Post # 1
I am on a fairly small budget and cant get my guest list lower than 200. We are thinking of doing a tri-tip bbq w/ salad, rice, beans and bread. We could make the beans and rice ahead of time. I am wondering if anyone has done this before? I know it sounds REALLY crazy but I just can’t afford a caterer : ( Any ideas?
Post # 3
sounds like you can make most of that ahead of time.. if you can hire a couple of students from a local culinary school, or a couple people from craigslist, to be the grillers of the tri-tip during the reception and have the other food buffet style, i’m sure you can do it much cheaper than hiring a caterer.
can i also suggest checking in with restaurants? often times, restaurants offer catering and they’re also usually cheaper than regular caterers. we’re having a bbq, too and a caterer wanted to charge us $35/pp for the same meal i found a restaurant to do for $15/pp. it took me a lot of calling and website browsing, but it was definitely worth it.
Post # 4
Whether you hire people or get certain family member/friends to do it, you definitely need someone (a couple people) to be watching over the food. Someone to do the meat, someone to refill or watch the sides, and probably someone to make sure the drinks, plates, silverware, napkins, etc are stocked.
Post # 5
Thank so much for the help! Also wondering, how to plan on amounts of meat etc. for 200 people, also- should I rent real plates for $100 or do plastic/paper plates? Are paper/plastic plates tacky?
Post # 6
It really depends on your budget for the plates. Is $100 for the real deal practical for you? Is that going to include the cups, silverware, napkins, etc? You can do those clear plastic plates rather than paper plates and get the matching cups and that alone will look nicer (in my opinion at least) than paper plates. I’d look at your budget and ask yourself if the real plates are work $100 to you. Do you want them that badly or is there something else you’d rather put the money towards and go with plastic plates? But, watch out. Plastic plate cost can add up to and you might get close to $100 for 200+ plates (gotta have dessert plates too, people probably won’t want to use the bbq plates for cake!).
Post # 7
i did my own wedding, but only 50 people. this website was very helpful for me in terms of quantities of things.
Growlies for Groups
definitely agree with the others who said to hire a couple people to deal with the food for you on the big day. i actually hired a caterer who was willing to set up the buffet and heat stuff up that we had made in advance, pour the toasting champagne, etc. be careful when hiring non-professionals, if you go that route try to get someone you know personally who will do a good job.
best of luck to you!