Michigan Avenue Magazine’s Wedding Cocktail Hour Ideas

July 6, 2016 | Décor, Paramount Events, Paramount Events Inspiration, Press, Weddings

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7 Over-the-Top Cocktail Hour Ideas to Wow Your Wedding Guests

By Emma Sarran Webster | July 6, 2016


Between wedding jitters and waiting for dinner, take some time to wow your guests with out-of-the-box elements at cocktail hour! The mood is light, people are moving and mingling, and there’s usually no set agenda until your reception officially starts. As you plan your wedding, consider adding in one of these awesome ideas from some of Chicago’s top caterers.


Pretzel Station from Paramount Events

Give your wedding a street-fair twist with a Soft Pretzel Bar from Paramount Catering. The hanging display of housemade pretzels (in every variety from classic with sea salt, to asiago and cheddar, to everything bagel), along with an assortment of dipping sauces, will not only serve as a yummy pre-dinner treat, but also a killer focal point of your cocktail hour. 1932 W. Lake St., 773-880-8044


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Soda and Candy Bar from Paramount Events

Looking to get creative with your non-alcoholic drink offerings? Spice it up with a soda bar, like this one from Paramount Events. Bright, flavorful, old-school bottled sodas are a lovely touch—especially when you pair them with equally-whimsical candy for guests to nosh on between sips. 1932 W. Lake St., 773-880-8044


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