Park a Food Truck at Your Reception

Street food is loved by millions of people and it seems like there’s a food truck craze sweeping the country.  The Great Food Truck Race airs on Food Network and Rachel Ray recently aired an episode featuring an ice cream truck in New York City that sells all kinds of great ice cream with the most unusual combinations of flavors and toppings.

So I thought, how cool would it be to have a food truck at your reception?  Wouldn’t it be fun for your guests to leave the reception to find a fun food truck outside to offer them a casual bite for the road?  You can hire a food truck to serve guests a late night sweet like an ice cream cone or sundae, funnel cake, or cotton candy.  Breakfast sandwiches, a cup of coffee, and a Sunday newspaper also make a nice parting treat and who wouldn’t like a slice of pizza for the road?  Some food trucks offer high-end gourmet goodies now too.  What you serve is up to you!

What do you think of parking a food truck at your reception?


Image Credits: Coffee & Donuts, Burgers, Pizza, Tacos, Ice Cream.

Sweeten Up Your Fall Wedding

Looking for a sweet treat to give as a fall wedding thank you favor?  Chocolate is always a welcome gift and most times doesn’t make it past the car ride home from the wedding; at least it doesn’t make it past my car ride.  So when I saw these new autumn-themed chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), I thought I must share.

Some of LCC’s new products great for a fall wedding  favor bag include handmade 54% dark chocolate maple leaves, dark caramel pumpkins, milk chocolate leaves with a creamy caramel center, or milk chocolate leaves filled with all-natural peanut butter. Their products are crafted in small batches using the finest chocolate and select natural ingredients including local Vermont cream, sweet butter, maple syrup, and honey. They are preservative-free and Kosher-certified, so they must be delicious.

Check out all their goodies!

New Arrival: Candy Bar Favors

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Personalized Chocolate bar favors are always a favorite with guests and are perfect for weddings, bridals showers, anniversary parties and more.  Customize these gourmet chocolate bars with a label that matches your wedding theme or color scheme, plus add your names and date to the label. These gourmet chocolate bars are produced in a nut free U.S. facility and are guaranteed safe for anyone with a nut or peanut allergy.

Browse through our large selection of delicious and stylish candy bar favors!

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, we have officially reached the dog days of summer!

This summer be sure to keep cool with friends and family by offering to host a day outdoors filled with tasty summer treats, mouth watering cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Incorporate unique details into the food, decor and entertainment for the party. Here are some fun and easy tips on how to create a fun, cool environment for your guests

Food: Add flavor and a splash of color to any dish!
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Grilled Skewers, Sangria, Fruit dish

- A great addition to any dish is an arrangement of fruits and veggies on wooden skewers. Try a grilled mix of onions, colored peppers, cherry tomatoes, and pieces of pineapple. These flavorful sticks compliment any meal.

- Soak pineapples or watermelon in a flavored rum or vodka for a tasty treat.

-Make a flavorful homemade ice tea, lemonade or sangria filled with fruit.
Carve out frozen lemons, limes and oranges and fill with sorbet for a sure way to keep guests cool.

Decor: Be Creative & DIY with Mason Jars
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Flowers, Glasses, Candles

- Drop votives, tea lights or citronella candles inside mason jars and hang from tree branches or place on tables. It will help keep bugs away and provide a cozy atmosphere.

-Arrange fresh flowers from your garden and display in jars both in and outdoors.

-Add colorful straws, umbrellas or fruit wedge to each mason jar for a fun beverage glass for your guests.

-String white lights on trees that will shed some light and create an ambience.

Entertainment: Music & Games
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Umbrella, Games, Fire pit

-Provide some background music to keep an up beat tempo throughout the day.

-Set up a station filled with fun games like cards, checkers, sole cups and ping pong balls, and a variety of sports balls.

-Have an area where people can hide from the sun – under an umbrella, a place in the shade or indoors.

-Gather around the fire pit to make smores after the sun sets.

Featured Product: Candy Favors

Mint or candy wedding favors have always been a favorite of guests.  Personalize your candy favors by selecting a package that matches your wedding theme or colors. Guest can enjoy during the reception or as a take home treat!

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Gum Package Wrappers
A unique and fun favor!  Add your first names, last name and wedding date to the front and your guests will find the “ingredients” on the back.  You may choose the background imprint color and the accent colors will remain white and taupe (as shown).  Clear round seals are included for securing wrappers.  Gum not included (use flat packages of gum as shown).  (Package of 50 wrappers)

Pinstripe Mini Wrappers
Who can resist chocolate?  Your guests will simply love these white, pearl-pinstripe wrappers with your personal touch. Personalize them with either a monogram or your first names, date and your choice of  a logo design.  (Package contains 50 wrappers)

Personalized Mints
These buttermints will be a special treat for your guests!  Each buttermint is wrapped in a pearlescent wrapper with a double-heart design and “Thank You for Sharing Our Day”.  May be personalized with your first names with your choice of ink color.  (Each package contains 1,000 mints)

Trendy Tuesday: Candy Buffet

Offering guests a buffet of colorful treats has become a huge trend in the wedding world. It’s a great addition or alternative to a dessert table. Guests will enjoy filling up a goodie bag to snack on during and after the reception. It’s like giving another favor!

Use the candy buffet to incorporate your wedding colors/ theme into your reception. Include your favorite candy and show your personal style.

