Diy backyard wedding reception ideas

Caramel Apple: Perfect for drop. Let them dip and decorate themselves! Candies, nuts, chocolate syrup, and lots of napkins should be provided.

Donut: “Glazed and yummy from the new Mr. & Mrs.” Beautiful clever, huh? You can thank Pinterest for that one. Plate them pre-decorated or let them DIY. A donut tower serves as a grand wedding cake, by the way.

Pie: Cherry, blueberry, apple, pecan, pumpkin…everyone loves pie! Serve this all-American dessert with a giant bowl of Cool Whip.

Cheesecake: Fruit, chocolate, peanut butter…there are so numerous sweet ways to dress up your cheesecake. Create bite-size cheesecakes, or serve up slices.

S’more: Use Sterno lamps as mini fires and supply guests with the usual s’ more materials.

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Ice Cream: DIY sundaes, anyone? I know I’d scream for ice cream.

Milk & Cookie: Chocolate chip cookies are classic, but sugar means lots of enjoyment decorating for your friends and family!

Candy: Fill a variety of clear vases, bowls, and jars with your favorite candies. Sweet-lovers can enjoy a handful at the reception or take a bag home as their favor.

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Cake/Cupcake: People love options.

Instead of making the impossible flavor decision, why not offer a few? Cupcakes make that simple, but you can do it with smaller cakes as well. My friend ordered hers from a local grocery store bakery and saved SO much money—but they still tasted incredible.

Chocolate Fountain: Beautiful tasty and lookin’.

Fruit Pizza: A “healthy” alternative to your typical cookie station. Every you need are soft sugar cookies, Cool Whip, and sliced fruit.

Churro: Cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, boiling caramel, and fruit sauces are just a few of the possible sides.

Milkshake: Every you need is ice cream, candy, fruit, and a lot of blenders. Not to mention a few dozen cans of whipped cream. Plus, how cute will the photos be?

Root Beer Float: Root beer + ice cream = win.

Snow Cone: Talk about a summer classic! Assist your guests cool off in a delectable way.

Oreo: Scatter them, stack them, build a tower of them…you won’t remorse it.


Cereal: Large glass jars filled with your favorite, sugary cereals and pitchers of milk. So adorable.

Waffle: Leslie Knope would be proud…serve up stacks of boiling waffles with whipped cream, fruit, and syrup.

Pancake: Quicker than waffles, but just as yummy.

Crepe: Parlez-vous Français? Thin pancakes with lots of unused fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, and more folded inside.

Oatmeal: Crockpots of gooey oatmeal and dishes of the best mix-ins love brown sugar, cinnamon, and unused fruit.

 Omelet: These classic breakfast stations exist at your favorite hotels and brunch spots, so why can’t you own one on your large day?

Every of the above: There’s nothing better than a breakfast buffet, right?

Appetizers & Finger Food

Salad: This doesn’t own to be boring! Fill dishes with incredible toppings love a variety of cheeses, seeds, veggies, fruits, dressings, proteins, and bacon—a really, really large bowl of bacon.

Mashed Potato: Serve the mashed spuds in martini glasses to class things up a bit. Then supply diners with toppings love bacon (yes, a extremely large bowl), peas, cheese, scallions, gravy, dressing, or whatever you love on this classic side.

Baked Potato: Same toppings, diverse potatoes

 Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and drowning in gravy? Count me in.

Spud: Offer every type of potato with every of the fixings mentioned above.

Chili: Homemade chili (red and white, perhaps?) with sour cream, cheese, boiling peppers, scallions, lettuce, tortilla chips, and cornbread.

Bruschetta: I love this Italian station.

Toast up a ton of crostini, and provide plenty of toppings. Since there are so numerous options, I found a list of recipes to attempt >>

Fondue: Oil, cheese, chocolate…three boiling, amazing things. Dip some meat, carbs, and fruit in them and you’ve got a successful wedding food bar.

Biscuit: Are you a southern belle? Do you dream of being one? Then build a biscuit bar! Serve with honey and jams.

Cheese & Cracker: Simple and yummy.

Charcuterie: Lots of meat. Cheese optional. I recommend both—but, I love cheese.

Olive Oil: Freshly baked bread and a variety of yummy olive oils for dipping. Serve these at a station or on each table for simple access.

Fruit: Lots of fruit, obviously.

Then provide dips, cool whip, or yogurt for a sweet pairing.

Oyster: Expensive, but delectable. Some love the taste of raw oysters, and some need lemon, Siracha, horseradish, or Mignonette sauce to make it work.

