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Find out how to setup a charcuterie board that is fire. We’ll cover every step to help you plan all of the details to achieve IG-worthy grazing tables.

Italian themed charcuterie board. Discover how to make a charcuterie board that is fire.

Italian themed charcuterie board.

Planning a grazing table for your cocktail reception and afraid you may be missing something? Then this step by step guide on how to setup a charcuterie board for your wedding is a must read.

What exactly is Charcuterie, Anyway?

Charcuterie (pronounced Shahr-Koo-Tuh-Ree) is a style of preparing and preserving meats from before refrigerators were available. In order to do this, salts, fermenting, brining and curing methods are used. But no need to worry about how to prepare these meats as you can get them already made at local stores. Nowadays, charcuterie boards include these meats served with cheeses, sweets, breads and tangy-pickles in bite-sized portions.

Let’s Start with a Mouth-Watering Themed Charcuterie Board

Nothing whets our appetite like a charcuterie board at a wedding reception spilling over foot-long tables. And before diving into the juicy details, would you like to pick a theme for your cheese and charcuterie tables? Then, check out these suggestions.



Cheese and Meats Pairing Tip: Meat and cheese made in the same region tends to be good together. Pick a theme and simplify your choices.

Spanish-themed charcuterie tables must include at least a few delicious tapas. Think patatas bravas, chorizo and almonds, or gambas al ajillo, Manchego cheeses and jamón serrano. Wash it down with red wines from the La Rioja region.

Go for a gorgeous charcuterie board or table to impress your guests and let them feel cozy. A charcuterie board with lots of salami and sausages, cheese over a 42" extra large serving platter made in Homerville, Ohio.

Go for a gorgeous charcuterie board or table to impress your guests and let them feel cozy. A charcuterie board with lots of salami and sausages, cheese over a 42″ extra large serving platter made in Homerville, Ohio. Get it here!

Offer your guests a typical Italian charcuterie table. The choices are unending. Salami, mortadella, sopressata, pancetta, bresaola mixed in with olives, gorgonzola, ricotta, and the soft bocconcini that melt in your mouth. Think Chianti for a winter affair and Asti or Prosecco for a lighter and more refreshing flavor.

British charcuterie boards can include Stilton and Gloucester cheeses, blood pudding or apple slices properly accompanied with some Brit ale.

A German-themed grazing table should include the famous “wursts” or german sausages, brown spicy mustards and sauerkraut. We don’t need to even mention German beer but if you prefer wine, you cannot go wrong with a German Riesling. It’s their flagship wine for a reason.

Of course, if you’d rather leave a smaller carbon footprint, go local and highlight tasty, sustainable and seasonal foods. We are sure there are plenty of cold cuts, cheeses, breads, jams, nuts, and sweet treats in your area.

British charcuterie boards can include Stilton and Gloucester cheeses, blood pudding or apple slices properly accompanied with some Brit ale.

Scrumptious British charcuterie boards. Wash it down with some Brit ale!

How to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board: Let’s Pick the Charcuterie

Pick meats with a variety of textures and flavors. To give you and idea, here are three groups from which to choose.

Cured hard sausages

These have strong flavors and go best when paired with something sweet like spreadable chutneys, blackberries and nectarine jams. Choose from spicy sopressatas, dry-cured sausissons, mettwurst, hard salami or artisanal chorizo.

Sopressata with cornichon pickles and pearl onions. How to setup a charcuterie table for the ultimate foodie.

Sopressata with cornichon pickles and pearl onions.

Whole muscle cuts

We know, we know… you already visualized the leg of jamón ibérico. You can also go with paper-thin pork loin, smoked country ham, or beef tenderloin. They really go with everything from honeydew melons to spicy mustards or to cornichon pickles.

Paté

Definitely the delicate texture of the terrine or paté will add variety to your charcuterie table and show your prowess as a charcuterie connoisseur. Pick something along the lines of a liverwurst, or a duck or rabbit terrine to spread over crackers.

One of the most original ways to display your charcuterie table.

One of the most original ways to display your charcuterie table.



How to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board: It’s Cheese Time!

We have categories here too. And just like with the meats, it’s best to pick one of each and you’ve got to make a minimum of three choices.

Aged and Firm cheeses

Sharp and hard cheeses like Parmigiano Regiano, Cheddar, Manchego, Gouda and Gruyere.
Soft cheeses: Creamy and most likely to be made from raw milk such as cottage cheese, brie, pot cheese, Camembert, Vacherin Mont d’Or, queso blanco, burrata, and cream cheese.

