(Closed) Did you do cheap cheap food? How?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

@KLDMLO:  I like finger sandwhiches. without the crust, I used to bring them home after weddings and add them to a freezer to eat later. yummy!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Now THIS is a great thread, OP!!

I would suggest making your own sandwiches (suuuuper cheap) or a cold pasta dish with meats, with a green salad and bread rolls.  If you want specific recipes/costs/solutions, PM me.

To keep cool:  You’ll rent a large cooler for $9-15/day, buy some catering tins for the grocery store (I think you get three per package, so it’s $2 each), and some ice.  I did this for my own wedding and the leftovers were still cold the following day and we ate it while we were breaking down.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@WillyNilly:  That’s what I was planning on doing for my wedding! Homemade all the way!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@StefLovesJamie:  Its a pain in the ass, not going to lie.  Get some good freinds, some 5 hour energy drinks and beer and rock out for about 6 hours.  We had a blast and I got a LOT of compliments on the food.  🙂  Holler if you have any Qs!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

You could do a BYOP (Bring your own picnic). Do a picnic style get-together and each family brings their own picnic meals and camps out. Then you don’t have to worry about how to keep everything cold since everyone would be bringing their own coolers straight from their fridge.

If that’s a no-go then sandwiches all the way.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KLDMLO:  That might work as long as you don’t stay out all night on Friday!  You’ll want 2-3 people for help – chopping, boiling, spreading, etc.  It’ll look like a factory.  I would put a couple of BM’s in charge of decorating while you’re cooking since you have 7 girls.

Edit – sorry I forgot about the coolers.  I know you’re not from a big city but there has to be a party rental store around you.  They will have coolers for rent.  If not, then you get on the phone tonight and beg borrow or steal coolers from friends and family pronto.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh!  And the $1 store is your new best friend for ‘catering trays’.  They have silver, clear, and white.  There is really something for every informal bride.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Well, you already know my thoughts!  I’m BYOP all the way.  If you go that route, you and your friends/ family only have to make a few of your favorite main dishes the night before.  Is the park close enough to anyone’s homes that you could hold your dishes there and just send someone to get them when you need to set it up? 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Lasagna, make it freeze it heat it up and serve…did a 75 person wedding for under $100 and everyone loved it!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Nona99:  She’s in the middle of a state park.  No way to keep it warm for the 45 minutes drive.  Keep the ideas flowing, though.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Powerblanket MD0202-<em>12V 12V</em> All Purpose 2'x2' Outdoor Heated <em>Blanket</em>

No way to keep it warm you say?  45 minute drive?  How’s about a 12v electric blanket?  BOOM, hot lasagna!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Gonna chime in again…. 

Party subs!  Party subs!  Party subs!

 

I think subway will deliver (for a fee).  Or you can just throw bags of ice around them in your trunk, to keep them cool. 

This is the easiest and most budget and venue-appropriate option. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Here’s what I’d probably do:

  • Chips & homemade pico de gallo (super easy) and/or guacamole (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/pico_de_gallo_a/
  • Deli platters + rolls from a nearby grocery store can be done for under $2/person. 
  • Pasta salad is really inexpensive & can be easily made in huge quantities – use an oil/vinegar based dressing, chopped herbs, onion, bell pepper, olives, & tomato – and it won’t go bad if you leave it out!  Can easily be made ahead.
  • Garden salad – lettuce + basically the same stuff used in the pasta salad
  • Slices of watermelon

For drinks you can do a large dispenser like this (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Creative-Bath-Bark-2.5-Gallon-Beverage-Dispenser/21130889?findingMethod=rr) and fill it with lemonade or iced tea made from a mix.  Or have a cooler with water bottles and some soda if that’s easier.

 

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