Food stations aren’t just relegated to large weddings. They’re perfect for small weddings too.
Food stations are fun for your wedding guests because they allow guests to sample foods that they otherwise might never have tasted, and they get everyone mixing and mingling.
Although you might not have as many food stations as a large wedding, a smaller guest list will allow you to splurge on foods that might otherwise be out of your budget.
Love seafood? Have a seafood station. Love prime rib? Go for a carving station.
You can also create stations that reflect your ethnicity or your locale.
Here are 18 ideas for food stations that will tantalize your taste buds:
Rice and noodle dishes, along with spring rolls, pan fried dumplings, and Thai dishes like satay chicken or pad Thai. A dim sum station is another option.
Fajitas, quesadillas, tacos and nachos with lots of yummy toppings.
A variety of gourmet pastas. Offer a cold pasta bar, a warm pasta bar or both.
Dessert crepes like crepes suzette, cherry crepes with whipped cream, or hazelnut and chocolate crepes. You could also serve dinner style crepes such as chicken paprikash crepes, seafood crepes and grilled veggie crepes.
Salad and Veggie Bar
Greek salad, Caesar salad, bean salad – the options are endless. You could also include grilled veggies.
A selection of domestic and international cheeses from gourmet cheese makers. Pair with a variety of wines, both red and white.
Offer a variety of perogies stuffed with mashed potatoes, potato and cheddar, or feta. Offer toppings such as bacon bits, sour cream and chives.
Hummus, tabouli, souvlaki, pitas and grilled veggies.
Baked potatoes with buffet style toppings like bacon, sour cream, chives, chili, cheese, and guacamole. You could also have a mashed potato station with toppings such as sour cream and chives, bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom or seafood sauce. Serve in martini glasses.
Mac and Cheese Station
We’re not talking Kraft Dinner here. Have a chef cook up some gourmet mac and cheese and offer a variety of toppings to make it even more decadent.
Children’s Food Station
Having more than a handful of kids at your wedding? Have a kid’s station with kids’ foods such as mini pizzas, French fries, veggies and dip, and chicken fingers.
Perfect for fall and winter weddings. Offer a variety of homemade soups, like seafood chowder, minestrone, lobster bisque, butternut squash soup, chicken gumbo, or asparagus soup. What about gazpacho, vichyssoise or borsht?
Raw Seafood Bar
Oysters, sushi rolls, shrimp cocktail, crab salad, smoked salmon.
Fish and Seafood Bar
Lobster, crab legs, scallops, salmon.
Roast tenderloin of beef, prime rib, ham or rack of lamb. Turkey is a great option for fall and winter weddings.
You could have a lot of fun with this. Offer a wide variety of home made desserts or stick with a theme like chocolate.
Ice Cream or Gelato Station
A variety of gourmet ice creams or gelato with lots of delicious toppings to choose from so guests can create their own sundaes.
Espresso, gourmet coffees and teas – and don’t forget the hot chocolate for the kids. Have cinnamon, whipped cream, nutmeg, cane sugar and cream on hand.