Slushies, food trucks, and brunch: 10 delicious ways to make your wedding food fun #Reception Advice#Wedding 101#beverages#breakfast-for-dinner#cake#catering#food#food truck August 13 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by Pixie Vision Related Post How to make a watermelon shark punch bowl Y'all may know how much I love sharks, so it's no surprise that I flipped the fin out over this watermelon shark punch bowl. BerettaFleur... Read more We recently listed 13 ways to make your reception more fun, but the REAL way to your guests' hearts is through their stomachs, right? Here are 10 of our favorite ways to make your wedding food fun and entertaining, including food trucks, slushies, candy buffets, finger foods, signature mocktails, and brunch for dinner. Let's get our foodie hats on to bring the catering game up to eleven. Mesmerized. Photo by Hitched Studios Get creative with food Related Post Make cotton candy at your wedding Want a sweet wedding dessert, but don't want cake, cupcakes, donuts, or anything else in the dough family? Consider renting a cotton candy machine like... Read more You can forgo a sit-down dinner entirely and embrace a passed appetizer or finger food menu to make the food more interactive. Opt for a baked potato bar with all the fixin's, cake pops shaped like golden snitches, mini pies, a s'mores bar, cotton candy, a grilled cheese station with lots of toppings… you get the idea. Related Post Hire a food truck to invade your reception with deliciousness Food trucks are big business in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Austin, and currently only my own city of Chicago is still... Read more Keep the food fun, and guests will keep the hangry at bay. Alternately, you can always consider food trucks for your main catering (or a later-night snack!). They're built-in fun in a transportable package. Photo by Tuan H. Bui, Photographer Photo by Karenscape Photography Choose a punch-and-pie wedding for retro whimsy (and save some cash) Related Post Go old-school to save money with a "cake & punch" reception Once upon a time (okay, mostly in the '40s and '50s), before weddings became huge social events, they were typically held in a church with... Read more Want to know how to pull off this money-saving and totally awesome retro concept of cake (or pie) and punch wedding? Here's a guide on how to make it happen. Photos by Ixi Photography Amp up your drink game Related Post Yummy mocktails for non-boozy (but very cool) wedding drink alternatives So you're planning out your beverage strategy for your dry wedding, or your wedding with kids and future Offbeat Mamas, or just looking to offer... Read more There are lots of reasons to keep drinking to a minimum, but making the drinks fun can be a real boost to the fun factor. Related Post 18 delicious non-alcoholic mocktail recipes to thrill your teetotaling guests We've talked about delicious mocktails and non-boozy drinks before, but we knew there were more drool-worthy recipes out there to inspire your DIY bar, signature... Read more Signature cocktails or mocktails, a shot station where guests can concoct their own whipped-creamed shot masterpiece, root beer floats, a smoothie bar, a slush dispenser (as seen above), or a wine/liquor flight/tasting can give everyone a little booze or sugar boost. A whisky fountain, you guys. I mean. Photo by Dan Mlynarski The spooky candy buffet from one our most popular weddings ever. Photo by Michelle Johnson Match your food and drink to your theme Related Post Simple afternoon tea wedding menu Now that we're back to catering our own wedding (with major help from the wedding party), I whipped up a concrete version of the simple... Read more Having a Jane Austen-themed wedding? Try a British tea party theme. Having a Harry Potter wedding? Check out this Harry Potter treats table of delicious joy. Hosting a Halloween-themed spooky bash? We've got TONS of ideas for amazing Halloween-themed food and the most fabulous treat table ideas ever. Embrace your theme in your food, and we'll all heart you forever. Photo by Amanda Maunu Photography Brunch for dinner? It's a thing, and it's delish Why serve plain chicken when you could serve chicken and waffles?! Brunch and breakfast-for-dinner is absolutely a delicious option (and can even be a cheaper option). Check out our whole brunch archive for lots of ideas like waffles, mini breakfast appetizers, and more. Cake by Black Cherry Cake Company Go a little wild with your cake Related Post Your fantasy-loving hearts will explode from the pop culture references in this cake We'll be featuring Sarah and James' colorful and geeky U.K. wedding soon, but we couldn't wait to show you their fandom-fantastic Hobbit-meets-Labyrinth-meets-Watership-Down cake made by... Read more If there's ever a place where a more traditional wedding can sneak in some offbeatness, it's in the cake. And we've seen some doozies… Fantasy fandom cakes cakes showered in confetti Rice Krispie cakes s'mores cakes (DEAR GLOB) Star Wars cakes absolutely gorgeous octopus cakes Adventure Time cakes and anatomical heart cakes Photo by Ixi Photography Plan a delicious surprise for everyone later in the evening Related Post Food allergy labels for your wedding catering: a free wedding printable in TWO styles Chances are if you're offering food at your wedding, you're already thinking about potential allergy and dietary issues. We all either have our own dietary... Read more Bring out something unexpected later on in the evening to keep guests from bailing early and their energy higher after all the dancing and merriment. We've seen a fire-breathing, glitter-sneezing unicorn, Storm trooper cupcakes, dipped rainbow Oreos, quesadillas, or "walking tacos" as a late night snack. Or the guaranteed winner… When in doubt: PIZZA Related Post Order pizzas for yourselves and your wedding crew At the end of my best friends' wedding I was exhausted and starving. Which was why, when they surprised us all with pizza, I screamed... Read more Don't let your guests get hungry near the end of the night and start leaving for late-night food. Order some pizzas, or even make some s'mores by a bonfire. Speaking of bonfires, you can wring out some late-night fun with a big bonfire and sing-along if your venue is set up for one. Photo from Joy & Alec's kid-friendly state park wedding by Whitney Lee Photography Make something fun and easy for the kiddos Related Post Save money on catering: ask about kid food! Here's the deal: you're having your wedding catered. Your guestlist is starting to look big, and it's filled with children! You need to save money,... Read more It's amazing how a little goes a long way in keeping children entertained. Consider having a kid-friendly dish to serve for any kids (or pickier adults!) like these heart-shaped PB&Js. Photo by frequentlywong Serve up your booze in a canoe You know why I love Offbeat Bride readers? Because it's completely NOT uncommon for y'all to fill up an entire boat with booze. Even one of our own staffers did this at her wedding. Are you doing anything different with your wedding catering? Let us know about it in the comments! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Make a DIY wedding garland from materials sent by friends & family NEXT Offset, letterpress, foil… buh? Our wedding invitation printing techniques primer Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Booze in a canoe is still one of my favorite things ever that i have seen on this site. We did brunch for dinner and everyone LOVED it. We also did cupcakes with a small cake to *cut* instead of a huge cake. Reply We are getting our local Indian Restaurant to cater our wedding – curry Yum! I am just scared about spilling on my dress. Bridal Bib required I think! Oh and a "cake" made of Cheese for cheese and biscuits late night snack I really really really want a booze boat but FH has pointed out a million very sensible reasons we can't have one :(. Breakfast for dinner sounds ace! Reply Leave a Reply to Tribesmaid Crochet H Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.