Harvest Tables (aka Farmers Tables or a Charcuterie Board) are fashionable and all the rage but then comes the questions, eg: “Do I then need a Starter Course?”, “My mum says canapés are the way to go.” So here are my thoughts!
If you choose a Harvest Table, no starter is required. If you choose a Canapé Selection, then I’d stick with a Starter as well. A Harvest Table looks very impressive and is best suited to weddings wanting that informal rustic sort of look and feel! It is served during Cocktail Hour, groaning with an assortment of Cold Continental Meats, Cheeses and Breads and is very filling, so once your guests have helped themselves to all their favourite items, they are likely to be as full as the proverbial “tick.” So they will be quite happy to move onto Mains and Dessert.
If you are wanting to serve a Starter then it is a far better option to serve a small selection of Hot Canapés during Cocktail Hour, the portion sizes and presentation add a touch of formality. By keeping the selection simple (three or four Canapes per person if serving as a snack), the guests will have their hunger pangs appeased but will enjoy that Starter at the beginning of the reception.
PS: Don’t forget to ask your Caterer to pack a small selection from the Harvest Table or from the Canapés selection into a basket for you to enjoy during the Creative Photo Shoot otherwise you’ll all go hungry whilst your guest enjoy your hospitality!