Instead of a big sit down dinner or buffet, just pass through various gastronomically adventurous platters of small bites throughout the night. Everyone will fill up and you can focus on all of the fun stuff like dancing, speeches, and more.
I love the idea of doing this with themed receptions, like a wine and cheese focus (with chocolate and coffee or champagne for dessert), or an Around the World theme where new dishes in different cuisines are introduced every hour or so. The lighting and music could change as well to match the new cuisine.
This allows THE FUN to take center stage, just make sure everyone knows there won’t be a traditional meal so they don’t start skipping the hors d’oeuvres in anticipation.
For more ideas, click the image to the right to go the Glamour article about Cocktail Receptions.
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