THINK SMALL

Story and photos by Meda Kessler

When it comes to a party spread, get personal with mini sizes and individual servings of everything from appetizers to sweet endings.

hile a 300-person wedding might sound like a lot of fun, a blowout event can be taxing to more than your budget and your stress level. With so many people, it’s nearly impossible for the bride and groom to get quality one-on-one time with their guests. We’ve attended several weddings where we were barely able to offer congratulations to the newlyweds. A smaller event feels more like a party, one where you were lucky enough to be on the short list of invitees. It’s also a more pleasant experience to sit at a table where you’re not squeezed in elbow to elbow with others. (See, this social distancing thing has its pluses.)

Mini cheese boards can be assembled ahead of time and served as a first course. Source small wood servers for an extra special touch.

Val’s Cheesecakes is known for their mini jars of creamy goodness in flavors ranging from classic strawberry to triple chocolate. They’re also great to give out as favors.

When it comes to the food and beverage side of things, we’ve enjoyed mini cheese boards served individually along with individual splits of wine. Instead of a five-tier wedding cake, smaller sizes are in vogue. Work with your favorite baker to order a couple in different flavors. If you’re not a cake person, consider small pies designed for two or decadent cream-filled mini eclairs. For a brunch event, consider individual quiches. And remember, good things do come in small packages.

SOURCES

Stir Crazy Baked Goods Order online at stircrazybakedgoods.com
Val’s Cheesecakes Check out the website for retail locations and special-order requests, valscheesecakes.com