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Royal Wedding Inspirtaion: The Food & Drink

Now that we’ve seen gorgeous inspiration for the Royal Wedding repection decor, it’s time to focus on the food and drink–what do you serve 600 hungry Royal Wedding guests? The menu for the reception at Buckingham Palace is said to include hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and canapes. Perhaps cottage pie (a fave dish of Wills) and sticky topping pudding (one of Kate’s fave desserts) will make appearances?

Stateside, Mary Crafts, Rachel Nasse-Heimer and the team at Utah’s Culinary Crafts whipped up this Royal Wedding-inspired menu. Rachel shares the scoop on their delectable selections:

Because the Royal wedding reception will be an afternoon affair for 600 guests, I too–just like the royal chef’s have chosen–would suggest hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and canapes. This form of service is very elegant with white-gloved waiters greeting guests with trays of gorgeous canapes. The style of service also lends itself to mingling and tends to lean towards a lighter, airier feel to the reception as opposed to a more formal, structured, sit-down dinner.

So how many choices would I serve? Well, that depends on the length of the reception…if the reception is two hours of mingling, I would suggest 15-20 different hors d’oeuvres to keep the menu interesting. Because the royal reception is in the early afternoon in the springtime, I would also suggest keeping the hors d’oeuvres light and refreshing rather than weighing the menu down with heavy meats and sauces. The ingredients would be fresh, in season, and locally grown. I would also suggest offering champagne and flavored mimosas to accompany the hors d’oeuvres.

Below is a sampling of a menu I might suggest, keeping in mind that the key to a successful butler-passed hors d’oeuvres menu is to keep each item’s size no larger than one bite!

Custom-Designed Royal Wedding Hors D’oeuvres

Miniature Red Onion Tatin
drizzled with aged balsamic
thyme sprig

Smoked Trout with a Dill, Horseradish Cream
served on a cucumber crisp

Baby Baked Potato with
sour cream and caviar
chive garnish

 Grapfruit Scallop Ceviche Skewers

Dill Pancakes with Salmon Caviar
and lemon cremefraiche

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

Foccacine Pockets with Bleu Cheese and Arugula

Wild Mushroom, Garlic, and Thyme Bouchees

Coconut Saffron Shrimp

Cherry and Almond Frangipane Tartlets

Caramelized Lemon Tartlets with Clotted Cream

Seared Tuna Nicoise Crostini

Miniature Cream Tea Scone with Raspberry Preserves

Mini Poppadoms with Creamy Chicken Tikka

Beef Carpaccia Canapes with Pea Shoots

Chocolate Cups with Strawberries and Orange Creamefraiche

Champagne or Kiwi, Tangerine, or Pineapple Mimosas
made with fresh  fruit purees

Prosciutto-wrapped figs, cream tea scone with raspberry preserves, and pineapple mimosas? Sign me up! This is a wedding luncheon I’d be happy to attend. If you’re planning an afternoon reception like Wills and Kate, this light hors d’oeuvres menu gives you an idea of the types of foods you could serve at your fete. Please folks, forgo the deli sandwiches and fruit cups for something a little nicer–even just a small selection of hors d’oeuvres will elevate the overall atmosphere of your event, and should be doable for a variety of budgets.

Thank you Mary, Rachel and the team at Culinary Crafts for sharing this Royal Wedding-inspired menu!


Up next on Royal Wedding Inspiration Week: The Cake!