Post # 1
Anyone catering their own wedding? I would love to hear how some of you are doing. We are having 100-120 guests and feel pretty confident that with some help we’ll be able to pull it off. We are going to grill some of the items on the menu and prepare some of the food earlier heating it up at the buffet table. We are having a choice chicken or steak then we’ll have several sides, breads/ rolls, and a coupe of salads. We also have once vegan friend and one who was diagnosed with celiac so we’ll meals reserved for just them.
Post # 3
We’re not catering our own wedding, but I am helping cater our (second-ugh.)engagement party. We had one in the US, but now my mom wants to host one here. She has invited about 100 people.
I have this book “Entertaining” by Martha Stewart that I’ve used for other parties we’ve thrown. It’s a good throwback to the 80’s but really Martha’s tips are timeless. Also it’s worth it to see her crudite displays… wowza. She shows how she catered parties from 25 to 275 people. I just made her stuffed chicken recipe today preparing for a baby shower we’re having tomorrow at my church– omg it’s so good.
Crudite & fruit display
Fresh Breads, Cheese & meats
Stuffed Sliced Chicken Breasts
Roasted baby potatoes
Homemade Mac & cheese (haha had to add it– my aunt makes the best!)
Pies, tarts & cookies
Everything we’re serving will be made the day before (except the tomatoes) and just reheated before put in the chafing dishes. If it works for Martha, its bound to work for us– I hope lol.
Are you hiring anyone to serve the food so you don’t have to run around on the day?
Post # 4
I second the Martha Stewart book and I’ll raise you Perfect Party Food. 🙂 I’m not sure who the author is, but it’s got tons of recipes and they all have very specific instructions for preparing all or part of the recipes ahead. It’s great for parties. Good Luck!
Post # 5
I’m putting it on my list! IMO you can never have enough How-to party books!!
Post # 6
these are great suggestions! We are going to hire 3 or 4 young adults to help keep the buffet table full, serving cake, etc.
Post # 7
Oh that’s great prairyway! I’m sure it will go off without a hitch. Definitely add those books to your collection (or get them from the library!)
They’ll make all the difference 🙂
Post # 8
Do it for less: Weddings By Denise Vivaldo is the book I recomend! We are planning to cater fro 100-120 and have found this book to be a life saver. It lists out full menues for 25, 50 and 75 people with grocery lists and planning timelines. Also has good sugestions for BYOB bars and drinks.
Post # 9
You guys are the best! I suspect one of my biggest challenges will be reading the books you have all mentioned rather than studying for my grad school entrance exam!
Post # 10
My aunts and cousins are doing all the cooking for my wedding. It was EXTREMELY important to us to include ALL of our friends and family AND their S.O.’s in our wedding day. I would MUCH rather have the option to invite everyone and to share our day with all the people we love rather than eat some fancy schmancy catered dinner and people out of our guest list. There’s a full kitchen included with our reception venue and all my aunts (I come from a HUGE family) and a lot of my cousins are helping with all the cooking. We’re going to have a TON of vegetarian side dishes (potatoes, vegetables, hor d’ oeuvres, salads, desserts, etc.) and then another table will have ham and prime rib being served. I’m veg but my FI is not so this compromise worked for us, our budgets and allowed us to invite all of our guests which I believe is WAY more important than some silly dinner we won’t remember 30 years from now. 🙂