Smoked cheeses

Mostly on the softer side and perfect for smoking, we can find Gouda, Brie, Swiss, provolone, Rauchkase, Monterey jack, Cheddar and Gruyere.

Crumbly cheeses

Here we have Cotija. goat, ashed chevre, and feta.

Blue cheeses

Roquefort, Shropshire Blue, Stilton, Cambozola, Danish Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola can be found amongst these moldy delicacies,

Jamón Ibérico de bellota, a delicacy made from black Iberian pigs fed with acorns.

Jamón Ibérico de bellota, a delicacy made from black Iberian pigs fed with acorns.

How to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board: Pairing the Flavors

There are two ways of combining your meats and cheeses on your grazing table. One is by choosing complementary flavors and textures and the second one, well… opposites attract.

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When you choose similar flavors, they may focus on what is shared, so you can add contrast with olives, pine nuts, jams, or pearl onions. On the other hand, picking opposite flavors and texture will help bring out the best in both.

Best advice ever: ask your caterer to put together a tasting. Nothing like listening to what your palate has to say. But make sure to pick at least a more traditional pair for those guests who may not be as daring as you are.

How to setup a charcuterie table for your wedding, step by step.

How to setup a charcuterie table for your wedding, step by step.

How to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board: Breads & Crackers

There really is no need to go overboard with the bread or cracker variety. French baguettes, sourdough, plain toast, wafer crisps, breadsticks, pumpernickel, wheat crackers, flatbread or melba toast will be perfect additions to your charcuterie board.

Prosciutto, black olives, camembert, nut crackers, grapes and spicy mustard for an epic outdoor charcuterie board.

Prosciutto, black olives, camembert, nut crackers, grapes and spicy mustard for an epic outdoor charcuterie board.

How to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board: Add Contrasting Sweets and Acidic Flavors

Not everything is meats, cheese and crackers. Condiments are the spice of life (pun intended) and they will enhance flavors as well as add more color to your grazing stations.

We have mentioned some already, so here are a few sure-fire combinations:

  1. Prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano, baguettes and spicy mustard.
  2. Spanish-style chorizo, Triple Cream, fig spread and Marcona almonds.
  3. Truffle Salami, Manchego, rye bread and cranberries and almonds.
  4. Sopressata, aged gouda, salted crackers and dried apricot jelly or roasted peppers.
This is an easy tutorial on how to setup a charcuterie board table. Impress your friends and family with the most romantic grazing station!

This is an easy tutorial on how to setup a charcuterie board table. Impress your friends and family with the most romantic grazing station!

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How Much Meat and Cheese do you Need for the Grazing Table?

If you are planning on serving your charcuterie boards at cocktail hour, calculate 2oz. of meat per person and 3 to 4 oz of cheese. If this is the main course, plan on 4oz of meat per guest and 6 to 7 oz of cheese.

Complete guide for how to setup a charcuterie board for wedding receptions. Here as a table runner by a forks tale.

Complete guide for how to setup a charcuterie board for wedding receptions. Here as a table runner by a forks tale.

3 Final Tips to Setup a Perfect Charcuterie Board for your Wedding Reception

  1. Presentation is key. Mix different heights, play with a charcuterie board centerpiece, cutting boards, wood slabs, and cake stands.
  2. Serve it at room temperature. Meats and cheeses sweat and look unappetizing.
  3. Slice both hard cheeses and charcuterie very thinly.

We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to setup a charcuterie board for your wedding and keep on browsing through the images for more ideas and inspiration!

Impress your friends and guests with this beautiful display of your favorite antipasto foods as they run down the table. Served over an extra large oak serving platter made in Homerville, Ohio.

Impress your friends and guests with this beautiful display of your favorite antipasto foods as they run down the table. Served over an extra large oak serving platter made in Homerville, Ohio. Buy it here!

 

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Have all your guests flock to your sweets table with this lit round up of drool worthy Mexican desserts! Copy away!

Mexican desserts: wedding cookies, chocolate cookies and churros. Yum!

Mexican desserts: wedding cookies, chocolate cookies and churros. Yum!

Whether you are planning a food fiesta or not, a sweets table filled with Mexican desserts will delight every one of your guests!

Of course, you’ve heard (and tasted) the scrumptious Mexican wedding cookies, but how about tempting your guests with a line up of mouthwatering Mexican desserts?

From sweet breads and rum-soaked fruitcakes to chile pepper-spiked Mexican wedding desserts, this round up has something for everybody’s taste.

Keep in mind that the dessert table is one of the most visited spots at a wedding. So, regale your friends and family with these Mexican cuisine delicacies. They will not be able to say no to these Mexican desserts!

