3. Serve Your Favorite Foods
Instead of serving guests a traditional spread, treat them to a few of your favorite eats. “I had a bride and groom focus on their favorite foods,” Caenapeel says, “so we served mac and cheese and wings.” The beauty here is the toppings. Guests can go nuts adding all kinds of toppings to their dishes. For example, along with the mac and cheese, Caenapeel suggests offering a range of toppings including green onions, lobster, barbecue pulled pork, black bean salsa, roasted vegetables… you name it!
4. Diversify With Stations
“Stations are a big thing,” Caenapeel says. “People love them!” Part of the appeal of stations is the interactive element. Instead of standing in a long line, guests can wander between stations and enjoy small bites from each. Plus, each station can have its own theme. One could be a sushi station while another is barbecue.
5. Embrace Comfort Foods
This is especially true if your event is taking place during colder months when hot cocoa bars are appreciated. The beauty of comfort food as Caenapeel sees it is it’s filling and pretty much universally loved. She’s set up mashed potato bars and barbecue stations, and she says the guests almost always come back for seconds. Even better, if you’re not sure which comfort foods to splurge on, Caenapeel has a whole book full of customers’ favorite dishes to help inspire you.