A Christmas setting for your Wedding reception.
Christmas is a time for family, friends and celebrating. It is also a magical time to get married, picture your wedding flowers with gorgeous deep reds and purples set against the evergreen pines, Icey white roses look beautiful in a bridal posy or vase arrangements. Decorated around the venue, your colour theme will blow people away.
What about your Wedding Breakfast?
Everybody loves a traditional style roast, oozing with succulent meats, roasted potatoes with all the trimmings. It’s the festive time of year so you could stick with a Turkey or Gammon ham main course or you could entice your guests taste buds with a tender piece of fillet beef. Serve it with a horseradish mash in a giant handmade Yorkshire pudding with lashings of gravy or a festive bread sauce spiced with nutmeg & cinnamon. Not to mention the honey roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables all sourced locally from your favourite fruit & veg shop.
How about a clementine, feta and winter leaf salad to kick start your meal. Packed full of seasonal ingredients, and pleasingly light, it makes for a perfect festive starter.
We all like a dessert? The festive dessert list is endless, from giant mince pies smothered in Baileys or Amarula laced custard, to a traditional Christmas pudding glazed in cognac. How about an old skool extra “boozy” sherry trifle or for the sweet tooth a homemade rich chocolate Yule log with white chocolate ganache. Can’t decide on just one? Have a trio of desserts to include miniature versions of whichever three you like. Brandy sauce or a dollop of whipped cream on the side.
What about a Christmas Mess, a twist on the traditional Eton Mess using mixed berries, cinnamon and blackcurrant cassis. Alternatively, a Chocolate Orange and Red Velvet Bomb. Delicious!
Whether it’s your wedding or entertaining at home, don’t forget your welcome drinks. Serve a warming mulled wine or spiced apple drink to warm up your guests on arrival is a firm choice. Jazz things up a little with a few festive cocktails, Chocolate orange with vodka, orange syrup, crème de cacao and grated chocolate around the rim. Any pimms left over from the summer (your caterer may have) add a splash of brandy, apple juice and cinnamon sticks and serve warm. How about a few canapes or nibbles along side. Some festive canapés could include pigs in blankets always a favourite but top with a blob of bread sauce, turkey with roasted chestnuts, mini ham, cranberry and venison pies, truffled parsnip puree with parmesan……….
Extra guests coming in the evening? If you opted for the beef main course then continue the theme for the evening reception with Turkey & cranberry served with sausage stuffing on crusty bread rolls, cooked to perfection served buffet style with a seasonal side salad.
Author- Emma Whitehurst
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