Mexican Wedding Cakes

The Mexican wedding cake has traditionally been made out of scrumptious rum-soaked fruitcake or the famous tres leches cake. None of them is easily stackable into tiers. So, instead of a giant tiered cake, Mexican weddings will often have a dessert table for a grand display of an assortment of cakes and sweets.



Traditionally, Mexican wedding cakes are rum-soaked fruitcakes. Delicious but too heavy to stack up. In order to serve a sizable number of guests, they were presented at different individual levels with the help of tiered wedding cake stands.

Traditionally, Mexican wedding cakes are rum-soaked fruitcakes. Delicious but too heavy to stack up. In order to serve a sizable number of guests, they were presented at different individual levels with the help of tiered wedding cake stands.

Finger-licking Good Mexican Desserts

Buñuelos, sweet breads, sopapillas, camotes enmielados, chile-spiked chocolate brownies, Abuelita chocolate cookies filled with caramel or tamarindo sauce. There’s so much variety that it’s hard to choose. Good word of advice, don’t go overboard. Plan for each guest to help themselves to three servings at the most, this is not exactly light fare.

Mexican pan dulce breads station. Enjoy!

Mexican pan dulce breads station. Enjoy!

The sopapillas, sopaipas, or cachangas are made with fried dough and drizzled with honey. A “must try” on your list of Mexican desserts!

Mexican desserts for your sweets table: Sopapilla berry cheesecake. Hundo lit!

Mexican desserts for your sweets table: Sopapilla berry cheesecake. Hundo lit!

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Polvorones or Mexican Wedding Cookies

Pastelitos de boda (literally, “wedding cookies”) or “polvorones” are a traditional dessert at Mexican weddings. Made with shortbread, walnuts, pecans, or almonds, rolled in powdered sugar, they’re a sweet way to end you special day.

The Mexican wedding cookie originates in medieval middle-eastern cuisine that got to Spain with the Moor invasion and that’s how it made its way to Mexico. It also appears in many other countries cuisine, so we find variations of this cookie in Italy, Argentina and the famous Russian Tea Cakes.

Polvorones or Mexican wedding cookies. Buttery pecan confections that melt in your mouth. Covered in powered sugar.

Polvorones or Mexican wedding cookies. Buttery pecan confections that melt in your mouth. Covered in powered sugar.



Mexican Desserts for your Sweets Table: Cakes!

You may also choose to follow tradition and present an arrangement of Mexican cakes. For example, a pastel tres leches, a sponge or butter cake infused with condensed milk and heavy cream will be a lit addition to your wedding desserts table. There is also budin, chabacano cake, fruitcake and chocolate cake.

Here’s an idea! Spike brownie mix with ground chipotle, chile pepper and cinnamon. Serve with dulce de leche ice cream for an easy Mexican-inspired dessert.

Spike boxed brownie mix with ground chipotle, chile pepper and cinnamon. Serve with dulce de leche ice cream for an innovative Mexican dessert.

Spike boxed brownie mix with ground chipotle, chile pepper and cinnamon. Serve with dulce de leche ice cream for an innovative Mexican dessert.

Sweet Churros for your Dessert Table

Even though churros as we know them today, originated in Spain, it was in Mexico where the conquistadors found the cocoa beans to make the chocolate sauce we dunk them in. One fab idea is to serve mini-churros in shot glasses dipped in chocolate sauce. Or dipped in dulce de leche, if you so prefer.

Must have snacks for your wedding dessert table: churros dipped in chocolate!

Must have snacks for your wedding dessert table: churros dipped in chocolate!

El amor es dulce is the perfect addition to your wedding dessert table. Let your guests fill them with classic Mexican churros and take them away as favors. Ships from Marcus, Iowa via Etsy.

The perfect addition to your wedding dessert table. Churro wedding favors your guests can bag themselves!

The perfect addition to your wedding dessert table. Churro wedding favors your guests can bag themselves! Via Etsy.

Colorful and Refreshing Paletas or Mexican Fruit Bars

Spring and summer weddings can portray an array of delectable fruit bars or paletas. Made with aguas frescas, a fresh fruity juice drink. Want to make an even bigger impression? Pick flavors whose colors match your wedding theme.

If you are hosting a fall or winter bash and want to include them in your Mexican desserts table, there are some fav flavors available, such as chocolate, tamarind-chile, and walnut.

Paletas de aguas frescas or fruit bars, natural and delicious. And you've been dancing all night long... so grab a couple!!

Paletas de aguas frescas or fruit bars, natural and delicious. And you’ve been dancing all night long… so grab a couple!!