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Image courtesy of Bridal Buds

What you’ll need:

- Find unique shaped, sized and colored vases and dishes.
- Use decorative linen and flowers for the table.
- Add ribbons, candy scoops, decorative tags for vases & dishes.
- Offer bags, boxes or tins for guests to fill.
- Fill with colorfully assorted candies, chocolates, lollipops.

*Tip: Be sure to mark candy that contains peanuts for guests with allergies.

Here are some popular online candy shops that offer a variety of yummy candies in bulk. They are wedding friendly and feature helpful categories like shop by color & theme!

A Candy Store , Sweet Factory , Candy  Warehouse , Candy  Favorites , Candy Explosion

Throw a Food and Wine Pairing Party

Looking for an idea for an upcoming shower, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner? How about a food and wine pairing party? This type of party pairs multiple courses of food with a complementary wine. Best thrown for smaller, more intimate gatherings, a pairing party allows guests to try a little bit of everything and discuss how they enjoy the flavors of the food and wine together.

Throwing a food and wine pairing party may seem intimidating, so if you’re just starting to experiment with this idea and you’re not sure what goes with what, you can check out websites like Rosemount Estate’s that gives party tips, recipes and suggestions by Gordon Ramsay for what wine would go well with what dish.

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Beginners can also simply match food and wines with similar tastes by serving a light, sparkling wine with a dessert, using food and wines from one area like Italian wines with Italian foods, or throwing a simple wine and cheese pairing party. Not up to throwing the party yourself? You can look for restaurants or country clubs that may offer this type of event in your area.

Know of any good recipes and wine pairings? Let us know.

Vendor Spotlight: Sweet N Salty by Design

Who made these Gourmet Chocolate Covered pretzels?‚ was what the founder of Sweet N Salty by Design, Bianca Naclerio, heard every time she brought her delicious creations to various functions or to her office.

From an early age, Bianca was surrounded by very creative women. Her mother and grandmother were always making the holiday season festive with artfully designed plates of food. The idea that food should be eaten with the eyes first was an important lesson in the founder’s life.

When she was old enough, Bianca started combining this lesson with her love of the unmistakable team of sweet and salty. When most people are bringing fruitcake or potato salad to a party, our founder delivered wistfully created chocolate covered pretzels. As the years went on and more people looked forward to her arrival every year, more and more of these sweet and salty converts asked how they could feed their passion all throughout the year.

Fast forward to Christmas, Bianca received a gift that planted the seed for her new endeavor. The gift giver bought her the sweetnsaltybydesign.com website, knowing that this gift would kick start a process that had begun many years prior. The drive and passion that makes Bianca the woman she is would handle the rest. Five days later, Sweet N Salty by Design was an official LLC. However, not everything would happen this quickly. Over the next year, unemployment and other disappointments would stall the journey from idea to reality. The breakthrough came when Bianca offered to provide the wedding favors for a family members wedding. She needed to quickly get the production line up and running and the event became a stunning success in the favors themselves and making Sweet N Salty by Design a living company. This overwhelming desire to succeed has seen Bianca destroy all barriers in her way, in order to bring her love of chocolate and her artist’s eye to you, the chocoholic.

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The pretzels are hand decorated with a wide array of candy, nuts, sprinkles, and colorful drizzle. You will be dazzled by the beauty and sophistication of the sparkling sugars, edible pearls, and seasonal shapes. As we like to say around here, Every bite is a piece of perfection. Now Bianca’s vision and her drive to bring chocolate to everyone is fulfilled in Sweet N Salty by Design.

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Be the talk of any party by allowing Sweet N Salty by Design to help personalize and customize your celebration, special day, or a long time dream. These favors are perfect, no matter what type of event you are hosting: engagement, bridal shower, wedding, anniversary, baby shower, christening, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, communion, sweet sixteen, holiday or any other special gathering.

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Bonus for Wedding Rumors readers: Use coupon code “WEDDRUM” and receive 10% off your order at Sweet N Salty by Design!

Signature Wedding Cocktails

Ahh…there’s nothing like a fabulous cocktail to celebrate a fabulous couple! More and more bride and grooms are incorporating a tasty signature beverage into their reception. It allows you to offer an alternative to beer and wine while avoiding the large expense of a full open bar. 

So with hundreds of different concoctions how do you chose one that compliments you?

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 Images taken from Tastespotting.

Many couples use their wedding colors or theme as inspiration. If your having a fall wedding and your colors are chocolate brown you may want to consider the oh so popular chocolate martini. Shades of green try a apple martini, bright blues try a blue hawaiian or are you lovin’ yellow serve chilled lemon drops!

You could also use your location or atmosphere of your wedding. If your having a beach side wedding you way want to try a favorite like a sea breeze or Boston’s own cape coddah! If it’s an island destination wedding have your guest sip on some island flavors like rum punch or mai tai’s.

Maybe the couple has a fun story of where they met, got engaged or a unique secret about them that makes them an “us”. Use that to help inspire you to create or find a yummy mix that helps tell that story. You could use a signature liquor like Absolut Boston {black tea flavored} with a lemonade mix if your hometown is Boston.  Maybe you have a pet and his name is Bailey, a Bailey’s Rasberry Martini would be a hit!

Browse through an extensive list of cocktail recipes at The Bar. For a fun way to see what drink fits you the best check out the Drink Generator! See if you and your soon-to-be get match and get the same drink!