Soup: Cook up a variety of soups and toppings. You could even attempt soup shooters!

Pickle: Cool thought, right? And super simple. Just discover a ton of diverse, yummy pickles and DIY some labels.

Trail Mix: Just purchase every of the fixings you love and let your guests mix! This can be an event app or your favor, depending on the dish you use.

Wings: I thought it would be cool to supply diners with plain wings, then bowls of unique sauces they can stir and match.

Be prepared! This bar will be messy.

Popcorn: Favorite for a reason! Seasonings, sweet mix-ins, and lots of butter. Serve at the reception or let your guests take some home in a simple paper bag.


Okay, not exactly “food,” but these drink stations will definitely be a highlight of your reception.

1. Coffee: Provide them with sweeteners, cream, mocha powder, cinnamon…yum! Plus, the more caffeine you get into their system, the longer they’ll stay and party.

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2. Champagne Infusion:Champagne is grand by itself, but stir in unused fruit or even popsicles and you can tell “cheers” to one incredible cocktail.

3. Bloody Mary:Celery, beef jerky, pickles, horseradish, olives, jalapenos, boiling sauce, buffalo wings, sliders, cilantro, bacon, peppers…can I hold going?

4.Beer Flight:Breweries own taken over the Twin Cities—what about your hometown? Check with local craft brewers to see if they cater to weddings. Or purchase kegs from a few of your favorites and serve flights to your guests.


Martini: Liquor, vermouth, olives, lemon twists. Served straight up or on the rocks. “Shaken, not stirred.”

6. Margarita: Let them select their flavor, salt or no salt, and garnish. Add tequila shot supplies for real good time.

7. Lemonade: So sweet! Ideal for an outdoor, summer large day. The kids will love it too!

8. Mimosa: Serving brunch? Champagne with OJ is a must-have.

Or set this up in the morning for hair and makeup refreshments.

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9. Boiling Chocolate: Warm up your friends and family with white, milk, and dark chocolate varieties. Garnish with peppermint sticks and marshmallows. Oh-so cozy…

For the DIY

Quick Food: Save yourself some trouble and time—isn’t that what quick food is every about? One huge order of takeout from McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or whatever joint you and your fiancé love will serve as the ideal late-night snack.

Food Truck: Lots of food trucks are catering for weddings nowadays.

Own them cater the whole large day or stop by for a mid-reception pick-me-up! Did I miss a DIY wedding food station? Share it in a comment below!

Looking to make your wedding reception a enjoyment and festive affair your guests will never forget? In addition to a yummy feast, flowing drinks and a killer wedding playlist, some couples love to get the party started with wedding reception games, ice-breakers and other interactive experiences, which might include everything from classic lawn games to bride and groom trivia, a photo scavenger hunt, a well-stocked photo booth and plenty of activities to engage the kids, too.

These sorts of activities work especially well at large, outdoor weddings with space to spread out, but there are plenty of options for indoor weddings, too.

If the thought of adding a couple of games to your wedding day sound love enjoyment, by every means, own at it! We've rounded up the 30 of the best games and activities fit for a wedding reception that guests of every ages will enjoy.

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Spanish Appetizers 

Chips & Salsa: Sort them from mild to spicy and watch everyone dig in.

Nacho: Every the veggies. Every the meat. Every the cheese. Every the greatness.

 Taco: Every the veggies. Every the meat. Every the ch—you get it. Save some cash and make them walking tacos! Little bags of Doritos, ground hamburger with taco seasoning, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream.

Burrito: A bit trickier than the other Mexican options, but definitely doable. You just need an expert burrito roller on-hand.

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Sushi & Saki: This one requires a sushi chef unless you know how to whip up a excellent roll.

Grilled Cheese: Slice up a variety of unique cheeses and own a frying station. Or hand out mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup shots.

Pizza: Create a build your own bar with sauces, veggies, meat, and more, then grill or bake.

You could do classic crust or even flatbreads!

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Burger: I propose a designated griller who whips up patties in bulk. Guests can grab a patty cooked to their liking and dress it up with any fixings you provide.

Pasta: Put out a variety of noodles, pitchers of tasty sauces, veggies, meats, and shredded cheese. Let your guests combine their favorites and create a personalized pasta dinner.

Sandwich: Class it up with unique, unused bread, meats, cheeses, and more.

Slider: Love a burger bar, but smaller. Give them more meat options, love meatballs or chicken!

Boiling Dog: Love a burger bar, but no burgers. Chili, anyone?