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Mexican Desserts for your Sweets Table: Flan

A favorite of adults and children alike, this custard concoction is a great addition to dessert bars. One great idea is a flan bar. Chocolate, vanilla and walnut flan with the topping of your choice.

Drool-worthy walnut flan. Top it with caramel, dulce de cajeta or make them a la mode with a scoop of ice-cream.

Drool-worthy walnut flan. Top it with caramel, dulce de cajeta or make them a la mode with a scoop of ice-cream.

Mexican flan dessert bar. Who amongst your guests will resist this temptation?

Who amongst your guests will resist this temptation?

Traditional Warm Beverages to Accompany your Mexican Desserts

Champurrados a thicker version of hot chocolate and atoles (or atol), a náhuatl word that means corn-drink will definitely hit the spot after a dancing all night long.

Mexican chocolate’s distinctive and rich flavor comes from the spices and the roasted and ground cacao nibs used in its preparation. These nibs smell like super-rich chocolate but it’s way more bitter than dark cocoa. When mixed with sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, chiles, and tamarind, it becomes a drink for the gods! I had some real Mexican hot chocolate with tamarind and orange and I can assure you, it slays!

Champurrado or Mexican hot chocolate with chile, cinnamon and nutmeg. So yum!! Recipe by Little Spice Jar.

Champurrado or Mexican hot chocolate with chile, cinnamon and nutmeg. So yum!! Recipe by Little Spice Jar.

 

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These modern and unique wedding cake designs can rock any reception and leave your guests in awe! Check them out!

Original and unique wedding cake designs.

Original and unique wedding cake designs.

On the hunt for the ultimate pick of the chicest and most unique wedding cake designs? Look no further. These cringe-worthy cakes will have you dripping with thirst in no time at all.

Next year’s trends are already here. And they are all about boho and vintage meets industrial, or a mix of romantic geometry or mind-blowing and impressive confections. Of course, we had to keep it a hundred and gather the ones that we considered to be the best of the best for Uber-chic couples.

Finding the best wedding cake flavors is not an easy task. This article will guide you through how to pick the perfect cake flavor for your wedding!

Unique Wedding Cake Designs that are Fire

Nothing makes a bigger statement at a reception that a unique wedding cake design. This is usually the result of its shape and decor. But lately, color has been creeping up these sweet confections making them all the more cringe-worthy. Forego the traditional white wedding cake for a swoon-worthy and unique wedding cake design in living color and stripes.



If you are anything like us, this tall one tier concrete cake will steal your heart. It boasts an industrial vibe meets bohemian rustic aesthetic. Perfect for outdoors or indoors, it fits most wedding themes and venues.

If you are anything like us, this tall one tier concrete cake will steal your heart. It boasts an industrial vibe merged with bohemian rusticity. Photo: Because Life Photography.

Wedding cake design with an industrial boho vibe. Photo: Because Life Photography.

Modern metallic rainbow inspired gold foil modern wedding cake art with oh so tempting macarons by Julian Angel, a Colombian wedding cake confectioner and artist at heart.

Rainbow-inspired gold foil modern wedding cake art with macarons by Julian Angel.

Modern wedding cake art with macarons by Julian Angel.

We are swept away by these unique wedding cake designs. Especially by the 3D floral details, watercolors and piping on this cake. Totally TD, am I right?

We are swept away with these unique wedding cake designs. Especially the details on this cake.

Swoon-worthy and unique wedding cake designs.



Ferns are replacing eucalyptus branches for cakes this year and this geometrical boho creation is no exception. Fresh florals, a few dried sprigs and fern arrangement decorate this modern and elegant single tier black cake.

Ferns are replacing eucalyptus branches over cakes this year and this geometrical boho confection is no exception. Malibu, California.

Geometrical boho confection. Malibu, California.

Fall inspired Uber-tall single tiered purple wedding cakes are all the rage this year. Surrounded with figs and berries and topped with fresh seasonal flowers and light greenery.

Fall inspired Uber-tall single tiered purple wedding cake surrounded with figs and berries, topped with fresh seasonal flowers and light greenery.

Color wedding cakes are totally on trend this year.

Did anybody say destination wedding? Fresh, colorful and unique single tiered wedding cake with pear slices embellished with gold.

Single-tiered wedding cake with colorful pear slices. Did anybody say destination wedding? By cookmaking.

Unique wedding cake designs for destination weddings. By cookmaking.

Romantic and Unique Wedding Cake Designs

Couples that prefer a sweeter and more romantic touch are also in luck this upcoming wedding season. These cake design techniques can be leveraged for a lovey-dovey confection. Colors like living coral, pastel pinks, fuchsias can be paired with fresh flowers for a more boho vibe or pearls for a vintage aesthetic. Keep in mind that a little texture and decor goes a long way to make your wedding cake unique.

