A reception to remember

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These ideas will surely leave your guests with a good taste in their mouths.

Focus on your favorite foods and take them up a notch. Rather than just serving shrimp & grits, have a shrimp & grits station where guests can personalize their plate using bacon, green onions, tomatoes, peppers, sautéed onions, scallops, country ham and a choice of cheeses.

Surprise loved ones by having your caterer incorporate a family recipe in the menu. Your family will be delighted and your caterer will never divulge the recipe.

Play up the nostalgia by serving one or two menu items the bride and groom's parents enjoyed at their own wedding receptions.

Add a new twist on foods you love. Try sweet potato biscuits with pork tenderloin or country ham and citrus butter.

Choose a regional, traditional food with a modern slant, such as barbeque in cornmeal patty shells.

Offer champagne and fruit to guests as soon as they arrive at the reception venue.

Invent a specialty drink and tie it in with the theme of the wedding, honeymoon location, or ethnicity of the bride and groom.

Place a dessert tray on each table for guests to enjoy before the cake is cut.

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