Food Ideas for DIY Rehearsal Dinner?

posted 3 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would do a sandwich platter, pasta, salad, bread, and easy things like that. 

Post # 4
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@scottyco:  Build your own burito?

You’d just need to buy tortillas and prep the toppings, people could have what they want and still be fed. Then dyou can do a side of a macaroni salad and a green salad, and then maybe some cake for dessert?

Honestly I think the alchohol should be limited, maybe a spiked punch and some beer and then a non-alchoholic punch. If you’re having people set up after, you don’t want them getting too crazy 🙂

Post # 5
1631 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are doing mexican. My FMIL is cooking up a big thing of ground beef, and setting out lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Then there will be nachos, and tocao shells (hard and soft)…and people can decidie what they want from there. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to feed a bunch of people like this 🙂

For seating: Do a picnic? Not everyone can sit on the ground (Grandma) so have a picnic table for a few guests – but bring blankets for everyone else? Or ask them to bring a camping chair? Most people own a set nowadays … or they are literally 10 bucks at target…

Or rent chairs?

Post # 6
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@scottyco:  Bumping for ideas!  We are also doing a DIY style at our neighbhorhood club house.

Post # 7
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our rehearsal dinner was last week. We roasted a pork shoulder all day and made shredded pork sandwhiches. All we had to do was whip up some potato salad and grab some buns. It was super easy, time-saving, inexpensive, and everyone loved it.

Post # 9
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We are just ordering several pizzas, salad and bread, and having soft drinks.  The pizza place is right across the street from the church, so it’s convenient.  And we LOVE the food!

Post # 10
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Unless you REALLY feel you need one, I would vote against having one at all.

Post # 11
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@scottyco:  I did lasagna for a 20 person dinner I threw.  I did one veggie and one with ground beef.

Other ideas: taco bar, chili bar, pulled pork and/or pulled chicken sandwiches, fried chicken (our local grocer does a meal deal with 8 pieces, rolls, and two sides like potato salad and baked beans for $10.)

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