Hand painted cake art over a unique five-tiered wedding cake.

Hand painted cake art over a unique five-tiered wedding cake.

Curious about the groom’s cake tradition?

Perfection in living coral. Ultra smooth edges and edible art in the form of roses and leaves. Romantic glam to the max!

Modern vintage fall wedding cake design ideas. Perfection in living coral. Ultra smooth edges, edible art in the form of roses and leaves.

Modern vintage fall wedding cake design ideas.

Uber-Chic White Wedding Cake Designs

If your goto choice is an elegant white wedding cake, you can still be onpoint. Get inspired by these stunning white wedding cake designs that will impress your guests like none other. These confections are a must-see!

You can keep the white, but order a true masterpiece for your wedding cake! By victoria made.

You can keep the white, but order a true masterpiece for your wedding cake! By victoria made.

Unique wedding cake designs are trending for the upcoming wedding season so dare to go all out with an unparalleled masterpiece like this one.

Hands down unique, this bauble chocolate wedding cake for the couple that wants to make a classy statement at their reception. By M&S.

Hands down unique, this bauble chocolate wedding cake for the couple that wants to make a classy statement at their reception. By M&S.

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A mini guide to serving mini foods for weddings. Why serve them, how are they different from appetizers. Even how to estimate the number of pieces per guest! Read on!

Add some maple syrup on the side for those guests that want to go the extra mile. Mini fried chicken and waffles.

Add some maple syrup on the side for those guests that want to go the extra mile. Mini fried chicken and waffles.

Take a bite out of this catering option for your big day: mini foods for weddings. Plainly adorable miniature versions of our favorite dishes, super Instagrammable and too cute to eat. Do not miss these mini wedding food ideas, a trend that’s definitely on fleek.

Mini foods, fancifully called hors d’oeuvres, are the cutest thing to grace your most romantic day. Fun and dynamic, delicious and handy. These miniature foods will impress your guests with their creativity and masterful catering presentation. From cocktail hour to full-blown dinner, let’s uncover the art of serving mini foods for weddings.

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Why Serve Mini Foods for Weddings?

For their beauty and art, of course. Moreover, who doesn’t dig a variety of flavors?

Some couples even dedicate their entire wedding theme to the wholesomeness of mini food. From mini meatballs and spaghetti or pint-sized bites of chicken and waffles to ice cream cones or deviled quail eggs, there are hundreds of options of mini food for weddings.

Mini foods can spice up your reception, cocktail hour, or even the dessert portion of your wedding. Moreover, if you are going for an appetizer streak, mini foods for weddings can bring that over-the-top relish to your occasion.



Adorable miniature versions of your favorite dishes, super Instagrammable and too cute to eat. Do not miss these mini wedding food ideas, a trend that's definitely on fleek.

Adorable miniature versions of your favorite dishes, super Instagrammable and too cute to eat. Do not miss these mini wedding food ideas, a trend that’s definitely on fleek.

Catering of mini foods for weddings can also include some healthy choices like these delicious mini salads. Photographer: Beca Rillo Photography.

Catering of mini foods for weddings can also include some healthy choices like these delicious mini salads. Photographer: Beca Rillo Photography.

What is the Difference between Appetizers and Mini Foods?

Mini foods are finger foods—one-bite delights that can be either passed or stationary. Like bruschettas, crudités, and sticky spicy sesame cauliflower wings, mini foods can be served separately from, prior to a meal or as the main wedding food.

On the other hand, appetizers are slightly larger in size and eaten as first courses when seated at the table. They are also prepared in a way that complements the main course and dessert courses to follow.

Great finger food for cocktail hour: mini spinach feta rolls.

Great finger food for cocktail hour: mini spinach feta rolls.

Definitely on fleek. Mini rum and coke in mini-sized vintage coke bottles served with mini food.

Definitely on fleek. Mini rum and coke in mini-sized vintage coke bottles served with mini food.

How much are we loving this mini food craze?

How much are we loving this mini food craze?



Mini Foods for Weddings Planning Tips

If you have made up your mind and are going for the mini foods for weddings craze, here’s some planning tips that will help you make choices that fit your budget.

How Many Pieces Should I Estimate per Guest?

Let’s be real here: you don’t want to send your guests home hungry; neither do you want to waste excess food. Mini foods for weddings require a bit of tweaking. At cocktail hour, estimate 2-4 pieces per guest before entrée. While 5-6 pieces per guest can be estimated after the main course. For dinner replacements, 12-14 pieces per guest will do just fine.

