Wedding Cocktail Party

Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party Tips

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Drinks, wedding menu | author: By Iwan Stoev,    

Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party TipsMany wedding guests look forward to the wedding cocktail party most, given the wide range of fabulous catering options in those spectacular stations and buffet dishes, as well as the many passed hors d’oeuvres that circulate around the party space, thrilling guests with the delectable menu options and gorgeous food presentation. Add in signature drinks and top-shelf drink at the bar, and guests are ready for enjoying and mingling in this relaxed pre-reception portion of your wedding celebration. At our weddings, we take great pleasure in helping our NJ wedding couples select each option of their cocktail party menus, and pairing many dishes with the perfect drink options. There has been a return to indulging wedding guests, giving them a great variety of menu choices so that everyone in attendance can enjoy the entirety of the cuisine offerings. We know that wedding guests often have special dietary restrictions and preferences, so our chefs work endlessly to develop menu options to suit all dietary needs.

To help you plan your standout cocktail party, we offer some of our top-viewed, Best-Of blog posts all about the cocktail party details:
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Top Cocktail Trends For 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

CocktailsWhether celebrating a business deal, toasting to a milestone or romancing your loved one, there is a signature cocktail for every occasion. Each year, mixologists and bartenders concoct new delicious beverages as well as add their own twist to old standbys. From trends in skinny cocktails, muddled flavor infused to frozen cocktails, sit down and pour yourself a glass, as the event planners at The Manor share the top cocktail trends for 2018.

The Skinny On Low-Calorie Cocktails

Shaken? Stirred? Cocktail trends for 2018 feature virtually every signature cocktail without having to drink away countless calories. During those chilly winter nights ditch the traditional apple cider and switch to a spiked beverage. The Skinny Cinnamon Apple Champagne Martini is a perfect seasonal, low-calorie option combining champagne, apple vodka, and cinnamon whiskey. These drinks are not particularly sweet, which allow you to add a dash of simple syrup made with Sweet n’ Low. For additional sweetness, muddle apple slices to add to your glass.

Instead of the go-to vodka and tonic, opt for a more flavorful Skinny Strawberry Mojito made with fresh muddled mint and sweet cut strawberries, Stevia, light rum, and club soda, garnish this cocktail with a lime. This is a delicious and refreshing drink perfect for the upcoming summer season.

Light liquor options can also mean limiting the amount of alcohol in a beverage. To cut calories, it is important to use caution as the following liquors are calorie kings filled with sugar: Schnapps’, Triple Sec, Crème De Menthe, Bacardi 151, Wild Turkey, bourbons, whiskey, Cognac, Champagne, Gin, Vodka, pale ale beers, lager beers. A general rule of thumb is that hard liquors tend to contain more calories, approximately 80-97 calories per shot, more so than wine or beer, which can range greatly.

Coffee Infused Cocktails

Food manufacturers infuse coffee in almost everything from energy drinks to ice cream. Bar and spirits experts predict that coffee flavored adult beverages will gain popularity in 2018. Espresso martinis are a tasty coffee-flavored cocktail that will never go out of style. To create the perfect coffee martini, shake coffee beans, coffee-infused vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and ice together in a shaker.

For a fancy delicacy on your palette try a Brazilian national cocktail called “The Caipirinha”. A classic Caipirinha features a spirit called Cachaça, which is a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice and infuses fresh coffee beans for 24-hours to achieve the best taste.

Coffee drinkers do not have to rely on the bartender to enjoy a sweet beverage. Consider adding a dash or shot of the following cordials to your coffee cups: Café Patron, Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto, Butterscotch Schnapps’ and Grand Marnier. But perhaps the best way to mix in liquor is to add a frothy foam, whipped cream, half and half, drizzle butterscotch, caramel or a drop of vanilla essence.

Infusing Wine Into Frozen Cocktails

The 2017 trend of the blended “Frosé” a frozen rose, swept bars and beach bars across America this past summer. Experts believe this adult slushy will be a staple to quench thirsts for summer 2018. To make your own Frosé, select a dark bodied rose to freeze in a pan. Keep in mind the color will fade and it will become diluted once frozen. Next, boil ½ a cup of sugar with 8 ounces of strawberries before covering and putting aside to chill.  Mix in 2.5 ounces of lemon juice and add 1cup ice into a blender with the frozen rose, sugar/strawberry mixture, puree and enjoy. Similarly, fruity frozen cocktails like strawberry and lime daiquiris and Margaritas will impress and refresh this coming year.

Creating Unique Pairings with Hard Liquor

A top trend for 2018 includes creating a multi-sensory experience in food and alcoholic beverages. While it is common to pair wine with artisan cheeses, new spirit trends will begin pairing Tequila with oysters, Gin with a prawn cocktail, Whisky with beef, Rum with pork, and Vodka with caviar. Pairing specific hard liquor cocktails with signature foods or even cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres to create an over the top and memorable dining experience.

