Post # 1
My FILs were originally going to throw a day after brunch for the out of town guests but my FI’s dad decided not to help out and FMIL couldn’t afford the brunch and a rehearsal dinner and a lot of the out of town guests already knew about the brunch so now FI and I are throwing it. We’re inviting about 100 people, so we’re going to be having it in the penthouse restaurant/bar/banquet room of a hotel near the beach that has 360 views.
We need to pick a menu and there are just WAY too many options to choose from. One option is to have a traditional breakfast buffet (eggs, potatoes, bacon/sausage, belgian waffles, pastries and bagels, yogurts, fruit, juices, coffee/tea, soda). The other option we were considering is a continental breakfast (pastry, fruit, juices, coffee/tea), with the addition of a smoked salmon and bagel setup (with all the trimmings) and an omelette station. Which would you prefer as a guest? The traditional breakfast buffet is a little cheaper and it’s more food but I wonder if it feels too much like a corporate breakfast buffet you’d have at a work conference?
The other question is, do you think we should include alcohol and if so, should it be a full bar or just a limited selection (maybe mimosas and bloody marys)? The brunch will be from 11am to about 1pm.
Post # 3
@blg529: You said this:
The traditional breakfast buffet is a little cheaper and it’s more food but I wonder if it feels too much like a corporate breakfast buffet you’d have at a work conference?
But I am assuming you were referencing the continental breakfast. If this is the case then yes it reminds me of a corporate situation. I would much rather have waffles 🙂 I would just do mimosas and bloody mary’s, but I wouldn’t be disappointed if you didn’t do it.
Post # 4
No the traditional breakfast is cheaper. But it is basically the breakfast they serve when companies come in and have a meeting in a conference room at the hotel. The continental breakfast with the smoked salmon and bagels and the omelette station is slightly more expensive because smoked salmon is expensive and you have to pay for an attendant for the omelette station.
Post # 5
I’d personally stick with the traditional breakfast and mimosas/bloody marys. Too bad they don’t give you more options!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t care too much for the traditional or the salmon, but I would love the omelette station.
Post # 7
I know I could use a mimosa after a wedding and reception. I would look into that!
Post # 8
I voted for the traditional buffet because not only will it save you some $$ but it will give your guests more choice. Oh and mimosas and bloody marys sound amazing!
Post # 9
traditional buffett. Do you really think the alcohol is neccessary? Look at your guest list and if you think there are a lot of people who would enjoy it then yes offer the mimosas but if not, save yourself some $.
Post # 10
it’s the morning after a wedding – I would definitely go for the grease with bacon/sausage, eggs, and waffles. And just juice please. Need to rehydrate!
Post # 11
Both of the buffets sound tasty, and I don’t really get the “corporate” vibe from your description of either one. The drinks sound great. Mmm… I love an extra-spicy bloody mary with brunch!
Post # 12
Lucky guests! Yum. I voted traditional.