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The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

A couple of months ago, my younger sister got married in a beautiful ceremony at her church. Our father has pastored this rural, evangelical church for the past twenty-nine years. Therefore, this special place to both of us was the obvious right venue to have her wedding at. After the wedding ceremony, my parents hosted a reception in the church’s activity building. My sister even decorated this large building herself. Have you picked a venue for your wedding, but don’t know where to have your reception at? When looking for the right place to have this special event, consider your personality and the personality of your future mate. For instance, if you’re cowboy or a cowgirl, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a wedding reception at an upscale country club in town. On this blog, you will discover the best places to host a wedding reception at.

The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

5 Food Stations To Spice Up Your Child's Graduation Party For Less

by Virgil Woods

While you may spend a lot of time planning and executing your graduate's party decor, is it the food that your kids are most interested in? You can still 'wow' them with great food stations that are perfect for teens and college kids.

Here are 5 awesome food stations for any party budget.

Popcorn Bar. Who doesn't love popcorn? Spice up the familiar treat by creating a popcorn bar with various flavoring options. Start by renting a popcorn maker and a large tub to hold the freshly popped corn. Complement it with a crock of warm movie theater butter and add jars of various popcorn seasoning flavors. You can choose from pre-made flavors or even mix and match your grad's favorites.

Cotton Candy Machine. Want inexpensive fun for everyone? Rent a cotton candy machine. They're easy to use and require little more than some spun sugar and a fun attitude. There are different flavors and colors, so find what suits your grad the best. The school colors, perhaps? 

Mac & Cheese Station. Perennial comfort food is always a winner for kids at a party. And it doesn't get much more "comfort" than mac & cheese. Boil traditional macaroni and keep it warm in rented food warmers. Then, create options for everything from basic melted cheese (or a variety of cheeses) to fancy concoctions like barbecue pork, Fritos chips, and pretzel bits. 

Nacho Bar. Nachos are a good way to feed even picky eaters and have fun while doing so. The centerpiece of your bar is the simple tortilla chips (you can opt for different varieties for large parties). Add small bowls of various toppings, including meat and vegetarian options, cheeses, olives, and jalapenos. Finish with a salsa bar with choices labeled according to spiciness. 

Candy Station. Got a lot of kids to make happy? A candy station is a proven winner. You can give it a graduation theme by naming the various candies with thematic monikers like 'smart cookies', gummi 'book worms', Nerds or Smarties candies, and 'class ring' pops. Or get fancy and have specialized candy wrappers printed with your child's graduation year and name. 

Fun food stations are sure to please all the kids and grownups at your graduation blowout. And they'll provide lasting memories for much less money and stress than many other efforts you might make. Start planning yours today by checking out your nearest party store and event rental services for inspiration.