Hosting a special event to commemorate a special occasion can be stressful and expensive. A coffee and dessert reception is an enjoyable, budget-friendly solution. These receptions are appropriate for a wide range of events including casual open houses, civic functions, charity events or weddings. Menu possibilities include elegant, elaborate stations and passed trays, a casual buffet of hand-held sweets or something in between. Plan the reception between meal times, such as late afternoon or evening hours. One of the best things about a sweets-only reception is that it won’t require an army of professional help. You can keep it as simple as cake and bubbly, or go all-out with a full buffet of sweet treats.