Suggestive Saturday ~ Cocktail Hour Inspiration

I try to stay away from Pinterest because I just know it’s a drug waiting to take me over, so I like to look around other parts of the internet for inspiration and as I am a Foodie these images caught my eye and I immediately thought how they could be incorporated into a Disney Wedding.

Firstly look at these crudités in a cup, why has no-one thought of serving these before? I’ve been to many a reception where all the guests stand around a plate and therefore don’t mingle and don’t even get me started on the whole “dipping etiquette” and germs!!  If I were to do a Disney Wedding Do-Over, during my Cocktail Hour I would like these carried around on trays by servers direct to my guests rather than on a table as in this picture, I am so sold on this idea!

On that same theme, I found these Zucchini tempura (I’m guessing here) and I could imagine a Japanese themed Cocktail Hour including these and maybe Tempura Shrimp served in a similar fashion?

Found on The Knot

Found on The Knot

This got me thinking some more on themed Cocktail Hour food and I love the idea of Mini-Foods.  Just look at what you can do with mini burgers, fries, dogs and baked potatoes

found on pizzazzerie.com

found on pizzazzerie.com

Mini-hot-dogs-hamburger-canapes

Found on YumSugar

Found on YumSugar

I’m pretty sure that some of the Chefs at Walt Disney World would totally work with you on these ideas if they haven’t already produced them before!

Did you have a theme your food at your Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour and if so what did you pick?

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Featured Venue Fridays: White Hall Patio at the Grand Floridian Resort

This weeks Featured Venue post was written by Disneymooner Gina. Gina used White Hall Patio for her 2009 wedding reception. To read her recaps join the Disneymooner forums.

The White Hall Patio located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a great choice for the bride and groom who want to celebrate outdoors.  The patio area is attached to the Whitehall Room which can be used for cocktail hour or as backup in case of rain.  You can comfortably host about 50 guests in the area and still have room for dancing. This area is also a popular location for pre-wedding events.

The patio is the perfect blank canvas to create the wedding decor of your dreams.  On one side you have gorgeous french doors leading to the Whitehall Room/Grand Floridian conference area and a small covered area to set up your cake, buffet if you have one, and DJ.

On the other is a short brick wall which can be decorated with flowers, candles or whatever you dream up.  In the distance is Cinderella’s Castle, reminding you that you’re in the happiest place on Earth! And up above… ohhhhhh up above is what makes this spot so special, it’s the MONORAIL! The monorail cruises through periodically adding a touch of Disney magic to your event that guests will talk about for years to come. In case you’re concerned, no, it’s not too loud, I promise!

This location lets your decor shine, so get creative with linens and centerpieces, there’s no need to match anything existing because it’s all so neutral.

My husband and I chose Whitehall because we love being outdoors.  We were married in January and the weather was exceptional.  On of the most unforgettable parts of our wedding was during out first dance when the monorail stopped and everyone on board waved to our guests.  That moment made me feel like a true Disney princess!!

If you’re looking for the elegance of the Grand Floridian but wanting to put your own spin on decor this is the venue for you!

Here’s what Disneymooners are saying about White Hall Patio on our forums:

We chose the Whitehall Room and patio for the proximity to the Magic Kingdom. We used it for our Welcome Dessert party the night before the wedding. We wanted a place with options for A/C because it’s so hot in Aug and with a view of Wishes. I definitely thought it was a nice venue but brides should be aware that it is a very obstructed view of Wishes

– Lianne