Creative Food Stations for Your Wedding Reception

Food is often one of the focal points of a wedding reception. With so many creative and delicious food station ideas, you’ll be sure to find something to fit your theme and wow your guests!

Planning a brunch reception? Let guests indulge in frosted donuts, top waffles with fruit, whipped cream and maple syrup, and enjoy Southern homemade buttermilk biscuits.

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During cocktail hour, treat guests to a a sangria bar, a sophisticated collection of artisanal cheeses,  or a fun pairing of sliders and mini mugs of beer!

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Who doesn’t love comfort food? Have a Mexican fiesta and let guests create their own tacos, serve a spud bar including mashed potatoes, French fries, tater tots and baked potatoes with all the toppings or consider an assortment of rustic gourmet pizzas.

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Let’s talk dessert. From cookie and pies to make your own smores, there is a sweet treat for everyone!

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After an evening of dancing, your guests will appreciate some late night snacks. Satisfy their munchies with a candy or popcorn bar and soft pretzels paired with Diet Coke!

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Sources

Brunch Food Stations (left to right)
Donut Bar via Huffington Post
Waffle Bar via BuzzFeed
Biscuit Bar via Andre Winfrye Events

Cocktail Hour (left to right)
Cheese Sommelier via Huffington Post
Sangria Bar via Wedding Chicks
Sliders and Beer via Vanilla in AllSeasons

Entree Food Stations (left to right)
Taco Bar via Lover.ly
Spud Bar via Celebrations at Home
Gourmet Pizza via Style Me Pretty

Dessert Food Stations (left to right)
Cookie Bar via Before the I Do’s
Pie Station via Glacier Park Weddings & Events
Smores Bar via Intimate Weddings

Late Night Snacks (left to right)
Candy Bar via The Knot
Popcorn Bar via New Jersey Bride
Soft Pretzels via The Knot

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Stickers for Favor Bags

free printable valentine's day stickers Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away and what better way to celebrate than by putting together some favor bags for your loved ones. You can easily put these together with our free printable Valentine’s Day stickers, some favor bags from your local craft store and your favorite Valentine’s Day treats like candy hearts or Hershey’s kisses.
free printable valentine's day stickers for favor bags

Supplies:
8.5×11 Sticker paper or cardstock
Printable Valentine’s Day Stickers
2″ circle punch
Tape or glue stick (if using cardstock or paper)
Favor bags
Your favorite Valentine’s Day treats

free printable valentine's day stickers

Instructions:
Step 1) Download and print our free printable Valentine’s Day stickers onto 8.5×11 sticker paper or cardstock.
Step 2) Using the 2″ circle punch, punch the stickers out into circle shapes.
Step 3) Stick or glue the circles onto the favor bags
Step 4) Fill the favor bags with your favorite treats and give out to your loved ones!

free printable valentine's day stickers for favor bags

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Hot Wedding Cake Trends for 2015

For couples tying the knot in 2015, know what’s in store for you in terms of wedding cake designs. Pick an inspiration (or two) from the wedding cake trends for 2015.

Buttercream and Naked Wedding Cakes
Fondant gives way to delicious buttercream in 2015. An emerging trend, most especially in rustic-themed weddings, is the earthy, homemade-looking undressed cake. A thin layer of buttercream is applied to the cake. The frosting is then scraped off to show the brown sponge cake. In some cases, there is no outer frosting at all. Just make sure that your fillings remain stable at room temperature, so they don’t melt and ruin the look of your cake. Popular toppings for naked wedding cakes include fresh fruits or flowers.

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Tiers in Varying Shapes
If you opt for a tiered wedding cake, you might want to consider having tiers of different shapes. In 2015, mix-shaped tiers are going to grace numerous reception tables. For example, choose a wedding cake whose bottom tier is rectangular while the upper ones are circular.

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Metallic Cakes 
Wedding cakes sporting an iridescent metallic sheen are back in 2015. Expect gorgeous cakes unevenly slathered with buttercream frosting that is resplendent in metallic shades like copper and gold. If a solid metallic shade is too overwhelming for you, then go for a sequined look, wherein edible copper-colored sequins are applied to the cake’s outer frosting.   

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French Twist 
Decadent, French-inspired treats will be a source of awe for many wedding reception attendees in 2015. Imagine a towering arrangement of stacked colorful macaroons, crepes, and caramel-threaded croquembouche.

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Unique Filling
Surprise your guests by adding an unexpected flavor to your wedding cake. 2015 is the year of the unique and sumptuous cake filling. Think delectable combos such as almonds and cherry preserves, bananas laced with peanut butter cream cheese, pink champagne and rum custard, chocolate cinnamon paired with salted chocolate ganache, as well as coconut and lime buttercream.

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Sources

Buttercream and Naked Wedding Cakes (left to right)
Photo by Crystal Stokes via Wedding Chicks
Photo by Cassidy Tuttle via It’s a Bride’s Life
Photo by 4 Eyes Photography via It’s a Bride’s Life

Tiers in Varying Shapes (left to right)
Via CakeCentral
Photo by Memoire Studio via Bridal Guide
Photo by Anne Marie Photography via MODwedding

Metallic Cakes (left to right)
Photo by Rachel Petes via Wedding Chicks
Photo by Atelier Pictures via Brides
Photo by VUE Photography via Brides

French Twist (left to right)
Via Wedding Chicks
Photo by Canary Grey Photography via Style Me Pretty
Via Flickr

Unique Filling (left to right)
Photo by Illuminate Photography via Style Me Pretty
Via The Knot
Via The Knot

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Free Printable Thankful For Cards

free printable thankful for cards for thanksgiving
Next week is Thanksgiving and a great way to show what you’re thankful for is with these free printable “thankful for” cards. You can have your friends and family all write down what they’re thankful for and share it with each other at dinner. They’re super easy to print out. All you need is:

  • 8.5×11 cardstock or paper
  • a printer
  • a craft knife, scissors or paper cutter
  • metal ruler (optional if using a craft knife)
  • cutting mat (also optional if using a craft knife)

Just print these out on some 8.5×11 cardstock or paper, which you can buy at your local craft store or office supply store. Then you can just cut the paper in half lengthwise and horizontally to get 4 cards.

Download the Free Printable Thankful For Cards Here

free printable thankful for cards for thanksgiving

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