Of course, for a better assessment, take into consideration how filling or rich your choice of mini foods is. Heavier, creamier concoctions or chocolate-filled bites will demand less pieces than the more fruity and summery dishes.

Mini caprese, mini waffles dipped in chocolate & let the sprinkles add to the fun, and mini filet mignon with garlic toast.

Mini caprese, mini waffles dipped in chocolate & let the sprinkles add to the fun, and mini filet mignon with garlic toast.

Mini fish & chip cones. How original is that?

Mini fish & chip cones. How original is that?

Stack a few mini pancakes and top with berries. Recipe and Photo: Stone Wall Kitchen.

Stack a few mini pancakes and top with berries. Recipe and Photo: Stone Wall Kitchen.

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Let’s Talk Cost and Budgets: How Much for that Mini Food on the Window?

Contrary to reducing overall cost, mini foods for weddings might be a more expensive option. The thing about mini foods is that they are labor intensive—the sheer creativity, perfection and attention that goes into creating these beauties. It all depends on how elaborate or simple they are.

You might save on reception staff versus a seated dinner. So consider how you plan on serving them!

If you are planning to make mini foods the spotlight of your nuptials, a smart advice to mix up your special day with larger food types to be on the economical side. You can introduce heavier items like braised lamb meatballs or salmon sliders to complement the table. On the other hand, reduce handmade pieces by just incorporating baked brie, quinoa salad, or a mezze platter. Bring on the “platter.”

When it comes down to mini wedding foods the presentation is key. Check out these mini buckets and the wooden table used to serve these pork sliders.

When it comes down to mini wedding foods the presentation is key. Check out these mini buckets and the wooden table used to serve these pork sliders.

These mini food ideas for weddings, a take on the American classics, perfectly presented to match an industrial wedding decor.

These mini food ideas for weddings, a take on the American classics, perfectly presented to match an industrial wedding decor.

Impress your guests with unique and creative small bites. Jump onto the mini foods for weddings wagon!

Impress your guests with unique and creative small bites. Jump onto the mini foods for weddings wagon!

Mini mac and cheese bites recipe. Easy and economical comfort food.

Mini mac and cheese bites recipe. Easy and economical comfort food.

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Super Cool Idea: Pairing Mini Foods and Mini Drinks!

Who says we can’t get tipsy with mini foods at weddings? From the Blushing Bride (champagne, peach schnapps, and grenadine) paired with mini fruits to a classic bourbon and bacon chicken skewers, the possibilities are endless.

Talk about creamy coconut margaritas and loaded nacho chips, or honeyed whiskey lemonade and mini macaroni and cheese stuffed biscuits — mini foods for weddings are sure to make a statement.

Who can turn down lavender lemonade mojitos and goat cheese? Or resist a crowd-pleasing combo of tangerine cocktail and prosciutto wrapped peach slices? Oh, my!

Who says we can’t get tipsy with mini foods at weddings? Pair mini pigs in a blanket with a shot of beer. A wonderful flavor combination.

Who says we can’t get tipsy with mini foods at weddings? Pair mini pigs in a blanket with a shot of beer. A wonderful flavor combination.

Such a cute pairing! Mini Patron tequilas with taco bites.

Such a cute pairing! Mini Patron tequilas with taco bites.

Mini spaghetti and meatballs, a great opportunity to serve a good Chianti.

Mini spaghetti and meatballs, a great opportunity to serve a good Chianti.

Don’t forget to check out these sustainable catering ideas or this guide to plan a food truck wedding. The wedding menu is one of the main ingredients for happy guests!

Mini ice cream cones in pastel colors. Cute, lovely and delicious.

Mini ice cream cones in pastel colors. Cute, lovely and delicious.

Serve some mini burritos already made or let your guests top their own.

Serve some mini burritos already made or let your guests top their own.

Recipe for mini taco stuffed peppers: stuff the mini bell peppers with ground meat and drizzle them with cilantro cream sauce.

Recipe for mini taco stuffed peppers: stuff the mini bell peppers with ground meat and drizzle them with cilantro cream sauce.

Lovely balloon decor for the mini wedding food table at a rooftop or backyard.

Lovely balloon decor for the mini wedding food table at a rooftop or backyard.

Mini pancake pops for a very interative buffet. Serve with a choice of squash, goat's cheese and rosemary or caramel sauce. Let your guests take their pick!

Mini pancake pops for a very interative buffet. Serve with a choice of squash, goat’s cheese and rosemary or caramel sauce. Let your guests take their pick!

