Cocktail hour is the perfect time for guests to mix and mingle while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and entertainment. Over the past few years couples have decided to add more interactive elements to their cocktail hour—and we love all the wedding food station ideas, which allow guests to make their way around the room and choose for themselves various delectable items their hosts have planned for them.
A taco bar can be interactive by allowing guests to build their own, but that also leaves room for making a mess of their fancy duds. To help avoid any fashion disasters you can have a server behind the table to help people create their own tacos, or make sure that the toppings aren’t dripping with sauce or overly messy.
Tapas bars have become very popular in the past few years, so if you and your fiancé enjoy going to them create a tapas bar during your cocktail hour. Include cheeses, olives, garlic shrimp, chorizo, empanadas and shots of gazpacho in your Tapas Bar menu.
asian style station
Asian foods can include a wide range of delicacies from China to Japan to South Korea to Thailand. Depending on what country your menu is from choose a variety of dishes, and make sure not everything is too hot and spicy. For dishes that are, be sure they’re clearly labeled
bbq food station
There are specific barbecue styles across the Midwest and South so a BBQ Food Station at a wedding cocktail hour can incorporate a range of rib recipes and sides, including ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, biscuits, collard greens, potato salad and pickles.
A raw bar can be as elaborate as you want it to be based on your favorite shellfish and your budget. Any combination of chilled lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams and oysters is acceptable for a raw bar,
cheese + charcuterie station
Curating an impeccable Cheese and Charcuterie Station is not as difficult as you may think. Start with a selection cheese in a variety of textures. For meats, you also want a range of textures and flavors from smoky to dry-cured. Once your cheese and meat selects have been finalized, add some spreads (fig, honey, mustards) and dried fruits, olives, and nuts.
mac & cheese bar
Probably the yummiest of all comfort foods, a Mac & Cheese Bar may be the most popular cocktail hour food station. In addition to cheddar cheese, you can have mac-n-cheese at your wedding made with Gouda or Gruyere, Monterey or Pepper Jack, Feta or Parmesan. Let guests customize their dish with an assortment of toppings — bacon, broccoli, ham, jalapeños, lobster, mushrooms and any other family favorites you’re sure they’ll enjoy.
You can have large soft pretzels or pretzel nuggets on display with plenty of sauces to enhance their flavor. Mustards, melted cheese, BBQ sauce, chipotle dip, Nutella, beer and cheddar dip are some tasty options.