These days, couples want to maximize their big day – and night! – which is why the popularity of post-reception snacks is on the rise. And there are no hard and fast rules about what to serve, except that it should be delish! Providence-based caterer Easy Entertaining regularly serves up an array of late-night treats designed to keep the party going. Their advice: “Make it something fun and, for inspiration, think of something you’d want to snack on after a long night of celebrating.” Read on for their pro tips on how to perfectly execute this trend on your big day.
Q: What are some examples of late-night courses that Easy Entertaining has provided for wedding receptions?
A: We’ve done a bunch of cool presentations for late-night celebrating. We had a bride last season who requested Grilled Cheese Bites with our homemade spicy ketchup. We’ve also done things such as Popcorn Cones, Chicken and Waffle Sliders and Milk and Cookie Shooters. We’ve had some couples request breakfast type items, too, so we’ve passed Mini Pancake Stacks or French Toast Sticks with warm syrup.
Q: In your opinion, what is the best way to keep guests fed and entertained during the night’s “party” portion – passed or stationary offerings? Healthy or indulgent selections?
A: Personally, we feel a combination of both passed and stationary offerings is most effective. This route ensures that every guest is fed and enjoying the food you’ve worked so hard to plan for. Stations allow guests to nibble throughout the night while passed appetizers are a great way to get everyone mingling throughout the venue (as opposed to strictly where the food is). As far as healthy versus indulgent options, we always say indulge! This is your big day – eat what you want to eat!
Q: What are some “don’ts” to late-night noshing…are there any pitfalls to avoid?
A: We think the only pitfall to late-night noshing is making it too complicated. Keep it simple – this is the after party! You want to make sure your late-night nibbles are something guests can enjoy in a couple bites while they continue to dance and celebrate with you.
Easy Entertaining was founded in 2006 by Chef Kaitlyn Roberts with a focus on seasonal, local and gourmet cuisine. Since then, they have been working to preserve the local flavor that Rhode Island and Southeastern Mass. has to offer. They pride themselves on sourcing over 70 percent of their products from a 250-mile radius year round. From daily bread and pastry deliveries to in-house butchering, they proudly present authentic “locavore” cuisine. For more information, call 401-437-6090.