Choosing Your Perfect Cocktail

The event planners at The Manor are sure to think of every last detail for your upcoming event including a specialty his and her cocktails for your wedding, wedding cocktail party tips, a company cocktail for a business lunch, or a Mom-mosa for a baby shower. Consider any of these 2018 cocktail trends when our dining or when bartending a party in your home. Cheers!

Holiday Weekend Wedding Tips

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | Filed under: Holiday Weekend Wedding, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Entertainment, wedding planning, Wedding Venues | author: By Paul Keenan,    

Holiday Weekend Wedding TipsIf you plan your wedding to take place during a holiday weekend, you’ll need to incorporate some smart wedding planning tips into your preparations. The top NJ wedding planners are well-skilled at preparing couples for a holiday weekend wedding, foreseeing the greatest challenges and making the most of your wedding weekend plans.

If you haven’t yet booked your wedding venue, nor your wedding vendors, be aware that holiday weekend wedding dates are in-demand, so availability may be scarce in the short-term. Always prepare and book well ahead of a holiday weekend wedding, to give yourselves the chance to get your dream wedding venue and the best NJ wedding experts.
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Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2016

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: First Dance Song, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music, wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding Entertainment
From live musicians performing at the wedding ceremony, setting a tone of formality and celebrating the heart of the wedding day itself, to a spectacular-talented live band or deejay filling the dance floor at the reception, your wedding entertainment is an essential part of your wedding planning, so we’ve collected some of the top trends in wedding entertainment for 2016: Read more…

Wedding Budget Tips: Your Wedding Drinks

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Cost Savings Ideas, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

Your Wedding DrinksThankfully, we’re long past the days of questionable if not completely unrealistic wedding budget tips for drinks. In years past, wedding couples were told to offer just two or three types of cocktails, close their bar an hour before the end of the reception, and even offer ‘drink tickets’ that wedding guests would hand to the bartender to get each of their two allotted drinks. Read more…

The Top Trends in Wedding Cocktail Hour Menus

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Trends | author: By Keith Sly,    

The Top Trends in Wedding Cocktail Hour MenusNew Jersey wedding couples have phenomenal taste in food, having experienced the best restaurants in New Jersey and top restaurants in New York City, among other culinary experiences around the world. This foodie lifestyle leads wedding couples to focus in on their wedding catering, working with their NJ wedding venue’s chefs to create a custom wedding menu that thrills every guest. Read more…

Specialty Cocktails to go with your Wedding Theme

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, Wedding Cocktail Party, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

SpecialtyCocktailToGoWithYourWeddingThemeYou’ve planned your wedding theme to reflect your favorite style or season, and in addition to planning themed wedding décor throughout your wedding venue, it’s now a big trend to reflect your theme in your signature wedding cocktails. Read more…

Signature Stations: Personalizing Your Cocktail Party Stations

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, Party Planning, reception planning, Wedding Cocktail Party | author: By Keith Sly,    

 

Carving Station Trends

Carving Station

Without question, the food at a wedding is a highlight of the celebration, and a tasty collection of diverse food stations lets guests enjoy the celebration more when they have so many different menu options to choose from, according to their dietary programs such as vegan, gluten-free, no dairy, kosher, etc. Guests with allergies, which is becoming more common now, also like having a wide range of foods that they can eat, since they know from the food ID cards at each station what’s in each dish. Many brides and grooms are adding to their station signs allergy-thoughtful notes such as ‘may include nuts,’ or ‘gluten-free.’ Read more…

Wedding Receptions: Formal Sit-Down Dinner vs. a Buffet

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Style Alert, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Dinner

Fine dining in the Terrace Lounge

The question, “Which is better for a wedding reception, a sit-down wedding dinner or a buffet” can only be answered by you. The two styles are different, but each offers elements of indulging your wedding guests with the finest wedding menu items. Your personal decision on which style of wedding dinner serving style depends only on how you’d like your guests to delve into their delicious wedding fare.

A sit-down wedding dinner, of course, consists of several plated courses served to your seated wedding guests. You select from a first course, perhaps a soup, salad, entrée, perhaps an intermezzo, and each course is brought to your guests’ tables, with friendly, experienced wedding servers bringing guests the entrees they desire. Read more…

Wedding Personalization: Ways to Honor Parents

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 | Filed under: reception planning, Wedding Cocktail Party, wedding ideas, wedding receptions, wedding songs | author: By Keith Sly,    
Honor Parents

Honoring Parents

In the past, parents were seen as the hosts of the wedding, based on their names being featured on the wedding invitation. They may have participated in the ceremony, and stood in the receiving line, and the father danced with the bride.

Now, according to top wedding trends, there are even more ways to honor your parents, and their lifetime of love and support, at your wedding celebrations, regardless of how much they may be paying for the wedding itself. Today’s bride and groom are more likely to pay for much of the wedding themselves, but they still want to pay lovely tribute to their parents and step-parents, as the case may be. Read more…

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