By Lindsey Madsen
These sweet, golden rings of colorful comfort food are perfect for your upcoming event. Easy to order and loaded with personalization possibilities, what better way to send off your guests after a long night of dancing, than with something sweet to nibble on… and seriously- who doesn’t love doughnuts?
If you are ready to dive into the doughnut sensation, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few helpful tips and guidelines to keep in mind- that will help insure your sugar covered dream comes to reality- perfectly!
CHECK WITH THE PROFESSIONALS
First, talk with your wedding coordinator and/or event caterer to see if this is a service that they already provide. It could save you hours of running around, phone calls and money in the long run. If they do not offer this service, check to see what they would charge to “man” the Doughnut Station during the evening, as well as the cost to provide beverages to compliment the sweet pastries such as; coffee, hot cocoa or ice-cold milk.
PERSONALIZE YOUR ORDER
If you will be ordering the doughnuts yourself, contact local bakeries at least 3 weeks in advance to place your doughnut order. Talk with them about flavor options as well as ways that you can personalize these sweet treats. Colored icings, chocolate glazes, sprinkles, nuts and candy chips are just a few of the ways that you could further your wedding colors and theme. Once the order is placed make sure to inquire about delivery and pick up options. It may be worth a few extra dollars to have the bakery deliver them to the reception site, and relieve you of one more wedding day errand.
GET CREATIVE WITH THE DISPLAY
When arranging the donut bar have fun and get ready to be creative. Try putting the assortment of donuts in antique drawers, on vintage dessert stands, in baskets or even painted produce crates. You can also have individually boxed doughnuts at each place setting, for the perfect finishing touch. Use the style and location of your wedding as a guide, and remember that the favor bar is a great place to show off your personality as a couple. For the ambitious Brides, plan ahead and have your photographer take a picture of you and the groom enjoying doughnuts or possibly holding a “thank you” sign- then frame the print and place on the Doughnut Bar. Cute signs and photographs are a great way to pull the whole look together.
TAKE IT TO-GO
Last, but not least, don’t forget about a way for your guests to take their “favor” with them. Many guests will have a hard time waiting to sink their teeth into the glazed goodness, but several wedding go-ers may want to savor their doughnut the next morning. Small boxes, paper sleeves, cellophane bags even small lunch sacks would all be appropriate when packing up the pastries. Most items can be found in a variety of colors, but even a simple white lunch sack can be simply personalized with a monogrammed label, or custom thank you tag.
However you decide to “wrap it up” your guests will be grateful for the goodies, making the doughnut bar a memorable, inexpensive and overall delicious wedding trend.