Post # 1
Hey all. Me (again).
We finally found our caterer (that we can actually afford)! FINALLY!
Now I need help me choosing my menu.
These would be the very basics. Then, based on which options we choose (each vary on price), I will add other sides/appetizers.
I am also going to go to CostCo to stock up on “homemade,” easy-to-assemble munchies for cocktail hour. Can any Bees help me pick those out? So far I’m thinking a plethora of cheeses and crackers and shrimp cocktail, but I know that’s not enough.
As always, thanks in advance!
ETA: Since our caterer is a BBQ joint, it will be difficult to appeal to vegetarians; however, there won’t be many (if any… maybe a plus one) present. So perhaps the appetizers can appeal to any vegetarians who may come? (<—as a meat eater, I know nothing about what’s most appealing/fulfilling for vegetarians, so help in that respect is MUCH appreciated)!!!
Post # 3
costco has some nice veggie trays and fruit trays that are really good. check your local grocery stores too. some will do up other platters for you much cheaper than caterers will.
Post # 4
Can I pick all of thr above?! All of it sounds delicious!!
Post # 5
@jwdesiree: Brisket, chicken and mac & cheese. YUM!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@jwdesiree: We did Costco apps too. We just had crackers, cheese (a few different fancy kinds), salami / sliced meat, nuts, chips, veggies, dip, hummus, and fruit. Nice and light and affordable, and people thought it was great.
Post # 7
I cook chicken a lot at home, so when going out or going to an event I would not pick chicken for myself, so I picked brisket and pork. However, I know some people only eat chicken, so if you want the chicken I would pick pork as the other meat.
Post # 8
@jwdesiree: As a vegetarian, I’d be stoked for delicious mac and cheese and mashed potatoes as my meal. 🙂
Post # 9
YUM! I had a BBQ buffet at my wedding and it was perfect! We had brisket and chicken, with green beans, potatoes, and beans. We did not have a single vegetarian so I didn’t have to worry about those restrictions.
Our cocktail hour was a “wine and cheese” hour. We had cheese trays with crackers, grapes, and olives. Big hit, as well.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
@jwdesiree: I don’t eat beef or pork – so I would be happy with a chicken option
As for mac and cheese vs. potatoes – I would choose potatoes because I can’t eat gluten.
I would serve a salad no matter what.
I am that guest that has to fill out lots of dietary restrictions, so just giving you a ‘picky’ persons opinion 🙂
Post # 11
Oh, and a tip for the costco aquired apps: we bought clear plastic serving trays from the dollar store to transfer the food over onto. It gave it a nicer look (instead of black plastic trays from costco) with minimal effort and cost. 😉
Post # 12
I chose pork and brisket. I would have chosen pork and pulled chicken but I think they would be too similar. I also chose mac and cheese because its a great bbq side and I think you should always serve a salad.
Also- id check with the caterers about your sides. Just becuase they dont have visible meat, doesn’t mean there is no chicken stock, etc used. You don’t want your vegetarian guests to be completely out of luck!
Post # 13
@wisher558: Your avatar mixed with your comment made me literally laugh out loud!
@LilRhodyGem: That’s exactly what I was thinking! And salad to make it… healthy… er. Haha.
@littlemisst08: @lolot: Perfect, thank you!
@missamysmiles: I appreciate every aspect!
Post # 14
@SaraP2012: Great question to ask (that I wouldn’t have thought of). Thank you!
Post # 15
I’d vote for all of the food if I could 🙂
Post # 16
Most BBQ places offer like a Gardenburger or some sort of veggie burger, as some one who does not eat meat, it is very much appreciated to have a veggie option.