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Tastes of Summer: How to bring the best flavors of the season to your reception menu

Summer weddings are fraught with great theme concepts and endless options for indulging your guests with refreshing treats and delicious fare at your reception. Whether you go All-American with a savory BBQ feast or bring a hint of the beach to your venue with a Surf & Turf extravaganza, the summer season creates opportunities to personalize your palate to match your style. Here are some of our favorite trends in food and beverages this summer:

Refreshing Drinks

Kick off your cocktail hour with light, refreshing drinks for your guests. Fruity Mojitos, Daiquiris, and Margaritas are classics, or try something new like a Strawberry Basil Bourbon Lemonade. For non-alcoholic choices try a lemonade and tea bar…let your guests delight in colorful, flavored lemonades or iced teas served in giant glass jugs garnished with fresh fruit for an extra decorative flair!

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Cool Appetizers

Add a little something extra to your cocktail hour with light hors d’oeuvres…bacon-wrapped prawns, classic deviled eggs, bruschetta, shrimp cocktails, or zesty guacamole…all are scrumptious ways to get your party off to a fantastic start!

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Sizzling Entrees

Summer and barbecuing go hand in hand. What better way to fire-up your menu than with a sizzling main dish! Stick to chicken or fish for something on the lighter side and bring in seasonal flavors such as chili-lime chicken breasts or grilled tilapia with mango salsa. Yum!

*Photo courtesy of Van Whye Photography

Buffets on a Budget

A taco or pasta bar is a great way to add International flair to your reception without blowing your budget. Or consider having an early ceremony followed by an elegant brunch buffet. Buffet possibilities are endless and will leave you with some extra funds to splurge on the honeymoon!

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Decorative Desserts

Wedding cakes have become even more elaborate and decorative than ever before and can be the ultimate highlight to your event menu. But your dessert menu doesn’t have to stop at the wedding cake! Let your desserts serve double-duty at your event by color coordinating your desserts with your wedding theme or creating festive mini dessert cups filled with delicious flavors of summer such as smores, macaroons, and fruit sorbets. Let your imagination run wild with an extra dash of sweetness to wrap up the celebrations of your dream wedding!

*Photo courtesy of Lloyd Photography

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