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The three most important aspects of all weddings are the food, the alcohol and the music. Of these three, food can makes or break your wedding day. While we all understand the importance of passing around enough hors d’oeuvres to keep guests satiated until bride and groom photos are completed, and we count the guest list again and again to make sure the chef prepares a big enough for the feast, there is one filling facet that is often overlooked—the midnight snack.
Relatively new to the scene, midnight snacks are quickly becoming a must-have. Come the end of the night, the filling food is gone, and the desserts are too decadent to continue snacking on. Late night treats, however, are designed to fill that gastrointestinal gap to make sure the party keeps on unabated.
Though a new trend, the wedding coordinators at Vintage Hotels in Niagara on the Lake are well-equipped to turn your great snack bar ideas into an even better reality. Here’s what we recommend to pull off a successful midnight snack.
Much like hors d’oeuvres, midnight snacks are meant to be finger foods guests can munch on at their leisure, whether they’re waiting for the next song or sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere. In addition, many guests will have taken off by this time, leaving you with around half of the original party size. Aim to feed about this many unless you know more than half of your guests will be with you until the very end.
Timing is Everything
Serve the snacks too early and they will be confused with the dessert table. Serve them too late and the party will already be over. As a rule of thumb, we recommend bringing out the treats about an hour before the party is planned to end. If you prefer a snack stand, set it up next to the dance floor so your movers and shakers can refuel. If there is none, send the servers out through the crowd to bring these tasty treats directly to the party.
Sweet or Salty
As far as midnight snacks go, there are two groups—salty and sweet. Generally, only one is served, but if you decide to treat everyone with both, bring out the savory snacks first followed by the sweet. Your savory options are those that are miniature main meals. Pizza, smoked chicken poutine, pulled pork sliders, or our deluxe nacho station are popular options. Sweet options could include cookies and pastries, or fruit and cheeses.
Match the Theme
Remember to serve snacks that match the theme you have. That being said, this doesn’t mean you can’t serve a certain snack due to how formal or informal that wedding is. Our beef sliders can be dressed up or dressed down to suit the occasion.
The team at Niagara on the Lake is well-versed in catering to weddings at all our beautiful hotel properties. From black tie affairs to more casual celebrations, we have exactly what you need to realize the true beauty and splendor of your big day.
Sample Vintage Late Night Menu
Gourmet Assorted Pizza Selection: Meat Lovers and Vegetarian
BBQ, Buffalo and Honey Garlic
Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks and Blue Cheese Dip
Pretzels, Cajun Bar Mix, Potato Chips, Cheese Popcorn
COLD CUTS & MINI BUNS
Prosciutto, Salami, Black Forest Ham and Roast Beef with
Hot Mustard, Marinated Red Peppers and Horseradish Mayo
DOMESTIC & IMPORTED CHEESE PLATTER
Cheddar, Swiss, Danish Blue, and Havarti Cheese
With an Assortment of Crisps and Crackers
Build Your Own ~ Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Fries,
Cheddar Cheese Curds and Chicken Gravy
DELUXE NACHO STATION
Tortilla Chips, Tomato Salsa, Sour Cream, Olive and
Onion Salsa, Guacamole, Cheese Sauce,
Spiced Chili Seasoned Beef and Jalapeños
100% Beef Burgers, Mini Buns, Pickles, Ketchup, Mustard, Relish,
Lettuce, Onion, Tomato
PULLED PORK SLIDERS
with Monterey Jack Cheese, Mini Buns, Pickles, Mustard, Lettuce,
Onion, Tomato, Coleslaw
Mozzarella Sticks N’ Tomato Marinara, Mini Corn Dogs N’ Mustard
and Jalapeño Poppers N’ Sour Cream
SMOKED CHICKEN POUTINE
Build Your Own ~ Yukon Gold Fries,
Cheddar Cheese Curds, Chicken Gravy,
Pulled Smoked Chicken, Diced Tomato and Spring Onion