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What I should I serve with the champagne for a wedding toast?

My girlfriend and I are getting married 11am in front of about 35 people. The ceremony is very simple and we're having a larger party later that will have more food and more booze.

It's all very DIY -- the reception features a hot dog bar.

And we're trying to figure out what we can serve with the champagne so it's not, you know, just champagne.

We've going down a route that includes tortilla espaƱola, scones, berries, strata, irish soda bread. Not together, of course. And we're just having a hard time deciding.

Ideally, I can make it the day before the wedding (I know, I know but I need to be doing something to keep the edge off) and we can transport pretty easily when we head up the wedding site itself.

I'd love any suggestions.

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  1. Potato chips! A classic fun pairing.

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    1. re: carlee134

      ok carlee - i've actually made these from a magazine recipe from several years ago and they would be super fun at a champagne toast!

      take salt and pepper potato chips (kettle chips are widely available), place a small amount of lox on top. add a spot of sour cream. if you want to do dairy free, you can do lox, caper, and a super thin smidge of lemon. you can top with sprinkle of parsley if you'd like the color.

      these are great - they really get the guests talking and enjoying themselves! i've made them numerous times for parties and they are always a hit. and, easy enough to test beforehand ;))))

      1. re: rmarisco

        omg those salmon chips sound DEVINE.

      2. re: carlee134

        I second the potato chips. Another one that's really good is to make some pepperoni crisps: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cr...

        1. re: carlee134

          +1. You shouldn't need food with the toast but if you do want to serve something, it should be very light and informal, not a plated or passed appetizer. Some bowls of fancy savory popcorn would match the tone of the hot dog bar that's coming later.

          And congratulations! May you be very happy together.

          1. re: greygarious

            Okay, so yours is going to be laid back and the attached link is for more formal, but you can see when the toast is given and by whom. And that you wouldn't be serving food at that time. BTW, best wishes.

            http://weddings.about.com/od/weddingc...

            1. re: greygarious

              I wonder if you could do a gougeres croquembouche.

              I'd consider something like truffles or chocolate covered strawberries. Cliche but good.

            2. will your guests be seated or standing around and socializing when the toasts are being made? if the latter, you don't need food served then. people should be focusing on the speakers. if the former, normal steps of service would be that the first course would be served and cleared before toasting begins.

              if people are seated but your buffet has yet to begin? baskets of home-made chips or fancy popcorn (as suggested already) can be set out on the tables. even nicer is little paper cones for each person, so a million hands aren't grabbing into the bowls.

              congratulations!

              1. Wedding cake
                Strawberries
                Cheese straws
                Nuts

                Cut the cake, pour the champagne, and toast. Congratulations!

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                1. re: Tara57

                  you're suggesting the wedding cake before the meal?

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    When I got married, it was a very relaxed reception (at our home). Some people had to leave early, and missed the cake. I wished we had cut the cakes first before everyone ate the main meal. Cake and champagne is awesome!