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Menu Ideas: Sample Menus for Affordable Receptions


Having a menu for the reception is an easy way to set the tone for the night - it even doubles as an additional of decor to elevate the overall experience. Add an elegant tough to your special night by following this simple framework to format your personalized menu. Keep reading for samples.

Backyard Barbecue

APPETIZER

Farmhouse Garden Salad A blend of fresh greens, cucumbers, red onions, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese and croutons. Served with your choice of dressing.

MAIN COURSE

Barbecue Pulled Pork or Jackfruit Beer braised pork shoulder or jackfruit served with a Carolina barbecue sauce.

Smoked Turkey Sausage

Grilled Seasonal Vegetables Grilled zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, and corn seasoned with a blend of organic herbs and spices.

Potatoes Au Gratin Homemade slow cooked potatoes in a creamy gouda sauce topped with sharp cheddar.

DESSERT

S’mores Bar Decadent Hershey’s and Reese’s chocolates alongside pillowy marshmallows and gooey toffee squares sandwhiched inside a toasted grahm cracker.

BEVERAGES

Beer • Wine • Cucumber Mint Water • Sweet Tea

Celebrazione

APPETIZER

Caesar Salad A bed of romaine lettuce topped with crunchy country croutons and finely shaved parmesan cheese. Served with caesar dressing.

MAIN COURSE

CHOICE OF:

Grilled Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini pasta in a creamy Alfredo sauce topped with Italian seasoned grilled chicken.

Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce Tortellini pasta stuffed with ricotta, parmesan, and Romano chesses in a savory garlic butter sauce.

Butternut Squash Ravioli Ravioli pasta filled with a blend of grated parmesan and ricotta cheeses smothered in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce.

DESSERT

Wedding Cake Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.

BEVERAGES

Beer • Sangria • Cucumber Mint Water • Lemonade

Autumn Oasis

APPETIZER

Charcuterie Board An assortment of cheeses, fresh fruits, grains, nuts, and cured meats.

MAIN COURSE

CHOICE OF:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Hearty russet potatoes in a creamy base topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh chives.

Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce Shredded chicken, fresh vegetables, and northern beans in a rich, creamy broth. Topped with cheddar cheese and jalapeños.

Tomato Bisque A classic, smooth tomato soup with a creamy spin. Topped with fresh parsley.

DESSERT

Wedding Cake Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting.

BEVERAGES

Beer • Wine • Water • Cider

Casual Occasion

APPETIZER

Antipasto Skewers Thick cut salami, marinated mozzerella, pepperoncini peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh spinach.

Butter-Lettuce Salad A bed of butter lettuce topped with radishes, red onion, and fresh parsley in a red wine vinagrette.

MAIN COURSE

Bangers & Mash Italian or plant based sausage and homestyle mashed potatoes topped with caramelized onions and green peppers.

DESSERT

Wedding Cake Vanilla cake with buttercream frosting.

BEVERAGES

Beer • Wine • Citrus and Rosemary Spritzer • Water


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