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Mention melted Gruyere, mozzarella, prosciutto and my mouth starts watering. Why not organize a grilled cheese bar at a wedding? I say, let’s!

Gouda and roasted mushrooms on your bread of choice. I'm salivating already!

Gouda and roasted mushrooms on your bread of choice. I’m salivating already!

From grilled cheese stations to full-blown grilled cheese parties, these delicious sandwiches will delight your guests and save you lots of mula on your wedding. Let’s take a look at how to organize a grilled cheese bar at a wedding!

And don’t miss out these incredible recipes that will tempt you to the point of making a grilled cheese right now!

Organize a Grilled Cheese Bar at a Wedding

When it comes to food, forget the long, multi course formal meals. Guests love having familiar, filling foods—to fuel them for all that mingling, drinking, and dancing they’ll be doing! A spin on grilled cheese sandwiches is a fun option guests will actually enjoy. A grilled cheese bar will definitely hit the spot!

Furthermore, Millennial couples enjoy more affordable, interactive and fun ideas. Transform your wedding catering style or, if you are not so daring, serve them at your brunch wedding or at any party preceding the big day.

There’s a few of ways you can incorporate these delicious sammies at a wedding. You can serve them as appetizers at cocktail hour, host a grilled cheese party or organize a grilled cheese station – manned, of course. Either way, get inspired by these recipes and ideas to include a grilled cheese bar at a wedding!



Fontina, blackberry & basil smash grilled cheese sandwiches. They'll disappear before you can say cheese!

Fontina, blackberry & basil smash grilled cheese sandwiches. They’ll disappear before you can say cheese!

How to organize a grilled cheese bar? With a grilled cheese bar menu for weddings, of course!

How to organize a grilled cheese bar? With a grilled cheese bar menu for weddings, of course!

Go for a Casual Setup on Small Backyard Weddings

Small gatherings with framily or outdoor weddings are the perfect setting for your grilled cheese bar. Along with some additions your guests can you use, arrange your basics on a counter or long table.

Decorate the table with a few different bread types, like sourdough, whole wheat, challah, and even donuts!

Then spice up your cheese game with varieties, like, Swiss, fontina, gruyere, mozzarella, brie, and gouda. Speaking of cheese, you may need to label each type if you want to offer many options so your guests know what to pick.

Of course, to organize a grilled cheese bar at a wedding you wouldn’t leave out butter. You can even flavor the delish spread with chives, roasted garlic, cinnamon or truffle oil and sugar.

Now, you can go wild with your additions. Roasted peppers, olive tapenade, fresh herbs, bacon, ham, caramelized onions, roast beef and sliced pears can all make your grilled cheese bar special.

Finally, bring in a cook to man the hot griddles or a couple of frying pans at the final station of your grilled cheese bar.

Grilled cheese gourmet style with roasted apples, cranberries and pecans.

Grilled cheese gourmet style with roasted apples, cranberries and pecans.

This blackberry bacon grilled cheese has the sweetness of the jam, the spiciness of the jalapeño and the maple saltiness of the bacon.

This blackberry bacon grilled cheese has the sweetness of the jam, the spiciness of the jalapeño and the maple saltiness of the bacon.

Fontina, walnuts, apple and honey on the table and you are the master of the grilled cheese bars.

Fontina, walnuts, apple and honey on the table and you are the master of the grilled cheese bars.



Grilled Cheese Stations are Ideal for Large Weddings

The last thing you want is spills and stains all over the wedding venue. Needless to say, anything hot like a griddle or a panini press could spell disaster. Therefore, hiring a couple of chefs to man the grilled cheese stations is highly advisable. Let your guests have fun picking their ingredients or choosing from the grilled cheese menu. The larger the number of guests, the more stations you will have to add. The cooks will know how to handle the griddles and the heat of the mini kitchen.

You may want to set up a few printed grilled cheese recipes for your guests. This brings that touch of adventure and creativity to your ceremony.

A variation on the classic grilled cheese sandwich that will surprise and tempt your guests.

A variation on the classic grilled cheese sandwich that will surprise and tempt your guests.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are kicked up a notch with the addition of pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, giving rise to these scrumptious pizza grilled cheese sandwiches.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are kicked up a notch with the addition of pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, giving rise to these scrumptious pizza grilled cheese sandwiches.

Pairing food is the latest rage at weddings. What better than mini grilled cheese and tomato soup served as an appetizer?

Pairing food is the latest rage at weddings. What better than mini grilled cheese and tomato soup served as an appetizer?

