Post # 1
This isn’t really “food” related so much as wording.
On our website I put we will have “food, drinks and cake” but my Future Mother-In-Law told me that since I put “drinks” people might think we are having alcohol. I thought it would be pretty obvious there’s no alcohol since this is at a church but maybe I should change the wording.
Any ideas on how to change “food, drinks and cake” to something that doesn’t imply alcohol?
Post # 3
maybe you could keep food, drinks and cake .. but state somewhere that you’re dry? “non-alcoholic beverages” is a bit of a hypothetical mouthful.
Post # 4
So I’m brainstroming for you and came up with a question: Is the food a meal or is it more like appetizer/snacks?
I think I would do like this:
Meal: “Dinner (or lunch/etc) & Dessert” (No one is going to think, that there will be nothing to drink.)
Non-Meal: “Refreshments & Cake” (Again, no one is going to think you’ll have nothing.)
What do you think?
Post # 5
Yea…when I read “drinks” I think alcohol…
I would say “refreshments” or dinner and cake (I think people would assume drinks will be included – the non-alcoholic kind)
Post # 6
Thank you for brainstorming for me! I was thinking about it in the shower but I couldn’t think of anything without sounding “pushy.” It is going to be a full meal at lunch time.
I’m going to go with “lunch and desserts.” It’s brilliant.
Thanks so much bees 🙂
Post # 7
I can’t imagine why anyone would call it alcohol when you are at a church. Everyone calls sodas, lemonade, tea, etc drinks all the time without expecting anything to be alcoholic. Your MIL is reading into this way too much so you don’t need to call it anything else. As long as you are providing refreshments, you don’t need to be specific (listing anything other than ‘dinner’ or ‘refreshments’) on the website or anyhwere else since they will figure out you are feeding them. People will consume what you have available.
Post # 8
Just a different perspective – lots of churches allow the serving of alcohol and I’ve been to more than one church hall wedding reception with loads of booze. So if I saw drinks, I’d definitely think alcohol, even if it was at a church! ‘Lunch and desserts’ is good!
Post # 10
I agree with PP about just putting “refreshments”. If I see drinks, I would assume alcohol as well. I think I expect any good host to always have some kind of beverage on hand, even if it is just water. As such, I think to say anything about drinks (unless it is alcoholic) is kind of redundant. I seriously have never attended any function (personal, professional, whatever) where there is food of any kind, even if it is something as mundane as cookies, without a beverage of some sort. For example, even at the bank, they have a tray of cookies for customers in addition to coffee/water.