Q: My friend is thinking of having a short afternoon reception for her wedding in October. What are some simple, elegant, tea-time-like items that we can make ahead? I would love suggestions that incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables, and that don't require tons of freezer or fridge space!

Sent by Louise

Editor: Louise, on the sweet end of the spectrum, here are some ideas for bite-size desserts that incorporate autumn produce like pumpkin and apples. I'm also including a link to some great general tips on self-catering a wedding:

Readers, do you have any suggestions for make-ahead recipes for an afternoon wedding reception?

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