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Winter Wedding Food -The Best Winter Warmer Cocktails, Canapes and Edible Favours

Mini Winter Pies
winter wedding mini pies
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Compiled by Karen Birney

A cute way to greet your guests at your reception venue during the winter months is with a cup of tea and a mini pie. Go for mini mince pies decorated with a little heart or a star to generate a genuine Christmas feel, or maybe have some mini blackberry pies for something a bit sweeter. Pile them up on a cake stand and provide little bowls of fresh cream for the guests to help themselves. The homemade, rustic look of these mini bites creates instant warmth and an informal feel to your reception and will have your guests in a super mood!

If you want to go for something a little more formal but still in-keeping with the winter warmer theme, serve canapés of mini savoury pies such as spinach and goat’s cheese for the vegetarians, or ham and mushroom for the meat eaters.

Winter Warmers
winter cocktails drinks
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There’s nothing better than a hot drink on a cold day, whether sweet, spicy or somewhere in between. Hot chocolate is a favourite amongst young and old on a Yuletide, and will bring an instant smile to everyone’s face. If you choose to serve the drink as a pick-me-up either after the ceremony or as a dessert, add a little more bite to it with a sugared doughnut garnish. Hot Toddies are a traditional way of beating the cold (both types!) and would be a lovely option for older guests at the reception. For people who would prefer something a little smoother, think about serving some beautifully balmy buttered-spiced cider.

Edible Favours
edible favours winter wedding
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Who doesn’t love treats you can eat?! These favours aren’t only a great way to show your appreciation of your guest’s time and presence, they are practical too! Hot chocolate favours are relatively easy to make yourself; all you need is some cocoa powder, marshmallows, some chocolate shavings, some plastic wrapping, a cute ribbon and a tag! Bride and groom cake pops or toffee apples are another yummy favour and will look very cute on each place setting.

Chocolate Apple Station
chocolate apple station winter wedding
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This is a sweet and fun idea for a smaller wedding (adults only around the hot pots!), or maybe even winter hen party.

Create a little station with some melting hot chocolate and bowls of assorted nuts, marshmallows, hundreds and thousands etc to decorate.

A Winter Toast with a Difference!
winter wedding mugs
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These hot chocolate toasting mugs are a very fun winter alternative to a champagne toast, and would make great keepsakes for years to come!

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  1. ericrock19 says:

    I love these kind of wedding food. If i’ll get married, i make these food for very sure and eat in a day every time.

  2. Kate says:

    Great ideas! These would make for a beautiful spread at a winter wedding. You don’t even need the cake. For you ladies putting together a dessert buffet, check out:

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