Must-Have Summer Wedding Menu Ideas
When the heat of summer sets in, it’s the perfect time to explore cooler ways to entertain summer wedding guests. Signature drinks, light dishes, icy snacks, and mini desserts are popular treats that everyone will enjoy on a sunny day! Simple and budget-friendly, these treats are easy to pull together while capturing the casual, elegant vibe of a summer wedding. Toss aside that decadent winter fare for these summer wedding menu ideas.
Explore some of our favorite summer wedding menu ideas!
Refreshing signature cocktails
Honor the groom on his big day by creating a themed cocktail station filled with his favorite drinks. Whether it includes his preferred draft beers, mixed drinks, or shots of whiskey, it will add an extra personal touch, and ensure that the groom is not forgotten! At the bar, you could also put up a bride and groom’s recommendation board for your guests to experience each of your own selected, signature drinks. Then, if you want to go for fun pitcher cocktails everyone can enjoy, serve batches of champagne wedding punch, strawberry sangria, spiked lemonade or pina colada smoothies. You could also invest in a margarita station for fresh lime and strawberry flavors!
Keep it light and full of flavor
What does caprese salad on a stick, carpaccio, bruschetta, mini-sliders, artichoke dip and guacamole have in common? You can serve them in small portions. On a bright day with the sun overhead, keep your guests alert and energetic with a lighter variety of treats to satisfy their taste buds. For a fun, unique twist on a refreshing hors d'oeuvre, serve tuna tartare in sesame cones, or maple glazed bacon strips on a skewer. Shots of creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese bites, or shrimp and cocktail sauce in shot glasses are all perfect bite-sized wonders to spoil your guests with!
For a colorful way to cool down, delight your guests with flavored ice. Enjoy these nostalgic treats with nothing more than a bucket of ice and a pair of scissors! Snow cone machines are also a great way to entertain, and fruit-infused ice cubes freshen up any drink. For the adults, jello shots are a perfect compliment to frozen margaritas -- sure to get the party started!
Delectable mini desserts to finish
Finally, dessert! Whether it’s a mountain of french macaroons in your wedding colors or glass mason jars filled with cake pops, indulge in these fun and charming ways to treat your guests at your celebration. Ice cream lollipops, shakes in shooter glasses, cheesecake bites with toothpicks, or a chocolate fountain with fruit and rice krispie treats as dippers are all delicious options that will hit every sweet tooth. For something different, look into a naked wedding cake with icing layers or a cupcake station where your guests can customize their own desserts! Layered strawberry shortcakes served in dessert shot glasses and panna cotta in a cup are all mouthwatering, summer alternatives to put the cherry on top of your amazing event.
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