(Closed) DIY catering

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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. 

Our menu:

Crudite & fruit display
Fresh Breads, Cheese & meats

Stuffed Sliced Chicken Breasts
Broiled Tomatoes
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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

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
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3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m putting it on my list! IMO you can never have enough How-to party books!!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.  🙂 

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