People might not remember what the bridesmaids were wearing or the type of flowers used in your bouquet, but they will never forget the food that they ate, whether it was good or bad. Whenever you need to cater an event, presentation and taste matters. If you are planning a reception in New England, make sure to take time to discuss reception menu ideas as seriously as you consider wedding reception activities. If you are planning a wedding reception near Worcester, MA, consider The Crystal Room in Milford. We have an extensive menu selection option for weddings and other significant events through our in-house caterer. We strive to help our clients with all of the essential details associated with planning a successful wedding reception.
Cocktail Hour Service
The first time that your guests will be served food and beverage comes during the cocktail hour. Whether you serve adult beverages or not, at least consider creating a non-alcoholic signature drink to share with your guests. Shirley Temples, which consist of lemon-lime soda and cherry juice, as well as other “virgin” drinks can be a big hit at weddings for guests of all ages. You could also create a signature alcohol cocktail that either matches your wedding colors or theme. Work with the on-site bartender or start researching custom cocktail ideas to inject some fun into your celebration.
Finger foods, such as passed hors-d’oeuvres and appetizers, should also be offered at this time. Include both hot and cold dishes to provide a wide range of options. The Crystal Room has a wide variety of cocktail hour options, including fancy shrimp over ice with cocktail sauce, mini burger sliders, spring rolls with dipping sauce, and assorted quiches. Work with the on-site event coordinator to find the food-and-drink combination that works best for your wedding reception near Worcester, MA.
Four Course Meal
Another perk of working with The Crystal Room in Milford for planning a reception in New England is that our Custom Wedding Packages include a four-course meal. Standard options include Italian Wedding, Minestrone, or Chicken Escarole soup for the first course; tossed garden or Caesar salads for the second course; roast turkey, center cut stuffed pork loin, and baked stuffed boneless chicken breast for the third course along with vegetable and starch choices; and cake service for your custom wedding cake along with a coffee and tea station for the fourth course.
Menu upgrades are also available to include pasta dishes, seafood options, elegant side dishes, and memorable desserts. If your wedding reception activities and decor will have a specific theme that might be complemented by a particular menu item, make sure to ask our staff about custom options. Vegetarian options, as well as premier dining experiences, can all be included for your special day. Pick a menu that best suits your tastes, guest list needs, and budget when planning your reception menu ideas.
You will also want to work with the on-site staff at The Crystal Room to create a seating floorplan that works best for your wedding reception activities. If you aren’t planning on dancing, you can make more room for buffets, tables, and unique options with all that extra space. If you do want a dance floor, ask about our tried and true seating arrangements that can help you to maximize the space without cutting out anything important. Our Custom Wedding packages come with floor length ivory linens with your choice of napkin color, cake cutting services and enhancements, complimentary food tasting for the bride and groom, and elegantly framed table numbers along with all of the tables and chairs you need for your guests.
Other options that can be added when planning a reception in New England include:
- open bar service – based on consumption
- an elegant, framed seating chart with your choice of background image
- multi-tiered flowing beverage fountain for champagne, margaritas, or mimosas
- sparkling wine/champagne toast upgrades with fresh strawberries
- centerpieces for tables and food service tables throughout
- chair covers and sashes in colors to enhance the look of your design
- chiavari chairs to further customize the look and feel of the ballroom
- colored table linens – available in multiple styles and colors
- complete floral, entertainment, photography or videography packages
Schedule a Tour of The Crystal Room
Start making plans for your wedding reception near Worcester, MA at The Crystal Room in Milford. Speak with one of our event coordinators about reception menu ideas and suggestions for staging wedding reception activities in our beautiful ballroom. Give us a call at 508-478-7800 to schedule a tour or to speak with a representative about your ideas for planning a reception in New England.