Want to conjure Top Chef and highlight global flavors? Of er casual made-to-order stations during cocktail hour. Fabrice Orlando of Cocoon Events says interactive food stations allow attendees to participate in their meal creation or observe how local delicacies are made. But, warns Adrienne Kar of the Inn at Laguna Beach in California, Be aware that lines could form, taking up prime real estate.
Passed hors d’oeuvres are a good solution, says Bertha Santiago of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende in Mexico: The food comes to the guests keeping conversations fl owing. Should you splurge for a full bar or just of er beer and wine? Signature-drink stations are an ideal compromise, says Krystel Tien of Elle Bridal Boutique and Couture Events in San Diego. Have your signature cocktails prepped and ready to go to avoid lines at the bar. And don’t fret over wine or beer choices: Just pick two of each.
Jennifer Taylor of Taylor’d Events Group prefers light and fruity wines such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc for white. For red, Pinot noir or grenache is always a good choice. Lindsay Bishop of Lindsay Bishop Events recommends pairing one well-known light beer (Bud Light, Coors Lite) with a locally brewed option, so your uncle and your friends can drink happily.