Winter Wedding Reception Drink and Food

Snowflakes, twinkle lights, lace, and evergreen garland all come to mind when I begin to think of a winter wedding. But more importantly what comes to mind are the flavors that accompany the winter season. Thoughts of mint, cocoa, butterscotch, pumpkin, and sugared cranberries are whirling through my mind at this very minute. Embrace these flavors at your wedding and add a few personal touches to keep your guests oohing and ahhing all night long.


As your guests arrive, welcome them in from the cold with a Hot Chocolate Bar. Hot Chocolate can be made alcoholic by adding vanilla vodka or crème de la mint or as a traditional non-alcoholic drink. Offer add- ins such as marshmallows, whipped cream, and mint stir sticks displayed in beautiful glass jars. Some Great Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipes to get you started.

Cocktail Hour

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean all your drinks need to be warm. A great punch or cocktail with a seasonal twist can get your winter wedding reception hopping with fun. I love the idea of these festive drinks. Add a frosted glass to make it all that more festive. Cranberry Martini , Mint Mojitos, Butterscotch Martini More Seasonal Drinks (Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic)

Soup Bar

Because cold weather can be whipping outside the bridal party may want to serve up some extra warmth for their guests. A Soup Bar may be just the key. Soups bars provide a variety of soups and stews for guests to pick and choose. Clam chowder, minestrone, tomato basil, and gumbo are excellent choices to offer, and can be accompanied by small bread bowls, Paninis or other grilled sandwiches, or meat pies. Also make sure to offer original toppings such as crackers, seasoned croutons, fresh herbs, and shredded cheeses. Serve in glass mugs with a skewer of fresh veggies or grilled sandwiches across the top.

Make it Miniature

Winter screams comfort food. Offer guests a taste of home at your wedding by packing those flavors into miniature bites. Macaroni and Cheese Bites, Pumpkin Pie Tart lets, mini chicken pot pies, meatloaf muffins, and fried ravioli, are all flavors that will bring a smile to the face of each guest.

A Treat To-Go

Favors for guests are traditional gestures to thank guests for joining you on your special day. Send your guests on their way with a warm token of thanks by offering personalized to-go cups, to be filled at a drink bar on the way out the door. Some drinks to consider might be gourmet coffee or tea, hot chocolate or hot cider. Make sure all the appropriate sweeteners and garnishes are offered as well. Sugar, artificial sweetener, cream, half and half, mint, cinnamon sticks, and chocolate shavings are a few to consider. Also consider offering a seasonal signature drink from the wedding couple like an eggnog latte, or peppermint mocha.

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