(Closed) DIY Finger Food Spread….. yea i know im crazy But I need Ideas

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

artichoke and spinach dip in a crockpot?

tortilla chips and salsa?

cheese and crackers?

sushi rolls w/o raw fish?  

those little cream cheese and meat wraps?

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

well a green salad could be good. You could do a big bowl of lettuce types, and then have the assorted topping separate. Things like cucumbers, radishes, sweet onions, peppers, carrots can be chopped up a day before and laid out the day of.

With a kitchen at your venue, you could make items that freeze ahead easily and can be reheated well, such as lasagna or stuffed shells.

For other, make ahead, cold items, what about cole slaw, or macaroni salad? Hummus and pita chips? Also, places like Sam’s Club/BJ’s have nice cheese platters, Brie, jars of olives.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

You can do different types of dressings.  I make an Asian inspired salad with broccoli slaw, cole slaw salad mix, white raisins, carrots, sunflower seeds, toasted almonds and I toast raw ramen noodles.  For the dressing I mix some mayo, rice vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt and you’re good to go.  It tastes refreshing on a summer day and it tastes better if it’s had a day to rest.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Pickle trays, shrimp rings, cheese and crackers, small sanwiches or wraps, maybe a dessert tray with different squares and things.  Do you have any friendors who would be albe to give you a hand?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Mini pies or quiches? Noodle boxes (you could put salad or noodles in them)? Kebabs? Mini burgers? Is your food supposed to take the place of a regular dinner, or will it be more of a snack with people expected to eat their main meal earlier or later? That will dictate the amount of food you need and the type. I think searching for finger food or party food on any recipe website should give you some good ideas!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Do you have a costco near you? If so, do yourself a huge favor and go buy like 3 tubs of their chicken salad. It is the absolute best stuff I’ve ever had… it’s rotisserie chicken in it, so the flavor is incredible! Also, it’s really simple.

Something we thought of doing was getting our favorite dishes/appetizers from restaurants we frequent, putting them on trays and then it becomes really personal!

Also, what about a taco bar or inexpensive barbeque catering? I think you can really expand on this idea and have a lovely spread!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are having a cocktail hour reception with finger food and my caterer is doing it really cheap (less than $7 per person) so I bet you could make food for less than that doing it yourself.  We stuck with common foods that everyone likes but put a twist on them to make them look a little fancier.   Here’s what we’re having: 

Mini hotdogs wrapped in bacon (sprinkled with brown sugar and baked in the oven)

Mini meatballs

BBQ pulled pork on petite croissants

Small bread cups with hot ham & cheese filling (made in the mini muffin tins)

Chilled chicken salad filled cream puffs

Twice baked potatoes

Cheese ball w/ crackers

Veggie tray

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I haven’t tried them but my caterer said they are tasty.  You bake them at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until the bacon is cooked and then put them in a crockpot to simmer for an hour or so and the flavors kind of combine.  She is serving them in silver warmers with a toothpick in them so they’re easy for our guests to pick up.  I bet if you choose the right things you could make your own food for around $5 per person.

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