Southern weddings are one of my favorite things–the parties leading up to them, the gorgeous florals, the food, the dress…everything! Recently, I got to help with several events for a bride that I used to babysit as a teenager. The wedding took place at a gorgeous local plantation, underneath magnificent mossy oaks and the reception was in the nearby horse stables’ courtyard. One of the things I got to assist with was the coordination and display of wedding day refreshments for the wedding party. In true southern fashion, numerous friends and family came together to donate beverages and finger foods for the bridal party to snack on during the big day. Here’s a few snapshots and details of the display for the bridesmaids’ refreshments. These were were set up in the kitchen of an on-site plantation cottage where the girls got ready.
If I ever host a party or event, I really like to use serving-ware that matches or at least has the same finish. These pewter bowls and platters are my go-to for most parties because they’re what I have the most of and they’re unbreakable so they travel well. Most of these pieces were wedding gifts I received almost 7 years ago and they’re from the Pearled Line by Mariposa. I’ve also mixed in a few pieces from Wilton Armetale over the years and actually found some from Target that I like as well.
All of the items we served for the bridesmaids’ wedding day refreshments were cold but one of the great features of the Wilton Armetale line is that it’s oven safe. You can keep appetizers and finger foods warm in the oven and then take them out shortly before your event starts which I absolutely love. The week before the event, I designated my dining room table as the collecting place for all of the unrefrigerated items, platters, bowls and more that we would be taking out to the plantation. We brought refreshments for all of the wedding party, including the groomsmen, so it didn’t take long for my table to fill up with lots of bottled water, protein bars, mimosa bar mixers and more!
There were 10 bridesmaids, 4 house party attendants, the bride, the mother of the bride and a few more in the bridal cottage that day so total, there were about 15-20 individuals that we provided refreshments for on the girls’ side. Due to the large size of the wedding party, we felt that getting a group of about 15 ladies would be the best plan of action in dividing and conquering when it came to feeding everyone. I’ve included a list of everything we served below but I have to note that the “favorites” amongst the bridesmaids were the chicken salad croissants and crudites with flavored hummus. In addition, the mimosa bar seemed to get a good bit of action…we southern girls can’t resist a refreshing mimosa on a hot Summer morning!
For the floral arrangement, I contacted one of my highschool friend’s mothers who has become quite the floral wizard. I always know her end-product will be stunning and I love using someone I personally know. For the bridesmaids’ display, I told her I wanted some height to draw the eye upwards and I wanted to keep the flowers in the neutral ivory family. She filled the arrangement with ivory hydrageas, eucaluptus, a large white magnolia and more…I absolutely loved it! There’s nothing like fresh flowers to add a feminine touch to a table of trays and platters.
It was so much fun displaying all of this gorgeous food but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the one person that helped me out big time on this wedding day, my husband. Unfortunately, when I volunteer for something, it usually means I’m indirectly volunteering us both and this time was no different. For the 3 hours it took to drive back and forth to the plantation, unload coolers, set up food, clean up, etc., he was such a trooper and such an incredible help to me. Something I haven’t mentioned is that this wedding took place on the same plantation that he and I had our wedding reception at 7 years ago. It was pretty sweet to be a part of another wedding in the same place that held so many fond memories for us.
I’ll be doing a post on the groomsmens’ set-up a little later but here’s a list of everything we served to the girls. Hopefully, it gives you some ideas if you have to come up with a good snack menu for a bridal party in the future:
• Fresh Fruit with French Creme Dip
• Crudites with Cilantro-Lime Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Regular Hummus
• Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches
• Salted Nuts & Protein Bars
• Mini Key Lime Cupcakes from Smallcakes Cupcakery
• Bottled Water & La Croix Sparkling Water
• Mimosa Bar: Orange Juice & Grapefruit Juice with Cava Wine, Champagne & Prosecco
• White Wine