Post # 1
My FI and I are thinking about having a dessert buffet for our wedding reception rather than a full sit-down meal. Our wedding will be later in the evening (7-ish) and then reception to follow. Im just wondering if anyone has had a successful dessert buffet. What desserts did you use? Did you have other food as well for during the dance? I can just picture this beautiful long table covered in different bars, cheese cakes, chocolate covered fruit, etc. Any input or ideas??
Post # 3
A dessert buffet is what I’ve had in mind for a while, though I’ve never seen one at a wedding, 50th anniversaries/ socials/dancing events & whatnot and they were always a hit.
Desserts I’ve seen in buffets:
that’s all I can remember right now, but when I get through grilling my aunt [a baker!] and compile a list of sorts I’ll share it here.
I think your timeline will negate the need to have other non-treat foods [in the instance of people being hungry that is] . Chocolate dipped fruits is a nice option; are you having cocktails or is it a dry event? Depending on what beverages being served there could be options [example: coffee & biscotti; etc etc] for other foods.
Post # 4
I think that if the wedding were to start any earlier at all, people would be expecting dinner and come hungry. You may run into some people who haven’t eaten even if you start at 7. I suggest letting people know to eat dinner in advance for sure.
The dessert idea could be really great, though! We’re having dinner, but will have a cake/pie buffet in lieu of a big wedding cake.
I picture lots of cookies, cakes, tarts, etc. make sure you change up the levels and shapes/sizes of things for aesthetics! YUM!
Post # 5
We had a dessert buffet and everyone loved it!! We had about 13 different candies, 80 chocolate cupcakes, an assortment of cookies, puppy chow and wedding cake. My DH was really worried the candy would go fast… and it did. But I put out an Augustus Gloop sign on the table and framed it, hoping people wouldn’t eat it all before dinner.
You should’ve seen the line of people after the plates were cleared off the table. Everyone headed straight for the dessert! [attachment=375065,48399]
Post # 6
A dessert buffet is a great idea! We are having dinner followed by a dessert buffet…
We went to our dessert tasting and picked out what will be served…. After tasting all of the desserts in one sitting, I felt like I was going to go into a sugar coma! But, it was amazing and scrumptious and I am so excited that our guests will be able to choose from such a delicious variety!
We chose to have the following desserts:
-Mini strawberry and creme brulee tarts
-Huzelnut truffles and orange truffles
-Petite Fours with chiffon and raspberry mousse
-mini lemon tarts w/candied citrus
-Mini lemon cheesecakes w/ Blueberry compote
-White chocolate blondies w/vanilla icing
-carmel covered apples
-Mango and blackberry upside-down cake
-mini stone fruit cobblers
In addition to this my FI’s mom will make a small wedding cake, for traditional sake. We just want it for the cake cutting, not to serve to our guests… I am picturing something along the lines of this…
Post # 7
My post submitted before I was finished, Ay!
I was going to tell you that I learned that anything with the word “buffet” is usually more expensive because servings aren’t as controlled.
I was able to negotiate the price with our pastry chef to $7.00 per person for all of the desserts mentioned in my above post plus coffee and tea. (this is for a guest count of about 110)
Another thing to think about is possibly having light hors d’oeuvres or appetizers as the guests are arrving to the wedding so that they have a little something in their stomache before indulging in all of that sugar . It could even be as simples as grapes, a few different kinds of cheeses and some bread. Just something to hold them over during the cermony and/or while you guys are doing picutres.
Were you planning on having a bakery/pastry chef do the desserts or were you going to do homemade?
Post # 8
I would recommend having a cheese and fruit/nut section on the dessert buffet.
Post # 9
Hey everyone…I had to change my account info, so I am the one who originally started this post. I am so excited that others have done this. The FI and I really wanted to have an evening wedding and the dessert buffet only seemed fitting.
Miss Birdie- Thanks for all of the ideas! I love the variety. We are planning to have our caterer/baker do everything for us. We are also planning on having a small traditional wedding cake for “cake cutting” purposes as well as a great center focus for the display.
We haven’t met with the baker yet since the wedding isnt until July 2, but here are some of our ideas:
Mini-cheesecakes, lemon bars, carrot cake, petite fours, candy (M&M’s for sure since our names both start with M!), some sort of truffles, cookies and brownies for the kids, and the list will probably be added to! 🙂 I also LOVE the puppy chow idea…one of my favorite snacks.
As far as hors d’oeuvres, we are planning on having something served during the dance. We are just concerned that if alcohol is being served, we should probably have something to fill everyone’s stomachs besides sugar! Thanks for all the ideas…keep them coming! Anyone have pictures?
Post # 10
I am doing a sweet table too and have so many inspiration photos! Here you go, hope you enjoy!
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Post # 11
Humm one did not attach – so I’ll use it as an excuse to add a couple more 🙂
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