursin Cheese
  • Eggplant Caponata



Carefully selected Italian cured dry meats and sausages (Sopressata, Mortadella, Cappicola, and Genoa Salami) accompanied with Artesian Breads are the perfect finger food.

Keep the Italian theme going with Fried Zeppole

fried zeppole

cheese boards

Imported and Domestic Cheese Boards

Nothing pairs better with wine than cheese!  Serve a selection of:

  • Grana Padano
  • Coach Farm Goat Cheese
  • Vermont Cheddar
  • Jarlesberg
  • Red and Green Table Grapes
  • New York Flatbreads

garden harvest

Hudson Valley Garden Harvest

Farm to table offerings are very popular right now.  Embrace the bounty of the Hudson Valley with:

  • Grilled Zucchini and Seasonal Squash
  • Roasted Local Beets with Candied Walnuts and Pomegranate Drizzle
  • Marinated Cucumber & Olive Salad
  • Chef Selection of in Season Local Garden Produce

taste of asia

Taste of Asia

Have some fun with the flavors of the orient.

  • Sesame Marinated Breast of Chicken stir fried with Oriental Vegetables and Ginger Soy Glaze
  • Thai Peanut Accented Undo Noodles
  • All cooked to order in a classic Wok and served in Chinese takeout containers with chop sticks

Who doesn’t love the dessert stations?

chocolate fountain better

A mouthwatering chocolate fountain.

candy station

Add a candy station for the perfect grab and go, in-between dances snacks.

smores station

Love a campfire? Bring the outdoors in with S’mores.

Bitalian ice station

Say goodbye with an Italian ice nightcap.