A few Serving Suggestions to Organize a Grilled Cheese Bar at a Wedding

  • At cocktail hour, put your wedding eats to a great kick off with mini grilled cheeses. Then gratify them with bite-size sammies paired with tomato soup.
  • As main course, go for something gourmet and mouthwatering delicious as lobster grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • For dessert, take mascarpone, a decadent cheese, and pair it Nutella and fresh fruits. Add a drizzle of chocolate sauce to cap it all with desserty messiness.
  • Carb-heavy sammies like mac n’ cheese grilled cheese, rainbow grilled cheese, and pulled pork grilled cheeses will serve as the perfect refueling end to the evening.
  • Organize a grilled cheese bar by placing plates and napkins at strategic areas where people can easily get a hold of them while building their grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Pair up the comfort food with wine or beer. These drinks are interesting counterpoints that give a refreshing and cleansing feel with rich grilled cheese. If you are hosting a winter wedding, go for warm and tasty soups!
The grilled cheese station will be brimming with guests trying to get their hands on these. Made with spinach, basil pesto, artichoke hearts, and creamy Havarti cheese.

The grilled cheese station will be brimming with guests trying to get their hands on these. Made with spinach, basil pesto, artichoke hearts, and creamy Havarti cheese.

The donut craze extends itself to the grilled cheese sandwiches. Serve your guests these insane bacon and maple glaze donut grilled cheese.

The donut craze extends itself to the grilled cheese sandwiches. Serve your guests these insane bacon and maple glaze donut grilled cheese.

A twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich. The secret is in the bread. Serve your guests some challah to create this mouthwatering sandwich.

A twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich. The secret is in the bread. Serve your guests some challah to create this mouthwatering sandwich.

Grilled Cheese Photo Gallery to Organize a Grilled Cheese Bar

Scrumptious Recipes for a Grilled Cheese Party

One of my favorites grilled cheese recipes is this roast beef smoked gouda. To make one of these delish sammies, you will need 1/4 lb. roast beef, 1 large red onion, 1 tablespoon of fresh sage, 2 tablespoons of butter, 3oz of smoked gouda, and 2 slices of bread.

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the onions and sage.
  2. Now let’s caramelize the onions: Toss the mix so the onions are coated in butter, lower the heat to medium-low and sauté slowly for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Spread the remaining butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Place on of the bread slices with the buttered side facing down and pile half the cheese slices on top, add the roast beef, spoon some of the caramelized onions layer the rest of the cheese slices and top the with the other bread slice.
  5. Place the sandwich on a skillet or panini press over medium heat.
  6. Let the cheese melt for about 2 minutes, flip the sandwich over and let the cheese melt for another 2 minutes.
  7. Serve on a plate with your favorite soup or beverage and voilá!
One of my favorites grilled cheese recipes. Roast beef smoked gouda recipe.

One of my favorites grilled cheese recipes. Roast beef smoked gouda recipe by Running to the Kitchen.

Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese Recipe

A classic Margherita pizza stuffed in between two slices of bread! Most of the ingredients are for the sauce. So you have a choice to make it or buy it at the supermarket. We are going straight for the grilled cheese sandwich. Sauce, check!

Butter the outsides of two slices of sourdough bread. Spoon the sauce over their non-buttered side, add slices of basil and mozzarella and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil.  If you are feeling extra daring, add a few drops of balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook in a hot cast-iron skillet until the cheese has completely melted and each side is golden brown. Enjoy!

Pizza Margherita grilled cheese recipe.

Pizza Margherita grilled cheese recipe.

Who says a comfort food like grilled cheese can’t bring magic to your wedding? Although it may not be the most gourmet dish, (says who?) a grilled cheese party is definitely a crowd pleaser. Now, how about reading on how to plan a food truck wedding?

Add some Mexican party flair with these bacon, guacamole grilled cheese sandwiches.

Add some Mexican party flair with these bacon, guacamole grilled cheese sandwiches.

A donut grilled cheese will be an original and scrumptious addition to your grilled cheese bar.

A donut grilled cheese will be an original and scrumptious addition to your grilled cheese bar.

Your guests won't miss the Spanakopitas with this delectable spinach and ricotta grilled cheese sandwich. Has mozzarella, parmesan, and don't forget the sourdough bread.

Your guests won’t miss the Spanakopitas with this delectable spinach and ricotta grilled cheese sandwich. Has mozzarella, parmesan, and don’t forget the sourdough bread.

This may sound a bit strange until you taste it. Honey, banana and mascarpone grilled cheese sandwich. Try it out!

This may sound a bit strange until you taste it. Honey, banana and mascarpone grilled cheese sandwich. Try it out!

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