In recent years, favours and catering have a come a long way from the curled sandwiches, limp quiche and frozen gateaux of yesterday. Caterers and venues now pull out all the stops to provide a wedding breakfast and buffet to remember.
If you want to add a little extra glamour to your day, there are some optional extras worth considering. If you Google sweet wedding treats, there is now a bewildering array of options all aimed at the sweet toothed. Candy or chocolate buffets, chocolate fountains and candy floss stands all add colour, fun and a touch of the unusual to a reception. Chocolate fountains can be bought or hired, although for a
wedding it makes sense to hire as they will need to be set up correctly and to cater for a large party, you will need quite a large one. They come in various shapes and sizes, and you can opt for milk, white or dark cascading chocolate, with a huge variety of dippable options, from cakes and doughnuts to popcorn, platters of fruits for
example strawberries, grapes and exotic fruits, or marshmallows and sweets. The list really is endless, and utterly delicious. They provide a talking point, a social aspect as people gather round to dip, and an element of fun.
Candy buffets may be a new innovation, but are equally fun, and with their bright colours and kitsch designs, add a real element of fantasy to a reception. Many companies provide glass bowls or trays for the candy and will set up the table with decorations, providing scoops and bags for guests who want to take their candy away. The sweets can often be colour co-ordinated to match your chosen theme, and you can usually request old favourites as well as more exotic sweeties, depending on your taste. You could also opt for a chocolate buffet, with after dinner mints, luxurious
wrapped chocolates, chocolate nuts or toffees, which would make an incredible display in a brown and cream themed setting.
Another interesting option is the fruit palm tree. This is made up of a purpose made stand, usually pineapples to create the trunk, and palm leaves at the top. This is then surrounded by vibrantly hued chunks of fruit carefully held in place with cocktails sticks. Available in varying sizes, these would make a healthy (!) accompaniment to the chocolate fountain, or make a stunning centrepiece to a tropical, summer wedding.
Candy floss stands, ice cream stands or popcorn stands are all also available to hire, usually manned to save you the fuss, and all providing yet another interactive element
to your day.
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