We’ve noticed that more and more of our clients are looking for fun and creative ways to cater for special occasions, whether it’s a white wedding reception or more formal corporate buffet. Unconventional canapes and finger food are trending across both Instagram and Pinterest, with thousands of pinned posts displaying gorgeous petit fours and other sweet treats that you can have at any celebration to add that extra special touch for a night to remember.
At Allens Catering Equipment and Furniture Hire, we know that our customers are always looking for the next trendy dish or unique décor to include in whatever event they are planning, so they can impress and entertain guests, showing them something they won’t have seen before. That’s why we always try to be on the look out for new suggestions we can make to our clients, so that they can stay on top of trends, no matter the celebration they’re planning. We’ve seen that in addition to intricate banquets that seem to go on for miles, those leading the way in event planning online are suggesting lighter bites and nibbles for guests if you’re planning a smaller affair or simply as an added extra. However, this means coming up with interesting new food concepts that won’t go untouched and one thing that never fails is mini desserts, known to the French as petit fours. Not all of us have the time and money to hire professional French pastry chefs to create Michelin star quality puddings for guests to admire, which is why we’ve come up with a list of suggestions we think could work well for any event as well as some fun ways to really spice up presentation to create something different entirely.
1. Mini Donut Wall
Great for guests of all ages, everyone will enjoy the mini doughnuts you can whip up using our commercial doughnut makers for hire. This professional grade equipment can produce gorgeous fluffy doughnuts made from sweet dough, which can then be served by themselves or paired with dipping sauces like melted chocolate, caramel, or even powdered sugar. If you want to provide your guests with a healthier option, our mini donuts also go fabulously with fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries or banana. There are so many ways to use this handy appliance to create delicious desserts and sides, perfect for any catered event.
Furthermore, if you are looking for the best way to present and display your mini doughnuts, we’ve noticed across Pinterest and Instagram the popularity of donut walls. By inserting wooden dowels into chipboard and decorating it however you’d like, you have a fun way to stack mini doughnut of all kinds of flavours, creating a simple way to serve this delicious treat to your guests and a fun piece of décor for any party. However, if you want to go down the more traditional route, we also have a great selection of glass and ceramic dishware, available in a variety of styles and designs to suit your personal preference and décor choice.
2. Monogrammed Cookies and Cakes
We’ve also seen a rise in monogrammed biscuits and cupcakes as a lovely canape or buffet addition at wedding receptions, with each bakery item personalised with the initials of the bride and groom, adorned with 3D floral icing and matching the theme and décor of the rest of the event. This is a great way to add a special touch to any event, as it could also be used for an anniversary party, milestone birthday, or even corporate event. Having these kinds of small details throughout your celebration, even when it comes to the food the guests are eating, is the perfect way to create something that people are sure to remember for a long time after.
3. Tiered Dessert Tower
Moving away from the classic tiered wedding cake, some brides and grooms are opting for more contemporary versions of this traditional dessert to surprise guests and offer something different. Whilst still having a cake as the top tier, event planners are replacing first and second tiers with other impressive confectionary, including mini donuts, pastries, chopped fruit, candy, and more. It creates a more dynamic centrepiece, as well as offering something for everyone to enjoy, for guests that prefer something other than cake or may have specific dietary requirements. It is a new concept that is fun for guests to play with and is something that Allens Hire can help you make a reality. Offering tiered cake stands and specialist kitchen appliances to create accompanying mini desserts, such as our commercial donut maker, we have a number of products for hire that you can use to replicate this online trend.
4. Individual Dessert Portions/Cups
This is something that is becoming increasingly popular in the wake of Covid-19, as although buffets where guests could help themselves all night long were a favourite at weddings and parties pre-pandemic, people are now more conscious of this type of food presentation. Individual dessert portions or “cups” containing exactly as much as each guest needs offers a solution for the covid conscious wedding guests, and means that when planning catering it is much easier to account for one or two portions per guest therefore reducing money wasted on food that is then not eaten. Those planning a wedding can choose what they want to put in their cups, savoury or sweet, with fresh fruit, mini donuts and churros with dipping sauces, as well as cake being popular choices in 2022.
How can Allens Hire help?
By choosing Allens Catering Equipment and Furniture Hire to assist with your next event or special occasion, you’ll benefit from a great range of high quality kitchen appliances available to hire, such as our commercial donut maker amongst other options. We provide you with a professional and efficient service, backed up by years of experience in dealing with clients in the hospitality and events planning industry, as well as many happy and satisfied customers. Our hiring service is easy and simple to use, with our team being on hand to help you with any recommendations giving you the opportunity to create any number of these trends at your own wedding or other celebration. Contact us today and see how we can help.