Wedding Venues

Throw a Cocktail Reception

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1. Make it a match

Accentuate fruity drinks by pairing them with hors d'oeuvres that play off of the flavors (think gourmet grilled cheese and berry chutney with strawberry margaritas).

2. Opt for an activity

Dancing is doable at cocktail receptions but not a necessity. Another way to bring guests together: Offer ice-breakers, such as fortune teller readings or photo-booth snapshots with props.

3. Serve tiny treats

Continue the cocktail-hour vibe by having mini desserts (one-bite tarts, cotton candy) passed like hors d'oeuvres.

4. Pour on the charm

Give drink-inspired favors: martini shakers or chocolates infused with flavored liqueur.

5. Top it off tastefully

Add beauty to beverages with elegant garnishes, such as fresh herbs or leaves, sugared flower petals or sticks of colorful rock candy.

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