The first snowflakes have already fallen in parts of the country and if you are an Idaho bride making plans for your winter wedding, finding the perfect foods for a cold weather event can definitely be a challenge. Even though there are tons of delectable ideas for warm-weather months, such as barbecue style menu choices and harvest time treats, creating the best menu for a cold-weather reception may require a little creativity. The key is to consider comfort foods that warm the stomachs and hearts of all guests in attendance with winter food favorites. Here are a few menu choices that you should consider for your cold-weather wedding reception.
Chili soup is an incredible Idaho wedding menu choice in the winter, even though it may not be the most ordinary or conventional. It is easy to serve, simple to dress up, and perfect for switching up to offer variations. For example, you could offer vegetarian chili as an option for guests who prefer a meat-free dining option or pair the chili with finger sandwiches stuffed with molten cheese and herbs to make the dish more wedding-worthy. If you are afraid some guests will not enjoy a hearty serving of chili soup, offer alternatives that are just as satisfying and warming, such as hot chicken soup.
If you are looking for a simple appetizer to fill plates before the main course or a little something sweet for after dinner, snow-covered fruit is an awesome winter menu choice. Simple fruit choices, such as strawberries, grapes, and even apple slices can be dipped in white chocolate and crusted with coarse sugar crystals to give them a glistening snow-covered appearance. Snow-covered fruit is a fun menu item that is not just delicious, but beautifully representational of the cold Idaho weather.
Skip the fruity punch at the reception and serve up a dessert-worthy beverage that is sure to keep hands and hearts toasty. Hot chocolate is a perfectly suited menu choice for a winter wedding and is just as easy to arrange in a lovely crystal punch bowl as any ice-cream based wedding punch. Opt for a heated, metal base bowl, filled to the brim with smooth and creamy hot chocolate. The server can garnish the cups of cocoa with a dollop of heavy cream, a sprinkling of cocoa, or even add a splash of cream liqueur for the adults. If you want to go all out, create a full-on hot chocolate station where guests can add their own marshmallows, peppermint sticks, or chocolate pieces.
A winter wedding may be a bit different when it comes to picking the perfect menu items, but creating the perfect dining experience is easy with a little ingenuity and creativity. Check out a local Idaho wedding show for more heart-warming ideas for your winter menu.