Post # 1
Sorry I’m basically never on here anymore! I’m pretty sure all of my professors have lost their minds and/or think I can time travel to get their assignments done.
Anyway, Mr. Fish and I are getting married New Year’s Eve at the local Eagle’s Club, with the ceremony starting at 8 p.m. Around here, people are pretty acustomed to full Italian buffets, but I feel like 8:30-9:00 is pretty late to have dinner.
Our families are making the food ourselves, and we’re debating whether to do the whole pasta and potatoes thing that’s typical of weddings around here, or to stick with heavy appetizers- buffalo chicken dip (and other dips), deviled eggs, pigs-in-a-blanket, fruit/veggie trays, crackers, etc.
If you were invited to a New Year’s wedding that started at 8, would you expect to be served a full meal? I don’t want to make a ton of food and then not have people eat it!
Post # 3
@Miss Fish: Generally I wouldn’t expect a meal at 8pm, but since it’s New Year’s Eve, I might expect to eat some heavier appies/meal.
Post # 4
I dont know about anyone else but DH and I go out to eat around 9 often so it doesnt feel too late for dinner… but thats just me
Post # 5
I guess I’m just so used to NYE parties with lots of apps and not eating a real meal then anyway a wedding wouldn’t be different to me. Especially that late.
Post # 6
Appies for dinner is the best, especially on special occasions like NYE… Go for it!
Post # 7
I would do heavy apps – maybe extra if you think people might be drinking more because of NYE. Sounds like fun!
Post # 8
Heavy apps all the way! If I were invited to an 8pm ceremony, I would definitely not expect to get a full meal.
Post # 9
If it helps at all, the guest demographics are a bit older… there won’t be anyone under 18 except those in the wedding party, with the majority of our guests being aunts/uncles/cousins of Mr. Fish. The rest are mostly really lame college kids like myself who don’t really party, so I think the majority of people are used to eating between 5 and 6.
But at the same time, I’m afraid of potential retaliation for omitting pasta >.< It might be sacrelige for us to not get married in a church AND exclude pasta from the meal.
Could I have some kind of happy medium? Maybe:
Pasta and marinara sauce
Sausage, peppers, and onions
Rolls (could be eaten alone or used to make sausage sandwhiches)
[Table consisting of chips and Buffalo Chicken Dip, Black Bean Salsa Dip, Artichoke Dip, and Queso Dip]
Probably sauerkraut (a New Years tradition for my family)
And of course the cookie table.
Post # 10
Wow, now I’m super hungry… I love sausage & peppers & onions, and only get it at family holidays because FI hates two of the three (I’ll let you guess which!).
That sounds like a good compromise! Or maybe a baked pasta that won’t be too labor intensive, like ziti.
Post # 11
Normally I like meals at weddings but that’s too late.
I think semi-heavy apps would be perfect! Most NYE parties I’ve been to only have cocktails and appetizers.
Post # 12
That is late for dinner. I’d serve a huge spread of heavy appetizers. When done correctly, they easily substitute a full meal and your guests actually get 2-3x the amount of food that would be served at a plated dinner. Therefore, if anyone goes home hungry or shows up full, that is their own fault.
Post # 13
Normally I like full meals at weddings, but those appetizers sound super delicious! I’d go ahead and serve those and just make sure you have a good amount of them.
Post # 14
I have seen at wedding pasta bars as part of the cocktail hour, so I think you could def do pasta and appetizers, but not have the formal sit down- thing. sounds fun!
Post # 15
This is another grey area, I think, with wedding timing. An 8:30 reception would normally be safe with just heavy hors d’ouevres BUT with it being a holiday, a meal almost seems more necessary for some reason.
Maybe it’s just because I’ve hosted more than one “midnight supper” for NYE.
That said, if you want something more in the middle ground, consider stations. I know you said your family is doing the food, but it might be worth hiring a few waitstaff to man a pasta station or a slider station to fill in the gaps that an appetizer-only reception might leave.
Post # 16
I think Heavy Apps would be a great way to go on New Years eve, maybe you could add a small pasta bar then there would be something for everyone. I would want more than just apps unless we were told on the invite that food consists of apps.